Message from the Dean

Mary Beth KenkelThe focus of the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts (CoPLA) is the fascinating realm of the thoughts, behaviors, values and artistic contributions of human beings. Our curriculum prepares students to conceptualize broadly, think critically, communicate effectively and interact positively with diverse populations here and abroad.

The students and faculty of CoPLA are a diverse and energetic group. We are scholars, researchers and practitioners. Our faculty include nationally and internationally known scholars, researchers and leaders within their disciplines. Faculty in the applied programs continue to work in their fields—they are excellent instructors because they practice what they teach; bringing real life examples into the classroom. Our broad-based undergraduate curricula, with many opportunities for elective courses and internships, give much leeway in preparing students for a variety of careers or graduate studies. Our graduate programs are recognized nationally for their excellence in preparing students for careers in areas of great need.

We believe in community service and outreach. Our faculty and students provide services through programs associated with CoPLA, such as Applied Behavioral Services, the Family Learning Program, the Center for Organizational Effectiveness, and the Community Psychological Services Center. Many of our students have internships and practica in the local communities. And all our students have the opportunity for hands-on learning.

I encourage you to explore the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts’ web site. You will get a good idea of the breadth of educational opportunities available here. Also feel free to contact us for more information or if you have specific questions.


Mary Beth Kenkel, Ph.D.
Dean and Professor
College of Psychology and Liberal Arts