Dr. Rosie Phillips Bingham, vice president of Student Affairs at the University of Memphis, has been named a Distinguished Elder by the National Multicultural Conference & Summit (NMCS). The award honors persons who have been pioneers in recognizing the importance of addressing multicultural issues in the field of psychology, its practice, theory, education and training.
The letter of award calls Bingham one of the “… courageous pioneers … who challenged existing paradigms within the psychology …” to bring that realization to the field. The NMCS will present Bingham’s award at its conference in Houston in January 2013. The Distinguished Elder Award presentation is one of the highlights of the NMCS and has become a much anticipated experience among conference participants, especially graduate trainees and early career professionals seeking wisdom from their Elders. Bingham is also among the founders of the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, which was created a decade ago.
A native Memphian, Bingham became the U of M’s vice president for student affairs in 2003, and developed the mission statement, “Students Learning through Engagement and Involvement.” She had been assistant vice president for student affairs and student development since 1993. She has taught and served as an administrator at the U of M since 1985. In 2012, the University of Memphis opened their Black History Month celebration by honoring Bingham with the Authur S. Holmon Lifetime Achievement Award. One of her personal missions is to help improve the lives of women and children in the Memphis area. She also is co-founder of Black Scholars Unlimited at the U of M and is published in numerous psychology journals and books.
Bingham graduated from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Ill., with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and education. She earned a master of arts in counseling and guidance and a doctorate in counseling psychology from The Ohio State University. She started her career in higher education in 1972 as a student personnel assistant at Ohio State and moved to the University of Florida in 1978. Bingham was associate director of the Counseling Center at Florida before being hired as director for the Center for Student Development at the U of M in 1985.