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Randy Lowell

Title: Interim Campus Dean
Professor of Psychology
USC Union
Phone: 864-424-8019
Dr. Lowell’s Research Webpages:
Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, University of South Carolina, 2012
M.A. in Experimental Psychology, University of South Carolina, 2010
B.A. in Experimental Psychology, University of South Carolina, 2004
Courses Taught
Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 101)
Research Methods (PSYC 226)
Psychological Statistics (PSYC 227)
Independent Study in Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 399)
Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 405)
Social Psychology (PSYC 430)
Sensation & Perception (PSYC 450)
Research Interests
 Understanding Skilled Reading Behavior and Incidental Vocabulary Acquisition
Second Language/Bilingual Reading
Intersection of Cognitive and Social Psychology (e.g. Implicit Bias, Perception, Memory, Personality)
Lowell, R., Pender, K., & Binder, K. (Provisional acceptance pending final revisions). Impact of informative context’s meaning consistency during incidental vocabulary acquisition. Reading Research Quarterly.
Aziz, M., Lowell, R., Granger, K., & Self, K. (2018). Measuring Muslim religious identity formation: Instrument assessment with a sample of Muslim-American students. Journal of Islamic and Muslim Studies, 3(1), 58-85. DOI: 10.2979/jims.3.1.05
Lowell, R., & Morris, R.K. (2017). Impact of contextual constraint on vocabulary acquisition in reading. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 29(5), 551-569. DOI: 10.1080/20445911.2017.1299155
Brusnighan, S., Morris, R.K., Folk, J., & Lowell, R. (2014). The role of phonology in incidental vocabulary acquisition during silent reading. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 26(8), 871-892. DOI: 10.1080/204459112014.965713
Lowell, R. & Morris, R.K. (2014). Word length effects on novel words: Evidence from eye movements. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 76(1), 179-189. DOI: 10.3758/s13414-013-0556-4
Professional Affiliations
Association for Psychological Science (APS)
American Psychological Association (APA)
Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA)
Society for Teaching of Psychology (SToP)
Biographical Information
Dr. Lowell began teaching at USC Union in August 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Psychology, after earning his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He earned tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2017 and then promotion to Full Professor in 2020, having transitioned into an administrative role as Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs in January 2016. During his tenure at USCU, Dr. Lowell has taught a number of different Psychology courses in various formats (i.e. traditional, online, beaming). He has also made it a priority to work with students on independent research beyond the classroom in his Perception, Attention, Language, & Memory (PALM) Psychology Lab on campus, through which students have assisted with his research agenda, but have also initiated new lines of inquiry along the way. This work with student research helped to spawn the USCU Research Club that Dr. Lowell formed with a student research assistant, which he continues to direct on campus. Most recently he has served as Interim Campus Dean for USCU since August 2020.