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Ithaca College Psychology Professor Earns National Teaching Award

ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College professor of psychology Barney Beins has been recognized nationally for his many years of teaching excellence and his broader influence on psychology education. Beins was presented with the 2010 Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA), held in August in San Diego.

The award is given each year by the American Psychological Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the APA, in recognition of outstanding career contributions to the teaching of psychology. Beins has taught at Ithaca College since 1986 and served as chair of the Department of Psychology in the School of Humanities and Sciences since 2003.

The award citation calls Beins “a teacher’s teacher,” noting that, “One cannot have a conversation, attend a meeting or socialize with Barney without learning something worth remembering. Among psychology teachers, the liberal arts have no greater friend than Barney, who is always prepared to recommend a good book, cite a relevant experiment or offer a cogent quote.”

Beins has served in a number of leadership roles with the APA and is an elected fellow of the organization’s Society for the Teaching of Psychology and Society for International Psychology, as well as of the American Psychological Society. He is the author of the textbooks “Research Methods: A Tool for Life” and “Effective Writing in Psychology: Papers, Posters, and Presentations,” and has held editorial positions with the “Journal of the History of Psychology,” “Teaching of Psychology” and “Gale Encyclopedia of Psychology.”

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