Following a review of nominees who wonderfully represent our values and dedication to diversity, the Psychology Department Diversity Committee is pleased to announce that Dr. Kelly M. Lewis is the 2012 recipient of Outstanding Diversity Teaching Award.
Dr. Lewis has been a dedicated contributor to diversity in the department since her arrival at GSU in 2008. Among her many noteworthy contributions is her teaching and mentoring of our diverse body of students at both graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Lewis has effectively taught the doctoral course on Diversity Issues in Clinical Practice/Research, and the undergraduate Introduction to African-American Psychology course. She developed and taught a new Critical Thinking through Writing (CTW) course for senior psychology majors titled "The Psychology of Beauty in Africa." This latter curricular innovation parallels a study-abroad program that Professor Lewis has led to Tanzania in each of the last few summers. This transformative signature experience for undergraduate and graduate students complements the longstanding research that Professor Lewis has conducted on the causes and consequences of skin-whitening by women in that region. More broadly, Dr. Lewis conducts empowerment-implementation research on the health, psychological, educational, and behavioral wellbeing of Africans and other under-served populations in the US, Africa, and the Caribbean.
Dr. Lewis has also been active in individual-student work, including mentoring of doctoral clinical-community psychology doctoral students. She has been a chair/ member for numerous dissertation and thesis projects and has provided career guidance to many students.The Outstanding Diversity Teaching Award was developed to recognize faculty whose instructional efforts contribute to the department's mission of promoting diversity, defined broadly to include multiple and intersecting identities (e.g., gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, family education, economic background) as well as diversity of thought and worldview. The inaugural recipient was Dr. Leslie Jackson (Emeritus Clinical Professor) in recognition of her years of contributions to the understanding, education, and promotion of diversity in psychology. Recipients of the Outstanding Diversity Teaching Award are asked to give a departmental colloquium on the topic of diversity and teaching.