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Laura Koppes Bryan Named Dean of College of Arts and Sciences

June 11, 2012
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Laura Koppes Bryan, professor of psychology and director of the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, has been named dean of the University of Baltimore's Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences. Bryan, a U.S. Fulbright Scholar who has served in a number of academic and administrative positions at that institution and at others prior, will start in her new role as dean on Aug 1.

"Transformational institutions require transformational leaders, and Laura Koppes Bryan has exhibited the professional and personal skills that will contribute to UB's continued growth and forward momentum," said UB President Robert Bogomolny. "A vital College of Arts and Sciences is at the core of undergraduate education, and I look forward to working with Dean Bryan and with our exceptional arts and sciences faculty."

"I am very impressed with the talented faculty, staff and students at the University of Baltimore," Bryan said. "I am honored to serve as the dean and look forward to contributing to the achievement of the University’s vision and mission."

At the University of West Florida, Bryan began as a tenured professor of psychology and chair of her department in 2007. At the same time, she also was founder and co-director of the university’s Center for Applied Psychology. Bryan became director of the School of Psychological and Behavioral Sciences in 2010 and interim director of the institution’s Women’s Studies Program that same year. In 2011-12, she also served as special assistant to the provost for strategic planning and resource allocation.

Throughout her tenure at the University of West Florida, Bryan managed various administrative responsibilities for undergraduate and graduate degree programs, strategic planning, budgeting, assessment and other academic matters. She held oversight and leadership positions in fundraising, grants and contracts and in several other areas of focus for the university’s psychological and behavioral studies programs. Her projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and by the State University System of Florida Board of Governors. She also supported professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, including a distinguished speaker series, and created partnerships with professional and community organizations.

Prior to joining the University of West Florida, Bryan served as director of work-life at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., in 2006-07. Before that, she served as an associate professor of psychology (1999-2005) and as the associate vice president of academic affairs (2003-05) for Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky.
Bryan’s honors and awards include the 2012 University of West Florida Award for Leadership in Diversity, the 2012 University of West Florida Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity Award, the 2012 Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the 2007 Champion of Psychology Award from the Association of Psychological Science, Phi Beta Kappa and several others. In 2004, she was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar serving on the Faculty of Economics and Management at the University of Hradec Králové and on the Faculty of Economics at the University of Pardubice, both in the Czech Republic. In 2009-11, Bryan served as president of the Board of Directors of the College & University Work/Family Association.

Among her dozens of peer-reviewed publications are "Do job applicant credit histories predict performance appraisal ratings or termination decisions?" in The Psychologist-Manager Journal (2012); "EEO law and personnel practices" (2011) by Taylor and Francis; "Historical perspectives in industrial and organizational psychology" (2007) by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates; "Using I-O psychology for the greater good: Helping those who help others" (in preparation) by Taylor and Francis; and "Work-Life effectiveness: Implications for organizations" in The Psychologist-Manager Journal (2008).

Bryan holds a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from The Ohio State University as well as a master's and a bachelor's degree, also from Ohio State.

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