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Dr. Stephen F. Davis

Stephen F. Davis completed his B.A. and M.A. psychology degrees at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas). He received his PhD in General Experimental Psychology from Texas Christian University and taught at King College (Bristol, TN), and Austin Peay State University (Clarksville, TN) before joining the faculty at Emporia State University (ESU) in 1979. He served as Chair of the ESU Division of Psychology and Special Education for 13 years. He retired from ESU as Professor Emeritus in 2001.     In 2002-2003 he was selected as the Knapp Distinguished Professor of Arts and Science at the University of San Diego. Currently he is the Visiting Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Texas Wesleyan University (Fort Worth, Texas).

His teaching interests include introductory psychology, history of psychology, experimental psychology, physiological psychology, sensation and perception, and student career development. His research, which always includes student collaborators, has investigated such diverse topics as academic dishonesty, learning versus grade orientation of students, Type A personality, death anxiety, conditioned taste aversion, odor control of animal maze learning, and the behavioral effects of ingesting toxic metals. Since 1966 he has published over 275 articles, 24 textbooks, and presented over 950 professional papers; the vast majority of these publications and presentations include undergraduate and graduate student coauthors. His most recent publication (co-edited with William Buskist) is the Handbook of the Teaching of Psychology (Blackwell Publishers, 2006) .

He is a member of numerous national and international professional associations and has been elected a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA; Division 1-General; Division 2 – Society for the Teaching of Teaching; Division 3 – Experimental, and Division 6 – Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology), American Psychological Society, and the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology. In addition to the Association for Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas, he has served as the President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2), the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, the Southwestern Psychological Association, and Psi Chi (the National Honor Society in Psychology). In 1987 he received the first annual Psi Chi/Florence L. Denmark National Faculty Advisor. In 1988 he received the American Psychological Foundation Distinguished Teaching in Psychology Award, and in 1989 he received the APA Division 2 Teaching Excellence Award.