Jefferson Singer, Dean of the College, Faulk Foundation Professor, Department of Psychology

Jefferson Singer

Dean of the College

As Dean of the College, Jefferson Singer is responsible for the quality of the academic experience for all students. He oversees academic priorities related to general education, advising, international education, academic support, career advising and life after college. He also oversees the management and operation of offices and centers that provide advising and support for the academic program on campus and abroad.

The Faulk Foundation Professor of Psychology at Connecticut College, Singer is an award-winning teacher, scholar and psychotherapist who specializes in the fields of personality and autobiographical memory. He earned a bachelor's degree from Amherst College, then a Master of Science in psychology, a Master of Philosophy in psychology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Yale University. He joined the faculty of Connecticut College in 1988.

During his nearly three decades at Connecticut College, Singer has served the institution in a wide variety of roles: as department chair; as inaugural director of Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy; as chair of the Multicultural Diversity Steering Committee; and as a member of countless other College committees. He has also served as a Posse mentor and as an adviser to many student groups.

Most recently, as chair of the Faculty Steering and Conference Committee, Singer led the effort to revise the College's approach to general education.

Singer is the author of six books and more than 100 articles, chapters and book reviews. In 2008, he received the Nancy Batson Nisbet Rash Faculty Research Award from the College, presented annually to a faculty member for outstanding scholarly or artistic accomplishments. In 2010, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA) bestowed on him the Henry A. Murray Award in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the study of lives. And in 2013, he and his colleagues in the psychology department received the APA Culture of Service Award, an honor that recognizes a commitment to service in the psychological sciences.


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