Brent Roberts is Awarded The Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professorship


In a significant achievement for both the individual and the academic community, Dr. Brent Roberts has been awarded the esteemed Gutgsell Endowed Professorship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This honor recognizes Dr. Roberts for his exceptional contributions to the field of psychology, his dedication to teaching and mentorship, and his commitment to advancing knowledge in the pursuit of excellence. The Gutgsell Professorship is a prestigious recognition highlighting Dr. Roberts' outstanding research, teaching, and service achievements.

Dr. Roberts's research focuses on continuity and change in personality traits across adulthood, the life experiences associated with changes in personality traits over time, and whether personality traits can be changed through intervention. Dr. Roberts also conducts research on measurement issues, in particular, how to measure the traits of conscientiousness and narcissism and, more recently, how to best assess social, emotional, and behavioral skills.

The Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professorships are funded through a gift to the university by the late Edward William Gutgsell and Jane Marr Gutgsell. They were established in 1998 to recognize some of the most distinguished senior faculty on the Urbana-Champaign campus and to promote opportunities for ongoing faculty development. The professorships are five-year renewable term appointments.

Dr. Brent Roberts' receipt of the Gutgsell Professorship at UIUC is a celebration of a distinguished career marked by scholarly achievements, commitment to teaching, and a lasting impact.