CHSS Distinguished Alumni - Psychology

David Wallace*

MA Psychology ' 15, PhD '17

David Wallace served his country honorably in the United States Navy for more than 30 years. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in 1996 with a bachelor’s in economics. He was a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2013, he transitioned to the Permanent Military Professor community, achieving a PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology from George Mason University in 2017 where he specialized in research on leadership and leader development.  After receiving his PhD, he began his teaching career at the USNA in the Leadership, Ethics, and Law Department, instructing midshipmen in leadership and preparing them for future commissioning. He also continued his relationship with Mason through collaborative research and as an instructor for the Master of Professional Studies in Applied Industrial Organizational Psychology program. He was among the first group of faculty teaching in the new fully online program and taught PSYC 601: Data Analytics. Even students who did not have him as their instructor have watched his excellent statistics videos–and have said they felt as though they got to know him through those videos.  
Wallace was exceedingly generous with his time and expertise, teaching and mentoring graduate students at Mason, forging collaborative relationships that led to publishing and presenting research in prestigious journals and conferences, and pushing both the field and his institutions with kindness and creativity toward the advancement of critical knowledge and innovation. Wallace passed away at the age of 48 on December 26, 2022, from his battle with glioblastoma multiforme. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is offering this award to honor his memory. Wallace built an admirable career embodying his research and was a leader in constant pursuit of development toward the goal of serving those around him.  

*Awarded posthumously