To emphasize and reinforce research initiatives at Texas A&M’s
College of Architecture, last fall Dean J. Thomas Regan created
an associate dean of research position and, after an extensive
internal search, appointed architecture professor Louis G. Tassinary
to the post.
Also, in response to survey input from faculty and staff as part
of the college’s ongoing reinvestment strategies, the dean
eliminated three of the previous five associate dean positions—faculty,
international and off-campus programs, and continuing education
and distance learning—and redistributed their administrative
Tassinary has been a professor on the architecture facutly at
Texas A&M since 1990. He holds a B.A. from Eckerd College
and Ph.D. from Dartmouth College, both in psychology.
From 1991 to 2000, Tassinary directed the college’s Environmental
Psychophysiology Laboratory and in 1993 he was one of only 15
scientists nationwide to receive a five-year National Science
Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellowship. He recently wrapped-up
a three-year leave of absence to complete his law degree at Boston
College. He passed the Massachusetts Bar Exam in the summer of
Tassinary’s areas of interest include psychophysiology,
neuroscience, environmental psychology, the history of psychology
and historic preservation law.
As associate dean of research, he is interested in integrating
research efforts across disciplinary boundaries.
“Unique challenges are produced by the miscellany of scholarly
and creative activity that occurs within our college,” Tassinary
said. “The consistency of inquiry that significantly constrains
the choice of research infrastructure in most colleges or departments
is not characteristic of our college. As associate dean of research,
I have the opportunity and responsibility to uncover and support
the unnoticed commonalities that buttress our diversity.”
This spring, Tassinary will teach a new course, “Neuroscience
and Architecture.” The course is supported by a grant from
Texas A&M’s Center for Teaching Excellence and will
be co-taught with a faculty member from the department of psychology.
“One organizing principle of the College of Architecture
is the influence of research on teaching,” said Regan. “I
am confident that all of the college will benefit from the leadership
that Dr. Tassinary will bring to the position of associate dean