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CLASS’ new professors emeriti

Board of Regents appoints six retired CLASS professors to faculty emeriti

The UH System Board of Regents in May appointed six retired College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences professors to the faculty emeriti – a body of scholars willing to assist and advise the university as requested, particularly in their areas of expertise.

The emeritus or emerita title is conferred only upon retired tenured faculty who made a significant contribution to the university through a long and distinguished record of scholarship, teaching and/or service.

Retired full and associate professors honored with emeritus status retain library, computing and parking privileges and other faculty courtesies.

This year’s CLASS Professors Emeriti are:

Professor Emeritus Richard Bean – Department of Economics

Professor Bean received his B.A. and M.A. from Texas A&M University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He joined the University of Houston faculty in 1970.

Dr. Bean was active in the department, college and university. He served as Undergraduate Program Director from 1976-1980 and 1988-1996, Graduate Program Director from 1981-1985, and Department Chair from 1984-1987. He served on numerous committees including the College Curriculum Committee, College Policy Committee, University Benefits Committee, University Budget Advisory Committee, and the University Academic Honesty Committee.

Professor Bean has a long record of contribution to the Department’s teaching mission. Dr. Bean taught courses in Economic History, Labor Economics, Microeconomic Theory, Urban Economics and Law and Economics. In 1982, he was awarded a Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Bean published one book and fifteen articles. For the past fifteen years, he has taught two large sections of Principles of Economics and one undergraduate elective each semester.

Dr. Bean is a member of the American Economic Association, American Economic History Association, Economic History Society, Society for Nautical Research and the National Association of Forensic Economists.

Professor Emeritus Richard Evans – Department of Psychology

After completing his Ph.D. at Michigan State University in 1950, Dr. Evans was invited to join the University of Houston’s psychology faculty to develop a Ph.D. program in Social Psychology. Dr. Evans served with distinction as a Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Professor and Director of the Social Psychology/Behavioral Medicine Research Group.

Professor Evans has an exemplary record of teaching, scholarship, research and service. His innovative programs generated substantial funding every year from various agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation. He has published 20 books - many translated in various languages - and over 300 research papers and professional articles. He served in various editorial or review capacities with a number of journals, including the International Journal of Applied Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Journal of Social Psychology.

Dr. Evans’ numerous awards and honors include receipt of the Most Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology Senior Award from Division 38 of the American Psychological Association, Distinguished Psychologist Awards from the Texas Psychological Association and the Texas Psychological Foundation, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society’s Distinguished Scholar Award. He is the recipient of the University of Houston’s Esther Farfel Award, recognizing excellence in research and teaching and commitment to public service. His research group received the Award of Excellence from the National Association of Community Health Centers.

Dr. Evans is past President of the Health Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. and the Health Psychology Division of the International Association of Applied Psychology. He is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Behavior Medicine Research, Phi Kappa Phi, Society of Sigma Xi, Psi Chi, and a member of many other professional and honorary societies.

Professor Emeritus Roy Lachman – Department of Psychology

Dr. Lachman joined the University of Houston faculty in 1974. He earned his B.S. degree from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and Ph.D. from New York University.

During his 37 years of service to the University of Houston, Dr. Lachman has been an innovator in his discipline and a tireless mentor for the students he has inspired. Dr. Lachman is the author of two books, Cognitive Psychology and Information Processing and Information Technology and Psychology: Prospects for the Future. He has written numerous book chapters, journal articles and reviews.

Dr. Lachman served as Director of Graduate Studies in the Psychology Department (1974-1977 and 1998-2006) and Director of the Cognitive Psychology Graduate Program (1977-1979).

Dr. Lachman’s current research interests involve collaboration with Justice for Children in applying industrial and organizational psychology and Artificial Intelligence in evaluating the work performance of professionals responsible for child protection. He received grant support from the National Science Foundation in support of his research to study sensory responses in the North Borneo earthquake and tsunami of December 26, 2004.

Professor Lachman is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, American Association for Artificial Intelligence, Society for Computers in Psychology, Psychonomic Society, and a former member of the Human Factors Society and Philosophy of Science Association.

Professor Emeritus Victor Mote – Department of Political Science

Professor Mote joined the University of Houston faculty in 1971. He earned his B.A. from the University of Denver and his M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Washington.

Dr. Mote joined the geography faculty in 1971. In the course of his forty years at the university, the Department of Geography disbanded, and he joined the Department of Political Science. Dr. Mote has given exceptional service to the department and the university, giving his time generously to committee work and serving as the department’s graduate advisor and director of undergraduate studies.

Professor Mote is a dedicated and accomplished teacher. He was repeatedly nominated for teaching awards, winning the Teaching Excellence Award in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences in 2003.

Dr. Mote is a productive scholar. He won the Research Excellence Award in the College of Social Sciences in 1979. Dr. Mote has a long list of professional publications, including several books. He has been a sought-after consultant, with expertise in environmental and energy issues, travelling frequently to Siberia, China and Korea.

Professor Emeritus Gordon Paul – Department of Psychology

Professor Paul received his B.A. degree from the University of Iowa and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Paul spent the early years of his academic career at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined the University of Houston faculty in 1980.

Professor Paul is a Hugh Roy Cullen and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Chair and Director, Clinical-Research, in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Paul served on numerous department and college committees including the Psychology Department Executive Committee and the Promotion and Tenure Committee. He served on the following university committees:

University Policy and Planning, President’s Policy Advisory Committee, Chancellor’s Task Force on Intellectual Productivity, Coalition for Excellence, and the Provost’s Committee on Chaired or Named Professorships.

Dr. Paul made outstanding contributions to the Department of Psychology and to knowledge in his field. His Curriculum Vitae lists scores of publications and invited addresses. He is an Elected Charter Fellow in the American Psychological Society. He is an Elected Fellow in the following organizations: American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, the Association for Clinical Psychosocial Research and the American Psychological Association, Division 25.

Dr. Paul is recipient of numerous honors and awards including the the Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology Award from the Society of Clinical Psychology, Trail Blazer Award for lifetime achievement in the area of Schizophrenia and Severe Mental Illness from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Outstanding Contribution to Science Award from the Texas Psychological Association.

Professor Emeritus Alan Stone – Department of Political Science

Dr. Stone served the University of Houston as Professor in Political Science from 1976 to 2000. He completed his A.B. at Union College, M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and J.D. from Columbia University.

Trained as a lawyer and employed by the Federal Trade Commission prior to entering academia, Dr. Stone was one of the nation’s leading scholars in the area of governmental regulation and public policy. Professor Stone authored six scholarly books with highly respected presses. His book, Wrong Number, remains the definitive study of the breakup of AT&T and the rise of the “Baby Bells” that followed. He was the recipient of numerous grants from prominent foundations. Dr. Stone is a past president and vice-president of the Policy Studies Organization.

Dr. Stone was a nationally recognized scholar who raised the national profile of the Political Science department and the university. During his tenure at the university, he was an exceptional teacher of political science undergraduate majors and graduate students. He was a frequent supervisor and committee member for doctoral dissertations.

Professor Marc Zimmerman – Department of Modern and Classical Languages

Professor Zimmerman received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from San Francisco State University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Zimmerman also studied at the Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico, and Universidad de Madrid.

Dr. Zimmerman joined the University of Houston in 2002. He served as Chair of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages from 2002-2008. During his tenure as Chair, Dr. Zimmerman encouraged and supported interdisciplinary, collaborative research and teaching and initiated the development of the comparative cultural studies World Cultures and Literatures minor and the World Cultures and Literatures M.A. program. He is director of the World Cultures and Literatures program.

During his distinguished career as a scholar, Professor Zimmerman published significant monographs, articles and edited volumes on Latin America, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Cultural Studies, literary and cultural theory and transnational issues. He has written and edited over thirteen books, including The Central American Quartet (four volumes 1980-96), Literature and Politics in the Central American Revolutions (1990), U.S. Latino Literature (1992) and Literature and Resistance in Guatemala (1995).

Dr. Zimmerman currently serves as editor of the Latin American Cultural Activities and Studies Arena (LACASA), which seeks to coordinate or support local, regional and international cultural projects. Through LACASA, Dr. Zimmerman is developing a series of book projects on Chicago Latino Studies. After retirement, Professor Zimmerman plans to stay engaged in departmental and scholarly activities, and he will continue as editor of LACASA.