The Society for the
Study of Social Issues



2014 Innovative Teaching Award Winner





Dr. Franco-Zamudio earned her BA from The Ohio State University and her doctorate from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Spring Hill College, a Jesuit College in Mobile, Alabama. She teaches Psychology of Gender, Social Psychology of Social Justice, Personality Theories, General Psychology, Research Experience, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and Social Psychology. She is dedicated to teaching for social justice, developing assignments intended to nurture students’ sense of responsibility and encourage advocacy. She often incorporates the tools available on the SPSSI Advocacy Center and Teaching Resource webpages in her lectures and assignments. Dr. Franco-Zamudio has worked as a legal advocate for women experiencing intimate partner violence and has served on the Board of Directors of local nonprofit organizations serving LGBT youth and inner-city youth. She has received awards for her teaching and service at Spring Hill College. She is a first-generation college student and former Ford Minority Pre-doctoral Fellow. Dr. Franco-Zamudio’s service to SPSSI includes serving as chair of the Graduate Student Committee of SPSSI, chair of the NITOP Award Selection Committee, member of the Diversity Committee, member of the Crosby-Spendlove Student Travel Award Selection Committee, and member of the Dalmas Taylor Summer Minority Public Policy Fellow Selection Committee. She was the 2013 recipient of the Speaker at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP) Award. 

Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.
                                                                                                                    - Kurt Lewin