Robin K. Morgan


President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Technology (2017)
Indiana University Southeast
Institute for Learning and Teaching Excellence
Herman Frederic Lieber Award (2001)
Indiana University Southeast
School of Social Sciences
Department of Psychology


In her profession and in her community, Robin Morgan strives for excellence.

As a professor of psychology at IU Southeast, Morgan has earned the highest honor conferred by the campus - the Distinguished Teaching Award. Her three-year role as director of IU Southeast's Institute for Learning and Teaching Excellence (ILTE) garnered Morgan an award at the 11th annual International Conference on College Teaching in Jacksonville, Fla. Morgan's award was even more significant - her campus nominated her.

During her three years as ILTE director, Morgan generated new teaching incentives for other faculty and presented programs designed to instill new teaching techniques in an effort to improve the overall quality of education for students. Faculty gained insight into the use of technology as a tool to aid teaching. Last June, Morgan completed her term as ILTE director and returned to teaching full time.

As a researcher, Morgan constantly breaks new ground in promoting the use of clinical cases for teaching psychology students. Her book, Case Studies in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, published by Prentice-Hall, presented complex cases to prepare psychology students for what they may encounter in the field. She is working on another book about using active learning approaches in a college classroom, based upon her work with ILTE.

Children remain important to Morgan outside of her professional responsibilities. Since 1988, she has volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), representing the interests of children involved in the judicial system, such as in custody disputes or abuse cases.

Each year, in collaboration with IU Southeast's School of Education, Morgan teaches an intensive one-day course about child abuse. She brings in representatives with the Floyd County Prosecutor's Office, Child Protective Services and forensic nurses, as well as survivors of abuse.

"It's a very emotional, intense course," she said.