Peter Lewis Kranz, PhD, is a psychologist and educator who has amassed more than 50 years of clinical experience in his field. Serving as a professor in educational psychology at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley since 2013, he formerly served the university as an associate professor and assistant professor between 2002 and 2013. Prior to these illustrious roles, he served several other prominent universities across the United States, including Florida Atlantic University as director of the Counseling and Psychological Services, Tennessee Technological University as director of counseling and adjunct professor, and Eckerd College as an associate professor and director of Counseling Services. Earlier in his career, he served Lock Haven University as an assistant and associate professor, having commenced his career as an associate professor at the University of North Florida in 1972. He also spent several years doing mental health work.
An expert in race relations, Dr. Kranz has performed public speaking in universities across several decades. He has been invited to present at various professional conferences and universities. Alongside this work, he also teaches two graduate classes per semester and is responsible for conducting research for professional seminars. He also enjoys his involvement in campus activities and university committees.
Dr. Kranz attributes his success to being in the right place at the right time, as dozens of individuals who were encouraging and willing to provide him with opportunities supported him. His parents valued education significantly, and he was raised to not only celebrate his professional accomplishments but also his achievements in civic and community endeavors as well. He enjoys contributing his time and expertise to his students, as he believes that making the world a better place through assistance to those around him is of the utmost importance. He defines success as not only your professional contributions, but also your community-based and personal contributions.
The proud father of one daughter and two granddaughters, Dr. Kranz would like to be remembered as an individual who helped make the world more wholesome for others through his work with universities. He is most proud of being involved with the creation of a course titled Human Conflict: Black and White at the University of North Florida, during the beginning of race integration in the 1970s. In light of the significance of the course and its application to its students, author Terence Clarke wrote his book, “An Arena of Truth: Conflict in Black and White,” which chronicled conversations and confrontations, as well as the profound emotional breakthroughs of Dr. Kranz’s students. The book was published in March 2019 and is available in bookstores and on Amazon.
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