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Dr. Rick StevensDr. Rick Stevens is the holder of the Upshaw Family Professorship for the College of Arts, Education and Sciences.

Stevens is an assistant professor of psychology and has been a faculty member of the Department of Behavioral Science since 1997.

Stevens earned a Bachelor of Science from Phillips University, and then a Master’s of Science from the University of Oklahoma. He continued his education at the University of Oklahoma to earn his Ph. D. in 1990.

Stevens’ research is currently focused on gender differences in special location abilities within virtual worlds. He is also planning research into eyewitness testimony and how the presentation of faces may affect recall.

Stevens has written many journal articles in his field and has given over thirty presentations of his work, the more recent article and presentation being that of “Memory Enhancement Using Virtual Worlds,” in 2012.

Stevens is a member of a number of national organizations including the Council of Teachers of Undergraduate Psychology, the Society for Applied Research in memory and Cognition, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, the National Social Science Association, the American psychological Society, Psi Chi, and Omicron Delta kappa.

Stevens has raised over $67,000 for various research and grant proposals over his career and currently has a proposal titled, “Disciplinary Enrichment Using 3-Web in an Enlarged Statewide Second-Life Grid.”

Stevens sits on many ULM committees including the Curriculum Revision Task Force, the University Curriculum Committee, the Technology Steering Committee, and the Library Committee.

Stevens is also the recipient of the LACUE Teacher of the Year – Region 8 award for 2009 as well as the recipient of the Upshaw Family Professorship from 2011-2013.              

About the Endowment: 

The Upshaw Family Professorship for the College of Arts, Education and Sciences endowment was established to encourage and reward excellence in teaching, learning and research at ULM.