Ray Green, Ph.D., called New York home until he and his wife, Sabrina, made the move from the East Coast to East Texas, arriving in Commerce in 2000. Neither planned on staying. Commerce offered a temporary home and a temporary job. But that soon changed. Green found the space to thrive at A&M-Commerce and used this passion when he launched the Honors College in 2007. What was once an understaffed program housed in the basement of Ferguson Social Sciences grew into a nationally-recognized, academic achievement. After 15 years with the Honors College, Green accepted the position of interim dean for the College of Education Human Services, where he works with faculty to grow their exciting programs and bring knowledge to a new generation of scholars.
Now with two kids, Green and his wife are here to stay. While he misses good bagels and pizza, it’s worth it in the end. He found his calling.
A Conversation with Dr. Ray Green
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
Do you want to be known? Do you want people to see the true you? A&M-Commerce provides a place where there are the opportunities of an NCAA Division I school, but the size where you can still stand out.
What has been your favorite course to teach?
I genuinely enjoy any course I'm in at the moment. But I think the one I value the most is my Death and Dying course. Death is one of the few experiences we all share, yet social decorum leads us not to talk about it in polite company. Students come to this class with many questions leading to robust and important conversations.
What has been your most memorable moment helping an alum or donor?
I really have no idea, there are so many moments that matter. One example of knowing that we are doing the right thing is when one of our alumni, who had some tough moments as an undergraduate, called me the night he defended his dissertation to thank me for my support and belief in him.
How has your role changed since you began working at A&M-Commerce?
I arrived on campus as an assistant professor of psychology. I was then blessed with the chance to build and supervise the Honors College for many years. I played ‘all the roles' there—administrator, professor, amateur counselor, recruiter and intramural teammate! Recently, I became interim dean for the College of Education and Human Services, which provides me the opportunity to work closely with fantastic faculty and exciting programs.
What do you like most about your career?
Education is vital to transforming lives. I am happy that I have spent decades now, in different roles, helping to bring change to peoples' lives.
- Ph.D., Social Psychology, Rutgers University, 1997
- M.S., Social Psychology, Rutgers University, 1994
- B.A., Psychology, Drew University, 1991
- Interim Dean, College of Education and Human Services, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2022-present
- Dean, Honors College, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2009-2022
- Professor, Psychology, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2011-present
- Director, University Honors College, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2007-2008
- Director, University Honors Program, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2006
- Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head, Psychology, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2005-2006
- Interim Department Head, Psychology and Special Education, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2002-2003
- Assistant Professor, Psychology, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2000-2005
- Instructor, Assistant Professor (temporary), Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1997-2000
- Lecturer, Drew University, 1997-2000
- Teaching Assistant/Lecturer, Rutgers University, 1991-1996
Awards and Honors
- Honors Professor of the Decade, 2007-2017
- Campus Life and Student Development Partnership Award, 2015
- Honors Professor of the Year, 2010-11
- Teaching Excellence Award, The Texas A&M System, 2009
- H.M. Lafferty Teacher of the Year Award, 2004
- Wellness among Honors students
- Naturalistic assessment of gender stereotypes
- Social cognition
- Impostor syndrome
- National Collegiate Honors Council
- Great Plains Honors Council
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Phi Kappa Phi
- Psi Chi
- Society for American Baseball Research