Dr. Anne Kelly
Psychology Dept. Chair

(605) 995-2961

Anne Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree with a focus on psychology in 1996 from Evergreen State College, located in Olympia, Wash. She completed her master’s degree in experimental psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1998 and completed her doctorate in experimental psychology in 2001.

Among Anne’s research interests are causes, treatment, and prevention of suicidal behavior, community-based suicide prevention programs, and community-based creative expression programs. She is certified as a Psychological Autopsy Investigator and as a QPR Gatekeeper Trainer. Before her arrival at DWU, Anne taught at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nev. Anne has taught industrial/organizational psychology, applied psychology, educational psychology, and research methods and continues to teach general psychology, history of psychology, cognitive psychology, senior thesis, personality theories, experimental psychology and more.

She advises student organizations, including Psi-Chi and Psychology Club, and served as Director of the Dakota Wesleyan Honors Program for eight years. She received the Award for Professional Excellence in 2003, the Exemplary Teaching Award in 2006, and the Clarke Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013.

Mr. Randy Sprung
Associate Professor
(605) 995-2687

Randy Sprung earned his bachelor’s degree from DWU in 1978. He completed his master’s degree at the University of Nebraska in Omaha in 1979 and worked as a psychiatric counselor. In 1980, Randy returned to Dakota Wesleyan to provide counseling and advising services to American Indian students.

As an assistant professor at DWU, Randy’s responsibilities include program development, assisting student research, and teaching developmental psychology and general psychology. In addition, Randy currently coordinates freshmen forum and directs advising and testing.


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