In her dual roles as Associate Dean and Professor, Dr. Elizabeth Gray mentors both new faculty and psychology students. With a passion for teaching and a desire to work with undergraduates at a Christian, liberal arts university, she has found in North Park, “an environment where I can integrate faith and focus on the core values of ethics, service, and learning for life,” says Dr. Gray.
Dr. Gray teaches introductory courses and upper-level seminars in personality, social psychology, psychological testing, and human lifespan development. Much of her research energy is focused on projects for improving the learning experience for psychology students, who receive much more than the standard scientific and professional training.
“Students learn about psychology in the context of significance and service and have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in internships or research with faculty; to integrate psychological concepts to understand self and others and with other science and arts courses; to learn from and interact with PhDs trained at top research universities who value teaching; and to actively engage in discussion, service, and community as they craft their life course,” says Dr. Gray.
Dr. Gray is the faculty advisor for Psi Chi, the international psychology honors society and serves as the Director of the Teaching & Learning Cooperative on campus. She is also involved in the Psychology Club, Undergraduate Research Symposium, and Catholic Student Association.
During 2015-2016, Dr. Gray earned the Zenos Hawkinson Award.
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