Dr. Ngoc H. Bui is a tenured full professor in the psychology department at the University of La Verne, who is currently serving as Interim Associate Dean for Effectiveness, Planning, and Faculty Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences.
She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in psychology, with a minor in quantitative research, at California Polytechnic University, Pomona, in 1994. Dr. Bui earned her M.A. (1997) and Ph.D. (2000) degrees in social psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to coming to La Verne, Dr. Bui was a full-time social sciences instructor at Metropolitan Community College, located in Elkhorn, Nebraska (1999-2002).
Dr. Bui’s research interests include teaching and learning psychology, attitudes, procrastination, social cognition and media psychology. She has also supported student research by publishing and presenting with undergraduate and graduate students in the psychology program at the University of La Verne. Dr. Bui has 18 refereed journal publications (8 of which were co-authored with students), 16 book and film reviews, and 23 poster presentations since arriving at La Verne. She has also served as chapter advisor to Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology at the University of La Verne since 2002. Dr. Bui has been awarded the Outstanding Club/Organization Advisor Award (2007, 2008, 2009), the Psi Chi Regional Faculty Advisor Award (2006), and the Psi Chi/Florence L. Denmark National Faculty Advisor Award (2012). She has been recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Student Mentoring for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of La Verne (2016), and was inducted into the La Verne Academy (2017), which is dedicated to collegial leadership in research and scholarship. She has served on a variety of committees, including the University Promotion and Tenure Committee, the Institutional Review Board, the Sabbatical Committee, the General Education Committee (as co-chair), and the College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Professional Support Committee. Dr. Bui is currently President-elect for Psi Chi Honor Society’s Board of Directors.
She lives with her husband, Kent, her two children (Grace and Ben), and her two cats. In her free time, Dr. Bui is an avid reader of dystopian fiction, fantasy, and YA novels.
Professor Ian T. Lising received his B.A. in Political Science from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. He received his M.A. in Education from the University of La Verne. He was a lecturer in the English Department and Interdisciplinary Studies Program and Debate Coach of Ateneo from 1994-1999. He also taught English at Ateneo High School from 1994-1997 and Communications and English at the Assumption College, San Lorenzo from 1997-1998. He began coaching the ULV Forensics Team in the fall of 1999 and started teaching in the Speech Communication Department in 2000.
Professor Lising was the co-Founder, Chair and Coach of the Ateneo Debate Society from 1991-1998. He coached the 1st Asian Debate Champion team at the inaugural event in 1995. In 1999, he served as the Championship Director of the World Universities Debating Championships (WUDC). Later that year, he coached the University of La Verne to the Final Round of the Oxford Union International Intervarsity Debating Championship. His teams from Ateneo and La Verne have become WUDC Octofinalists, Quarterfinalists, Semifinalists, and Grand Finalists. At the 2003 WUDC in South Africa, La Verne was the only American university to advance past the preliminary rounds. In 2007, La Verne won the U.S. National Championships. As a debater, Professor Lising was twice a Finalist at the World Masters Debating Championship.
He served as the World Debate Council Chair from 2002–2008 and was named World Council Member Emeritus. He is a six-time Grand Finals Adjudicator at the WUDC. He has also adjudicated the semifinal of the Australasian Debating Championships and the finals of the Yale Intervarsity, Oxford Intervarsity, Cambridge Intervarsity, Canadian University Society Intercollegiate Debate National Championships, U.S. Universities National Championships, and All-Asian Debating Championships. His textbook on debating was published by Kendall Hunt in February 2010. Across the House: The Art and Science of World Universities Championship Debating offers a formal introduction to debate style from the WUDC.
At the University of La Verne, he teaches Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Argumentation and Debate, Persuasion and Social Influence, Science Communication, Results-Oriented Interviewing, Public Controversy and Criticism, Rhetorical Theory, and Voices of Revolution. The University appointed him Speech Communication Department Chair in 2009 after he became tenured. Lising has served on the International Studies Institute, CAS Curriculum committee, and on the University Faculty Senate. In 2017, to commemorate the University of La Verne’s sesquicentennial, he was honored as one of its 125 Influential Individuals.