Psychology Professor Kelly Lambert
The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) has selected Kelly Lambert,
and Joan Brock Professor of Psychology at Randolph-Macon College, as the
2013 recipient of The H. Hiter Harris Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate
The award, presented at a VFIC luncheon on November 7, 2013, recognizes Lambert
for her commitment to the craft of classroom teaching, the teaching-learning process,
and the development of each student as an individual. In receiving the prestigious
award, Lambert joins the five prior Harris Award recipients.
“I’m especially honored considering the impressive quality of professors at R-MC
and throughout the VFIC network of colleges and universities,” says Lambert. “I
continue to learn about effective teaching from both my colleagues and my students
and hope those skills will continue to evolve for the rest of my career. I’m fortunate
to have the opportunity to introduce the disciplines of psychology and neuroscience
to my students—it allows me to be a perpetual student myself!”
“I join the Randolph-Macon College community in congratulating Professor Lambert,”
says R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren. “Kelly’s teaching and scholarship are inspiring,
as is her commitment to research and to the students at Randolph-Macon College.
She has richly earned this recognition and we are thrilled that the VFIC has chosen
to honor her extraordinary accomplishments.”
“Professor Lambert is a gifted teacher, internationally recognized scholar, and
prolific author,” says Randolph-Macon College Provost William T. Franz. “She is
also one award shy of a career million dollar achievement [in grant funding], rarefied
air for a professor whose core mission is the education of undergraduates.”
The Harris Award was created through an endowment gift from the family of the late
Hiter Harris Jr., a leading Virginia banker and a member of VFIC’s board from 1973-98.
It includes a stipend to support the recipient’s scholarly research and professional
development activities. The Harris family endowed the award to highlight the special
features of VFIC colleges and universities by recognizing faculty members “whose
professional history reflects a strong, clear and abiding commitment to excellence
in classroom teaching within the undergraduate liberal arts and sciences.”
The VFIC, founded in 1952, is a nonprofit organization that raises funds and coordinates
collaborative programs to strengthen 15 leading independent colleges and universities
Emory & Henry College
Sweet Briar College
University of Richmond
Mary Baldwin College
Virginia Wesleyan College
Washington and Lee University
The VFIC has generated over $145 million to strengthen Virginia’s independent college
sector and is nationally recognized for the innovative projects and programs it
has developed for these institutions.
About Kelly Lambert
Kelly Lambert is the
Macon and Joan Brock Professor and Chair of the
Psychology Department at Randolph-Macon College. In addition to teaching
psychology and neuroscience courses, she maintains a behavioral neuroscience laboratory
where she and her students investigate the plasticity of the mammalian brain. Her
work investigating the paternal brain was recently funded by the National Science
Foundation. She served as president of the International Behavioral Neuroscience
Society from 2009-2011 and has published research articles in journals such as Nature,
Scientific American, and Behavioral Neuroscience. In 2001 she
received the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia Outstanding Faculty
Award, and in 2007 she was awarded the Samuel Nelson Gray Distinguished Professor
Award at R-MC. In 2008 Lambert was named the
Virginia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement
of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Lambert also serves as co-director of R-MC’s Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship
(SURF) program along with
Chemistry Professor Serge Schreiner. SURF offers students the unique opportunity
to conduct 10 weeks of full-time, original research during the summer months, under
the guidance of a faculty mentor.
In addition, Lambert was instrumental in helping establish
R-MC’s field laboratory at the DuMond Conservancy for Primates and Tropical Forests
in Miami, Florida. The lab opened in summer 2013.
Lambert’s books include Clinical Neuroscience: Psychopathology and the Brain
(with coauthor Craig Kinsley, Oxford University Press, 2010), Lifting Depression:
A neuroscientist’s hands-on approach to activating your brain’s healing power
(Basic Books, 2008), and The Lab Rat Chronicles: A neuroscientist reveals life lessons
from the planet’s most successful mammals (Perigee, 2011). She is currently
writing Biopsychology (Oxford University Press). Lambert earned her B.A.
from Samford University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. She
joined the faculty at R-MC in 1989.