Fri, May 21 2010LeTourneau University Professor of Psychology Dr. Vicki Sheafer was recently presented the Robert H. Selby Teaching Scholar Award for exemplifying the highest standards of teaching excellence. Recipients are nominated and selected by faculty vote.
The Selby Award is the highest recognition the university offers for effectiveness in teaching, dedication to LeTourneau University and Christian education, helpfulness to students, spiritual leadership, scholarship and professional development. The award is named after the late Dr. Robert H. Selby, a beloved LeTourneau faculty member from the 1970s who taught history and died at an early age of pancreatic cancer. Selby wrote his doctoral dissertation on how World War II was won using R.G. LeTourneau’s earth-moving equipment.
“Vicki exemplifies the characteristics that define a true teacher-scholar,” said Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert W. Hudson. “She is a significant academician in the classroom and also pursues her passion and gifting for psychology to help those less fortunate in the community.”
Sheafer chairs LETU’s Department of Psychology in the School of Education. She has served in many leadership roles since she came to the university in Fall1994. She has served as editor of the School of Education newsletter; faculty sponsor for Kappa Psi Delta honor fraternity; chair of the Teaching Faculty Organization’s academic affairs committee and is the only faculty member to serve twice as president of the TFO; member of the faculty development grant committee; member of the Heritage Scholarship interview committee; and a member of IMPACT (Influencing Many As Christ Taught) student leader selection interview committee. Sheafer taught at Miami University and Northern Kentucky University prior to coming to LETU.
Sheafer earned her doctorate in social psychology from Miami University in 1994, after having earned her master’s in psychology there in 1992. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from Union College in 1990. She was inducted to the LETU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004 after having served for seven years as assistant coach to LETU women’s basketball team directed by Coach Mary Ann Otwell. Sheafer has served on the university’s intercollegiate athletics committee, social activities committee and presidential search committee, among others. She has been a community volunteer at Hope Haven Home for Women and Children and at Redemption House. She also has served as a member of the Gregg-Harrison Counties Homeless Consortium.
Sheafer has served as principal investigator on two grants: one to treat homeless adults with co-occurring psychiatric and substance abuse disorders and another designed to deliver primary care and mental health care to isolated, chronically ill population groups in two East Texas counties. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and the American Association of Christian Counselors.