Dawson hopes to guide students in learning how to refine and integrate multiple sources of information into cohesive thoughts – ones that they can apply to their daily lives.
I earned both my BS and MS degrees from Georgia Southern State University where I majored in Psychology and Experimental Psychology. I continued my education at the University of Georgia and earned a Ph.D. degree in Industrial Organization Psychology.
I currently serve as the Dept. of Psychological Science coordinator where I facilitate the organization of our course schedules and organize mass advising events. As the Leadership Coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Civil Leadership Minor, I oversee students’ internships and advise our 50 + leadership minors. These internships include P-12 schools, businesses, and local government sites. I am also the tri-chair for the UNG Annual Research Conference (ARC); the co-chair for Psi Chi chapter (an international honor society for Psychology majors and minors); and one of the faculty advisors for the African-American Male Initiative (AAMI).
I have always been interested in the study of psychology and particularly industrial organization which is an intersection of the relationship between the workplace and psychology. Average adults spend up to 1/3rd of their lives either working or thinking about work so many aspects of our lives are tied to the workplace. My area of research involves the analysis of diversity and leadership within the workplace which I believe is a growing and necessary field of research and the statistician in me enjoys trying to make predictions of human behaviors based on hundreds if not thousands of data points.
I am heavily involved in undergraduate research because the students inspire me to push them to do bigger and better research projects. I enjoy building upon their projects to bring them to the level of graduate students which may result in publications and presentations.
I am so pleased to have both departmental and university support for my pod cast initiative through funding by the Presidential Academic Innovation Award. I recently received the “Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities” recognition. And lastly, I was honored to be the invited speaker for the inaugural African-American Male Initiative “My Journey” series.
My hope is to guide them in learning how to refine and integrate multiple sources of information into cohesive thoughts – ones that they can apply to their daily lives.