Vision & History

EPSY was established in 1969, during the creation of the College of Education. Eight individuals have served at the level of department head:

  • Dr. Arthur J. Roach, Jr. 1971-1979
  • Dr. Christopher Borman 1979-1984
  • Dr. Michael J. Ash 1984-1992
  • Dr. Bruce Thompson 1992-1994
  • Dr. Patricia Alexander (Interim) 1994-1995
  • Dr. Douglas J. Palmer 1995-2003
  • Dr. Victor L. Willson (Interim) 2003-2004
  • Dr. Michael R. Benz 2004-2008
  • Dr. Victor L. Willson, 2008-2016
  • Dr. Shanna Hagan-Burke

EPSY has developed a strong national recognition for its research and academics, and has established a high level of collegiality both within the program areas and across the department for its faculty, staff and students.

Strategic Plan

EPSY strives to promote and maintain collaborative teaching and research activity within the department and across the College and University. The 1977 Strategic Plan established a four-fold plan for the college in the areas of international activity, diversity, technology and high impact research and instructional programs.

International Activity

  1. Enhance faculty activity in relation to international programs.
  2. Increase international learning opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.
  3. Seek additional resources for faculty and students.
  4. Seek quality international students to enhance programs.


  1. Increase the department population of students of color and provide resources for them.
  2. Develop a curriculum to address issues associated with diverse populations.
  3. Develop research opportunities for delivery of educational and/or psychological services to diverse populations


  1. Improve electronic communication between students and faculty.
  2. Increase use of technology in course offerings.
  3. Improve access to technology for students and faculty.
  4. Increase usage of technology for continuing education.

High Impact Research and Instructional Programs

  1. Faculty involvement and documented impact of their instructional, research and service efforts.
  2. Increase faculty involvement in extramural funding activities.
  3. Accreditation of programs.
  4. Increase quality of graduate working in higher education settings in positions of leadership.