Dr. Trina Redmond, assistant professor of psychology at Frostburg State University, has become the fifth FSU recipient of the Henry C. Welcome Fellowship, an incentive program designed to help colleges and universities attract and maintain a diverse faculty.
Awards are made to new, full-time, minority faculty members whose appointments will improve the diversity of their institutions. The $20,000 award from the Maryland Higher Education Commission is paid over a three-year period and is designed to assist the fellow with research or other academic development through a variety of means.
Redmond comes to FSU from Duluth, Minn., where she taught in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Professions, a graduate-level program at the nearby University of Wisconsin-Superior.
She earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from Pennsylvania State University and holds undergraduate degrees in philosophy and psychology from Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa., and a master's degree from Kutztown State University in Kutztown, Pa.
Her research focus has been whether race and the information the client provides about the cause of his or her concern has an effect on how the counselor conceptualizes the problem and subsequent treatment decisions.
Redmond said she was drawn to FSU by the quality of its program and course design and by its strong faculty. "The Psychology Department here is academically strong and really healthy."
The two other current Welcome Fellows are Dr. Baxter B. Wright, chair of the FSU Department of Social Work, and Dr. Carole G. Parker, who teaches graduate-level courses in the Department of Business Management. Both are in the second year of the three-year fellowship.
Previous fellows were Dr. Jean Marie Makang, assistant professor of philosophy and coordinator of FSU's interdisciplinary African American Studies minor, and Dr. Gersham Nelson, a former FSU history professor who began the African American Studies program at FSU.
The fellowship is in honor of Dr. Henry C. Welcome, a former member of the Maryland State Board for Higher Education, which has been replaced by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. He was on staff at several Baltimore hospitals and taught at the Provident Hospital nursing school. He was active in politics with his wife, the late Md. State Sen. Verda F. Welcome, the first black woman in the United States to be elected a state senator. During the civil rights era of the 1960s and '70s, the Welcomes worked with Democratic organizations to make positive changes for the people of Baltimore and the state of Maryland.
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