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2010 Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award Winner (Contingent and/or Community College Faculty)




Dr. Wayne Klug, Berkshire Community College

Dr. Klug's primary research interest involves the effects of social institutions on adolescent and young adult development, and has involved collaboration with many of his students. Their studies have examined the dynamics of families in Toughlove; psychological correlates of school tracking; and, most recently, the psychological effects of war on veterans. Dr. Klug's mentorship allowed students to present their work on cognitive dissonance in Iraq War veterans at the 2008 APA convention, marking the first time research by community college students had been presented there.  In expanded form, the study became a chapter in “Treating Young Veterans”, published by Springer in 2011.

Dr. Klug has demonstrated an ability to inspire critical thought among his students, and has been described as an "amazing teacher, mentor, and friend." In his work in policy-relevant research, he has shown a clear commitment to social issues, exemplary qualities in a SPSSI scholar. More information on Dr. Klug can be found here.

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