Futrell advises Psi Chi inductees to contribute to the field of psychology

Kesha Williams
December 04, 2014

When Dr. Kulwinder Kaur sought a speaker for the recent honor society induction ceremony, she turned to a familiar figure-an alumnus who could identify with young people preparing to launch their careers. James Futrell earned his undergraduate degree in history education from ECSU in 2004 and returned to earn one of his two master's degrees (2012). He began his career as a history teacher, then served as an assistant principal. He is principal of nearby Hertford County High School but returns often for university events. Although he didn't major in psychology, Kulwinder Kaur recalled him as an outstanding student in a general psychology course she taught in 2000. She is the faculty advisor for the university's chapter of Psi Chi International Honor Society. "He was well equipped to become a college student and he was always well prepared for the 8 a.m. course. He never missed a class, he was always answering questions and well prepared his research papers. He has used his education well," Kaur said. When Futrell stood before the Psi Chi honorees, he assured the audience his speech reflects advice that he gives high school students on a daily basis. He is confident inductees into an honor society can benefit from the comments too. "Strive to continuously acquire new skills and knowledge. Define your goals and identify how your strengths can help you overcome your obstacles to meet your goals," Futrell said "Seek out others' strengths and collaborate. Take care of relationships because they become social capital" "Education is the equalizer regardless of your background. It provides everyone opportunities and levels the playing field. Get organized and make sure your priorities are in order. Begin with the end in mind!" Before closing his speech, Futrell advised the honorees to make sure they contribute to the field of psychology, because honor society membership is reserved for scholars. Six new inductees lined up to shake hands with a fellow Viking and to receive their honor society certificates.