VIRGINIA PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR
James P. O’Brien, psychology professor and co-author of numerous research articles, received the prestigious Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching 2010 Virginia Professor of the Year award and the 2011 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and Dominion Resources.
O’Brien, who holds a B.A. in psychology, an M.S. in general-applied psychology and a Ph.D. in human factors psychology, works collaboratively with students to conduct experiments. More than 80 of his students have co-authored over 40 research papers, and some have gone on to become professors, researchers and academic leaders.
Involved in numerous organizations, O’Brien’s leadership is exemplified as president of the Virginia Academy of Science and as an Academy Fellow and a delegate to the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Association of Academies of Science. He serves on Old Dominion University’s Darden College of Education Advisory Board, and in a second-term governor’s appointment to the Board of Trustees of the Science Museum of Virginia where he chairs the Science Education Committee. O’Brien also received the inaugural Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence from the Virginia Community College System in 2007 and was twice named a Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professor.