A message from Janet C. Rutledge, Scott Casper, and Chris Murphy:
Dear Members of the UMBC Community,
Dr. Robert H. Deluty has announced his intention to retire from UMBC at the end of December, 2016. We invite you to celebrate his 36 years of outstanding service and deep commitment to the UMBC community at a reception on Monday, December 12, from 2:00-5:00 pm in the open area of the 7th floor of the AOK Library. Please let us know if you will attend, or would like to contribute towards a gift, by sending an email to Ms. Shirl Curtis, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Deluty has been a psychology professor at UMBC since 1980, and the Associate Dean of the Graduate School since 2008. For 18 years, he served as the director of the clinical psychology doctoral program, and he was named Presidential Teaching Professor in 2002. Dr. Deluty received a Board of Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring (2001), the UMBC Alumni Association Award for Faculty Advising and Mentoring (2001), and the Maryland Psychological Association of Graduate Students’ Mentoring Award (2009).
Dr. Deluty’s early research focused on measuring and understanding submissive, aggressive, and assertive behavior in young children. He also conducted important scholarship on assaults by psychiatric patients and staff safety in psychiatric hospitals. Throughout his career, Dr. Deluty’s teaching and research have been informed by a high degree of sensitivity to the ethical and moral dimensions inherent to the discipline. In this spirit, he conducted highly nuanced, and very important, scholarship on the moral dimensions of psychologists’ and laypersons’ responses to suicide. His research has been published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Behavioral Assessment, Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, the British Journal of Psychiatry, the Journal of Homosexuality, Cognitive Therapy and Research, and many other psychology and interdisciplinary journals.
Dr. Deluty has chaired, co-chaired, or served as a member of 83 Ph.D. dissertation committees and 59 M.A. thesis committees. He is a charter member of the Phi Kappa Phi chapter of UMB-UMBC. In addition to being a charter member of the Eta of Maryland chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, he served as the chapter’s President and Vice President. He was also a founding member of the Behavioral Risk Assessment and Consultation Team and served on the team for eight years.
Dr. Deluty has also distinguished himself as an eloquent observer of the human condition. His poems and essays have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Baltimore Sun, Modern Haiku, The Pegasus Review, Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy, Muse of Fire, and many other newspapers, periodicals, and anthologies. His 51st book, “Saved by Imagination and Humor,” was published in July 2016.
Dr. Deluty has been tremendously supportive and encouraging to all members of our campus community. He has always been available to lend an empathic ear, and to provide guidance and support on scholarship, teaching, and work-life balance. Dr. Deluty has freely shared his wisdom, intelligence, and humor, often in the form of a senryu, to demonstrate to those around him the depth and breadth of living one’s life fully. He has always been mindful of the stress that undergraduate and graduate students experience, and has provided both formal and informal support for their efforts to achieve both academic excellence and life balance.