Professor of the Year Award - Norfolk resident James O’Brien, Ph.D., professor of psychology, received this peer award established by the TCC Faculty Senate to recognize teaching excellence. Working with several teams of students since 1998, O’Brien has debunked the long-standing view of social psychology that women conform more than men in response to group pressure. The research teams have presented their findings several times to the Virginia Academy of Science, and O’Brien has made presentations to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science and the Virginia Psychological Association. He has taught for more than 30 years at TCC in the areas of research methods, social psychology, child psychology, human relations and psychology of management.


O’Brien also has been named a Chancellor’s Faculty Professor for 2007-2009, one of two chosen for the Virginia Community College System award. He will focus on Solomon Asch’s theoretical contributions to psychology on independence and social influence.




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