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Psychology professor Huss honored with national teaching and mentoring award

Matthew T. Huss, Ph.D., a professor of psychology, was awarded the 2016 American Psychology-Law Society Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award.A Creighton University psychology professor has earned a prestigious teaching award from a division of the American Psychological Association focused on psychology and the law.

Matthew T. Huss, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Psychology, was announced as the 2016 American Psychology-Law Society Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in the Field of Psychology and Law Award winner on Jan. 12. Huss will be presented with the award March 10 during the AP-LS Annual Conference in Atlanta.

Nominees for the award have made substantial contributions to student training in the field of psychology and law and have been teaching for at least eight years.

Evidence of Huss’ prowess as a teacher is found in the successes of his students, many of whom have distinguished themselves in the field of psychology by publishing research and delivering presentations. Former students have also been admitted to doctoral programs around the country, including at Stanford and Yale.

In a letter to the AP-LS in support of Huss’ nomination for the award, seven of his former students wrote of their one-time professor’s across-the-board commitment to students, be they in an introductory course or a more advanced one. Even after students began navigating their careers outside his classroom and the University, the letter said, Huss made himself available for counsel and guidance.

“Many of us have sought his advice and insight while in graduate school and beyond, and without fail he provides perhaps a different view of a difficult situation or for many of us, reassurance that we have the grit to make it through,” the letter read. “Simply put, we are each better researchers, scholars, teachers, and frankly, better humans for working with Dr. Huss.”

Huss, who has been on the faculty at Creighton since 2000, studies forensic-clinical psychology with a focus on the prediction of violence, domestic violence and sex offenders. His other research interests run to the study of jurors’ notions of insanity and the admissibility of scientific evidence at trial.

Already a decorated educator, Huss earned the 2013 Nebraska Professor of the Year Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2013, he was also the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship.

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