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  1. 1. April 2, 2012Selection CommitteeDistinguished Teaching AwardOffice of the ProvostWestern Michigan University1903 W. Michigan Ave.Kalamazoo MI 49008-5204 USATo the Selection Committee:As past and present students and colleagues of Dr. Richard Malott, professor of psychology and member of thebehavior analysis faculty at Western Michigan University, we would like to nominate him for the 2012 DistinguishedTeaching Award. Dr. Malott has served WMU since 1966, and he has largely dedicated his career to this universityand its students. He is the consummate mentor, with the classroom just the foundation for his system of pedagogy.Not only does Dr. Malott carry a heavy teaching load, with many students each year; chair and serve on dozens ofdissertation and thesis committees; supervise more than 100 practicum students; advise more than 30 graduatestudents plus supervise the advising of some 200 undergraduates; and assist a number of students in thepreparation of posters for presentation at professional conferences, he is constantly evaluating and improvingteaching tools and measures, and seeking out ways to enhance his students’ learning opportunities.Dr. Malott consistently challenges his students to learn and grow, and he is as passionate about teaching as he isabout psychology and behavior analysis. Dr. Malott is intensely involved with his students, and even when hisformal teaching and mentoring responsibilities to them are over, he often continues to consult informally about theircareers. Dr. Malott’s students have become very successful teachers and practitioners, and many of them have goneon to be considered among the major figures in the field of behavior analysis. It is not an overstatement to say thatDr. Malott is not only a highly respected and admired teacher, he is also well-loved. He inspires enthusiasm inuniversity students from freshmen to doctoral candidates.Dr. Malott is a prolific writer of articles, papers, chapters, and books on behavior analysis, and he has long beenclosely involved with the Association for Behavior Analysis International, the foremost professional association forbehavior analysts in the world (he is a founding member of the association and is currently its president). Dr.Malott could have chosen to focus most of his attention on research, writing and speaking to fellow scientists, buthe chose to devote most of his energy to preparing future generations of students. It is a testament to hisenthusiasm for pedagogy and his dedication to his students that for more than 40 years he has made teaching thevery heart of his professional life.
  2. 2. We hope you will consider Dr. Malott seriously for this honor.Sincerely,Maria E. MalottPhD, Applied Behavior Analysis, 1987MA, Industrial Psychology, 1984Adjunct ProfessorWestern Michigan UniversityChief Executive Officer/Secretary TreasurerAssociation for Behavior Analysis International(269) 492.9312mmalott@abainternational.org______________________Kendra CombsSecond year Master Student under Dr. Malott213 W. Vine St. Kalamazoo, MI 49001269-808-4293kendra.combs@gmail.comWhen I was an uninspired and directionless undergraduate at WMU, it was Dr. Malotts psychology 1000 honorscourse that literally changed the course of my life. Because of the influence of that single course, I was set on thepath to get my undergraduate degree in psychology, to complete a Fulbright scholarship, and finally to enter into Dr.Malotts Behavior Analysis Training System (BATS) as a Masters student.Being in BATS academically and professionally has been the hardest two years of my life. Ive done more in thesepast two years than I ever did in my whole four years as an undergraduate. It has been challenging yet fulfilling onso many levels. As important as all this hard work though, was the chance to get to know and learn from one of thegreatest men I have ever known. I went through several major personal tragedies during these two years, includingthe death of my father. Dr. Malott assisted me in getting the chance to see him one last time before he passed awayand for that I will forever be grateful. As a mentor Dr. Malott has helped me learn how to balance the never-endingquest for knowledge with the drive to apply that knowledge to real life situations; to help people in my communityhere and now (something I think a lot of professors lose sight of). He truly is saving the world with behavioranalysis.
  3. 3. ___________________Sarah LichtenbergerMasters student in the Behavior Analysis program at WMU5200 Croyden Ave. Apt. 5101Kalamazoo, MI 49009(336) 327-9114sarah.n.lichtenberger@wmich.eduI have had the privilege of working with Dr. Malott for the past two years as a masters student in his BehaviorAnalysis Training System. As the teaching assistant for PSY 1400, I have worked closely with Dr. Malott on a coursedesigned to introduce students to behavior analysis. Dr. Malott is not only concerned about the success of thestudents in the class, but he is also passionate about piquing their interest in behavior analysis. I know of no otherprofessor who has built into their teaching system an advising program in order to provide undergraduate studentswith information about careers and graduate school, as well as help them navigate through their undergraduatecareer. As a student in his program, I have learned a vast amount about behavior analysis and applying it not only toworking with children with autism, but in every aspect of life. I know of no other professor who deserves this awardmore than Dr. Malott, as he has dedicated so much of his time, energy, and passion to the behavior analysisprograms at Western Michigan University.Thank you,Sarah___________________Tim Obertein2nd year behavior analysis MA student in BATS1108 Merrill St., Kalamazoo, MI 49008810-824-8703TimObertein@gmail.comNo student leaves BATS without a behavioral world view. Dr. Malott always inspires his students to “take it back tothe Skinner box”. He ensures all his students that, no matter what theyre analyzing, they can analyze it throughcontingencies. Knowing and truly believing this fact has influenced all aspects of my life and I also feel indebted tohim for any success in my career and life. A thorough understanding of the principles of behavior analysis is thesingle most valuable skill in my repertoireDr. Malott works more than anyone I know, doing everything in his power to ensure that the children at theKalamazoo Autism Center receive the best ABA treatment available. He holds meetings for the parents of thechildren at the center, to talk about everything going on with their child, on his days off (which are few and farbetween). I believe he would do anything in his power to help children with autism, with little regard to his ownneeds. He truly cares about every child that receives treatment at his center or from one of his graduate students.I can only dream to have as much passion for the subject/field that he does and make as big of a difference in asmany lives as he has.
  4. 4. ______________________Joseph ShaneI am currently in Dr. Malotts PhD program, after getting my BA in Psych from WMU, and also my MA throughBATS.770 Alfa Court Apt 2DPortage, MI 49002(269)876-9789Joseph.t.shane@wmich.eduDick Malott certainly fits the bill of distinguished teacher. I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Dr.Malott for the past five years. As an undergraduate student, Dr. Malott was the magical figurehead of the BehaviorAnalysis Training System (BATS) and he was responsible for the quality of three of my favorite classes as anundergraduate. His courses are tough at every level, but I have definitely learned more in any one of them than anytwo other classes combined. Taking Psy 3600 turned me on to what behavior analysis is, the Psy 3570 practicumshowed me how it can be used to change lives, and Psy 4600 put the nail in the coffin. Taking three classes run byDick Malott changed the course of my life, and I am very grateful for that opportunity. I then had the honor of beingpart of his MA program, and working closer with him over the course of those two years was extremely valuable. Ireally began to appreciate the effort he put in to making the system (which is vast) run so smoothly. By utilizingevery available resource, he is able to affect so many students each semester in a positive way. I was flattered to beaccepted into his doctoral program, and the amount of face time Ive had with him over the past few years has beenmore beneficial than I could have imagined. He is completely invested in each of his graduate students, both asstudents and people. But he also shows the same amount of care for the undergraduate students in his courses,which I think is rare. And perhaps more enviable than any other trait, he is dedicated to training behavior analystswho will go out and make a difference in the world. The best example of this is the Kalamazoo Autism Center, whichprovides affordable treatment to children in our community, primarily because of the out of pocket contributionsMalott makes to keeping it open. I have been in school for a long time. And I have never met a professor who is asinvested and selfless as Dick Malott. It has been an honor.Joe Shane, MA, BCBADoctoral AssociateBehavior Analysis Training SystemWestern Michigan University
  5. 5. North Carolina State University is a land- Department of Psychology: grant university and a constituent institution School Psychology Program of The University of North CarolinaNC STATE UNIVERSITY College of Humanities and Social Sciences 640 Poe Hall Campus Box 7650 Raleigh, NC 27695-7650 919.515.2251 (office) 919.515.1716 (fax) March 30, 2012 Dear WMU Selection Committee: My name is John Begeny and I am a former WMU student and graduate (years of study: 1996-2000). It is with great pleasure that I am writing this letter on behalf of Dr. Richard Malott in strong support of his nomination for WMU’s Distinguished Teaching Award. As a graduate within WMU’s psychology department in 2000, then a doctoral student and graduate of School Psychology at Syracuse University (2000-2005), and now an associate professor of psychology at North Carolina State University (2005- present), I can say whole-heartedly that Dr. Malott’s teaching and advising has made a significant and positive influence throughout my studies and career. Starting at WMU in 1996 as a first-generation college student and very unsure about what college entailed or what my career options could be, I remember in my first year attending an information session that Dr. Malott held for undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in psychology. During that meeting I not only learned about the essential things one must do to get accepted into graduate school in psychology (as well as the resources and people available at WMU to help students interested in that path), I also learned that Dr. Malott was exactly the kind of person I would want to have as a teacher. He was informative, honest, humorous, and perhaps most memorable, affable while professional. I took a course with Dr. Malott the following semester and from that point on during my studies at WMU we maintained contact through additional classes I took with him, meetings with him as a mentor, interactions with his graduate students, and even work opportunities he helped me get with the Association for Behavior Analysis (formerly housed within WMU). It would be impossible to list each of the ways that Dr. Malott influenced my learning and positive experiences while at WMU, but I’d like to list below just a handful of things I learned from Dr. Malott that I carried with me into my graduate studies (both as a teacher and student) and continue to use as a professor at NC State University. 1. Creating multiple opportunities for students to be actively engaged in the learning process. Here I will simply note that Dr. Malott’s classes maximized active engagement like none I’ve ever seen— and I loved it! Not only did I take these active engagement techniques and strategies with me into my teaching (and even won awards with some of this work as a grad student), but I’ve also integrated this overall framework for teaching and learning into my research as a school psychologist. 2. Always conveying an importance about real-world and everyday things, and connecting that to his teaching and interactions with students. In his books, teaching, presentations, and stories about his everyday life, it was always clear as a student that Dr. Malott not only taught content about psychology, he applied it in his life and was passionate about explaining the ways others could do so to improve their own lives or society at large. His ability to do this not only better engaged students with readings and class discussion, it also gave learning a powerful sense of purpose and application that could be used well beyond the classroom and semester. In fact, as part of my English major, I once had an assignment to write a critical review about an important book and I chose to write about a book of Dr. Malott’s that was all about everyday application of psychology. Later, I shared this review
  6. 6. with Dr. Malott, and to further illustrate his interest in supporting undergraduate students, he published my review in the next edition of his book—my very first professional publication, in fact!3. Getting students engaged with the psychology major beyond just taking one or two courses. I frequently tell people that my reasons for attending WMU were initially not well thought-out, but incredibly fortunate. As I alluded to earlier, I started college having pretty much no idea how college “worked” what was needed to be successful, or what I could even do with a degree in psychology. Incredibly fortunate for me, I pursued a psychology major within a very conceptually cohesive department, which included Dr. Malott who ensured that undergraduate students got many well- aligned learning experiences (both inside and outside of the classroom) and essentially designed systems within the major to help prepare students as if they were Master’s degree students. I still highly value this perspective of undergraduate teaching, and it is no surprise that in my own university I have created a system that allows dozens of undergraduate students each year to take well-aligned classes and be part of a research team for up to six consecutive semesters.4. Being both a person and a professor. Although it may seem to be a rather easy, or perhaps trivial, task of appearing as both a person and a professor, Dr. Malott accomplished this in ways that really helped undergraduate students feel more than “just a student in the class.” For me, I took from this a philosophy that it is not only okay to be a teacher and professionally social/affable, this approach is likely to improve the ways that students learn and feel motivated to learn. Again, this is an approach I continue to use in my work with students today and have always found it the best way to create a successful learning environment.In closing, I suspect that in any successful and enjoyable career, one encounters at least a handful of trulyinspirational teachers and mentors—whether we know it at the time or not—who offer a level ofexperiences and type of guidance that is truly distinguished from all the other important educators duringone’s career. For me, Dr. Malott is without a doubt one of those teachers. For this reason, I believe he ismost deserving of WMU’s Distinguished Teaching Award. It is also worth noting that I have had verylittle contact with Dr. Malott since graduating from WMU (simply due to me pursuing a psychology-related career path slightly different from his), but the aforementioned sentiments still remain after morethan 11 years outside of Dr. Malott’s classroom. If you should have any questions, please do not hesitateto contact me.Sincerely,John Begeny, Ph.D.Associate ProfessorNorth Carolina State UniversityDepartment of PsychologyCampus Box 7650Raleigh, NC 27695-7650919-513-7950 (office)
  7. 7. ___________________Eliseo JimenezWMU Alumnus, Class of 2004BS Psychology, Departmental Honors1074C Weybridge Rd.Columbus, OH 43220512-796-4228jimenez.94@osu.eduAs an undergraduate student in the Psychology program, Dr. Malott took me, like all of his students, under his wingand mentored us in and outside of the classroom. Dr. Malott invests in every single one of his students and thatinvestment continues to grow and mature even after graduation. I have continued in the Behavior Analysis fieldbecause of Dr. Malott and it is my goal to mirror his program at a university or hopefully return to WMU to continuethe legacy. Dr. Malotts work is distinguished because his work is exemplary. I can honestly say that because I havemet people who are also striving to mirror his work throughout the country.Students who graduate from Dr. Malotts program are highly sought-after, because of the training they receivedwhile at WMU. It has been over 8 years since graduating from WMU, and I still continue to seek advice from Dr.Malott. He is the reason why I love this field and why I strive for nothing but the best in my educational endeavors.The only measurement I have to determine why Dr. Malott should receive the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award isonly through direct comparison. There hasnt been a program or professor that Ive met since graduating that iseven close in comparison. Dr. Malott is not only a pioneer, but an innovator. I strive for excellence, and Dr. Malott isa perfect example of educational excellence.___________________Gerard GaydosAlumni Bachelors 1977, Master’s 198126909 Ann Arbor TrailDearborn Heights, MI 48127(313) 561-3796gerardgaydos@yahoo.comAs an undergrad and graduate student I took classes from Dr. Malott and worked in systems/practicums designedby him and administered by his advanced students under his direction. Years later I worked with anotherdistinguished alumni, Dr. Jerry Shook, on the state of Louisiana Department of Mental Retardation BehaviorAnalysis Peer Review project. We often talked about how fortunate we were to have received our training at WMU. Itis the classes and systems Dr. Malott developed and mentored to which we owe this fortune. Dr. Malott hasdeserved this Distinguished Teaching Award, during all and any of the many years of his tenure at WMU.___________________Katherine Janczarek115 Fox Cove Ct.Alpharetta, GA 30022770 475-4900I was a student at WMU from 1966 through 1970. From my introduction to Psychology with Drs. Malott andWhaley, my life changed. I started college as a music major and switched to Psychology after one course and never
  8. 8. looked back. I became one of many undergraduate assistants that supported the animal labs, developed andstarred in videos demonstrating the proper way to handle and train your personal critter, and learned the fine art ofsplicing audio tapes in the production of the early slide show productions illustrating the philosophy of science andhuman behavior. He was on the cutting edge of media driven instruction.Dick recognized something in me that I didnt know was there—a strength, a confidence and a drive. He trusted andsupported me to create and publish a study guide for the Introductory Psychology course. He encouraged methrough my graduate studies at WMU and was my advisor for my Master’s thesis studying mastery learning inadults. He helped me find a school and mentor for my graduate work at the University of Illinois where Isuccessfully completed my PhD in Educational Psychology. I would stop by to see him on my routine trip homefrom Champaign-Urbana, IL to Detroit. There was always a warm cup of coffee available and an update on the latestadvancement in his ever-growing interest in teaching.As I would follow his career through the WMU newsletters and his on-line site, I was surprised and proud to see hiswork with autistic children grow. The organization and center he has built and staffed with many of his students is atestimony to his commitment. I am proud to have been one of his students.Kathy___________________________Brad FrieswykBS, Psychology, 1993MA, Applied Behavior Analysis, 19945454 N. BernardChicago IL 60625(773) 539-7099brad@bgfperformance.comIt is difficult to convey the gravity that Dick Malott, as a teacher, a mentor, and a friend has exerted on the course ofmy life. I first met Dick in my junior year at WMU when he allowed me to enroll late into one of his Psychology 360sections because I did not have the prerequisites to continue with another course for which I was enrolled. At thetime I was quite grateful for the kindness, but I quickly learned that such generosity was not at all unusual for Dick.Out of a genuine concern for the success of his students and applying his mantra of “Save the World with BehaviorAnalysis,” Dick went out of his way to offer ABA designed study/tutoring sessions for struggling and at-risk studentsand a free GRE preparation class for students getting ready for graduate school. As a fantastic teacher andmotivator, he transferred his enthusiasm for his subject matter to me in a way that quickly changed the course ofmy studies from business to psychology. I worked closely with Dick through the rest of my undergraduate work andon my master’s degree, with Dick as my thesis committee chair. Had I not met Dick, I probably would be in anotherfield and far less happy. Now, nearly 20 years later, I have an extremely rewarding and enjoyable career as thepresident of an education company whose focus is still to “Save the Word with Behavior Analysis.”Brad___________________Yukiko WashioAlumna of WMU graduated in 2003.27 War Admiral ln Media PA
  9. 9. I was a masters level student under Dr. Malott and worked in BATS.His major contribution is to teach students how to apply behavior analytic principles in an effective manner instudents actual life. Many behavior analysts I have seen do not know how to use behavior analysis in their ownprofessional and personal life, as well as in the organizational context, but he did an excellent job teaching us how todo so through actual experiences, like a mock trial in a rat lab!! At the end of a day, I realized that sometimes it wasa good thing to be a guinea pig because you yourself are part of the evolution in behavior analysis. So far, nobodyelse has been as systematic and as successful as Dr. Malott is in having students experience behavior analysis inprofessional and personal contexts. He needs to get acknowledged on this note because I do not think many peopleother than those in BATS understand the value of this particular contribution to the field.I am now a Ph.D. scientist at a leading addiction research institute, Treatment Research Institute associated withUniversity of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychiatry, living in a beautiful house with a handsome husband andbeautiful little boy. If you ask around who Yukiko was when she was a masters level student, including Dr. Malott,nobody would believe that she made it this far, considering her poor manner and English repertoire. I am a livesuccessful guinea pig of his art and work, probably much beyond what he expected how I would turn out to be.Yukiko______________________Antonio Celso de Noronha GoyosAlumnus, Applied Behavior Analysis Master’s Program, 1978; I took several courses by Dr. Malott and he was amember of my thesis committee.Universidade Federal de São CarlosPsychology DepartmentC.P. 676São Carlos, S.P., BrazilCEP: 13565-905Telephone number: 55 16 33518498E-mail address: celsogoyos@hotmail.com___________________________Christina Vestevichchristinavestevich@gmail.com828 W Grace St #509Chicago, IL 60613(312)505-5372To the Selection Committee:My name is Christina Vestevich, I am a graduate of Western Michigan Universitys with a B.A. in psychology and anM.A. in behavior analysis. I would like to nominate Dr. Richard Malott for Western Michigan Universitys“Distinguished Teaching Award.”As an undergraduate I had the opportunity to cross paths with Dr. Malott at his Autism Practicum site. We bothworked with the same child and every day we discussed the childs progress and what we could do to make thingseven better. This was the semester I got hooked on behavior analysis. I neared the end of my senior year and begansearching for jobs finding very low paying jobs. I was shocked by what I had found. I mentioned in passing to Dr.
  10. 10. Malott how pitiful my findings were and he scheduled me to meet with him on the spot. At our follow up meeting,we discussed what I envisioned myself doing in the future and looked at my grades. He used the intonation andseriousness for motivating people that hes famous for to lay out exactly what he expected out of me. Ultimately, hesuggested another semester of classes for me to qualify for consideration into his graduate school program.His graduate program transformed me into a well-spoken and well educated professional. Furthermore, his personalinterest in all of my colleagues and me, helped develop us into highly respected members of our profession; whichspeaks to the quality of education available at Western Michigan University. To this day, when I make a newprofessional acquaintance and they hear that I studied under Dr. Malott, they immediately ask what it was like tostudy under his expert tutelage. My answer has always been a very simple response of, “my time spent under Dr.Malott was some of the most meaningful of my life.” With all of that being said, I believe Dr. Malott to be more thandeserving of the highest forms of academic and personal recognition, especially considering the impact he has hadon so many of us.Sincerely,Christina VestevichJohn PokrzywinskiMA, Psychology, 1967Woodward Resource Center, 1251 334th Street, Woodward, IA 50276515-783-4322pokrzywinski@netins.netDuring Dr. Richard Malott’s Presidential Address last year at the Annual Conference of the Association for BehaviorAnalysis in Denver, one of the slides presented pictured Dick with his long hair and beard stating that he had beenon the faculty of Western Michigan University since 1965. This provided me with a pleasant reality check. I arrivedat WMU in the fall of 1966 without any promise of an assistantship or other support to help provide for my wife,baby daughter, and a son who arrived at Bronson Methodist later that November. Fortunately, with Neil Kent’s help, Ifound work as a psychology technician at the Battle Creek VA Hospital doing statistical analysis for M. Ray Denny’sresearch. Neil also suggested I talk with Dr. Richard Malott. That meeting was a pivotal point in shaping thedirection of my future. Dick started me off doing research in stimulus control for independent research credit andoffered me a teaching position for a junior level course in the stimulus control of behavior. Some of the research Idid was cited in the early editions of Elementary Principles of Behavior. I also believe that I might have been theinspiration for one of the characters in one of his Behavioraldelia publications. I finished my MA in 1967 being oneof Dick’s first graduate students.Although over 45 years have passed I still manage to touch base with Dick through emails, websites, and innecessary a phone call. At all the ABAI conferences I attend Dick usually greets me with an invitation to dinner orcoffee. The role that Dick Malott as played in my professional and personal life has been invaluable. There is hardly aday that goes by that I don’t utilize some of his teachings. I do not recall actually taking classes with him, except forindependent research and thesis, but I learned more from him than can ever be taught in a book.___________________Lori H. Diener-LudwigPh.D. Applied Behavior Analysis 2003, WMUM.A. Industrial Organizational Psychology 2001, WMUB.A. Psychology 1997, WMUAddress: 4064 Shulls Mill Road, Blowing Rock, NC 28605
  11. 11. Telephone: 828-773-6972Email: ldiener@performanceblueprints.comDr. Malott changed my life. As an undergraduate, it was through his courses where I received opportunities to getinvolved in real-life behavior analysis projects outside of the classroom. These opportunities led to otheropportunities, and before I was graduated, I was certain that I would spend the rest of my life contributing toadvancing the field of behavior analysis. As a graduate student, my advisor had retired so Dr. Malott graciously tookme under his wing to see my dissertation through. During this process, he showed me a level of mentorship I hadnever experienced before. I remember sitting for hours and hours in his house while we would go through mydissertation one sentence at a time. He challenged me to consider how each statement was ultimately connected tothe bigger system and articulate it better. He would also challenge himself to think expansively with me. We wereboth learning. Knowing how busy he was, this was an extraordinary honor to receive his undivided attention andwisdom. He put a great deal of consideration in the quality of every aspect of my work, as well as the lessons I waslearning. He also paid attention to aspects of my personal and professional balance, and kept me on the path tocompleting my Ph.D. Almost a decade later, I am still inspired to apply Dr. Malott’s lessons in my daily life andwork. He has helped to shape me to into being a careful listener, thinker and most of all, doer! He is an amazingteacher that is highly deserving of the honor of WMU’s Distinguished Teaching Award.___________________Corina Groeger AngeliWMU Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis, 19984241 Arlet Ct, Grand Rapids, MI 49546616-633-6224corinagroeger@comcast.netWith a few bags and our souls full of dreams my husband, my son (then five years old) and I came to the US. Wearrived on a hot summer day, it was 1994, and I was admitted to the Behavior Analysis Ph.D. program at WesternMichigan University; we were ready to start our new life. A few days after our arrival my first class with Dr. RichardMalott began, I was positively surprised with the quality of the class; it had a small number of students, the mainbook had all key concepts and principles clearly highlighted, descriptive and easy to read cases were used tointroduce those concepts and principles; homework assignments perfectly matched the book and lectures; allinteractions, discussions, everything perfectly designed to help us not only learn the materials but get us to theplace we needed to get to… be able to teach and walk other students over the same content. I soon learned that thisclass was no exception, its mastermind was Dr. Richard Malott and it was the result of countless years ofdedication, hard work and excruciating attention to detail; all his classes were designed this way; some with contenteasier to understand others much more complex but all carefully designed to maximize learning.It is true that Dr. Malott, or Dick, or better yet uncle Richard (Tio Ricardo) as he would call himself, has dedicatedhis life to perfecting the teaching of Behavior Analysis but, as his former student, I would expand that to simply saythat he has dedicated his life to his students. All he did, including his carefully crafted classes, was designed withthe intention of also helping his students, he dedicated countless hours to mentoring each and every one of thestudents he had in his program; he would provide guidance, careful constructive feedback to help us achieve ourgoals. I believe I was special; all the students in the program were special to tio Ricardo. While at Western I feltprivileged to have been accepted into the program by Dr. Malott; as a Latin American student it was a dream cometrue to be able to have as a mentor an accomplished author with the caliber of Dr. Malott.I graduated in 1998 and tio Ricardo came to the ceremony; when I see the pictures with him standing by my side Istill feel privileged, and as the years pass I feel more so. It was crucial to learn about Behavior Analysis and to learn
  12. 12. to save the world with it, that was the basis of the program; but every day, what stayed with me the most is thedesire to be a better wife, a better mother, a better boss, a much better contributor to society and to the world as awhole, the desire to help others as I saw Dr. Malott do.My husband and I have achieved some of the dreams that came with us, and each day we have more and moredreams that need achieving. It was my honor to have had Dr. Malott as my mentor; I was so unbelievably lucky.After all these years he continues to inspire me to work hard, to go after my dreams and to just be a better person;because he is just that, an outstanding person and professor.
  13. 13. ___________________________Linda J. HayesPh.D., Western Michigan University, 1983University of Nevada, Renolhayes@unr.eduI wish to nominate Dick Malott for WMU’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. Dick has probably taught andgraduated more behavior analysts – directly or indirectly – than any other member of the Behavior Analysiscommunity. This has been the result of his instructional management, widely read textual materials, his willingnessto take on sensitive topics with a sense of humor – not to mention his boundless energy. He has also providedexcellent service to the community as the Coordinator of the ABAI Education Board and Chair of the Teaching ofBehavior Analysis Special Interest Group. I’ve known Dick Malott since I was a graduate student at WesternMichigan University some 30+ years ago – and he is still my teacher.Linda Hayes___________________________Lori Johnson Warner, PhD, LP, BCBA-DIm an alum (graduated 1993) and continue to support the schools Medallion Scholarship (I was a 1989 recipient)and the Lee Honors CollegeLongfellow Avenue, Royal Oak, MI 48067248-217-3396lwarner@beaumont.eduLike thousands of other students over the years, I took several courses with Dr. Malott during my time at WMU. Ireally connected to his passion about bringing the mindset of behavior analysts to every area of life, even some thatwere “taboo” or not typically thought of in behavioral terms. He was an engaging and motivating speaker, but morethan that, he truly LIVED behavior analysis. I recall our class visiting his house and learning about all the ways heincorporated his behavior analytic worldview into his daily life. Many of these ideas resonated with me and coloredthe way I changed things in my own life.I was fortunate to be selected as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. Malott after I graduated and thoroughly enjoyed thisexperience. Dr. Malott also chaired my Senior Honors Thesis for the Lee Honors College and paved the way for myentry into the world of experimentation and research.Dr. Malott continues to be someone I turn to when I am in need of high-quality graduates for the behavioraltreatment program I direct at Beaumont Childrens Hospital. I continue to use many of his ideas in the course I teachat Oakland University (an introductory ABA course). I believe Dr. Malott is one of those few professors who trulypractices what he preaches, in all areas of his life, and lights the spark of enthusiasm in his students with humor,keen intelligence, and humility.
  14. 14. ___________________________Helen D. Pratt, Ph.D.Licensed PsychologistDirector, Behavioral Developmental Pediatrics DivisionPediatrics Program1000 Oakland DriveKalamazoo, MI 49008Phone: 269-337-6450E-mail: pratt@kcms.msu.eduProfessor of Pediatrics and Human MedicineCollege of Human MedicineMichigan State UniversityEast Lansing, MIAdjunct ProfessorDepartment of PsychologyCollege of Arts and SciencesWestern Michigan UniversityKalamazoo, MIApril 2, 2012Selection CommitteeDistinguished Teaching AwardOffice of the ProvostWestern Michigan University1903 W. Michigan Ave.Kalamazoo MI 49008-5204 USATo the Selection Committee:This letter is written in support of Dr. Richard (Dick) Malott’s nomination for Western Michigan University’sprestigious Distinguished Teaching Award.My name is Helen D. Pratt, Ph.D. I am a former student, mentee, and current colleague of Dr. Malott. He alsoserved on my committee for my Master’s Thesis and was my doctoral thesis Chair. Although I am a product of theexcellent professors at Western, in particular the psychology Department, I can attest to Dr. Malott being thestrongest influence on who I have become as a psychologist. Although he respected my unique needs, he deftlyguided my learning and application of psychology. I developed unique business, analytic, managing, and clinicalskills from matriculating through the psych program under his direction. Dr. Malott helped be blend the superbteachings from the IO psychology, ABA and Clinical Psychology divisions of the department. My training was andremains invaluable. Dr. Malott demanded that I focus my energy on “saving the world” by teaching, conductingresearch, presenting my findings, publishing, and applying my knowledge and skills. His innovative teaching styledemanded excellence from his students and allowed me to complete my bachelors’ degree in two years and onesemester while developing skills of mastery and excellence. The greatest testament to his competence as a
  15. 15. professor is that a number of his mentees, like myself have gone on to become exemplars in their chosen fields. Heremains committed to my success and is ever supportive of my endeavors. I can never thank him enough for all hehas given of himself to me.I strongly urge you to consider Dr. Malott for this honor.Sincerely,Helen D. Pratt___________________________Amy E. Scrima, PhDMA, Applied Behavior Analysis,1998, WMUPhD, Applied Behavior Analysis, 2009, WMUFaculty InstructorDirector of Undergraduate ResearchLake Michigan 927-8100 x 5150Dr. Malott has been my advisor, professor, mentor and friend. He taught me how to be a scholar, a true scientist,the importance of professionalism and integrity, and in doing so, what it means to be a good teacher. Heaccomplished this through his instruction and more importantly, his example. He lives everything he teaches andthat is as rare and distinguishing a characteristic in a teacher as one can find. I am not just a better teacher, but abetter person, for his influence. I could not recommend him highly enough for the WMU Distinguished TeachingAward.____________________Satoru ShimamuneWMU AlumnaEhara-cho 2-4-9-801Nakano-kuTokyo, 165-0023, Malott was my academic advisor when I studying at WMU as a doctoral student. He was a mentor to me, notonly in psychology (behavior analysis), but also in how you use the science of behavior to improve the quality of life;both mine and people around me. Im still using what he taught me at WMU in my teaching psychology at HoseiUniversity, Tokyo. My students and I appreciate his dedication and distinguished services.___________________Nicholas L WeatherlyI am a current alum of WMU’s psychology program (BS, MA, and PhD)4002 Springhill Rd., Louisville, KY 40207269-207-3092nweatherly@spalding.eduI worked with Dick since I was an undergraduate student and stayed with him through my doctoral degree in 2008. Itaught classes, trained clinicians, conducted research, and published under his direction for more than 5 years and
  16. 16. have been proud to call him a colleague since graduating. As a current professor and department head, I have foundboth his professional and personal guidance invaluable. I have evaluated a number of instructional methods sincegraduating and his methods and materials consistently produce both the best instructional results and the highestsocial validity with all of my students. His rule-governance theories have shaped my current research interests andhis cultural change techniques have guided my personal legislative involvement and, in turn, has been responsiblefor much of the current legislative progress in Kentucky. Personally, his work ethic and passion for the field haveinspired all levels of my life and career. This has resulted in the formation of the Kentucky Association for BehaviorAnalysis which, at our first conference this past March, included Dick as our first keynote. I plan to continuespreading his techniques and teaching others to do the same throughout the rest of my life.___________________Guillermo Yáber OltraPh.D., Applied Behavior Analysis, 1993, WMUTelephone number (58-212-7514970)E-mail address ( is an honor for me to cosign a nomination of Dr. Richard Malott, professor of psychology and member of thebehavior analysis faculty at Western Michigan University, for the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award.Dr. Malott has been an exemplar and inspiration of my own teaching practices since 1979. At that time, I was alicensed psychologist and instructor of psychology at the higher education level in my homeland, Venezuela. Duringthat year, I had the opportunity to read the Spanish version of his book “Behaviorism and Higher Education”, dealingwith conceptual analysis and higher education. Also, I was really impressed reading his article in the PsychologicalRecord, written 10 years before (1969), concerning “Contingency Management in an Introductory PsychologyCourse for One Thousand Students.” He showed me in 1979, that I could handle larger undergraduate classes usingbehavioral technology.My first personal contact with Dr. Malott was in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1985, during the XX Inter-AmericanCongress of Psychology. I learned from him and one of his doctoral students at that time about how to usecontingency management and behavioral technology for improving research skills among undergraduate andgraduate students. As a result of their presentation at this congress, a research group, two books, severalpublications, and at least two Research Supervisory Systems, were developed in Venezuelan universities. Thosesystems have helped undergraduate and graduate students ever since (1985), to accomplish long term researchprojects.In 1990, I was awarded with an academic scholarship to pursue a doctoral degree in psychology. I was accepted inWestern Michigan University, a place I dreamed to study since 1976 when I got my licensed degree in psychology.My efforts of getting a scholarship were also rewarded by the fact that Dr. Richard Malott accepted me as one of hisdoctoral students. Between 1990 and 1993, I learned several lessons from him I have never forgotten.“Don´t blame the student,” “Nothing in moderation,” and “Don’t procrastinate” are just a few of his “sayings” abouthow to deal with undergraduate students under my supervision as a teaching assistant. He showed me how tohandle diversity that results of having undergraduate and graduate international students and how to take advantageof those differences to improve international understanding, communication and group learning. He used slide-shows during classes and informal meetings at the end of any academic term, to have personal encounters withstudents. I have not known any other professor who had a personal and academic dedication for his students thanDr. Malott in my entire academic life.
  17. 17. In 2008, I received the life-time teaching award granted by the Simón Bolívar University, in Caracas-Venezuela.Needless to say, I would never achieved this distinction without having the exemplar model of Dr. Richard Malott,“uncle Dickie”, my exemplar master teacher of Behavior Analysis and global cultural understanding of humanbehavior._____________Antonio M. Harrison3744 Mohawk St.Pasadena, CA 91107626.316.3622Amh7280@ego.thechicagoschool.eduTo whom it may concern,I would like to nominate Dr. Dick Malott for the Distinguished Teaching Award for the year 2012 at the ABAI AnnualConvention in Seattle. I have had the opportunity to get to know Dr. Malott as I have served as the ABAI StudentRepresentative on the Executive Council for the past three years as Dr. Malott was transitioning into, as current, andnow transitioning out of Presidency of ABAI. Though I have never been an official student of Dr. Malott, I considermyself lucky to have had a chance to be taught by him outside of the classroom setting. His commitment to thescience, the field, the members, and the students is phenomenal. From the moment I walked into the first ExecutiveCouncil dinner, as I stood from a distance nervously watching everyone gather, he approached with warmth andopen arms by beginning a conversation about my interests. As the conversation proceeded, he asked about myMaster’s Thesis at the time and then did something I didn’t expect. He didn’t criticize or offer any suggestions; hesimply suggested what other lines of research may come from my study. It made me feel proud and confident in mypresence on the council and ultimately within the field.Over the last three years, I have come to admire how Dr. Malott deals with every situation and provides a learningopportunity for anyone around at that time. Another example of his leadership was throughout the Student PosterInitiative at the 2012 Autism Conference. In an attempt to resurrect an ABAI Student Committee Poster Initiative, Dr.Malott stepped in and in complete support reminded all in the field the importance of the poster sessions, thefeedback provided to students, a history of the poster session, and a plea to increase the prestige of the postersession as we progress forward as a science and scientific organization. That email gave the student initiative all thesupport it needed and did resurrect the initiative to the point of the highest rate of participation and an excitement ofcontinuing the initiative at the annual conference. That excitement was shared by the poster presenters, the expertreviewers, and the ABAI student committee. The thing that makes that so special is Dr. Malott never, not once,asked for credit or notoriety for his involvement. He allowed the student committee to take full credit and evenparticipated as a poster expert reviewer.These examples, not to mention his continued efforts to make sure I have been comfortable and his personalconcerns, is a very obvious reason for why I am nominating Dr. Malott for the Distinguished Teaching Award for theyear 2012 at the ABAI Annual Convention in Seattle.Sincerely,Antonio M. Harrison
  18. 18. ___________________Joshua K. PritchardFlorida Institute of Technology775.742.9265josh@joshpritchard.com___________________________Jessica Frieder WMU Professor of Psychology269-387-4495jessica.frieder@wmich.edu___________________________Alan Poling WMU Professor of
  19. 19. John Austin, PhD3219 Fleetwood DrivePortage, MI 49024269-599-2163john@reachingresults.comTo whom it may concern:As a Professor in Psychology at WMU, I worked with Dr. Richard Malott for more than 15 years. Myoffice was immediately beside his office, and we interacted frequently about teaching, scholarship, andbehavior analysis. Since my departure from the university in August 2011, Dick and I have kept in touch.Based on my knowledge of Dick’s strategies and abilities, I feel comfortable writing a letter in strongsupport of him receiving the WMU Distinguished Award in Teaching.The primary criteria and demonstrable qualities I am using to evaluate Dr. Malott’s teachingeffectiveness are: 1. A relentless pursuit of improved techniques 2. Stellar reviews from students 3. Obvious demonstrations of learning and skill building from his studentsA relentless pursuit of improved techniquesIn my teaching-related conversations with Dr. Malott and through my approximately 40 graduatestudent advisees, I have always been struck by his ability to innovate and improve his teachingtechniques. For example, long before RF polling devices existed, he issued colored response cards to hisstudents (even graduate students) so that he could accurately assess and revise his classroomdiscussions to make them truly student-centered. There are many examples of Dr. Malott’simprovement techniques, but two more involve his ability to engage students in making the instructionmore effective and giving him the insightful feedback necessary to make improvements; and hiswillingness to create elaborate instructional systems, use them for 5-7 years and then tear them apart tostart all over again – all in search of a more effective way of doing things.Stellar reviews from studentsOver the years, I advised probably 40 graduate students who each took Dr. Malott’s graduate course inbehavior analysis. The reviews of the course were resoundingly positive, and students clearly ‘knewtheir stuff’ when they left his class.The same can be said for the undergraduate students who took his class. I taught an upper level electivecourse for undergraduate Psychology majors, and whenever we came across a basic concept in class I
  20. 20. would ask who had taken Dick’s course. I knew I could call on any of them to answer questions aboutconcepts in behavior analysis and they would flawlessly and rapidly answer without nervousness.Obvious demonstrations of learning and skill building from his studentsThe last example I gave in the previous section also falls under ‘obvious demonstrations of learning’ –however there are many more examples. Aside from my graduate students demonstrating havinglearning basic principles to a very high level of fluency during theoretical discussions in our lab meetings,I also saw first-hand the kinds of work Dr. Malott’s graduate students could produce. Every year, Dr.Malott would hold a day long series of oral presentations and defenses from his cadre of graduatestudents, in which they each presented the work they had been engaged in over the course of the year.These presentations were uniformly polished, interesting, and applied. That is, rather than just doingsomething theoretically interesting, his students invariably worked on improving something about thesystem of instruction, or something within the university wherein they could solve a problem anddocument the successes of their strategies.In sum, Dr. Malott is one of those rare people who has devoted his entire productive life to the work ofdelivering more effective instruction, and advancing the goals of WMU. An award such as this is notnearly enough recognition for the more than 40 years of service he has given the University – to put itbluntly, it’s the least you can do for him.I don’t know anyone who spends more time, thought, and effort on improving their teaching than Dr.Richard Malott. I can’t imagine a more deserving recipient of this award.Sincerely,Dr. John Austin
  21. 21. May 29, 2012Dear Colleagues:I am writing to strongly support the nomination of Richard (“Dick”) Malott for the 2012 DistinguishedTeaching Award. I have known Dick personally since I joined the Psychology Department at WMU in2003, although I knew him from his writings long before then. I can think of no person more deservingof this award. Dick is passionate about teaching and an expert at designing effective curriculum. Hedevotes considerable time and energy to improving his teaching, evaluating the outcomes of his teachingpractices, assessing students opinions of the class and the course content, and improving studentengagement.For example, Dick has designed a sequence of practicums for undergraduate students that requireincreasing levels of responsibility. Included in this sequence is a pre-practicum class that he designed sothat students are immediately prepared to become involved in meaningful practicum activities. He pollsstudents about the usefulness of the material they’ve learned, and changes course content based on thoseoutcomes. He and I both teach a section of an undergraduate learning class; we’ve had repeateddiscussions on which topics we should assess.Recently, the Psychology Department re-designed our undergraduate curriculum and developed a newundergraduate class that would allow students to learn important principles of learning early in theirtraining. There was no question that Dick would be the person to teach this new class, as he has aunique capability to generate enthusiasm about psychology in his students. More than anyone I know,Dick “practices what he preaches” by applying the principles of learning that he teaches about to hisown teaching. Dick has written a well-known undergraduate textbook on principles of learning, anddeveloped a very nice lab manual for our undergraduate learning lab, which I have adopted for my labclass.Dick also teaches students how to manage their time and behavior effectively to achieve their careergoals (he has even designed a curriculum to teach time management). He encourages his students tobecome engaged professionally, and teaches them how to teach others. Moreover, he models the verybehavior he expects in his students: He himself works actively to manage his time, is extremely activeprofessionally, and constantly seeks out new learning opportunities.Dick believes in the potential of every student, and I’ve seen him again and again do whatever he can tohelp students succeed. I’ve observed him help undergraduate students enroll in classes they need, evenif it requires complicated schedule juggling. He helps students apply to graduate programs, and hasdeveloped an undergraduate class on GRE preparation. If he thinks a student is committed to graduatework, he will do whatever he can to help them obtain a degree, even if the student does not have anexceptional academic record. He establishes clear timelines and deadlines for his graduate students sothat they meet necessary goals. He expects all of his graduate students to attend department colloquia (I 3700 Wood Hall, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5439 PHONE: (269) 387-4500 FAX: (269) 387-4550
  22. 22. see them at almost every one) and local behavior analysis conferences (where they frequently makeposter presentations). He often hosts get-togethers at his home for his graduate students to celebrategraduations, the arrival of new cohorts of graduate students, and to recognize other studentaccomplishments.Each year our department holds a conference during which graduate students present their research.Dick takes notes on students’ presentations and afterwards emails questions and supportive comments tothe students. I am always impressed by this, and by how much students appreciate his feedback.I’ve had many of Dick’s graduate students in my courses. They are hardworking students, and it isobvious that they are extremely grateful for the opportunity they have to work with him. They talkabout what they’ve learned with him in my classes, and it is clear that they develop the same passion andenthusiasm for behavior analysis and learning that he exhibits. His students go on to have productivecareers, and many of them have become leaders in the field of behavior analysis.Given that Dick has been teaching at WMU for over 40 years, I find his enthusiasm and dedication toteaching even more impressive. He is certainly deserving of recognition.Regards,Cynthia PietrasAssociate Professor of Psychology1903 W. Michigan AveKalamazoo, MI 387-4464 3700 Wood Hall, Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5439 PHONE: (269) 387-4500 FAX: (269) 387-4550
  23. 23. ___________________________David LyonRetired professor of psychology with 35 years of service at Western Michigan University. I have known RichardMalott for about forty-five years. We were members of the psychology faculty at Western Michigan University from1965 to my retirement in 1999 and our relationship continues to this day.27405 Shaw Rd.Lawton MI 49065269-624-6757lyon@wmich.eduRichard Malott’s legacy in education is not one of the stirring lecturer, although he certainly can deliver a message,but one of experimental work in teaching and learning. That work is represented here by five projects.1) Introductory Psychology: Shortly after his arrival at Western Michigan University in the mid 1960s, he assumedthe directorship of the large introductory psychology course. This was a managed course with a hierarchy of studentassistants who not only helped in the classroom, but became young professionals at the university. The programwas controversial, but highly effective, and many of those assistants now have an advanced degree and a facultyposition at a university.2) Animal Laboratory: He introduced an animal laboratory into the introductory course in psychology making it ahands-on-course in science. A course in which the student could witness and modify the behavior of a rodent. Thisteaching concept was not only new, but most effective even in its complexity.3) Student Centered: He established the Student Centered Education Project (SCEP) and developed a description ofthat program with three integrated slide projectors that he used to present the concepts and the logic to faculty atother universities. The SCEP concept and the audio-visual presentation were revolutionary at the time, but manystudents who were nurtured by it, continue to work in education to this day.4) Psychology Text: He wrote an introductory text book, and I have lost track of the number of renditions of thistext, which was presented in the lexicon of the student of the 1960s. These were unsettling times, and rather thanfight the student philosophy he used it to bring the content of psychology and behaviorism to them in a meaningfulway.5) Interactive Learning: His graduate courses in psychology are not typical, for he demands that the student becomea part of the process through their class preparation. They are not extended the luxury of just listening to lectures,but must present and discuss ideas. Students I have spoken to about this class contend that they “never worked sohard nor learned so much.”Summary: Richard Malott is one of the few people I know who experiments with life by introducing new ideas intoevery facet of his life, e.g. he built an earth sheltered home where he still resides because he was convinced of theviability of the energy conservation concept. He has spent some forty-five years not lecturing at the student, buttrying to get students to be involved in their own education. His goal was to create an independent learner.
  24. 24. I have selected five areas of accomplishment which make this case. Much of his work was controversial at the timeand he pursued his teaching with criticism from those who did not understand it. In the final analysis, he broughtnew concepts and a new vision to the art of teaching and the work of learning in a way that few can match._____________Dr. Peter KobrakFaculty Emeritus—I remain active on the Board of the Friends of WMU (FOWMU) and with the Theater Guild1304 West Maple StreetKalamazoo, MI 49008343-1825peter.kobrak@wmich.eduDick and I worked together on the College of Arts & Sciences Affirmative Action Committee. Dick played a key roleas we developed a strategy for assisting minority students seeking to build their academic skills and to adjust to amarkedly different organizational culture. I eventually wrote an article on our work (which identified both thecommittee and its key members) that was published in the Journal of Negro Education. That article had a surprisingimpact, including the publication of a dissertation building on it.Dicks commitment to African-American and Hispanic students extended well beyond our committee. He workedindependently with a number of them in his home and provided them with significant support when they took hisundergraduate and graduate courses. I witnessed some of these informal sessions while working with him in hishome on matters relating to our interest in Affirmative Action. Dick did not talk much about this work. He is a quietman who concentrates on doing something rather than talking about it. His contribution in this area and in so manyother WMU activities has been outstanding. He greatly deserves this award, and I suspect that his selection wouldbe well-received by his colleagues.___________________Andy Bondy, PhD106 Willow Way PlCherry Hill, NJ 08034856 7954059abondy@pecs.comI have no formal relationship to WMU though I’ve been invited there to train students regarding PECS and thePyramid Approach to Education.I believe Dr Malott is deserving of this recognition because of his clear commitment to the ongoing education of hisstudents. I have observed him with his students in both formal and informal settings and he always treats them withthe upmost respect. He maintains high expectations for their skills and provides clear and encouraging feedback. Heencourages his students to challenge ‘traditional’ ways of seeing complex issues and welcomes questions topromote clarification of understanding. I believe he is particularly adept at ‘cutting to the heart of the matter’- hedemonstrates an extraordinary range of knowledge but not in a way that distances himself from those he isteaching. He perceptively challenges dearly held positions- including those of mine!- in a way that helps othersreview why they describe things as they currently do while subtly suggesting alternative perspectives. I also havealways been an admirer of his manner of integrating and moving theoretical factors toward practical applications. Hecan talk about relatively lofty ideas but brings his students back to earth with an emphasis on how the real world willbe improved by various strategies and interventions. While I was not a formal student of Dr Malott, he remains asignificant teacher to me now!
  25. 25. ___________________Michael DorseyEndicott College617-441-1891mdorsey@endicott.edu___________________E. Scott Geller, Ph.D.Alumni Distinguished ProfessorCenter for Applied Behavior Systems213 Williams HallVirginia TechBlacksburg, VA 24061-0436esgeller@vt.eduDick Malott has always been a hero for me with regard to teaching, from his ground-breaking slide shows in themid-70’s to his creative PowerPoint presentations today. He has been an inspiration to me in many ways, especiallyhis passion for teaching and the special connections he makes with his colleagues and students. His list of studentswho have become professionals in our field is exemplary. None of us will ever come close to the teaching legacyfrom Dick Malott.Dick Malott is my hero when it comes to teaching applied behavior analysis. He calls me a dream chaser, but he is a“dream creator”.Cheers,Scott___________________Daniel GomezUniversidad Veracruzana52-228-8146158dgomez@uv.mx___________________Robert Douglas Greer(Relationship to WMU) I presented a colloquium at WMU this year. I have observed Professor Malotts studentsover a forty year period. His students have played a defining role in our field. His mentorship of students is a model!Programs in Behavior Analysis, Box 76Teachers College Columbia University535 West 120th Street,New York, NY 10027917-916-7402rdg13@columbia.eduI believe that real teaching at the university level and particularly at the graduate level is a process that continuesbeyond a single course. Simply speaking, real teaching is a process of ensuring that the students master therelevant material, apply what they have learned to doing good work and to their own betterment. This involves the
  26. 26. progressive instantiation of ever more polished repertoires. I have taught graduate school for over forty years andhave sponsored over 160 PhD dissertations and I am the advisor to many PhD and Masters students. Thus, I haveconsiderable knowledge/experience with the process of teaching and mentoring towards the goals I stated. I KNOWOF NO ONE WHO DOES, AND HAS DONE THIS BETTER THAN DICK MALOTT. To me he is WMU. WISH I COULDHAVE STUDIED WITH HIM.Robert Douglas Greer___________________Ramona Houmanfar, Ph.D.Associate ProfessorDirector, Behavior Analysis ProgramDepartment of PsychologyUniversity of Nevada, RenoReno, NV 89557775-682-8693ramonah@unr.eduDear Award Committee,I am writing this note to offer my utmost recommendation of Dr. Richard Malott for the Western MichiganUniversity’s Distinguished Teaching Award. I have known Dr. Malott for approximately 20 years as an academicscholar, scientific practitioner, and colleague. I have attended numerous presentations he has conducted atconferences and have engaged with his scholarly work and applied work. Through all these years, I have also beenvery impressed with Dr. Malott’s high energy and enormous productivity. Simply stated, his outstanding scholarlyaccomplishments in behavioral science ranging from his theoretical work (e.g., rule governance, principles ofbehavior analysis, behavioral systems analysis) to his applied contributions in the area of Autism have guided thetraining and practices of many scholars, researchers and practitioners in behavioral science. My colleagues and I atthe University of Nevada, Reno have studied number of his publications (including his seminal book titled“Elementary Principles of Behavior) and have used many of them in our undergraduate and graduatecourses. Through the years I have also learned that Dr. Malott is a person with positively unique and wonderfulhuman qualities. Simply stated, he brings out the best in his colleagues and promotes the success of institutionsand organizations for which he works through his exceptional approach toward teaching, scholarly work andleadership.In sum, Dr. Malott is an exceptional teacher, scholar, and leader, and is very committed to the university, to hisstudents, and his scientific community. My familiarity with Dr. Malott in all of these capacities enables me to offermy full support and highest recommendation for his receipt of the Western Michigan University’s DistinguishedTeaching Award. For any question or further elaboration, please contact me at 775-682-8693 or via a e-mail,Ramona Houmanfar-
  27. 27. ___________________________Kent Johnson, Ph.D.Founder and DirectorMorningside Academy201 Westlake Avenue NorthSeattle, WA 98109206-709-9500kent@morningsideacademy.orgwww.morningsideacademy.orgI want to enthusiastically endorse the nomination of Richard Malott for Western Michigan Universitys DistinguishedTeaching Award. I have known Dr. Malott since I was a graduate student in the 1970s. I did not attend WMU, so hewas not formally my professor, but I always attended his presentations at the Association for Behavior Analysis(ABA) conferences. His presentations included direct and explicit instruction for the whole audience to grasp hismeaning, not esoteric information for the elite among us. He would always take time to talk with me at ABA, andgave me so much encouragement, as if I was indeed his student. I have valued his teaching and mentoring eversince. Dick is a natural teacher and I am so fortunate to have been in his path. He also wrote the first as well as themost teaching-oriented textbook in our field, Elementary Principles of Behavior, extending his influence far beyondthe students he was paid to teach at WMU. So many people who have read his book have said that they feel like Dickwas personally teaching them as they read. The award would be a fine cap on his long and distinguished career ofteaching behavior analysis.__________________________Gerald C. MertensDepartment of PsychologySt. Cloud State UniversitySt. Cloud, MN 56301gmertens@stcloudstate.eduMarch 31, 2012To Whom It May Concern:I have taught at St. Cloud State University in the Department of Psychology for 47 years. I have known Dick Malottfor just about as long as I have taught here. I know of no person more deserving of a distinguished teacher award.”He has earned such an award on many grounds:I. PERSONAL “MENTOR-LIKE” CONTACT WITH DICK: Even though I am a few days older, and I have never been astudent, or on the same faculty, with Dick, I have looked informally at Dick as a mentor. I have come to view hisanalysis of complex behaviors with a deep respect. He truly is a genius in his analysis of complex behavior. Even inthose rare situations where I like my analysis better; I have learned to study closely his excellent, well thoughtthrough analysis, because he is usually correct. Even though I have never had him for a college class, he has, in mylifetime, been my most influential teacher.II. ONE ILLUSTATION OF DICKS IMPORTANCE IN OUR FIELD: I have been given the credit for being the initiatingstimulus, the “father of ABAI,” (Association of Behavior Analysis International) the professional group of interest inour area. Certainly in the analysis of the history of ABAI, Dick was the quickest reinforcer for my initiating a
  28. 28. suggested meeting of the people with this interest. He also filled the role of being the most important in keeping theinitial effort going.III. MY PAST STUDENTS: In past years Dick has been a faculty advisor for a number of my students for theirgraduate work. All of these students have done very well under Dicks supervision, and all of these students have, inconversations with me, stated that the Malott educational experience in graduate school was most beneficial.IV. MY CURRENT STUDENTS: In some form or other, I have used all six editions of the current text Principles ofBehavior (P of B). My students have received all six editions of the book with high praise. For a novel contribution tothis letter, in the one class period I had available before the deadline for this material, I requested my students forcomments about the text (P of B). I opted for two examples copied below. These are typical of student’s responsesto all editions:“The text P of B has introduced me to the fundamentals of behavior analysis. Malott succeeds in makingunderstandable the basic principles of behavior. The stories, diagrams and charts presented in the text appeal to thereader’s imagination and assist in provoking excitement while generating real interest in the topics of behavioranalysis. The text has developed a high enough level of personal interest for me to continue my education andpursue a path in behavior analysis.” - Sipple, Brittany“My class uses Malott’s text, Principles of Behavior (6th edition), in a near biblical manner. Malott is able to takecomplex ideas and present them in a way that makes them more understandable. Through the use of fictional casesto present research from actual cases, as well as vocabulary broken down bit by bit, Malott can take a concept ascomplex as rule governed behavior and make it simpler to understand and learn.” - Anbro, Steven J.V. DICK AS AN “IN COGNITO” INSTRUCTOR IN ALL THE CLASSES I TEACH: I am the faculty of record, yes, I am theone who gets paid, but without Dick, my teaching job would have been much more difficult. Just a few samples ofhow he has done this:-Answering my emails, phone calls, and in person content questions as I encountered them over close to 47 years.-An excellent graduate advisor for many of my students.-Together we have conducted sessions at ABAI Convention where those attending the session shared teachingconcepts involving his text P of B.-Over many years I have come to appreciate many of Dicks excellent students. One contact with his students I haveenjoyed many times has been my interaction with Dicks classes in Kalamazoo over the years on the topic of abehavioral look at psychic events.-Using extensively the vast number of excellent articles and books he has written.-This list could go on for a long time, but most important he has been for nearly 47 years of college teaching a goodfriend, and a strong influence on my teaching content and methods.Peace,Gerald C. Mertens
  29. 29. ___________________________Joseph E. Morrow, Ph.D.,BCBA-DPresident, Applied Behavior ConsultantsProfessor of Psychology and Behavior Analysis (Emeritus)California State University, SacramentoLicensed Psychologist, State of CaliforniaJMorrow223@aol.comI would like to strongly support the Distinguished Teaching award for Dr. Richard Malott. I have known Richard forabout 30 years. He is the teachers teacher. His many texts and his continual striving to raise the skills of himselfand others, are without par in academia. He has tailored his teaching to the level of understanding of the students.At the same time he has not dumbed down the level of conceptual knowledge he carefully brings out in his students.Many students have asked me over the years, “what course should I take?” I assert that it is not the course, but theteacher that one should be concerned with. I have used the analogy that “one should not bet on the horses but onthe jockeys”. If one had consistently bet on Willie Shoemaker, the bettor would be rich. If one had taken coursesform Richard Malott, they would be knowledge rich. I rate Richard as best among the best.___________________Travis I. Thompson, PhDI have no relationship with Western Michigan UniversityGraduate Faculty MemberDepartment of Educational PsychologyUniversity if Minnesota2187 Ferris LaneRoseville, MN 55113651-636 5466thomp199@umn.eduI have known Dick Malott for many years and have observed him in a teaching capacity as a professor teaching atWestern Michigan University during visits, and as visiting speaker at the University of Minnesota. In addition, I wasfortunate to recruit several of his MA students to the doctoral program at the university of Minnesota, attesting tothe quality of his training. He is one of the most innovative and dedicated university teachers I have known,distinguishing himself in his support for minority students seeking college and post-graduate education. There arefew people in our field who exhibit comparable commitment to disadvantaged students, promoting theiradvancement into careers in applied behavior analysis.___________________Mary Jane Weiss, PhDEndicott College732-932-3017