July 23, 2014
Psychology professor Roman Taraban is a teacher at heart—part of the reason he’s earned the distinction of Integrated Scholar. He enjoys studying intelligence and is eager to share his pursuit with others. Some of Taraban’s research interests include language processing, reading comprehension, engineering problem solving and the study behaviors of undergraduates. He also promotes undergraduate research and has been involved with the Texas Tech University/Howard Hughes Medical Institute (TTU/HHMI) for more than a decade.
Those experiences led Taraban to co-edit the book “Creating Effective Undergraduate Research Programs In Science,” organize conferences on engineering and science education, and organize and chair the Scholar Research Forum for TTU/HHMI students. Taraban’s research interests also earned him a Fulbright Scholar grant, and in 2010 he traveled to India to study information literacy among students at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur. Like many professors, Taraban has incorporated elements of his research into his courses.
As recognition of his adeptness in the classroom, he was presented with the TTU President’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013. In regard to service, Taraban has worked on numerous university councils and committees, and is a member of the Texas Tech Teaching Academy. Nationally, he served as president of the Society for Computers in Psychology (SCiP) and is associate editor for the Journal of Educational Psychology.
Integrated Scholars are faculty who dedicate themselves to a course of lifelong learning and advance Texas Tech's role in educating, serving and inspiring others to do the same.
Integrated Scholars are not only outstanding in teaching, research and service, but they are also able to generate synergy among the three functions. Faculty members who are Integrated Scholars consistently promote active learning and infuse the results of their research and scholarship in courses and other learning experiences. Integrated Scholars publish results of their teaching innovations in peer-reviewed journals. Finally, Integrated Scholar faculty members plan and execute service commitments to complement their teaching and research goals.