In this interview Garth and Jane Halonen (University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL) kick off their PsychSessions 2023 East Coast Tour with Ludy (Ben) Benjamin, professor emeritus, from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. This interview takes place in Ludy’s home in Charlottesville, VA. His early aspirations were to become a physician and play as much golf as possible, but both aspirations changed. He earned his PhD in perception and began his career at Nebraska Wesleyan University, with a series of one-year contracts making just above qualifying for food stamps. He leaves NWU for a 2-year stint at the American Psychological Association, working in Educational Affairs, and it is there where Ben begins to launch projects and make an impact nationally. He then worked at Texas A&M University for the next 32 years, retiring in 2012. He taught Introduction to Psychology courses with 300 students for years, but his passion and expertise is the history of psychology. Ben is a storyteller at heart, so he is well-suited for historical studies, and psychology is clearly the beneficiary.

Published On: August 15th, 2023 / Categories: Conversations About Teaching N' Stuff /