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Rebecca M. Murray, PhD
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Where did you receive your degrees?



Bachelors degree from Purdue and PhD from University at California at Santa Barbara.



-What are your degrees (including grad school)?



Bachelors degree in Psychology and PhD in Cognitive Psychology.



-When did you come to GSU to teach and why?



1993. Georgia Southern offered a nice balance between teaching and research.



-Have you taught at any other universities and what courses did you teach?



I taught Introduction to Psychology and Cognitive Psychology at the University of Florida. I also taught Research Methods at Georgia Tech.



-What courses have you taught at GSU or are currently teaching; how are they different from other universities?



I have taught Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods, Senior Research, and a special topics course in Language. Currently I only teach Cognitive Psychology. (He is the chair of the Psychology department.)



-What was the teacher to student ratio when you arrived here?



The ratio was smaller. There were approximately 400 majors when I arrived, and about 16 faculty members. The amount of faculty has not changed much, but the number of majors has grown to about 500.



-What classers were offered when you started at GSU and how has that changed from when you started?



The curriculum has not changed a lot.



-What were students attitudes towards psychology when you started and how have they change over the years?



Some people tend to focus too much on the financial aspect when it comes to deciding a career. You should also take into consideration your talents and interests. General attitudes towards psychology are more the same than different.



-What was the male to female ratio in the psychology department when you started?



There have always been more female psychology majors.



-How has the department changed since Georgia Southern became a university?



He did not work at Southern when it was just a college.



-What are your favorite courses to teach?



Introduction to Psychology and cognitive Psychology.



-From what you can tell, what are students favorite classes?



Social Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Personality, and Personality of Human Sexuality.



-Do you see a correlation in classes that you or your students find favorable and high grades?



No.



-What are some things you hope to see happen in the Psychology department in the future? In addition, is there a Psychology course not offered at GSU that you would like to see offered, or would like to teach?



In the next five years, the Psychology department will have a bigger and more complex role on campus. The addition of the doctoral program will give Psychology a high profile on campus. Classes that I would like to see offered include Critical Thinking, Environmental Psychology and a special topic course on Death and Dying.



-Do you foresee the number of psychology students, or an interest in psychology in general growing at GSU?



Yes. It is one of the most popular majors on campus.



-What is your response to the possibility of offering of a PsyD program at GSU and how would you see yourself getting involved in the program if it is commenced?



I would like to see the doctoral program at Georgia Southern. It will be a lot of work and a lot of changes, but it will benefit the university.



-What are the best and worst parts of being a psychologist/professor at GSU?



The best part is the autonomy of life. Another good part to working in the academic field is the flexibility: summers off, do your own schedule. Georgia Southern is a friendly environment to work in. the worst part is that this university is being intellectually isolated. Statesboro is a small town with no other major universities near by.



-What is life like after GSU? What do you look forward to the most after leaving?



I look forward to exploring new interest and shifting interests to something else, such as travel or writing.



-Finally, what advice would you give someone interested in pursuing a degree in Psychology?



Enjoy reading the material. Get into the work and do not focus too much on grades. Think of how the materials relates to your won life. Work hard.

Contact:
Ben Kellum
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