The Heroines

Orpha K. Duell

is honored with a Brick from the Faculty of Administration, Counseling, Educational and School Psychology.

Orpha K. Duell has had a distinguished teaching and administrative career at Wichita State University. She graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1967 with a Ph.D in Educational Psychology. While a student at the University of Illinois, she also served as a teaching assistant and research associate. Upon receiving her Ph.D, Dr. Duell began her teaching career in Educational Psychology at Wichita State University.

While at Wichita State University, Dr. Duell has been one of few women to attain the rank of full professor. She has taught courses in statistics, learning theory and instruction, and learning and evaluation. She has received the Wichita State University Excellence in Teaching Award and the College of Education Teaching Award. Graduate students refer to the rigor of her courses, her organized and caring classroom manner, and her desire for all students to learn to the best of their abilities. In evaluating her classes students, have commented:

"I learned a great deal. It's one of the best courses I've had at WSU. Dr. Duell is the most organized professor I've had. She sets a great example for students to follow and integrates all that she teaches into her own teaching."

"I wish all instructors would put the effort and skill into teaching that this instructor does. I know true learning has occurred for me here. No other instructor has motivated me the way Dr. Duell has. Her standards are high and what we do, we do for a reason."

"Dr. Duell has done an outstanding job in her instruction. She utilizes adult learning techniques, is very thorough, and knows her stuff backwards and forwards. Her passion for teaching is made evident in each class meeting, and I have a great deal of respect for her and feel fortunate to have been in her class. Thank you, Dr. Duell!!"

In addition to being an excellent classroom teacher, Dr. Duell has excelled as a scholar in her field. She has published a book chapter titled "Cognitive Instructional Psychology: Components of Classroom Learning"; she has authored 13 refereed articles in prestigious journals such as the American Educational Research Journal, Journal of Educational Research, and Journal of Educational Psychology. She has also published non-refereed articles and made numerous national and regional paper presentations. Dr. Duell has served on the editorial boards for Contemporary Educational Psychology and the Mid-Western Educational Research Journal and has reviewed manuscripts for the Journal of Educational Psychology, American Educational Research Journal and Contemporary Educational Psychology. She has held numerous offices in the Mid-Western Educational Research Association. In addition, she has chaired master's theses and served on master's and doctoral committees. She was a major contributor to the teacher evaluation system developed for Wichita Public Schools.

Dr. Duell is known across campus for her outstanding service to the university. Her numerous university service roles have included President, President-Elect, and Vice-President of the University Senate, North Central Association Steering Committee, and Chair and Vice Chair of the University Tenure and Promotion Committee. She also has served on numerous administrative and faculty search committees and as an evaluator of administrators' performance. Selected service in the College of Education has included service on the Leadership Team, Teaching Evaluation Committees, Personnel Committee, and Task Force on Teacher Education.

Since 1994, Dr. Duell has served as chairperson of the Department of Administration, Counseling, Educational, and School Psychology at Wichita State University. She has gained the respect of faculty from different program areas through her hard work, desire to make the programs the best they can be, and personal caring for all faculty members. Her faculty have purchased a brick in the Plaza of Heroines in her honor. As the brochure stated, she is a "teacher, mentor and role model" and well deserving of this award. The faculty celebrate her as a heroine in their lives!

July 16, 1998