Dr. Rodney Klein Joins “Trio” Program at Concord

For Immediate Release: 
Feb 28 2005

Dr. Rodney Klein Joins “Trio” Program at Concord

Athens, W.Va. – Dr. Rodney Klein joined the Concord University TRIO family as director of the McNair Scholars Program in February. Dr. Klein will serve as a part-time director and continue as an associate professor for the Concord University psychology department. He has been actively involved with the McNair Program for the past several years as a mentor and as an instructor. He has also served on their advisory committee. Dr. Klein received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of New Mexico. His research interests include various aspects of learning, including the role of the background environment or context, schedules of reinforcement, and variables influencing alcohol consumption.

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program designed to prepare students to participate in doctoral study programs. The Program provides enriching experiences to prepare undergraduates for doctoral study including a research internship, seminars and workshops, interactions with faculty, and the opportunity to attend and present their research at national meetings. Although the program provides a stipend to allow students to pursue a summer research project, McNair is not a scholarship program. Eligible students must be first-generation college students and economically disadvantaged or members of a group that is under-represented in graduate school, as defined by the USDOE (United States Department of Education).

The McNair Program serves students at Concord University, Bluefield State College and West Virginia State University. Currently, there are 31 students participating in the program. Students who have graduated recently are pursuing graduate degrees at various universities, including: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Marshall University, Mountain State University, West Virginia University, Florida Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Salisbury University and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Dr. Klein stated that, “The McNair Program is an excellent opportunity for students to gain invaluable research experience. This research experience in turn gives the students a greater opportunity to gain admittance into a graduate, doctoral-level program. Besides the research opportunity, the McNair Program also provides many other experiences that the students might not otherwise have access to.”

For more information, call 1-304-384-6019 or email mcnair@concord.edu.


PHOTO: Dr. Rodney Klein