Psychologist heads social sciences at USC

An experimental psychologist who has worked as an academic for more than 20 years is now head of the school of social sciences at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Professor Doug Mahar recently joined USC after 18 years at the Queensland University of Technology, where his senior roles included acting head of the school of psychology and counselling, and chair of ethics committees.
He is a past president of the Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology and lectured at the Australian National University in Canberra in the 1990s.
Mahar says he is excited by the opportunity to incorporate USC’s priority research areas, such as sustainability, across multiple disciplines in the school of social sciences.
He says he will encourage “smart teaching” through programs such as blended learning and work-integrated learning.
“We could benefit from more industry partnerships and more use of technology without losing the one-to-one experience that USC students really value,” Mahar says.

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