Published on October 16, 2015 by Sean Flynt  
Sandra Willis
Sandra Willis

Samford University psychology professor Sandra Willis has earned a grant of $15,000 from the Biola University Center for Christian Thought in La Mirada, California, in support of a new project, The Meaning of Love: A Multidisciplinary Force.

Willis will use the grant to develop an interdisciplinary psychology course that draws on the expertise of faculty and professionals from multiple disciplines. The group will study and compare definitions, concepts, theories, and research designed to understand, describe, and, especially, to encourage love and prosocial behavior. The course will incorporate application and reflection on benevolent practices using individual and group writing assignments, service learning and field experiences, and group production of educational films.

 
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.