Wattles receives FMU diversity award

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Dr. Wattles
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Dr. Will Wattles, Francis Marion University, chair of the Department of Psychology and coordinator of the Master of Science in Psychology program, (clinical/counseling option), is the seventh recipient of the FMU African American Faculty and Staff Coalition (AAFSC) Diversity Award.

It seeks to recognize a faculty or staff member for their significant contributions to enhance the university’s diversity and inclusiveness on and off campus.

“Dr. Wattles is the kind of individual who not only embraces diversity and cultural awareness but rather embodies it with a commitment and hope to see it expressed throughout our university,” says H. Vashon Brown Jr., a member of the AAFSC, who introduced Wattles at the celebration.

Wattles has been employed with the university since 1995, initially as an assistant professor of psychology. He’s taught undergraduate and graduate courses in statistics, group therapy, psychotherapy, child development, and health psychology and quantitative and psychometric methods. He also serves as the coordinator of the REAL Program (Ready to Experience Applied Learning) for FMU, which provides funding and assessment for experiential learning activities campus-wide. Wattles currently serves on the S.C. Board of Examiners in Psychology.

He is a licensed clinical psychologist and a member of the Association for Psychological Science. Will received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Tufts University, a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Texas-Austin and a Doctor of Philosophy in clinical/community psychology from the University of South Carolina.

Past recipients include Crystal Graham, instructor of nursing and simulation coordinator (2015); Yvonne Davis, acquisitions coordinator (2014); Dr. Rhonda Brogdon, coordinator of the RN to BSN Program and assistant professor of nursing (2013); Angela Crosland, director of communications (2012); Dr. Louis Venters, assistant professor of history (2011); and Dr. Rebecca Lawson, director of Counseling and Testing and psychology professor (2010).

Author: Jana Pye

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