The Pittsburgh University psychology department is home to some of the country’s most highly trained and experienced psychologists.
But for many, the department has also become a recruiting and retention center for schools that are seeking to hire highly qualified psychologists.
Now, that recruiting and retaining power is under threat as psychology graduates have begun to leave the university to pursue other careers.
A University of Pennsylvania professor and his wife, two students, and a friend have all left to work for companies that do not pay enough to maintain the prestige of the psychology department, said Mary A. Schmitt, the director of the department.
A few of the more notable departures include the director and director of research, the associate dean for research, and the dean of the graduate program in psychology, she said.
“This is a department that has really been under the microscope for a number of years, particularly from the outside looking in,” Schmitt said.
Schitt and other psychology graduates are among a growing number of faculty members who say the department is not being adequately supported by the university.
“The department has been very well-supported for a long time,” said the associate professor, who requested anonymity.
The department was founded in 1882, but has since lost its status as a division of the university and has been split into departments.
Its leadership and faculty members have been under pressure from administrators to cut costs, and faculty have lost their jobs.
Schildt, the dean, said the department was not properly funded in the past.
“Our faculty members are well compensated, well trained, and I don’t know of any faculty that is paid as little as the associate directors of our department,” she said in an interview.
Schmit, who is in her early 70s, has worked in the psychology field for 30 years.
She started as a doctoral student in 1974 and has served as a professor of psychology at the university since 1988.
She said that although the department maintains a strong commitment to academic excellence, it has experienced a drop in graduate students.
“We’re seeing a lot more people leave the department,” Schmit said.
The professor has also said that the department’s leadership has not done enough to address the issues of academic freedom and diversity in the department, which has grown increasingly diverse in recent years.
“It’s an academic community where diversity is not taken seriously,” she told MTV News.
The graduate program at the department started in 1996, but was cut in 2009.
“If you ask us to do this job, and we’re the ones in charge, we’re not doing it well,” Schmitte said.
In her interview with MTV News, Schmitt described the university as “one of the most liberal universities in the country.”
“The university is very supportive of the diversity of its faculty,” she added.
But the department does not have the resources to support its faculty and staff as they transition to their new careers, she added, citing an “overwhelmingly low” number of graduate students and postdocs in the field.
“There are no faculty who have been able to sustain themselves and their teaching and research over the past 15 years,” Schmits said.
It is unclear what impact the faculty turnover will have on the university’s future, but Schmitt and others have expressed concerns about a possible shortage of qualified psychology faculty and students in the future.
“I don’t think the faculty is there to continue teaching,” Schildts father said.
And the department faces a number challenges.
The college was founded with only a handful of faculty and a limited number of students, said Richard J. Stump, dean of graduate studies.
The dean of undergraduate studies, a faculty member who does not hold a position in the university, also is the only person who has a position of power.
“That’s the only faculty member that’s in charge of a large part of the curriculum,” Stump said.
One of the major issues facing the department today is the shortage of teaching assistants, who provide support for graduate students while they complete their degree.
The position of teaching assistant is filled by a graduate student who also is an assistant professor.
The current situation means that a graduate assistant will teach two undergraduate students while the graduate student is teaching another undergraduate student, according to Schmitt.
“For example, if the student has been teaching for two years, then a graduate is teaching the student,” she explained.
“And if that student is doing a second year, then that graduate is working on a second graduate student, and so on and so forth.”
But the university does not offer graduate students a position at the graduate school of psychology that will allow them to support themselves while they pursue their graduate education, said Schmitt who also chairs the department committee on graduate and postdoctoral programs.
“In our current situation, we don’t have a lot of students to support us,” Schindts father told MTV.
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