John T. Hazer Distinguished Psychology Alumni awardees announced

Release Date: 
Sep 23 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – The Department of Psychology in the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) presented Larry Williams, Ph.D., and Margaret Williams, Ph.D., with the John T. Hazer Distinguished Psychology Alumnus Award on September 9.

At the ceremony, Larry Williams and Margaret (Peg) Williams were recognized for their contributions to the field of industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology. Larry Williams’s Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA) was noted as an invaluable research and teaching resource for the social sciences and Margaret Williams’s research on leadership, compensation and work-life issues was acknowledged as paving the way for women in academia.

Jane Williams, Ph.D., associate dean of academic affairs and associate professor of psychology, introduced both award recipients at the ceremony.

“Larry and Peg are both accomplished researchers in the area of organizational behavior,” Williams said. “They each have highly accomplished professional records as noted in their vitas and by the positions they currently hold. Probably most importantly, they have successfully supported each other for over 34 years; raising two sons and supporting each other’s work.”

Larry Williams currently serves as the Donald and Shirley Clifton Chair of Survey Science and the Director of the Survey Research and Methodology Program in the School of Management at the University of Nebraska Lincoln and the director of CARMA. He has more than 43 publications, several of which have been lauded as high cited articles; including one co-authored with John Hazer, which has been cited over 1,675 times.

Margaret Williams currently serves as dean of the College of Business and Public Administration at the University of North Dakota. Prior to her current appointment she was a chair at Wayne State University and served for more than 20 years as a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research focus has primarily been in the areas of compensation and benefit satisfaction, leadership and employee perceptions of fairness. One of her recent articles on the model and measure of compensation satisfaction was a 2012 winner of the Emerald Management Reviews Citation of Excellence.

Larry Williams received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and master’s degree in I/O psychology from IUPUI, where John T. Hazer, Ph.D., served as his supervisor, and his doctorate in organizational behavior from Indiana University. Margaret Williams received her bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from Heidelberg University, master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and psychology from IUPUI, MBA in organizational behavior and human resources and doctoral degree in organizational behavior and human resources from Kelley School of Business.

The I/O Psychology Program granted its first master’s degree in 1972. In 1986, John Hazer became the program head, a position he held until his retirement in 2012. The Department of Psychology at IUPUI is recognized nationally and internationally for its world class research, teaching and service activities.