H15-1888. Shaughnessy, John J. (1947-2015). Papers, 1979-2015. 0.25 linear ft.


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John J. Shaughnessy graduated from Loyola University of Chicago in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He completed his doctorate at Northwestern University in 1972. Shaughnessy was a member of the Hope College faculty from 1975-2015. He taught research methods, practical aspects of memory, Senior Seminar, and advanced research lab. His favorite professional activity was collaborating with students on research examining how to improve people’s memory for names. A Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science, he co-authored three research-methods books: Research Methods in Psychology, which is in its ninth edition; Essentials of Research Methods in Psychology; and Experimentation in Psychology. His publications also included multiple articles in scholarly journals, and he has presented his research at the national meetings of a variety of professional associations. Shaughnessy served as chair of the college’s department of psychology from the spring of 1997 through the spring of 2000. In April 1992, Hope’s graduating seniors selected him as the college’s “Hope Outstanding Professor Educator,” and in 2008 he received the “Janet L. Andersen Excellence in Teaching Award.” He delivered the college’s opening convocation address in the fall of 1992 and Hope’s commencement address in May of 1996, and was a presenter during the college’s annual Winter Happening in January 2003, discussing “Just How Bad Are Our Memories?” He retired from Hope College in 2015. John J. Shaughnessy died on December 16, 2015, in Holland, Michigan, following a brief illness. His collection includes his 1992 opening convocation address titled “The Real World” and his 1996 commencement address titled “You Were Good.”


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