Robert Haussmann, PhD
In April 1999, Dr. Robert Haussmann came across an advertisement for a psychology professor in his local Prescott, Arizona, newspaper.
“To be honest, I could hardly believe my eyes,” notes Haussmann. “Prescott was not exactly known in higher education circles at the time. I set up an interview, and met with Dr. Gil Linne who introduced me to Northcentral University. I was immediately fascinated with the concept of distance education, and accepted his offer immediately.”
And the rest, as they say, is history. Since that time, Haussmann began teaching courses in both the Psychology and Business departments here at Northcentral. In 2005, he was promoted to Chair of Psychology programs in the School of Behavioral and Health Sciences. Most recently, in 2013, he became Dean of the newly formed School of Psychology.
“As I’m sure you are aware, this is a very exciting time for distance education in general and NCU in particular,” relates Haussmann. “I feel very fortunate to be part of the NCU family.”
Born in 1969 in Philadelphia, PA, Haussmann is the oldest of three children. He attended Drew University (Madison, NJ) with the belief that he was destined to be a Computer Science Major. However, in his first semester he found himself in an Introduction to Psychology course.
“I quickly became fascinated by the field and declared a second major in Psychology,” smiles Haussmann. “Over the next four years, my interests shifted predominantly towards Cognitive Psychology, and during my final year at Drew I completed an honors thesis examining preconscious cognitive processing. I graduated summa cum laude from Drew in 1991 with specialized honors in Psychology.”
During his final year at Drew, Haussmann was fortunate enough to earn a National Science Foundation fellowship in psychology. He chose to utilize this fellowship at Yale University. While there, Haussmann pursued interests in experimental cognitive psychology during the academic term. He also increased his involvement in a wonderful program known as the New Jersey Governor’s School in the Sciences (NJGSS), hosted, not coincidentally, at Drew University. NJGSS is an intensive, four-week educational program for gifted/talented high school students between their junior and senior years.
“At the time I taught ‘Introduction to Cognitive Psychology,’ as well as other elective courses, and it was then that I realized my passion for teaching,” relates Haussmann.
Haussmann completed his doctorate at Yale in 1995 and was faced with some difficult decisions.
“For the first time in my life I was not attending school. I took this opportunity to change directions again, entering into a business venture with my lifelong best friend, who also happened to be in Prescott,” notes Haussmann.
The two entrepreneurs opened a small technical consulting firm in Prescott, which has been growing ever since. Not wanting to lose touch with the field of Psychology, however, Haussmann started teaching courses at the local community colleges in order to keep current, which led to his current role at Northcentral.
Haussmann was married in July 1998 to Bethann Lefsky, a wonderful woman he has known since his days at Drew University.