The Michael Haney Distinguished Lecture Series

The Department of Psychological Sciences at USD is honored to host the annual Michael Haney Distinguished Lecture in Psychology. The lecture series is an endowed event made possible through the generous contributions of the late Kevin Cadden and Kim Nelson.

About Michael Haney

Michael Haney was a member of the psychology faculty at the University of San Diego for three decades, from 1973 until his untimely death in the spring of 2004. He was a graduate of Harvey Mudd College, and completed his doctoral work in social psychology at the University of California at San Diego. At USD Professor Haney was known as a gentle, congenial colleague and a kind, generous mentor. He was well-loved as a colleague, not only within his department, but across the campus, where he served the community in a variety of important roles, including Associate Dean of the College, department chair, and as a member of many key faculty committees. Dr. Haney was a walking encyclopedia of institutional knowledge, including university policies and procedures and departmental and College history.

Although he was a rigorous teacher, Mike Haney was loved by students for the level of personal care and concern he brought to his work. He was generous with his time and expertise and brought a thoughtful, non-judgmental style to matters requiring important decisions or problem solving. His interests were not limited to psychology; he loved music and was knowledgeable about it, and he always enjoyed talking about gardening. In conversation or over lunch, he invariably showed interest in the lives and work of others, making him a pleasant, welcoming companion. His own contributions were always accomplished in a quiet, self-effacing way, often giving credit to others. It would be hard to imagine a better campus citizen.

Ken Keith, PhD, Professor Emeritus

Michael Haney Michael Haney, PhD, from his early years as a USD faculty

Mike and I both came to USD in fall, 1973. In addition to us, the psych faculty then included Gerry Sperrazzo, John Valois, and Mary Jane Warren. I can't tell you the years, but Mike served as department chair and as associate Arts and Sciences dean. Working together, he and i got a Psi Chi chapter chartered at USD. Mike was always a favorite professor with our students. He inspired students to get research experience. He contributed a lot to discussions of curriculum development, teaching, the GE, departmental governance, etc. And was always a stabilizing force in the department. He was not known for great gestures, but rather for faithful, consistent hard work and cooperation in fostering the goals of the department and university. Collegiality was perhaps his most outstanding trait.

Daniel Moriarty, PhD, Professor of Psychology