Scott-Highhouse

Scott Highhouse awarded Distinguished Research Professorship

BGSU professor recognized for outstanding national and international research

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Dr. Scott Highhouse, professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar in the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been honored with the 2021 Distinguished Research Professorship award this spring.

The recognition as a Distinguished Research Professor is given to exceptional members of the Bowling Green State University faculty who have established outstanding national or international recognition through research and publication, or via achievement in their disciplines.

Highhouse, who joined the Department of Psychology in 1996, is a faculty member in the Industrial Organizational program and he has played a pivotal role in helping the psychology doctoral program achieve consistent ranking as one of the top programs in the nation by US News & World Report. His work has been cited 8,764 times, and in his endorsement of the nomination of Highhouse for this award, Dr. Dale Klopfer, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said that even when judged by the most strict criteria, Highhouse's work “would seem to put him in rarefied air.”

In his nomination of Highhouse for the Distinguished Research Professor distinction, Dr. Michael J. Zickar, Sandman Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology, called Highhouse “the most important scholar of our time” related to his work in “applying research in the basic domain of judgment and decision-making to the realm of personnel selection.”

Zickar also buttressed that endorsement by reiterating the frequency in which Highhouse's work is cited by researchers around the world, and the lengths which Highhouse has gone to in order to translate his research ideas into helping the federal government and private entities arrive at more sound hiring and personnel decisions.

Highhouse has earned a prominent reputation across the globe as a leader in advancing scientific practices in industrial-organizational psychology and, in collaboration with University Libraries and the International Personnel Assessment Council, created the journal “Personnel Assessment and Decisions”. This publication, which undergoes a rigorous peer review process to ensure that the research is of the highest order, is a vital source of research and information that is disseminated around the world free of charge. The journal is expected to continue to play a key role in bringing quality research to the field in the coming years and decades.

Highhouse, who has graduated 21 doctoral students since his arrival at BGSU, was an invited speaker at a recent meeting of the preeminent psychological research society in the world, the Association for Psychological Science. He has served as a visiting scholar at universities in Singapore and Sweden, and is an honored Fellow in the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.

His ability to research and share his work across the educational landscape was cited by Zickar, who applauded Highhouse's ability and willingness to use every opportunity “to help communicate the importance of using objective measures and tools for helping organizations make better decisions.”

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