Dr. Veronica Lewis is the holder of the Kitty DeGree Endowed Professorship in Education.
She emphasizes the importance of education through example as well as instruction. She received undergraduate degrees in psychology and education. After receiving Master of Education and Master of Science degrees from ULM, she earned her Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her area of specialization was school psychology, wherein she has several years of field-based practice.
She has taught psychology courses at the university level for over 22 years through at least 11 different courses. For students studying psychology, she has been major advisor for the completion of 37 graduate student theses and two undergraduate honors projects and has been a graduate committee member on approximately 66 theses. She has assisted four doctoral students with completion of their dissertations.
In 1997, she was selected Outstanding Professor for the College of Education by the ULM Alumni Association. She has given service to 31 departmental and university committees. She has received outstanding/favorite teacher awards from student honor societies, sororities and fraternities, and campus religious organizations. She was the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority faculty advisor for eight years.
For the past 12 years, she has served as director of the School Psychology Training Program, monitoring the operations of the program and advising students regarding suitability for the program, sequence of coursework and adherence to program standards. Supervision of students enrolled in the School Psychology Internship was also her responsibility for 10 of the past 12 years.
She has contributed within her profession at local, state and national levels. She has given at least 58 professional paper presentations at state, regional, national, and international meetings. She has five published articles in national and conference proceedings journals and one book chapter. She has received seven grants designed to enhance the resources and operations of the psychology department and to provide elementary school students with career exposure and direction.
She has served as chairperson of the Ethical and Professional Standards Committee for the National Association of School Psychologists, as well as on the publications board for NASP and the National Editorial Board for the National Forum of Applied Educational Research. She served as chairperson of the NASP Publications Board Convention Committee and the Acquisitions and New Product Development Committee.
Since her appointment to the ULM faculty, she has acted as a community resource, providing over 75 community-based services ranging from guest speaker presentations at school assemblies and official ceremonies to other group activities.
She has been named to the Girl Scout Board of Directors and served a total of seven years. Ten local groups, community service agencies, and national/international organizations have previously honored her with membership on their boards of directors. She holds memberships in four professional associations, several community-based advisory groups and three honor societies.
About the Endowment:
The Kitty DeGree Endowed Professorship in Education endowment was established to encourage and reward excellence in teaching, learning and research at ULM.