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About the Department

Greetings from Paula Shear, Department Head

Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Psychology is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. We believe that our intellectual community and the discipline of psychology is enriched by diversity in race, ethnicity and national origins, gender and gender identity, sexuality, ability, class and religion and beyond. We value diverse perspectives and are committed to cultivating a community of respect and inclusion that is affirming for students, staff, and faculty.

UC's new Clifton Court Hall reaches major milestone

May 25, 2022

The final beam was hoisted high above Clifton Avenue this month in the topping off ceremony for Clifton Court Hall, one of the latest additions to the University of Cincinnati’s uptown west campus. Situated near the northwest corner of campus, the 185,000 square foot structure will house several departments within the College of Arts and Sciences, in addition to 24 classrooms, 230 faculty and staff offices when it opens in spring of 2023.

A&S Black alumni, faculty honored at Onyx & Ruby Gala

March 8, 2022

University of Cincinnati alumni, faculty, staff and students gathered in February to honor African American leaders and achievers at the 2022 Onyx & Ruby Gala. Awardees included College of Arts & Sciences alumni N. John Bey and Maurice Stewart, and professor of English LaVerne Summerlin, who recently marked her 50th anniversary on faculty at UC. Summerlin received the Tower of Strength award, which recognizes a UC faculty or staff member for shaping students’ personal and professional development. Summerlin, who has been at UC since 1970, has received over 20 educational and teaching awards, including the A.B. Dolly Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching.

A&S Tribunal helps students form a voice on campus

February 2, 2022

In early 2020, after COVID-19 moved classes online, the University of Cincinnati implemented a pass/fail option. This allowed students who were worried about the effect of a low grade on their GPA to choose to have their instructor either pass or fail them, thus ensuring that remote learning wouldn’t reflect on their record. (Separated the ideas up a bit) The College of Arts & Sciences was one of the first colleges to adopt the pass/fail option, and eventually, each college on UC’s campus would adopt the policy. The A&S Tribunal, the College of Arts & Sciences’ student-led governing body, was instrumental in the implementation of this policy.    Isabel Slonneger, Vice President of the A&S Tribunal, recalls the purpose of the pass/fail initiative: “Tribunal is for advocating on behalf of students,” she says. Pass/fail has been vital for students, especially those who do not thrive in an online learning environment.     The pass/fail initiative is only one of many initiatives that the A&S Tribunal spearheads. As the student government for the College of Arts & Sciences, the Tribunal works to represent students and their needs and make changes that will benefit both. Any A&S student can join the Tribunal, and it’s one step closer to making connections, new friends and changes that matter on UC’s campus. (nut graf) 

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