October 21, 2010
Clive Seligman is professor of psychology at the University of Western Ontario, which he joined in 1978. Previously he was a lecturer in the psychology department and also a member of the research staff at the Center for Environmental Studies at Princeton University. He did his undergraduate work at McGill University (B.Sc., 1970) and his graduate studies at Northwestern University (MA, 1972, PhD, 1974). He was one of the first psychologists to study energy conservation and in 1979 his (co-authored) article in Psychology Today was cited by the American Psychological Foundation for making a Distinguished Contribution in communicating psychology to the public. His most recent research interests concern values, the nature of evil, and political ideology. He chaired his department from 1993 to 1998, sat as a member of the university Senate, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the university’s Faculty Association, on which he previously served as treasurer. He is also president of the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship, a national organization dedicated to academic freedom, uncensored debate, and the merit principle in higher education.