RMPA Distinguished Service Award 


Congratulations Dr. Eric Landrum

Winner of the 2018 RMPA Service Award

The 2018 Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. R. Eric Landrum at the April Business Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Landrum is a professor of psychology at Boise State University. Dr. Landrum’s service to RMPA dates back many years and includes service on the Program Review Committee, Psi Chi Vice President for the Rocky Mountain region and President of RMPA. A hallmark of his service has been his contributions to the annual conferences where he has presented research on teaching, moderated numerous sessions, sponsored invited speakers and mentored student involvement.

Dr. Landrum’s history of service has not been limited to RMPA. He is a and a past-President of the Council for Teachers of Undergraduate Psychology, past-Secretary and past-President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2), and a past-Regional Vice President and past-President of Psi Chi. He has moderated Psi Chi sponsored talks, mentored student presentations, organized events, hosted speakers and social hours, and contributed to the student pre-conference. He has served APA as a working group chair at the 2008 APA National Conference on Undergraduate Education in Psychology. In 2012, he served on the Board of Educational Affairs Task Force on Psychology Major Competencies, which revised the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major. He currently serves as co-editor of APA’s Journal on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Landrum’s research interests center on the educational conditions that best facilitate student success and the use of SoTL strategies to advance the efforts of scientist-educators. He is the author of over 25 books and book chapters as well as 75 scholarly articles. His work in advancing the teaching of psychology, especially undergraduate education was recognized by an APA Presidential Citation in 2014.

Previous Award Winners:

In 1978 the Association started a procedure whereby members of the Association who have given their time and efforts over and above that which would be normally required should receive special recognition. That year, the Association established a Distinguished Service Award which was a small means whereby individuals could be afforded special recognition. Since that time several individuals have been so honored. The honorees are:


1978               Bernard Spilka          University of Denver

1981               Ralph D. Norman       University of New Mexico

1982               William H Brown       Utah Psychological Center

                        Alice R. Fehrenbach Denver, Colorado

                        Wilson J. Walthall      University of Wyoming

                        Helen Wilson            Eastern Montana College

1983               Irwin H. Cohen          V.A. Hospital, Denver, Colorado

                        Henry C. Ellis              University of New Mexico

                        W. C. Leiding              Lovelace Medical Center

                        Earl E. Swartzlander Denver, Colorado

1984               Robert H. Bruce         University of Wyoming

                        Harrie F. Hess            University of Nevada, Las Vegas

1985               Paul Porter                University of Utah

                        Sheila Dietz                Colorado State University

1986               Janet Wollersheim    University of Montana

1987               Richard G. Weigel      Colorado State University

1988               W. C. Leiding              Lovelace Medical Center

                        David Thomas           University of Colorado, Boulder

                        Harl H. Young            Metropolitan State College

                        Michael Wertheimer University of Colorado, Boulder

1989               Sara Lyon James        SE Wyoming Mental Health Center

                        Neil Bartlett               University of Arizona

1991               Theodore H. Cutler   University of Denver

1992               Len Haas                    University of Utah

1993               Janet Kay Schnorr     Northern Arizona University

1994               Michael Wertheimer University of Colorado, Boulder

1995               Robert L. Atwell         Denver, Colorado

1996               Karen E. Ford            Mesa State College

1997               William Wallace         University of Nevada, Reno

1998               Susan Bromley          University of Northern Colorado

                        William J. Wozniak    University of Nebraska at Kearney

1999               No award given

2000               Paul A. Bell                 Colorado State University

2001               Kenneth Nikels          University of Nebraska at Kearney

2002               Pennie Seibert           Boise State University

                        Roger Fouts                Central Washington University

2003               Rick Miller                  University of Nebraska at Kearney

2004               Mitch Handelsman    University of Colorado at Denver

                        Wayne Viney              Colorado State University

2005               Diane Martichuski     University of Colorado Boulder

2006               Alice Healy                 University of Colorado Boulder

2007               Michelle Butler          U.S. Air Force Academy

                        Mark McDaniel          Washington University

2008               Nancy Karlin              University of Northern Colorado

2009               Ross Loomis               Colorado State University

2010               Judith A. Sugar          University of Nevada Reno

2011               Cheryl Sanders          Metropolitan State College of Denver

2012               Eric Amsel                  Weber State University

2013               William D. Woody      University of Northern Colorado

2014               Robert Rycek             University of Nebraska at Kearney

2015               Steve Barney             Southern Utah University

2016               Anna Ropp                 Metropolitan State University of Denver

2017               Leslie Alvarez             Adams State University

2018               Eric Landrum              Boise State University