ROCK HILL, S.C. - Joe Prus will become the new chair of the Department of Psychology at Winthrop University in August.
Prus, a psychology professor who serves as the director of the school psychology program and the university’s Assessment Office, will oversee a department of 13 full-time and five part-time professors.
"In his many roles at Winthrop and in national organizations, Prus has earned the respect and support of his colleagues," said Debra Boyd, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "An excellent teacher, scholar, and administrator, Prus will lead the Psychology Department into a new era of achievement and build on the strong record of the department."
Boyd said the Department of Psychology has grown and flourished under the leadership of Mel Goldstein, who announced earlier this year that he planned to step down after 15 years as department chair. "Dr. Prus brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position, and I look forward to working with him in this new capacity," Boyd added.
Prus has taught at Winthrop since 1980 and was selected Winthrop’s Distinquished professor in 1989.
He coauthored a grant to establish the University’s Office of Assessment in 1988 and has directed that office since its inception. This has given him assessment and evaluation experience on a variety of local, state, and federal grants and projects. He also has published extensively in the fields of psychology, education and assessment.
"The Department of Psychology at Winthrop has an excellent record at both the undergraduate and graduate level of quality teaching, scholarship, and service, and I am honored to be a part of that tradition," Prus said. "I look forward to working with colleagues in my new capacity to help make Winthrop the place to go in the state and region to study psychology and obtain a high quality overall academic experience."
In addition, Prus has served as the chair of the National Association of School Psychologists accreditation board and a liaison to National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for more than 10 years. He has chaired NCATE’s Specialty Area Studies Board, and currently is chair of the NCATE Executive Board.
Prus earned all of his degrees at the University of Kentucky, culminating with a Ph.D. in School Psychology. His specialties are developmental disabilities, family consultation, and professional accreditation and licensing standards.