Craig Parks (Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1991) joined the Office of the Provost in 2015. His primary responsibilities include university, state, and federal higher education policy, implementation of university-level initiatives, and synergies across the WSU instructional and research locations. In 2014-15 he served as chair of the Faculty Senate, and from 2012 – 2015 he was a member of the Faculty Status Committee. In 2017 he won the university’s Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Leadership in recognition of his extensive engagement in university service.
Dr. Parks is an expert on the psychology of cooperation and interpersonal relations, with a focus on how one’s personality and desire to be like others influences willingness to contribute to the greater good. He teaches a yearly course in the Honors College on human behavior and climate change. Parks’ work has been featured in Time, US News and World Report, and The Economist, and internationally on the BBC, CBC, and ABC Radio National (Australia). He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and served two years as president of Division 49 (Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy) of the APA, and six years as editor of the journal Group Dynamics.