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More Faculty Grants. Congrats!

Drs. Jill Shelton, Alex Zelin, and Kristen Black have received funding awards from internal and external sources.  Dr. Shelton received a $1,000 Faculty Achievement Award (FAA) from the College of Arts & Sciences for her project entitled "The Utility of Auditory and Visual Cues for Facilitating Strategic Monitoring in Prospective Memory."  Drs. Black and Zelin received $3,988 from the Girls Preparatory School (GPS) for their project entitled “Team Building for Faculty at the Girls Preparatory School.”  Congratulations!

Zelin Featured

An article writen by Dr. Alexandra Zelin related to #MeToo at Work is featured prominently on the front page of the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology’s (SIOP – an international organization) website (


Black Receives Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Kristen Black has receive a UTC Faculty Grant for her study entitled "College Student Perceptions of Being Stressed."  The grant go in part to purchase a computer for her research lab!


Rogers featured on BBC

Please see the following link to ( for an interesting summary of a study by Dr. Kate Rogers and her co-author Dr. Jeremy Biesanz from the University of British Columbia, entitled Reassessing the Good Judge of Personality, appearing in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (available through the library in PsycArticles). Their results indicate that some people are better than others (the “good judge”) at perceiving a target individual’s personality (perceptive accuracy) if that target provides relevant cues that accurately express their personality (expressive accuracy). So, good judges exist to the extent that they are presented with good targets.

Ferrier Receives Grant

Dr. David Ferrier has received $2,156 from the UTC Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to cover the costs of the supplies needed for data collection (tablets, teacher survey, and child survey instruments). The tablet computers will allow for the computerized assessment of social-emotional and self-regulatory abilities in children using a number of empirically validated research measures. The funds also enable Dr. Ferrier to purchase two norm-referenced standardized clinical assessments of self-regulation in adults and of school readiness in children, separately. These will provide important benchmark comparisons that will allow him, in part, to examine the interplay between teacher characteristics and school readiness in children. 

Zelin Awarded Research Grant

Dr. Alexandra Zelin has been awarded a Faculty PREP grant for the 2018-19 academic year to support her project entitled, Sexism, Gender Roles, and (Sexual) Harassment and Violence Against Women.  The funding will support Dr. Zelin's ongoing research agenda and assist in preparation of articles and conference presentations.

Faculty Receive Grant Awards

Congratulations to Drs. Amanda Clark and Kate Rogers, who have each received contract awards for their research collaborations with other faculty.  Dr. Clark is working in collaboration with UTC's STEM education department. The program was awarded $860,319 from the National Science Foundation for a project titled, "Track 1: UTChattanooga STEM Education Noyce Scholarship Program."  The funding will provide scholarships and induction support to attract qualified STEM majors to secondary science and mathematics teaching careers and provide them with pedagogical and content/research rich experiences.  Funds will also be used to encourage traditionally underrepresented groups to major in STEM fields and seek secondary teacher licensure.

Dr. Rogers is part of a team that received $992,996 from the National Science Foundation for a project titled, "UTC-ASSETS: Academic Intervention Social Supports, and Scholarship for Engineering Transfer Students."

Hood Honored by Alumni Association

Dr. Ralph Hood was honored at the year-end meeting of the UT Alumni Association Board of Governors on June 1, as the 2018 Distinguished Service Professor - Chattanooga.  Congratulations Dr. Hood!
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Faculty at Commencement 2018

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Department faculty celebrated with students at Commencement Spring 2018.

LEFT: Left to right: Dr. Ozbek, Dr. Black, Dr. Rogers. Back row: Dr. Foeder, Dr. Ferrier, Dr. Zelin.

RIGHT: Back row: Drs. Foreder, Ferrier, Zelin, Cunningham, Watson.  Front: Drs. Black and Rogers.

UTC I-O  Ranks in Top 10 of MS Programs Nationally!

The Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP) has ranked our program in the top 10 in almost every measured category, highlighting the overall strength and quality of the program.  SIOP is the premier international organization for the study and application of I-O psychology. UTC's I-O Program was measured against all institutions with terminal Masters programs whose coordinators, students and alumni responded to the survey. Congratulations to our faculty!  
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Students/Faculty Present at SEPA

Several students and faculty attended the 2018 conference of the Southeastern Psychological Association in Charleston, SC in March.   Pictured below left are Thomas Vorwerk, Jessica Hacker, Dr. Jill Shelton and Daniel Ellis. The students co-authored presentations and Jessica gave a talk as well.

Right: Dr. Ralph Hood delivers the Psi Chi distinguished lecture.

Bottom: Speakers from the APA Division 3 Experimental-Cognitive Symposium on Prospective Memory included Dr. Jill Shelton (center), Audrey Parrish, Andrew Kelly, Jason Hicks, Jessie Martin, and John Crystal.

Dr. Jill Shelton and students at SEPA 2018    Dr. Ralph Hood SEPA 2018 

Seminar Presenters SEPA 2018 



Cunningham to Lead Society For Occupational Health Psychology

Dr. Christopher Cunningham has been elected to serve as the next president of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology. His president-elect term runs from January 2018 to January 2020.  He'll then be president for two years, then past-president for two!

Dr. Cunningham also won 2017 Reviewer of the Year award for the Journal of Business and Psychology.