Dr. Tori Kearns, Professor of Psychology, was picked for the American Psychological Association 2016 Teaching Resources Award after the review of numerous submissions by the APA Committee on Associate and Baccalaureate Education (CABE). The committee selected Dr. Kearns’ submission on Cultural Exploration Projects, a lesson she designed and uses in her General Psychology courses. In recognition of this prestigious award she will be honored at the CABE/Psi Beta Reception and Awards Ceremony at the APA Annual Convention in Denver, Colorado this August. Dr. Kearns’ innovative submission will also be shared with other psychology teachers across the country through publication on the APA web site and in the CABE Psychology Teacher Network newsletter. Dr. Kearns has taught at EGSC since 2005. She also served as Disability Counselor for 6 years. Previously, she was Liaison for the Regents Center for Learning Disorders at Georgia Southern University. She is currently Psychology Academic Coordinator and representative to the BOR Psychology Advisory Board. As a Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Kearns has conducted assessments for nearly 20 years and served as a consultant to the Educational Testing Service since 2004. She received the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award in Social Sciences and a 2014 Affordable Learning Georgia grant with Professor Deborah Lee.
According to Dr. Lee Cheek, Dean of the School of Social Sciences at East Georgia State College, “Dr. Kearns is a world class innovator of teaching practices, and it is exceedingly appropriate that the most influential professional society of psychologists in the world has now recognized her gifts and graces.”
Dr. Kearns' primary research interests are in assessment and accommodation of students with learning disorders at the high school and postsecondary levels. She has published a book “Making the Call: Determining Who Qualifies as Learning Disabled” and presented at numerous national and international conferences on this topic. Dr. Kearns also has interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning as it pertains to psychology student success and cross-cultural understanding.