Professor of Social Psychology
Mary E. Kite, Ph.D., is Professor of Social Psychology, Director of the Master’s Program in Social Psychology, and Director of the Undergraduate Minor in Counseling Psychology. She received her B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. from Purdue University. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 2, 8, 9, 35, & 44) and of the Association for Psychological Science and the Midwestern Psychological Association. Her leadership roles include Past-President of The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP, APA Division 2) and Past-President of the Midwestern Psychological Association. She maintains an active research program in the area of stereotyping and prejudice, including co-authoring (with Bernard E. Whitley, Jr.) The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination (3e) and Principles of Research in Behavioral Science (4e).
Recognitions include the Charles L. Brewer Award for Distinguished Teaching in Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation (2014) and a Presidential Citation from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (2011). She was selected as a G. Stanley Hall Lecturer for the American Psychological Association in 2009 and was named a Minority Access National Role Model in 2007. In 2013, Mary Kite was a Fellow in Ball State University's Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry and maintains the website, http://breakingprejudice.org/ that was created with her seminar students. This website, was recognized with a Social Psychology Action Teaching Award (Honorable Mention, 2014) and by an Innovative Teaching Award (Honorable Mention 2014) by the Society for the Scientific Study of Social Issues (SPSSI).
Teaching Interests: Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination, Social Cognition, Psychology of Diversity, Research Methods, Classroom Pedagogy
Research interests: Gender stereotyping, ageism, sexual minority prejudice, scholarship of teaching and learning.