Lisa Larson

Faculty Fellow
Phone: 515-294-1487


Lisa Larson, Professor of Psychology, serves as the Faculty Fellow for the ADVANCE program. The ISU ADVANCE program is a campus-wide program whose aim is to develop, promote, and deliver programs and materials on recruitment, retention and advancement of excellent faculty. The program was originally funded as an institutional National Science Foundation (NSF) grant and has been nationally recognized among ADVANCE institutions. Dr. Larson is ideally positioned to lead the ISU ADVANCE program, as she has been a leader in the program since 2007. She served as the Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) ADVANCE Equity Advisor from 2007 to 2015. From 2008 to 2011, she served as an ISU ADVANCE Research Investigator.

In her role as Faculty Fellow, Dr. Larson provides leadership for the three institutionalized components of ISU ADVANCE.  She coordinates the college Equity Advisors and their work on the faculty search process. Second, she supports mentoring for post tenure faculty.  Finally, she supports the Department Enhancement Program (DEP).

The DEP is a successful initiative, modeled on the original Collaborative Transformation program, that allows a department to systematically gather and analyze information about the culture of the department's work environment. Individual departments have used this process to prepare for self studies and external department/program reviews, to respond to reviews, or to assist new department leadership in understanding their department’s/program’s culture more fully.  As of Spring 2016, 18 departments/programs have gone through the process.

Besides her ISU leadership activities, Dr. Larson’s scholarship includes 59 publications, 5 book chapters, 75 national conference presentations, and four technical reports. She is a co-Principal Investigator on three interdisciplinary NSF grants. Her scholarship and teaching demonstrate her expertise in research methods, vocational psychology, and counseling supervision. At ISU she has received teaching and service awards. She was also selected for the Emerging Leaders Academy and was recently named a 2017 Women Impacting ISU calendar honoree. She has received national recognition for her scholarship and her national leadership. Prior to ISU, Dr. Larson was on faculty at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Educational Psychology department from 1986 to 1998. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1986.