Department of Psychology Associate Professor Neil Hauenstein has been selected for the College of Science Diversity Award for 2020. 

According to Roseanne Foti, chair of the department, Hauenstein was recognized for his long-time efforts in developing Psychology’s diversity certificate program that supports annual Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions Research Summit. This effort is funded by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science. 

Hauenstein also has completed research with the nonprofit Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, evaluating equal opportunity/diversity training programs and the development of assessments related to diversity issues at the U.S. Patrick Air Force Base. 


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Neil M Hauenstein, Associate Professor, Psychology.

He joined Virginia Tech as an assistant professor in 1987 and was promoted to associate professor in 1993. He earned a bachelor’s in psychology from Ohio Northern University in 1979, and master’s and doctoral degrees from The University of Akron in, respectively, 1983 and 1987, both in industrial / organizational psychology.

Danny Axsom, associate professor of psychology, wrote in a nomination letter: “Neil’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is longstanding and organic, extending across all areas of his professional life. His efforts continue to benefit our department, the college, the university, and the broader society.”