Michael Perone, Ph.D., has been named the associate dean for faculty in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University.

The associate dean for faculty is part of the senior leadership team in the Eberly College, and is responsible for a large number of faculty related processes ranging from hiring and mentoring through promotion, sabbatical leave, and a host of other aspects of faculty life.

In his first year in the position, Perone hopes to roll out the college’s custom version of Digital Measures, a software system for archiving records of faculty achievements and generating reports for faculty evaluation committees, department chairs, deans and other administrators. He also will manage the college level of the promotion and tenure process, review faculty workload plans, and, in the next academic-year cycle, support the hiring of new faculty members and postdoctoral research associates.

“Our 2020 Strategic Plan goal to be the ‘the best place’ to work includes hiring quality faculty and then nurturing and supporting them once here,” said Robert Jones, dean of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. “With the appointment of Mike Perone, we are reiterating our commitment to provide our faculty the support and advocacy necessary to ensure successful careers here at WVU, from the moment they interview until retirement.”

Perone, who began his career at WVU in 1984, is a professor in the Department of Psychology. He received his Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1981. In 1982, he was assistant professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He has made substantial contributions to behavior analysis through his research, service, administration, and teaching. He is well known for his programmatic research on conditioned reinforcement, avoidance, and transitions from rich to lean schedules of reinforcement, and more generally for the elegance and ingenuity of his experimental methodology. He has secured support from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Occupational Safety and Health Association and the National Science Foundation for much of his research. His investigations with animals and extensions of basic mechanisms to humans serve as a prototype for research translation.

Perone’s accomplishments in administration, service to the discipline, and teaching are similarly noteworthy. He served for 12 years as chair of the WVU Department of Psychology, one of the foremost programs in behavior analysis. He has served as president of Association for Behavioral Analysis International (twice), Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Analysis, Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and the Southeastern Association for Behavioral Analysis International. He has been appointed to key editorial positions for major journals in behavior analysis, represented behavior analysis on the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological, and Cognitive Sciences, and served on numerous committees.

In each of those roles, his skill and humor have been instrumental in bringing a charge to effective completion. Dr. Perone has received numerous awards for his teaching and mentoring, which, along with the successes of his former students, are testaments to his effectiveness in that arena as well.

For more information, please contact Michael Perone at (304) 293-1785 or via e-mail at Michael.Perone@mail.wvu.edu.



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