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2022 A.M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Scholar Announced

David Hulac

November 24, 2021

David Hulac, Ph.D., a professor of School Psychology in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado, has been chosen as the 2022 Winchester Distinguished Scholar by UNC's Faculty Research and Publications Board.

The award, which recognizes demonstrated continued excellence in scholarly activity at UNC for at least five years, comes with a $2,000 monetary award and the designation as an A.M. and Jo Winchester Distinguished Professor for the rest of the honoree’s time at UNC.

Hulac’s research examines classroom management processes that teachers use. His most recent book, published with Amy Briesch of Northeastern University is Effective Classroom Management: An evidence-based approach. Most recently, he has specialized in the effects of fidget devices and exercise stability balls on classroom and student behavior and academic achievement. Over the past five years, several devices like fidget spinners, cubes and putty-like substances have been created with claims that they help promote focus and reduce anxiety. Hulac’s research has generally found that student on-task behavior, as well as their academic performance, is lower when they use these devices. 

Over the past several years, Hulac has presented his work at state and national school psychology associations in Louisiana, Texas, Washington, Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming and Ohio.  He is currently the president-elect of the School Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and a past president of the Trainers of School Psychology (TSP). He is a licensed psychologist and a licensed school psychologist in the State of Colorado.

About Albert Winchester

Albert Winchester, Ph.D. served as a professor of biology and genetics from 1962-1973. Dr. Winchester was a widely acclaimed specialist and prolific writer in the fields of genetics and related biological sciences. He authored 16 books and wrote for a variety of publishers. A collection of his books and manuals are now housed with the UNC Archives. Dr. Winchester earned a B.A. at Baylor University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, with post-graduate work at Harvard University, the University of Michigan and the University of Munich. In 1973, Dr. Winchester was presented with the university’s Distinguished Scholar Award; an award that he later endowed through the UNC Foundation for the benefit of future faculty, which now bears his name.

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