Dr. Don Poe, Pfeiffer University faculty member and scholar, to speak at 2017 Spring Commencement

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Pfeiffer University announces that Dr. Donald B. Poe, Jr., professor of psychology and former dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, will address the class of 2017 at its commencement exercises, Sat., May 13, 10:30 a.m., Misenheimer campus, 48380 U.S. Highway 52N.

Dr. Poe, who joined Pfeiffer in 2003 as director of institutional research and planning, added teaching to his responsibilities a year later, an assignment he still holds. Among the courses he has taught over the years are Introduction to Psychology, Statistics, Research Methods, Psychology and the Law, Social Psychology, Physiological Psychology, and Cognitive Processes. In 2008, he discontinued his post in institutional research when he became dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, a position he held until 2012. He then spent the next four years as chair of the Social Sciences department.

“Graduation is a time to celebrate what makes Pfeiffer special and focus on students and their relationships with faculty and staff as they transition to being alumni,” said Dr. Colleen Perry Keith, president. “Because of Don’s long tenure at Pfeiffer and the relationships he expertly builds with students and his colleagues across the institution, his message is sure to resonate with graduates and visitors alike; surely it will reflect the essence of the Pfeiffer spirit.”

Prior to arriving at Pfeiffer, Dr. Poe held a number of faculty and staff positions along the East Coast of the United States in higher education and with the federal government. These include Applied Research Analysts, McLean, Va.; USDA Graduate School; American University, School of Communication and School of Public Affairs; Mount Holyoke College; and Hampshire College.

Dr. Poe holds a doctorate in social psychology from Cornell University, a master of arts in social psychology from Virginia Polytech Institute and State University, and a bachelor of arts in psychology from Duke University. He is the author of numerous papers and addresses on topics such as teaching statistics, belief in the paranormal, the effects of environment changes in hospital units, the search decisions of customs officials and more. He’s published two books titled Samson’s Rock and Huh. I Didn’t Know That. He holds memberships in Psi Chi, an international psychology honor society; Phi Kappa Phi, a multidiscipline international graduate academic honor society; and Phi Delta Sigma, Pfeiffer’s scholastic honor society.