Title: Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Company: Sam Houston State University
Location: Huntsville, Texas, United States
Richard F. Eglsaer, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Sam Houston State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in psychology.
Dr. Eglsaer got involved in his profession because he always enjoyed teaching. When his current position became available, he felt challenged and grateful for the opportunity. He had been very happy with teaching but when he was asked to take over as head of the honors program at the university he jumped at the chance. He considers it the best job on campus because it allows him to not only teach but work with some of the best students there. He started his career at Austin Independent School District in 1978 an evaluator, a position he held until 1983. While in that position, in 1980 he also became the assistant principal and school psychologist of the school district until 1983. In 2000, Dr. Eglsaer joined Sam Houston State University as a professor of psychology, a position he maintains to this day. He also became the provost and vice president for academic affairs in 2017, continuing in that position to this day.
Dr. Eglsaer started his higher education at St. Mary’s University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and government in 1971 and a Master of Arts in Psychology in 1974. From there, he received a Doctor of Philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin in 1979. As a testament to his success, Dr. Eglsaer received the William Plater Award, was named an Outstanding Chief Academic Officer and Leadership in Civic Engagement from the American Association of Psychologists. He also received an SME Award and an Outstanding Advising Award. Dr. Eglsaer has been inducted as a member of the American Association of State College and Universities, the American Psychological Association and the Texas Psychological Association.
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