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School of Psychology Records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-SOP018

Scope and Contents

The materials in this collection reflect the development of the School of Psychology and its programs at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL. The majority of the collection spans the 1980s-2000s. The collection consists mostly of photographs, scrapbooks, publications, ephemera, audio/visual, and digital files. Materials include: faculty lists; faculty reference manual; correspondence; group and individual graduation photographs; School of Psychology faculty, student, and alumni events and gatherings photographs; news clippings; department publication and pamphlets; audio recordings; sketches; and scrapbooks. The collection was donated to the University Archives by the School of Psychology department and individual faculty and is not a complete representation of the records generated by the School of Psychology. The collection encompasses approximately 5.85 Cubic feet and 1.283GB.


  • 1976-

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research; some items with PII (Personally Identifiable Information or copyrighted material) may be restricted to the general public. See the university archivist or special collections curator to see if there are restrictions on the collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies, photographs, and scans of items in this collection may be made by users or by library staff on behalf of users for the following purposes: personal, research, scholarly, educational, and other nonprofit use. It is the responsibility of the user to abide by any and all applicable copyright laws in their use of material from the Harry P. Weber University Archives & Special Collections. Florida Tech is not responsible for any copyright infringement resulting from improper use of research copies or scans created by or provided to users. See Reproductions and Use Policy

Biographical / Historical

Initially, psychology classes were offered in 1963 as part of a Bachelor of Arts concentration. Later in 1976, a psychology program began as part of the School of Engineering and Science undergraduate degree program, with Dr. Gary Harbaugh helping to establish the psychology curriculum. In September of 1977, Dr. Charles Corman was appointed Professor and Head of Psychology, which signaled the establishment of a new academic unit within the School of Science and Engineering and, in conjunction with the International Graduate School, offered courses leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Dr. Charles Corman creating and heading the Department of Psychology in 1978, which now offered a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and both a Master of Science in Psychology and a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Behavioral Sciences, or Mental Health Sciences. Also on July 1, 1978, The Center for Student Development was established as part of the Department of Psychology’s responsibility. In 1980, Dr. Charles Corman created and became Dean of the School of Professional Psychology , with Drs. Elizabeth Wolf, Arthur Gutman, Thomas Harrell, and Frank M. Webbe constituting the founding faculty. By 1983, the PhD was no longer offered because the focus shifted to the accreditation of the PsyD program, which received partial accreditation that same year and full accreditation in 1986. Additionally, in 1983 a Master of Science in Engineering Psychology program was initiated, and in 1986 a Master of Science in Personnel Psychology began.

In 1985, Dr. Charles Corman stepped down and Dr. Frank Webbe became dean serving until 1994. In 1994, Dr. Charles Prokop became dean and served until 1998, followed by Dr. Carol Philpot from 1999-2001. Dr. Mary Beth Kenkel took over as dean from 2002 until 2018. The current Dean of the College of Psychology and Liberal Arts is held by Dr. Lisa Steelman since 2018.

Since its inception, the School of Psychology has expanded and grown to include more programs as well as adding several affiliated research institutes and centers that add an academic component to the facilities activities.


5.283 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



The materials in this collection relate to the School of Psychology at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL and primarily cover the period from 1976-2000s. This collection of 6 archival boxes, 7 scrapbooks, and 1 folder of oversized items consists mostly of photographs, scrapbooks, publications, ephemera, and digital files illustrating the history and development of the program and the relationship among the faculty, students, and alumni. The Psychology program began as an undergraduate degree program in 1976 with Dr. Charles Corman creating and heading the Department of Psychology in 1978. In 1980, Dr. Charles Corman helped to create the School of Professional Psychology & Applied Social Sciences and held the position of Dean until 1985. Over the next three decades additional psychology programs have been added as well as several affiliated research institutes and centers.


The collection has been arranged to the file unit level, with the exception of Series 4 and 5 that have oversized items. Series 1, 2, 3, and 6 are in alphabetical (file units), and chronological (items) order. Series 4 and 5 follows original order, which is chronological (file units). The collection has been divided into six series:


Further accruals are expected.

Related Materials

See also the Historic Photo Collection, university catalogs, Ad Astra Yearbooks, and university publication collections.

The Finding Aid of the School of Psychology
Karrie Cole
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Harry P. Weber University Archives Repository

Evans Library
Florida Institute of Technology
150 West University Blvd.
Melbourne FL 32901-6975 USA
(321) 724-2559 (Fax)