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A commitment to helping instill an appreciation and better understanding of psychology among students was demonstrated by Robert Ahlering during the 31 years he served at the University of Central Missouri.
During his tenure at UCM, the professor emeritus was known in the Department of Psychology for teaching course such as General Psychology, Personal Adjustment, Social Psychology, Theories of Personality, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and Social Bases of Behavior. He also taught the University 1000 freshman orientation class.
Ahlering entered the teaching as an instructor at the University of Minnesota-Morris in 1975. He joined the UCM faculty the following year as an assistant professor, and continued to climb the faculty ranks, becoming a full professor in 1988. In addition to his record of teaching, university committee work, and scholarship, he served from 1997-1999 as interim chair of the Department of Psychology and Counselor Education. The impact he had on four-year students in the department was recognized in 2002-2003 when he became one of two department members to received the Undergraduate Psychology Teacher Award.
Ahlering has been involved in numerous research and creative endeavors over the years, including contributions to professional journals, as well as paper and poster presentations before professional groups in his field. His service to the university has ranged from chairing the Information Services Committee to serving 11 years as faculty adviser for Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, to serving 15 years as a research mentor for undergraduates in the McNair Scholars Program.
In preparation for his psychology career, Ahlering earned a bachelor’s degree at Loyola University-Chicago, and a master’s degree and doctorate at Northern Illinois University, Dekalb.