behavioranalysishistory / Lineage: Richard Shull
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Lineage: Richard Shull

"Graduate School : 

Attended U. of Maryland 1964-65

Worked primarily with Stan Pliskoff

Took a valuable and influential course taught by Lew Gollub, who got his degree from Harvard in the late

1950s and was probably directly influenced by Skinner.


Arizona State University (1965-69; Ph. D. 1969)

Went with Stan Pliskoff to Arizona State University.


Fred Keller was at ASU during much of that period, but I had almost no contact with him then;

he was not teaching any classes (except for being involved with PSI for the Introductory undergraduate course).

After Stan Pliskoff and Aaron Brownstein left ASU, J. Gilmour Sherman became chair of my dissertation committee.

Gil got his Ph. D. from Columbia in the late 1950s and worked with Keller after that on PSI in Brazil and at ASU.

In addition to Pliskoff, Brownstein, and Sherman, the ASU faculty members who most influenced my thinking were:

Joel Greenspoon, John Falk, Jack Michael, and Thom Verhave (more in the history of psychology than in behavior analysis per se).

I'm not sure if Joel overlapped with Skinner at Indiana. Thom Verhave got his Ph. D. from Columbia in the late 1950s.


I've been on the faculty at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro since 1969.


I used Skinner's Science and Human Behavior as a text for a course that I taught in the fall of 1969. That was the first time that I actually read S&HB carefully, and I have no doubt that going through the book that way was the single most important experience in converting me to a Skinnerian view of psychology (although my graduate-school experiences no doubt helped prepare me to be deeply affected by S&HB). I had a similar, but now confirming, experience when I first taught a graduate seminar, probably around 1983, based on Skinner's Verbal Behavior.


I came to appreciate Keller & Schoenfeld's Principles of..... reading it mainly on my own and, in sections, with graduate students here at UNCG.


I feel very fortunate to have been able to interact with Fred Keller occasionally after he moved to Chapel Hill, NC, in the early 1980s."