Agenda Item No. _______________
Washburn University Board of Regents
SUBJECT: Faculty Personnel
At the end of the 2001 Spring semester, Dr. Delphine Yelen will retire as Professor of the Psychology Department after 38 years of service to Washburn University.
Dr. Yelen has been a leader for both the Psychology Department and the University throughout her tenure. She served as Chair of the Psychology Department from 1972 to 1978 when she led the department through a difficult transition from part-time instructors to a staff of fully qualified, Ph.D. level, full-time faculty. She laid the groundwork for the development of the Psychology Masters program and was recognized by the Psychology Department in 1998 when she was one of three recipients of the Psychology Department Founders Award. She also served as Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Yelen has served on numerous University Committees, as well as a faculty representative to the Washburn Board of Regents.
Dr. Yelen has been a dedicated teacher. In 1999 the psychology graduate students honored her with their "Outstanding Graduate Faculty" award in recognition of her teaching excellence. She has been published in several psychology journals and is a member of several professional organizations. She has also been elected to honor societies including Psi Chi, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Psychonomic Society.
The title Professor Emeritus is recommended in recognition of Delphine Yelen's long and distinguished career, for her contributions and leadership as department chair, and for her record of 38 years of contributions to the Department of Psychology and Washburn University.
President Farley recommends that the Board honor Dr. Delphine Yelen with the title, Professor Emeritus.
(date) Jerry B. Farley, President