Dr. Anne Kelly
Psychology Dept. Chair

(605) 995-2961

Anne Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree with a focus on psychology in 1996 from Evergreen State College, located in Olympia, Wash. She completed her master’s degree in experimental psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1998 and completed her doctorate in experimental psychology in 2001.

Among Anne’s research interests are cognition and the visual arts, the psychology of women, and technology and education. Before her arrival at DWU, Anne taught at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nev. Anne has taught industrial/organizational psychology, applied psychology, educational psychology, and research methods and continues to teach general psychology, history of psychology, cognitive psychology, senior thesis, personality theories, experimental psychology and more.

She advises student organizations, including Psi-Chi, Psychology Club, and the Women’s Center. She received the Award for Professional Excellence in 2003 and the Exemplary Teaching Award in 2006.

Mr. Randy Sprung
Associate Professor
(605) 995-2687

Randy Sprung earned his bachelor’s degree from DWU in 1978. He completed his master’s degree at the University of Nebraska in Omaha in 1979 and worked as a psychiatric counselor. In 1980, Randy returned to Dakota Wesleyan to provide counseling and advising services to American Indian students.

As an assistant professor at DWU, Randy’s responsibilities include program development, assisting student research, and teaching developmental psychology and general psychology. In addition, Randy currently coordinates freshmen forum and directs advising and testing.

Dr. George Nielson
Professor Emeritus
(605) 995-2624

George Nielson earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Gustavus Adolphus College. He completed his Master of Divinity degree at Augustana Theological Seminary and later earned a master’s and doctoral degree in sociology from the University of Kansas.

George came to DWU in 1971 and continues to teach social psychology, introduction to sociology, social problems, social theory and more. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago and has studied at Uppsala University in Sweden. George enjoys traveling and likes to study social policies across cultures. He is also interested in anthropology.

Ms. Pam Boline
Human Services Dept. Chair
(605) 995-2903

Pam Boline earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminal justice from the University of South Dakota in 1977. She completed her master’s degree in guidance counseling in 1979 and came to DWU in 1980. She has been a counselor for Student Support Services and is the human services department chair.

She received the Sears-Roebuck Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership in 1991 and the Clark Award for Teaching Excellence in 1998. Pam has worked as a professional consultant in areas of child abuse, domestic violence, and volunteerism. Pam advises the Human Services Club.

Dr. Gloria Leonard
Adjunct Faculty
(605) 995-2626

Gloria Leonard earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Dakota Wesleyan University. She completed her master’s degree at Highlands University in Las Vegas, N. M. and earned her doctor of education degree from the University of South Dakota.

Gloria has taught many psychology courses, including general psychology, developmental psychology, adolescent psychology, history of psychology, and adjustment to aging. She makes it a point to integrate psychological content into all her classes. Gloria enjoys assisting students in the development of critical thinking and self-awareness.
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