April 01, 2014
Associate Professor of Psychology Barb Lewis may be retiring, but the contributions she’s made to Susquehanna and the community during her 35 year tenure will continue to have a lasting impact.
“When I think of Dr. Lewis, I think of her real dedication to students and her work on Study Buddy,” says Provost and Dean of the FacultyLinda McMillin. “She’s been a backbone of that organization.”
Study Buddy is a tutoring program that matches Susquehanna students with pupils in Selinsgrove Area Intermediate School. Lewis, who specializes in educational psychology, has helped the program flourish as its longtime adviser, and conducted research on the effectiveness of Study Buddy that helped her improve the quality of tutoring.
Though she will no longer be at the program’s helm, Study Buddy is on course to continue benefiting the students it serves, while providing valuable and meaningful experiences for the tutors.
Through the years, Lewis has also ignited students’ passion for research. She has explored topics such as cheating and moral development, multiple intelligences and careers, procrastination and plagiarism, various learning styles, and service learning. Her research is driven by a desire to improve classroom practice and help students. For example, she has drawn on her research about multiple intelligences and careers to help students as they evaluate potential career paths.
“I’ve really enjoyed mentoring students in research. Seeing a student become excited about research, then follow up with it in grad school, has been very exciting to me,” Lewis says. She appreciates Susquehanna’s small student-faculty ratio that allows faculty to conduct collaborative research with students and become mentors rather than “just teachers in big lecture halls.” In addition to enjoying the connections she has made with students, Lewis has loved working with her colleagues in the psychology department and across campus.
M.L. Klotz, associate professor and former chair of the Department of Psychology, says Lewis “has been a great role model-always ready to learn something new, always ready to listen to the other side of an argument, and always loyal to her students and her colleagues.”