Dr. Lauren F. V. Scharff  

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Ph.D . Completed December 1992: University of Texas at Austin
Major: Human Experimental Psychology: Sensory Vision and Visual Perception
Minor: Math and Applied Science
Title: Effects of Eccentricity and Convergence on the Critical Disparity Gradient.

M.A. Completed August 1989: University of Texas at Austin
Major: Human Experimental Psychology: Sensory Vision and Visual Perception
Minor: Statistics and Math
Title: The Interaction of Color and Luminance in Random-dot Stereograms Controlled for Chromatic Aberrations.

B.A. Completed May 1987: University of Texas at Austin
Major: Honors Liberal Arts (Plan II); in addition completed basic sequence in honors mechanical engineering.
Title: A Comparative Evaluation Testing the Validity of the Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Finger Tapping Instrument.

Academic Experience

June 2009 – present: Director for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and Professor of Psychology, Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership, USAFA

July 2008 – May 2009: Distinguished Visiting Professor USAFA (Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership)

January 2006 - June 2008: Founding Co-director of the SFA Teaching Excellence Center

April 2003 - full professor promotion approved by Board of Regents :)

Sept. 2002 - Dec. 2005: Graduate Program Coordinator for Psychology Department

April 1999 - associate professor promotion approved by Board of Regents

April 1998 - tenure approved by Board of Regents

May 1996 - August 2002: In charge of development and operations of new Psychology Dept. computer lab

Jan 1993 - Aug 1999: Assistant Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University

Fall 1992: Lab Instructor--Statistics and Research Methodology, UT Austin

Fall 1991: Instructor for Statistical Methods in Psychology, UT Austin

Fall 1987 - Spring 1992: Teaching Assistant UT Austin


  • Outstanding Academy Educators Award for DFE, May 2012
  • AAUW Community Service in Education Award 2008
  • Florence L. Denmark National Faculty Advisor Award (Psi Chi) 2007
  • Psi Chi Regional Faculty Advisor Award for 2004-2005 in the Southwestern Region
  • College Nominee for the Texas Piper Teaching Award 2003, 2005
  • SFA Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching 2000
  • SFA President's Lagniappe Award Fall 1998
    (for work on the ACE/Kellogg Project to revitalize faculty)
  • College of Liberal Arts Teaching Excellence Award 1998
  • SFA President's Lagniappe Award Spring 1998
    (for efforts reworking New Faculty Orientation)
  • AAUW Community Service Award 1998
  • Leadership in Service Award 1996

Grants, Fellowships, etc.

  • Thelma Hunt Research Grant 2008 (Psi Chi): An Implementation and Evaluation of Online Geographical Maps of Psi Chi Chapters
  • Reading Efficiency Using a New Speed-Reading Application (funded by MindTalent through SFA Sponsored Research, August 2007)
  • Summer research support from the San Jose State University Foundation in conjunction with NASA Ames (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
  • Faculty Research Grant 1997-1998: Visual Search Using Naturalistic Stimuli (1-14035)
  • Faculty Research Grant 1995-1996: An Assessment of the Size-Disparity Correlation as an Explanation for Decreases in the Critical Disparity Gradient with Eccentricity (114110)
  • Faculty Research Grant 1993-1994: Individual Differences and a Re-evaluation of the Stereoscopic Fusional Area (1140.35)
  • Emma F. Clark Fellowship 1990
  • John Wallace Dallenbach Fellowship 1989

Professional Affiliations
  • International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Southwestern Psychological Association
    (President 2008-2009; President Elect 2007-2008; State Representative 1999-2001, 2001-2003)
  • Vision Sciences Society
  • Psychonomic Society
  • The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (1992-2006)
  • American Psychological Society
  • Sigma XI (The Scientific Research Society)
  • The Society for the Teaching of Psychology
  • American Association of University Women
  • Psi Chi (Regional Advisory Committee 2002-2006)
  • Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education
  • Texas Faculty Development Network (member of Executive Committee 2006-2008)

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