demonstrated exceptional individual achievements in social and/or personality psychology,
conducting research that places them at the forefront of their peers.
Over the past three years, Dr. DeWall has been featured in the New York Times six times,
he has been in the Harvard Business Review, on Good Moming America, in the LA Times,
Atlantic Monthly, AARP, Time magazine, and Playboy to name a few. He is approaching l00
Dr. DeWall has given talks in Greece, Hungary, England, China, Hong Kong, and
Sweden, among others. Dr. Dewall believes that research and teaching are one in the same. A
university professor does not have to choose between one or the other. He once said that
"everyone is a teacher.” "We teach and we’re taught every day in all sorts of situations.” He
further says that "students are more connected than they’ve ever been, and we’re going to lose
them if education is trapped in a classroom. Life is a network.”
Dr. DeWall lives his philosophy regarding leaming. His students, faculty, and
community are all connected, like the residence hall where he serves as co-director, Arts and
Sciences wired. His research on social relationships has greatly helped his development.
Dr. Dewall is the 20ll winner ofthe College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching
Award. He oversees seven graduate students and 43 undergraduates in his labs.
President Capilouto said it was his pleasure to welcome Dr. DeWall to the podium to
share a few words to the Board.
Dr. DeWall thanked President Capilouto and the Board for giving him a few minutes of
their time and said it was an honor and privilege to speak to them. When people, family, friends,
and colleagues from all over the country ask him about Kentucky, he tells them to imagine the
best job they could ever have, multiply it by l0, and that is what we have.
Dr. DeWall told the Board about some ofthe research that he conducts at the University
and some of his other activities. He said that he does four main things. His first line of research
is on close relationships. He studies why some relationships flourish and others fail resulting in
painful rejection. Pain of rejection isn’t only a metaphor: it actually hurts.
His second line of research is studying one ofthe most important predictors of success:
self-control. He examines how and why people fail to control their impulses and how to design
interventions to help them be better regulated in all aspects of their lives.
When people experience rejection, they are not very willing to control their impulses, but
by offering people a small case of social inclusion and acceptance we can get rid of these
The third line of research is on aggression and violence. He is curious why some people
behave aggressively where others do not. He examines aggression between strangers, between
dating students at the university, and between marriage partners. One reason people behave