Published on May 14, 2009  

Dr. Sandra Willis (Psychology) was recognized by the Southeastern Psychological Association conference as the Research Mentor of the Year at its annual meeting. The award is given to a faculty member who shows outstanding commitment to student research. Writing in support of Dr. Willis, James McHale of the University of South Florida observed, "This is a singularly inspiring, dedicated, creative educator who has guided countless students into excellent graduate programs and ultimately generative careers during her years as a faculty member. Meanwhile, she has maintained a creative and respected record of scholarship herself in health-related beliefs and behaviors."

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.