HAYS, KS -- Dr. Tom Jackson, professor of psychology and dean of Graduate Studies and Research and vice provost at Fort Hays State University, received the President's Distinguished Scholar award and delivered his scholarly address at the annual Honors Convocation on Oct. 30 at FHSU.
Jackson's address was "The Vicissitudes of Human Social Behavior."
Nominees for the President's Distinguished Scholar are evaluated for their performance in service and instruction, but the primary focus is placed on their research and creative activities.
The award was first bestowed in 1989 at the suggestion of the Faculty Senate. Since then, university President Edward H. Hammond has conferred the honor on a faculty member each year. The highest award given by the university comes with a prize of $1,000, a certificate, a lapel pin and a medallion especially designed by Jim Hinkhouse, former FHSU professor of art. The recipient is also recognized on a plaque in the Memorial Union.
Jackson's research includes investigations of driving behavior; helping behavior; social schemata; the theory of George Kelly, a former FHSU faculty member who established an international reputation in psychology; attributional processes and clinical measurement.
In addition to research, Jackson has a commendable record of service at national, regional and local levels. He is a member of eight national and regional professional associations and societies and has served as consultant or feature editor for several journals. Jackson is involved in several FHSU committees and is actively involved in the Hays community, including serving on the Hays Public Library Board of Trustees.
Jackson has been published in numerous journals such as the Journal of Social Psychology and the Journal of Clinical Psychology. During his professional career he has made 74 presentations and posters at regional or national conventions, directed 37 psychology theses and has written 15 testbanks and three books.
Jackson received the coveted FHSU Pilot Award in 1997 and was a finalist for the FHSU Navigator Award in 1998.
The Honors Convocation also recognizes other faculty members and students for their achievements and service during the previous year.