B.A., University of Georgia
M.S., University of Central Florida
Ph.D., University of Florida
Lois-Ann Kuntz is a professor of psychology at UMM. Lois-Ann has always been interested in what we can do to improve people’s lives, especially in how to improve human relations within our physical, biological, social, occupational and technological environments.
Lois-Ann teaches Personal Growth, Introduction to Psychology, Learning & Memory, Physiological Psychology, Psychology of Prejudice, and Research Methods & Design. As an applied psychologist, Lois-Ann incorporates assignments and projects that require an application of theory-based content to current real-life examples. In addition, in many of her courses, students work with community partners on projects. This is especially true of the Research Methods & Design course in which undergraduate students perform preliminary, exploratory, and evaluation research projects with community partners. Her community service is co-facilitating the Downeast Rainbow Alliance, a coalition of educators, health care professionals, parents, and LGBT2Q+ community members in Maine and Washington County. The aim is to support, advocate, and provide community for the LGBT2Q+ Community of Washington County.
The work of Dr. Kuntz and the work of colleagues in her department has received recognition by Maine Campus Compact, including the faculty Donald Harward Award. In 2018, Lois-Ann and the Psychology and Community Studies Program were nationally recognized by the Association of American Colleges & Universities for community-engaged curriculum infusing service learning and civic engagement. As an early adopter of including SL/CE in online courses, Dr. Kuntz was selected by Maine Campus Compact to develop curriculum and facilitate “Fusion” workshop courses to 50 faculty preparing and/or enhancing SL/CE in distance classes. More recently she and her colleagues have been developing and delivering Community Based Learning & Research workshops for faculty to encourage others to adopt this powerful method of teaching.
In addition to continued research and scholarship discussed above, her most recent research and scholarship includes work for the Downeast Rural Health Collaborative Institute that studies Health Equity in Rural Locations.