A reception was held Monday to honor Dr. Pete Giordano, professor and chair of the Psychology Department, who was named last month as the 2007 Tennessee Professor of the Year. Dr. Giordano was selected from more than 300 top professors in the United States. Joined by his family for the celebration, Dr. Giordano and fellow faculty and staff listened to comments offered by Associate Provost Marcia McDonald, Provost Dan McAlexander, interim Arts and Sciences Dean Mike Pinter and Faculty Improvement Group (FIG) representative Sue Trout.
In an earlier press release, Dr. McAlexander noted, “Pete Giordano has been an outstanding faculty member since his first days on the Belmont campus, receiving the high honor of our own Chaney Distinguished Professor award and serving as a former director of the Belmont Teaching Center. Pete is an excellent model of how all Belmont faculty are committed to teach in ways that empower students to learn to their highest potential. His own ongoing commitment to intellectual exploration makes Pete a model of the teacher-scholar, a way of teaching that enables his students to thrive.”
Belmont University professors have received the Tennessee Professor of the Year Award two other times in recent history, in 2000, for Dr. Mike Awalt (Philosophy) and in 2001, for Dr. David Julseth (Spanish).
Dr. Giordano joined Belmont’s Psychology Department in 1989 after receiving his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A past National President of Psi Chi, the honor society for psychology, he frequently teaches courses in such subjects as Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Psychometrics and Introduction to Psychological Science. He is also a member of the Belmont Undergraduate Research Symposium Steering Team, Fellow of Division Two of the American Psychological Association and a consulting editor for Teaching of Psychology. In the past year alone, he has received the Tower Award for exceptional contribution to campus life from Belmont’s Student Affairs division and the Academic Inspiration Award from Belmont’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.