Klimoski Donates Psychology Handbooks

Posted: May 28, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Richard Klimoski, dean of the School of Management (SOM), presented the University Libraries with two 13-volume sets of the Handbook of Psychology, a comprehensive reference of the many faceted field. Klimoski, who is also a professor of psychology, was one of three coeditors of Volume 13, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, a collection of 24 papers. Jack A. Naglieri, director of the Center for Cognitive Development and a professor of psychology, coedited Volume 10, Assessment Psychology. The volume contains a paper by Klimoski on assessment in the workplace.

John Zenelis, university librarian, expressed the libraries’ delight in accepting Klimoski’s “very generous” donation. “This multi-volume handbook contains remarkable scholarship, destined to be accepted as the standard reference work in the field of psychology,” he says. Complete sets of the Handbook of Psychology are now available in the reference sections of Fenwick Library, Arlington Campus Library, and Prince William Campus Library.

“The handbook is an attempt to capture in one place the fields of psychology,” says Klimoski. The fields are very diverse, from health (psychologists) to fundamental science (brain studies). Industrial and organizational (I/O) psychology tries to blend theory and practice, he notes. “It takes fundamental psychology and uses it to understand why people behave the way they do in the workplace. The university is being positioned as one of the top centers of excellence in I/O psychology. Editing the volume contributes to building the reputation of the program and the university.”

Klimoski decided that donating the two advance copies of the sets would leverage the potential impact of the work by making it more accessible. “It’s easier to share the information by sharing the collection,” he says. “It makes it easier for students to get the information, and easier for professors to assign the information.” Each 13-volume set has a retail value of more than $1,800.

As SOM dean, Klimoski feels that some of his own professors can make use of the collection. “The boundaries of research and intellectual pursuit are not clearly defined by academic unit, so much of the research and many of the topics represented in the handbook can be used as the building blocks for management education as practiced in our school.”

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