Wednesday, October 11, 2017

William Liu, a counseling psychology professor in the UI Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, was recently recognized with an Iowa Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence.

Liu is a renowned scholar in multiple social justice domains, including social class and classism, men and masculinity, Asian American studies, veterans’ issues, racial identity, and homelessness. Within his social class research, he created a theory called the Social Class Worldview Model that is used in multiple disciplines to better understand issues related to social class and poverty.

He is editor-in-chief of one of the leading journals of the American Psychological Association, Psychology of Men and Masculinity. A longtime provider of clinical services at Shelter House of Iowa City, Liu served as president of that organization’s board of directors from 2014 to 2015.

In 2011, he secured a grant from the Veterans Rural Health Resource Center, which led to the creation of the Iowa City Lodge Project, which provides permanent housing to homeless veterans, as well as psychological services for the residents via practicum clinical experiences and graduate assistantships.

Liu received the award at the University of Iowa’s annual Faculty and Staff Awards Banquet, sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources. Read this Iowa Now story to learn about all of UI's faculty and staff award recipients.