Fuller, Frances Elizabeth Fallon (1918–1975)

By: Adrienne Kennedy

Type: Biography

Published: September 1, 1995

Frances Elizabeth Fallon Fuller, educational psychologist, was born on March 17, 1918, in New York City. She received a B.A. in 1939 from State University of New York at Albany and earned an M.A. in 1957 from New York University. She received a fellowship from the New York Institute for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1956, and also pursued graduate studies at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Virginia. In the years between her undergraduate degree and her graduate work, her career varied from an entry-level job as an advertising copywriter, to military service, and later to personnel management in the private sector. During World War II Fuller enlisted in the Women's Army Corps and served as personnel director, First WAC Training Center, Fort Des Moines, Iowa; as personnel officer, Allied Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan; and as War Department civilian personnel director for the military governor, Seoul, Korea. Returning to New York City in 1946, she entered private-sector personnel management as personnel executive for Macy's New York and later as personnel director for Hofheimer's Incorporated, Norfolk, Virginia.

She married Bascombe Royall Fuller on April 8, 1947. In 1953 the couple moved to Eagle Pass, Texas, and she began her career in education as a high school counselor with the Eagle Pass Independent School District. They moved to San Marcos in 1957 on his being named city manager there, and in 1958 she began doctoral studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Early in her studies, Fuller served as counseling psychologist with the university's Testing and Counseling Center, later adding an appointment as research psychologist with the university's Mental Health in Teacher Education Project. She was awarded a Ph.D. in educational psychology in 1960. Resigning her post with the Testing and Counseling Center in 1962, she accepted an appointment as assistant professor of educational psychology at the University of Texas. She was promoted to associate professor (1965), then to professor (1969).

From the outset, she was active within the College of Education in helping establish the Research and Development Center for Teacher Education, one of the national research and development centers chartered by the United States Office of Education and which continued under the National Institute of Education. Fuller taught and also continued to serve as a research psychologist in teacher-education projects until the 1965 establishment of the research and development center, when she began directing a major aspect of the center's program in teacher education. During her tenure with the center, Fuller emerged as a respected researcher and a prolific scholarly writer. Her work focused on the affective domain of teacher education: psychological interventions in teacher preparation, affective competencies and procedures for promoting affective gain in teachers, and the development of a conceptual model for the affective components of teacher education. Her work was published in numerous professional journals, and as book chapters, monographs, and conference proceedings from professional-society meetings, at which she presented across the United States and abroad.

At the same time Fuller was involved in the university community, serving on the board of the Texas Union and on numerous committees. She taught humanities honors courses in mental health by invitation of the University of Texas Plan II Committee. In 1964 she received the University of Texas Students Association Teaching Excellence Award, and in 1971, the $1,000 Standard Oil of New Jersey Distinguished Teaching Award. Fuller was active in many professional societies, including Phi Kappa Phi, an honorary scholastic fraternity. She was a Fellow in the Division of Counseling Psychology, American Psychological Association. When in September 1973 Fuller was appointed Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Education, she became the highest-ranked woman administrator in the college. Fuller was a strong advocate for quality graduate programs grounded in active exploratory research. She remained professionally active throughout a prolonged illness until she was hospitalized days before her death on April 17, 1975.

Dictionary of International Biography, 1966. Report of the Special Frances Fallon Fuller Memorial Resolution Committee, Documents and Minutes of the General Faculty, December 13, 1976, University of Texas at Austin. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Who's Who of American Women, 1966–67.
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Adrienne Kennedy, “Fuller, Frances Elizabeth Fallon,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 03, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/fuller-frances-elizabeth-fallon.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

September 1, 1995