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Island University Professor, Dr. Sam Hill III, Retires after 23 Years

December 16, 2015

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – After 23 years of service at the Island University, Dr. Sam Hill III, Associate Professor of Psychology, is retiring at the end of the fall 2015 semester.

“Dr. Hill’s expertise in the area of autism has been a real asset to our students, to the university, and to the South Texas community” said Dr. Mark Hartlaub, Interim Dean for the College of Liberal Arts.  “He has inspired many of our undergraduate and graduate students over the years to commit themselves to helping others and also to research which enhances the lives of future generations.”

Hill’s main interest in his field focuses on the ecological psychology of autism and developing research paradigms in autism. Many of his research projects revolve around finding patterns and similarities in individuals with autism in order to learn more about the disorder. His most recent project is a pilot study revolving around facial expression, body posture and movement and how they relate to an autistic person’s interactions and goals. He taught classes in Theories of Personality, Child Psychopathology and Psychological Assessment.

Hill has been a mentor for McNair Scholars for more than four years, where many of his students have been recognized for their exceptional research in autism spectrum disorders. In addition, he recently served as President of the Nueces County Psychological Association, a program promoting human health and welfare through education, science and practice in the profession of psychology. Hill coordinated with the association to donate more than $1,400 to provide assistance to many psychology graduate students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

“I am honored beyond words to have worked with the students and faculty of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for so many years,” said Hill. “I know that these individuals will find answers to many of the questions psychology asks, while also posing new invaluable questions that move us forward in the field.”