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Howard R. Pollio Ph.D.



Howard Pollio received his PhD from The University of Michigan and joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he now serves as Professor Emeritus. He is the recipient of numerous awards for research and teaching. His research emphasizes Human Learning, Symbolic Processes, Figurative Language, Humor and Laughter, Qualitative Methodology, and, especially, Existential Phenomenology. He has published several books, over 100 publications, and has directed over 70 dissertations and served on many doctoral committees. For many years, he mentored faculty members and students as a co-leader of the Transdisciplinary Phenomenology Research Group and leader of his own research team.


Human experience in various settings; figurative language; college teaching and learning; nature of laughter; human meaning of the non-human environment.

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