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Press Release for Tuesday, August 23, 2016

UNF Presents 2016 Distinguished Professor Award at Fall Convocation

Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

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The University of North Florida will present Dr. Dominik Güss, professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences, the 2016 Distinguished Professor award during the 45th Annual Fall Convocation ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26, in the Fine Arts Center, Lazzara Performance Hall, Building 45, on campus.


Güss, a Southside resident, is the 39th faculty member at UNF to hold the title of Distinguished Professor, the highest honor to be conferred upon a University faculty member.


“This award is given to the faculty member who exhibits an exemplary record of achievement in teaching, scholarship and service,” said Dr. Dan Moon, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UNF. “Dr. Güss has certainly achieved this through his internationally renowned expertise, reputation as a gifted and innovative teacher, and commitment to institutional and professional service. This award is well-deserved recognition of Dr. Güss’ record of accomplishment, and we are fortunate to have him as faculty at the University.”


During his more than 10 years at UNF, Güss has worked to broaden the types of courses offered by the Department of Psychology, developing and teaching five new courses, including organizational behavior and culture, ethics and mental health. He was also one of the department’s first faculty to develop a distance learning course. In 2006, Güss received the Outstanding International Service Award from the University. 


His research interests include complex problem solving and dynamic decision making, planning and creativity, metacognition, and cross-cultural studies. Güss has conducted multiple international research studies, including one on cultural influences on dynamic decision making that included research in Brazil, Germany, India and the Philippines through a grant from the National Science Foundation, and another on culture and creativity in five countries funded through a Marie Curie Fellowship IIF from the European Commission.


In 2007 and 2011, Güss was selected to present at the prestigious Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C. Along with students, he presented research about risky business decision making and suicide terrorism to senators and state representatives.


Güss is the author of more than 25 peer-reviewed publications, eight peer-reviewed proceedings and more than 15 book and encyclopedia chapters. He is currently a member of the editorial board of the “Journal of Dynamic Decision Making,” review editor of the “Cultural Psychology of the Journal” a publication of “Frontiers of Psychology” and an associate editor of “Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression.” 


He earned a doctorate of philosophy in psychology from the Institute of Theoretical Psychology, General Psychology and Methodology at Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg in Bamberg, Germany. He also received a master’s and bachelor’s degree in psychology from Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg.


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.