Gil Einstein was born in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and moved to the United States
when he was four years old. He was a French citizen until 2004, when he
became an American citizen. He
was raised in God's country (New Jersey). In the middle of his graduate
training at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Dr. Einstein took a year's
leave of absence and pursued the life of a ski bum in Crested Butte,
Colorado. A season of working as a ski-lift operator
convinced him to return to graduate school and finish his degree.
Dr. Einstein and his wife Patty, who also graduated from the University of
Colorado and is now a realtor, have two daughters: Julie (who is a
working and living in Chicago) and Alex (who is living and working in
New York City). They love sports, especially surfing, skiing,
soccer, and basketball.
Dr. Einstein loves teaching at Furman because his favorite things are
teaching and getting students involved in research. As a result, many students
coauthor publications with him and more than 170 are coauthors on
presentations made at national, regional, or state meetings.
Dr. Einstein has more than 100 publications, including six books. His research is
published in psychology’s top journals and has a high citation rate. His
research has been funded by major granting agencies, including the
National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and
Space Administration, and the National Institutes of Health (including
four RO1 awards). He also has served on the Editorial Boards of several
major journals, including Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning,
Memory, and Cognition; Memory & Cognition;
and Psychology and Aging.
Dr. Einstein is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. He received Furman University’s Meritorious Teaching Award in 1985 and the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Association Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006. In 2010, he was designated a Fellow by the Council on Undergraduate Research, and he is one of only 14 Fellows from all science disciplines in the country. Dr. Einstein also received the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Distinguished Mentors Award in 2010. In 2013, he received the Governor's Award for Excellence in Science at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution.