James L. Phillips

Title: Retired Professor
Company: Oklahoma State University
Location: Apache Junction, Arizona, United States

James L. Phillips, Retired Professor at Oklahoma State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in psychology education.

Having originally pursued the study of chemistry, Dr. Phillips found a stronger passion within the field of psychology during his undergraduate years. He achieved a Bachelor of Science in psychology, with distinction, from the University of Arizona in 1960 and went on to earn a Master of Science in psychology in 1962 and a Doctor of Philosophy in social psychology in 1964, both from the University of Southern Illinois. Upon achieving his doctorate, his dissertation was awarded an honorable mention among all psychology dissertations. To add to his educational prowess, Dr. Phillips conducted a National Institute of Mental Health-funded postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University. The now distinguished educator attributes his success to hard work, the support of his wife and the genuine enjoyment of his work.

Most recently in his career, Dr. Phillips served Oklahoma State University as a psychology professor from 1977 until his retirement in 1995. During that time, he had also excelled as the psychology department chair and was honorably named Teacher of the Year in 1994. Prior, Dr. Phillips gained teaching experience at Michigan State University as a psychology professor between 1965 and 1977. Starting as an assistant professor, he was promoted to associate professor and full professor and had also held positions with the Human Learning Research Institute, Computer Institute for Social Science Research as director and the College of Social Sciences as assistant dean. Throughout the course of his renowned career, Dr. Phillips authored numerous research articles that were published in professional journals, and he supervised the graduate work of more than 30 students. To remain aware of changes in his field, he holds membership with the American Psychological Association and Midwestern Psychological Association.

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