Psychology professor Ron Craig, Ph.D., named Advisor of the Year05/19/2014
In recognition of his contributions to student success through effective advising, Ron Craig, Ph.D., of the Edinboro University Psychology Department was named the University’s Advisor of the Year.
The award, presented at EU’s Academic Honors Convocation, annually honors a faculty member whose exemplary advising skills demonstrably contribute to the success of students.
Dr. Craig, a member of the Edinboro faculty since 1997, was nominated by student Mary Dodds, who wrote that he “took the time and interest in me and my success so that I was truly able to make the most out of my time here at Edinboro and be well-prepared for the next step in my education.”
In a letter of support for the nomination, faculty colleague Gary Labine, Ph.D., Edinboro’s 2013 Advisor of the Year, wrote:
“Simply put, Dr. Craig is, and has been for many years, an exceptional advisor. … In addition to providing high-quality service to his personal advisees, many colleagues both within and outside our department refer their students to Dr. Craig for information about graduate schools, careers, and participation in the research process. Many students specifically request Dr. Craig as their advisor because of his expertise, competence, energy, patience, and approachability.”
Cynthia Legin-Bucell, Ph.D., chair of the Psychology Department, said Dr. Craig “provides more to his students than accurate course guidance and degree completion planning. Dr. Craig makes time to know his students and their aspirations. He provides direction that helps them realize what they hope to accomplish.”
Dr. Craig is a graduate of Boise State University and earned both master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Utah – Salt Lake City. His research and academic interests include developmental psychology, especially issues related to forensic investigation.
A paper he wrote with former students Chelsea Lyle and Josh Karr, “Effects of Media Portrayal on Mock Jurors’ Use of Deceptive Polygraph Evidence,” was published recently in Polygraph, the journal of the American Polygraph Association. Dr. Craig also was a co-author, with Charles R. Honts and Saul M. Kassin, of the paper “‘I’d know a false confession if I saw one’: a constructive replication with juveniles,” which was published in Psychology, Crime & Law.
In addition to his teaching and advising responsibilities, Dr. Craig leads an active Forensic Psychology Research Group for undergraduate students, which actively examines areas related to psychology and the legal system.
He and his wife, Kelly, are the parents of two children, Ethan, 14, and Sydney, 10. He enjoys fly fishing, is a supporter of the performing arts, and serves on the Millcreek Township School District’s Citizens Advisory board.