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Dr. Nikki Yonts to present Williamson Prize Lecture March 5

This Tuesday, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education Dr. Nikki Yonts will present her Williamson Prize Lecture at 11 a.m. in the Maxfield Room of Edwards Commons at Lyon College. Her lecture is called “Leveling Up: The Value of the Liberal Arts Experience.”

The College announced Yonts as the winner of the 2018 Lamar Williamson Prize for Faculty Excellence in May 2018. As part of this accomplishment, the Lyon faculty member that wins will present a Williamson Prize lecture the following spring. The recipient is chosen based on excellence in four categories: professional competence, scholarly ability, exemplification of humane and Christian values, and contribution to the community.

When asked about her upcoming lecture, Yonts shared that her experiences in the classroom inspired her topic.

“My hope is that I can encourage others to appreciate those moments [in the classroom] regardless of whether they are positive or negative events [and] decisions, and more importantly, use them to develop a better sense of who they are,” said Yonts.

Yonts joined the Lyon College faculty in 2002. She teaches courses in child development, research methods, media psychology, and senior thesis. She has also presented her research at an array of regional and national conferences and published in both psychological and educational journals. She has served as a mentor for students pursuing their own research while at Lyon.