State Honors Psychology Professor Eden King with Outstanding Faculty Award

Posted: January 26, 2011 at 9:00 am, Last Updated: January 26, 2011 at 9:46 am

By Tara Laskowski

Eden King

Eden King. Creative Services photo

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and Dominion announced that psychology assistant professor Eden King will receive the 2011 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, the commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty at Virginia’s colleges and universities.

King will be recognized in the “rising star” category for her excellence in teaching, research, knowledge integration and public service at a Feb. 17 ceremony in Richmond.

King joined the faculty of the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at Mason after earning a PhD from Rice University in 2006. Her national reputation has grown as she has pursued a research program that seeks to help diverse individuals and organizations overcome barriers to equality.

The psychology professor has published 38 journal articles and 11 book chapters, and her first book, “How Women Can Make It Work: The Science of Success,” will be published by Praeger in April.

Examples of King’s research on workplace discrimination have focused on a down economy and pregnant women and diversity.

Her work has been cited outside of academia by popular media such as The New York Times, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Glamour and USA Today, as well as by broadcast shows such as “Good Morning America,” “CBS Evening News,”  and “Anderson Cooper 360.”

King is a recipient of the 2010 Louise Kidder Early Career Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and the 2009 Work-Family Career Development Grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

King was a 2009 finalist for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Best Paper in Work-Family Research for her paper on bias toward mothers.

“I was truly shocked,” King said about earning the SCHEV honor.

“There are so many amazing junior faculty at Mason alone, not to mention everyone else in the state. I feel like this award actually belongs to a group of people, including my graduate adviser who continues to inspire me, my collaborators who make the research possible and the graduate and undergraduate students I work with at Mason who make it all worthwhile.”

One of 12 educators from around the state to be honored with the Outstanding Faculty Award, King will receive an engraved award and a $5,000 check underwritten by the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion.

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