CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – In recognition of her distinguished performance in teaching, research and service to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Dr. Pamela Brouillard has been named a 2016-2017 Texas A&M University System Regents Professor. This is the highest honor bestowed onto faculty by the A&M System.
“I am deeply honored to be selected as this year’s recipient of the Regents Professor Award and I am sincerely appreciative of this vote of confidence by my colleagues and the Board of Regents,” said Brouillard. “Achieving this level of recognition is a singular highpoint of my career.”
Brouillard, Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Department of Psychology and Sociology, joined Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 1994 as part of a large faculty cohort hired to facilitate the University’s expansion into a four-year institution. Since then, she’s been instrumental in transforming the psychology program into a more research-intensive discipline and has helped create a thriving graduate program in clinical psychology.
“Dr. Brouillard and I both came to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 1994,” said Dr. Kelly Quintanilla,
In her current role, Brouillard has supervised the expansion of the psychology undergraduate degree to its current position as the largest major within the College of Liberal Arts. The department serves over 800 students across multiple disciplines.
“The growth of the University over the years has paralleled my personal growth as a professor and researcher,” said Brouillard. “As class sizes have increased and our student body has become more diverse, we are constantly challenged to create new tools to promote effective student learning and engage students in research and cultural experiences that enhance their classroom experiences.”
Brouillard has spent her entire academic career at the Island University because of her profound commitment to A&M-Corpus Christi and the surrounding community. The psychology program she helped nurture prepares much-needed mental health professionals for a community that is chronically underserved at every level of mental health treatment.
“Nearly all our clinical psychology graduates will work in the mental health field in Nueces County or in the South Texas region,” said Dr. Mark Hartlaub, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “Dr. Brouillard has been guided by the goal of always making sure our students receive accurate information and state-of-the-art techniques as they learn and grow as clinical providers.”
Brouillard has been a dedicated and engaged student mentor, securing grant funding in support of the professional development of traditionally underserved students, while contributing unique coursework to both ungraduated and graduate students.
“Our clinical master’s program graduates provide services across public and private sector treatment services including school-based programs, many of whom go on to pursue doctoral-level training and careers in academia and psychological practice,” said Brouillard. “One of the most rewarding aspects of my career at A&M-Corpus Christi has been watching our students emerge as engaged and responsible mental health professionals whose work has a profound impact on our community and beyond. I’m still in regular contact with many of our former students who regularly update me about their many successes.”
Brouillard work has been nationally and internationally recognized and includes more than 20 publications, 47 presentations, 11 grants, seven professional honors and four fellowships including a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Zagreb Medical School, and more recently, as a Fulbright Senior Specialist engaged in clinical training and supervision in Kazakhstan. Her scholarly work has also taken her to Mexico, Croatia,
“My recent experience with the Islander Abroad program in Scotland is a great example of how we can successfully prepare our students to be engaged global citizens,” said Brouillard. “Additionally, connecting with colleagues and programs at an international level creates abundant opportunities for our students and faculty to engage in international research and teaching that enrich their experiences and enhance the University’s reputation.”
Regents Professors maintain their title for the duration of their service within the A&M System and are presented with a stipend and certificate. Since the inception of the Regents Professor Awards Program, 20 professors from A&M-Corpus Christi have been named to the list. For a full list, click here.