|If you have attended the Institute in the past, be assured that the 28th Annual Institute will be equally valuable and enjoyable (more so, we hope!). New speakers at each Institute provide unique and current information to assist you in improving your teaching effectiveness. Continued participation in the Institute will keep you abreast of new developments in textbook publishing and educational computer software, as well as lecture content and classroom techniques.|
The 28th Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology is sponsored by the University of South Florida and the American Psychological Society. It is designed for teachers of psychology at universities, two- and four-year colleges, and high schools, who wish to enhance and broaden their teaching skills. The Institute has achieved an international reputation for its commitment to excellence in the teaching of psychology. The Program Committee for the 28th Institute (Doug Bernstein, Chair, Bill Buskist, Robert Hendersen, Sandra Goss Lucas, and Jane Halonen) has created a program which spans a wide range of course content areas, and is designed to meet the needs expressed by past participants and psychology faculty in general. Presentation formats are diverse and provide an atmosphere that supports individual involvement and group interaction. Presentations by 40 distinguished faculty (see biographical sketches at ) will include two-hour and three-hour workshops, one-hour concurrent lectures on various content and technique topics (which will be presented twice to ease the dilemma of choosing among them), and general sessions on topics of interest to all participants. Opportunities for sharing ideas with both Institute faculty and other participants will include three poster sessions, three participant idea exchanges, and informal discussions at meals and evening social hours. In order to assure that all participants can select a personal agenda that meets their professional development needs, enrollment in the Institute will be limited to 350 participants. The program begins on Monday, January 2, with registration and a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and six morning workshops beginning at 8:00 a.m. It ends on Thursday, January 5, at 12:30 p.m., after the closing session and the announcement of poster awards.
Workshops on Monday
|Psi Beta (Psi Chi's sister organization): A Springboard for Early Student Professionalism, Community Service, Academic Recognition, and Retention · Alberta Johnson and James Braun · Data suggest that student participation in college (non-Greek) organizations is linked to higher student retention rates and greater student satisfaction with the college experience. One organization associated with such positive outcomes is Psi Beta, the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges. In addition to recognizing excellence in scholarship, this affiliate of APA and APS promotes and encourages leadership, research, and community service. The presenters represent both local chapter and national perspectives. They will provide a brief overview of Psi Beta and its benefits to students, and information about professional development opportunities for Psi Beta faculty advisors at state, regional, and national levels. Workshop participants will learn the "nuts and bolts" of organizing and advising a Psi Beta chapter, including suggestions for chapter activities, community service, fundraising, and educational projects. Presenters will be prepared to guide, advise, and support any participants who might wish to start a Psi Beta chapter at their own institutions.|
|Annual STP Workshop: From Laboratory to Lecture Hall: Using Behavior Analysis to Improve Your Teaching · Bryan Saville · Behavior-analytic principles have been studied extensively in the laboratory and applied successfully in numerous settings. However, psychology teachers typically have not taken advantage of these powerful and well-established pedagogical tools in their classrooms. In this workshop, I will be discussing ways that psychology teachers can use basic behavior-analytic principles as means for enhancing student learning. In addition, we will be discussing inter-teaching, a new pedagogical method based on behavior-analytic principles, which has been shown to be more effective than traditional methods of instruction. Finally, participants will discuss other ways in which they can use these principles to improve their teaching.|
|Annual Introductory Psychology Forum: Spicing Up the Introductory Course for You and Your Students · Robert Hendersen, Sandra Goss Lucas, and Dana Dunn · The Introductory Psychology Forum is a continuing feature of NITOP. Each year the Forum addresses a topic suggested by participants in the previous year's workshop. Each of the three forum facilitators briefly discusses an approach to the topic, and this is followed by an open discussion wherein all participants are encouraged and expected to contribute. In this year's forum, Dana Dunn will discuss tools and techniques for teaching (instead of avoiding) unfamiliar topics, some of which are inevitably far beyond the instructor's areas of interest or expertise. Sandra Goss Lucas will discuss ways to change a course, including how to decide what to change and how to use changes to enhance active learning. Robert Hendersen will discuss ways in which instructors can stay fresh and engaged when they teach the introductory course repeatedly. The discussion that follows will provide participants with the opportunity to share the ways in which they "spice up" their own courses.|
|Beyond Teaching Tips: Using Psychology to Teach Introductory Psychology in High School and Undergraduate Classrooms · Amy Fineburg and Stephen Chew · Psychology teachers know more about how people learn than teachers in any other discipline, yet we often fail to use what we know to improve student learning. This disconnection between what we know and how we teach is most apparent at the point at which students first encounter psychology at the high school or undergraduate level. To advance the teaching of psychology, psychology teachers must move beyond simple teaching tips to a scholarship of teaching psychology in which innovative acts of teaching are considered scholarship if they are documented, peer reviewed, and form the basis of further advancements. This workshop is designed to help participants base their courses on scholarship in the teaching of psychology, to incorporate relevant cognitive research into teaching practice, and to use their classroom as a laboratory for continually evaluating and improving their teaching.|
|Enhancing Your Enjoyment of Teaching and Life: Coping with the Slings and Arrows of Academe · Barry Perlman and Lee McCann · The slings and arrows of academe are increasing in frequency and intensity and can inflict real damage. Teachers who do not take care of themselves find work is no longer fun. They lose creativity, and their teaching suffers. This workshop is designed to help faculty explore how to identify and solve work-related problems and to maintain or recover vitality in their teaching and their lives by using new teaching approaches, taking advantage of new opportunities, taking better care of themselves, improving their personal environments, and minimizing such negative experiences as isolation and helplessness. We will offer a step-by-step process for defining and assessing problems and for evaluating solutions to those problems. Participants will then be asked to apply this process in small group discussions. We hope that all participants will come away from the workshop with a number of ideas on how they might increase their enjoyment of their jobs and their lives-and have some fun in the process!|
Undergraduate Psychology Major Competencies: Start to Finish and Everything In-Between · Patricia Puccio · In 2002, the American Psychological Association's Task Force on Undergraduate Psychology Major Competencies outlined goals and suggested learning outcomes for the psychology major across educational contexts. Building on the work of this task force, workshop participants will discuss competencies that can serve as benchmarks of success as students move along the path from their first course through degree attainment. Sample models will be presented for participants to build upon in this interactive session. Models for teaching, learning, and assessment will also be discussed.
|The Frank Costin Memorial Award for Excellence (a certificate, a check for $250, and one complimentary registration for a future NITOP conference) will be given to the author(s) of the poster presentation judged by Institute faculty as best promoting quality teaching methods. At the 27th Annual NITOP (January 2005), this award was presented to Guy A. Boysen for his poster entitled "A Library Field Trip Activity to Achieve McKeachie's First Day of Class Goals."|
|The Society for the Teaching of Psychology Award (a certificate, a check for $250, and a free one-year membership in STP) will be given to the author(s) of the poster presentation judged by Institute faculty as best incorporating new or innovative content into psychology courses. This award was presented at the 27th Annual NITOP (January 2005) to Michael R. Hulsizer and Linda M. Woolf for their poster entitled "Incorporating Online Hate Sites into Social Psychology Classes."|
|The Doug Bernstein Award (a certificate, a check for $250, and one complimentary registration for a future NITOP conference) will be given to the author(s) of the poster presentation judged by Institute faculty as the most humorous, creative, or original poster. The First Annual Doug Bernstein Award was presented at the 27th Annual NITOP (January 2005) to Brian L. Burke for his poster entitled "'PoPS' Art: Paintings of Piaget's Stages."|
|The NITOP 2006 poster award winners will be announced at the closing session.|
Three poster sessions will allow for presentations by Institute participants on topics related to the teaching of psychology. These sessions provide the opportunity for informal exchange among participants and the valuable sharing of teaching ideas that has been acclaimed by past participants in the Institute. The schedule for poster presentations will be posted at prior to the Institute. For information on submitting a poster proposal, click on .
Participant Idea Exchanges
Three participant idea exchanges will offer participants
the opportunity to share teaching ideas in a roundtable format. During these
sessions, participants who submit various teaching-related topics will lead
informal discussion of those topics at specifically designated large round tables.
The list of titles will be posted at
prior to the Institute and will appear in the conference program, so participants
may select those of special interest in advance; you may join or leave the discussion
at each location as the spirit moves you. For information on submitting a participant
idea exchange proposal, click on .
Software and Book Displays
Learn how to use instructional computing in your psychology classes and explore software packages that will make it possible for you to easily implement these techniques following the Institute. The software displays and demonstrations will be held in conjunction with the poster sessions, so you may evaluate these resources without missing any formal presentations. We also encourage you to explore software during any of your personal breaks, and to speak directly with program developers about incorporating computer technology into your courses. During the poster sessions and at other times throughout the Institute, representatives from the following sponsoring publishers will be on hand to acquaint you with the latest textbooks, software, and other materials relating to a variety of psychology courses:
Allyn & Bacon Longman Publishing Company
American Psychological Association
|American Psychological Society|
Blackwell Publishing Company
Houghton Mifflin Company
Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers
McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Prentice Hall Publishing Company
Wadsworth Publishing Company
|John Wiley & Sons, Inc.|
Worth Publishing Company
|A bulletin board will be available for posting employment opportunities near the registration desk. Please bring your announcement to the Institute. An interview room will be available which may be used by employers and applicants during the conference.|
Your registration fee includes admission to all conference events, three buffet breakfasts, two buffet luncheons, the reception on Monday evening, and refreshments at all coffee breaks and poster sessions. In addition, the conference proceedings will include approximately 200 pages of handouts provided by invited speakers, to assist you in implementing new techniques and teaching ideas in your own courses following the conference. More information on registration is available at .
For participants and families who wish to visit local attractions while in the area, we recommend the following (visit their websites for details): (1) Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, (2) MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) in Tampa, (3) Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and (4) Florida Aquarium in Tampa. Attractions less than 90 minutes away include Busch Gardens in Tampa and Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Studios in Orlando.