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Dr. Randolph A. Smith
Department Chair

Experimental Psychology
Office: Social & Behavioral Sciences Building Room 203N
Phone: (409) 880-8285
Email: randolph.smith@my.lamar.edu
Educational Background:
Degree Received Date Received University Major Minor
PhD 1978 Texas Tech University Human Learning/Memory Statistics/Social Psychology
BS 1973 University of Houston Psychology Sociology
Organizational Affiliations:
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Southwestern Psychological Association
  • Council of Teachers of Undergraduate Psychology
Research Interests:
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Writing and Publishing
  • Social Psychology
Publications and Presentations:
  • Smith, R.A. (2007). Through the curriculum and beyond: Giving students professional opportunities in research. In D. S., Dunn, R.A. Smith, & B.C. Beins (Eds.), Best practices for teaching statistics and research methods in the behavioral Sciences (pp. 221-234) Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Dunn, D.S., Smith, R.A., & Beins, B.C. (Eds.). (2007). Best practices for teaching statistics and research methods in the behavioral sciences. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Smith, R.A., & Davis, S.F. (2006). The psychologist as detective: An introduction to conducting research in psychology (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Smith, R.A. (2006). Instructor’s resource manual for Weiten’s Psychology: Themes and variations (7th ed. version). Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth.
  • Smith, R.A. (2006). Navigating the academic environment: The politics of teaching. In W. Buskist & S.F. Davis (Eds.), Handbook of the teaching of psychology (pp. 333-337). Malden, MA: Blackwell.
  • Smith, R.A. (2005). The classroom as a social psychology laboratory. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 24, 62-71.
  • Smith, R.A., & Weber, A.L. (2005). Applying social psychology in everyday life. In F. Schneider, J. Gruman, & L.Coutts (Eds.), Applied social psychology: Understanding and addressing social problems (pp. 75-99). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Smith, R.A., & Fineburg, A.C. (2005). Standards and outcomes: Encouraging best practices in teaching introductory psychology. In D. S. Dunn & S. L. Chew (Eds.), Best practices for teaching introduction to psychology (pp. 179-194). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Davis, S.F., & Smith, R.A. (2005). introduction to statistics and research methods: Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Smith, R.A. (2005). My career in teaching: A series of unexpected events. In T. Benson, C. Burke, A. Amstadter, R. Siney, V. Hevern, B. Beins, & W. Buskist (Eds.), Teaching psychology in autobiography: Perspectives from exemplary psychology teachers (pp. 295-301). Available at the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Web site: http://teachpsych.lemoyne.edu/teachpsych/tia/
  • Smith, R.A. (2004). Kennesaw State University: Teaching is the key. In W. Buskist, B.C. Beins, & V.W. Hevern (Eds.), Preparing the new psychology professoriate: Helping graduate students become competent teachers (pp. 118-121). Available at the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Web site: http://teachpsych.lemoyne.edu/teachpsych/pnpp/index.html
  • Andreoli Mathie, V., Buskist, W., Carlson, J.F., Davis, S.F., Johnson, D.E., & Smith, R.A. (2004). Expanding the boundaries of scholarship in psychology through teaching, research, service, and administration. Teaching of Psychology, 31,233-241.
  • Wesley, A., Fineburg, A., Chew, S., Daniel, J., McCarthy, M., Park, D., & Smith, R.A. (2004). Conducting psychological research for science fairs: A teacher’s guide and resource manual. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Smith, R.A., & Davis, S.F. (2003). The changing face of research methods. In S.F. Davis (Ed.),Handbook of research methods in experimental psychology (pp. 106-126). London: Blackwell.
  • Smith, R.A. (2002). Teaching at a liberal arts college: With a little help from my friends. In S.F. Davis & W. Buskist (Eds.),The teaching of psychology: Essays in honor of Wilbert J. McKeachie and Charles L. Brewer (pp. 231-245).Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Smith, R.A. (2002). Challenging your preconceptions: Thinking critically about psychology (2nd ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.
  • Smith, R.A. (2000). Documenting your scholarship: Citations and references. In R.J. Sternberg (Ed.), Guide to publishing in psychology journals (pp. 146-157). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Smith, R.A. (1999). Views from an editor: Another perspective on publishing.Journal of Psychological Inquiry, 4,51-55.
  • Smith, R.A. (1999). A tasty sample(r): Teaching about sampling using M&M’s. In L.T. Benjamin, B.F. Nodine, R.M. Ernst, & C. Blair-Broeker (Eds.),handbook for the teaching of psychology: Volume 4 (pp. 66-68). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Smith, R.A. (1998). Another perspective on publishing: Keeping the editor happy.Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, 3, 51-55.
  • Khersonskaya, M.Y., & Smith, R.A. (1998). Cross-cultural differences in perception of physical attractiveness. Psi Chi Journal of Student Research, 3, 39-42.
  • Lawson, T.L., & Smith, R.A. (1996). Formatting APA pages in WordPerfect: An update. Teaching of Psychology, 23, 56-58.
  • Smith, R.A. (1993). Preventing lost syllabi Teaching of Psychology, 20, 113.
  • Mathie, V.A., Beins, B., Benjamin, L.T., Ewing, M.M., Hall, C.C.I., Henderson, B., McAdam, D.W., & Smith,R.A. (1993). Promoting active learning in psychology courses. In T.V. McGovern (Ed.), Handbook for enhancing undergraduate education in psychology (pp. 183-214).Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • O’Loughlin, J., Graves, J.C., Davis, S.F., & Smith, R.A. (1993). Caffeine exposure affects barpressing. . Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, 31, 321-322.
  • Cathey, N.R., Smith, R.A., & Davis, S.F. (1993). Effects of caffeine on rats’ barpress and maze performance. Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society, 31, 49-52.
  • Smith, R.A. (1992). A quartet of councils interested in the teaching of psychology. In A.E. Puente, J.R. Matthews, & C.L. Brewer (Eds)., Teaching psychology in America: A history (pp. 385-402). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Davis, S.F., & Smith, R.A. (1992). Regional psychology conferences for teachers and students. In A.E. Puente, J.R.Matthews, & C.L. Brewer (Eds)., Teaching psychology in America: A history (pp. 311-323). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Smith, R.A. (1992). Formatting APA pages in WordPerfect® 5.1 Teaching of Psychology, 19, 190-191.
  • Hill, G.W., IV, Palladino, J.J., & Smith, R.A. (1992). Live from across the country: A session of in-class demonstrations for teachers of psychology. Teaching of Psychology, 19, 54-55.
  • Smith, R.A. (1990). Are peer ratings of student debates valid? Teaching of Psychology, 17,188-189.
  • Smith, R.A. (1989). Faculty development: An experimental psychologist teaches abnormal psychology. Teaching of Psychology, 16, 215-216.
  • Smith, R.A., & Wight, R. (1988). Student evaluation of Friedman’s immediate feedback, no return test procedure for introductory psychology. Teaching of Psychology, 15, 209-210.
  • Smith, R.A. (1987). JAWS: Demonstrating classical conditioning. In V.P. Makosky, L.G. Whittemore, & A.M. Rogers(Eds.), Activities handbook for the teaching of psychology (Vol. 2, pp. 65-66). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Smith, R.A. (1987). Use of statistics exam scores for review. In V.P. Makosky, L.G. Whittemore, & A.M. Rogers (Eds.), Activities handbook for the teaching of psychology(Vol. 2, pp. 210-212). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Smith, R.A. (1985). Advising beginning psychology majors for graduate school.. Teaching of Psychology, 12, 194-198.



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