After 25 years of service, Jerry Bruce decided last summer to step down as chairman of Sam Houston State University's Department of Psychology and Philosophy, which had grown to 600 undergraduate majors, 45 masters students
and 18 doctoral students. Replacing him as acting chair was Richard Eglsaer.
Now, just five months into his "acting" tenure, in a move called
"highly unusual" by Kenneth Craycraft, dean of the College of Education
and Applied Science, Eglsaer has been named chair, effective at the
beginning of the 2000-2001 fall semester.
Craycraft explained that when the department's tenured professors
gathered in December for a scheduled comprehensive three-year review of
the chair position, they recommended unanimously that Eglsaer be
offered a three-year appointment. Craycraft forwarded the
recommendation, and Eglsaer accepted the position.
"He had extremely strong faculty and staff support, which is a tribute
administrative talents," said Craycraft.
Eglsaer came to Sam Houston State
University in 1983, and since that time, he has coordinated the school
psychology training program. In addition to teaching in the Department of
Psychology and serving as acting director for four months, Eglsaer has been
director of the university honors program since 1993. Although he will step
down as director of the honors program at the beginning of the fall semester, he will
complete his appointment as chair of the Great Plains Honors Council.
Prior to coming to SHSU, Eglsaer worked as a middle school language
arts teacher in San Antonio. He earned his bachelor's (1971) and master's
(1974) degrees from St. Mary's University in San Antonio and his doctorate
from the University of Texas at Austin (1979).
After earning his doctorate he worked for the Austin school district as a
researcher and subsequently as the assistant principal and psychologist for
the Austin Independent School District's alternative high school.
Since coming to Sam Houston State University, Eglsaer has been active on
campus. In the 1991-'92 academic year he chaired the university's faculty
senate. He is currently on the athletic council and has served
as executive chair of the library committee for the recently completed
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation process.
He serves or has served on committees or subcommittees on admissions, retention, student profile, institutional image, handicapped students, Orange Key selection and as a general studies adviser. He has also served as a psychological consultant to a number
of local school districts. He has had more than 25 professional publications
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SHSU Media Contact: Frank Krystyniak
Feb. 11, 2000
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