(May 22, 2014)

Centenary adds new Assistant Professor of Psychology

SHREVEPORT, LA — Dr. Jessica Alexander will join the Centenary College Psychology Department as an Assistant Professor in fall 2014.

Dr. Jessica Alexander

"We are thrilled to have Dr. Alexander joining us at Centenary," said Karen Soul, interim Provost and Dean of the College. "She brings to Centenary a strong background in the liberal arts, a passion for undergraduate teaching, and an active scholarly research agenda."

Alexander comes to Centenary from Concord University in Athens, West Virginia, where she has been an Assistant Professor of Psychology since 2009. At Concord, she has taught introductory and upper-level courses in linguistics, neuroscience, and psychology. Dr. Alexander has also served as a research mentor to undergraduate students, collaborating with them in preparing conference papers, poster presentations, and manuscripts for publication.

A graduate of Hendrix College, Alexander completed her graduate studies at Emory University's Cognition and Development Psychology program. Her Ph.D. dissertation examined how spoken language is perceived and how variations such as accents or dialects are adapted. Her research has been published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, and Personality and Individual Differences.

"I am excited to join the fantastic faculty and staff at Centenary, and I'm looking forward to meeting the excellent students that I've heard so much about," said Alexander. "My goal is to jump right into the psychology program and find out how I can best serve the students and the College. I have a great line up of classes, and I'm hoping to find some students who are excited about collaborating in research."