23rd Southeatern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology Conference

The Kennesaw State University Psychology Department and
Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning

Announce the


Friday & Saturday, February 25-26, 2011
Crowne Plaza, Atlanta Perimeter Northwest
6345 Powers Ferry Road NW Atlanta, GA 30339

Recipient of the 2001 University System of Georgia Award
for Excellence in Research in Undergraduate Education

Sponsored by the Kennesaw State University Department of Psychology and Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, the 23rd Annual Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology is an opportunity for teachers of psychology to discuss and share experiences and techniques. It is the longest continuous running regional teaching of psychology conference in the country. The conference offers concurrent sessions and invited addresses on teaching techniques and issues associated with undergraduate education. Time is also available for participants to get to know each other and establish contacts with fellow teachers throughout the Southeast. Please join us in celebrating teaching excellence in psychology through sharing best practices, innovative ideas for enhancing student learning, and interacting with your colleagues in a supportive and fun atmosphere.

Featured keynotes addresses will be given by Ruth Ault ("An Old Dog Can Teach New Tricks: Embedding Psychology into a First-Year Writing Seminar") and Ken Keith ("Psychology and the Liberal Arts: An Olio in Defense of Teaching"). Concurrent sessions will include the following:

Friday, February 25, 2011
8:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Free Pre-Conference Workshops
Workshop A

The Teflon-Coated Dossier and Other Trouble-Free Tenure and Promotion Strategies
Jane Halonen, University of West Florida; Randy Smith, Lamar University; & Linda Noble, Board of Regents, University System of Georgia

Workshop B

Creating and Grading Assignments Made Easier (Strategies for Constructing Tests and Using Grading Rubrics)
Barney Beins, Ithaca College & Bill Hill, Kennesaw State University

Workshop C

Improving Teaching through Peer Review: Fundamental Procedures and Key Issues
Bill Buskist, Auburn University

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
An Old Dog Can Teach New Tricks: Embedding Psychology into a First-Year Writing Seminar
Ruth Ault, Davidson College

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Creating Student-Teacher Rapport
Janie Wilson & Rebecca Ryan, Georgia Southern University

Enhancing Strategic Reading Skills Via Psychology Courses: Assignments and Strategies
Elizabeth Yost Hammer & Eugenia M. Valentine, Xavier University

Teaching Human Sexuality: Challenges & Solutions
Carly Friedman, Mississippi State University, Meridian; Scott Hutchens, Delta State University; & Linda Jones, Belmont University

Developing an Effective Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Program
Jessica Irons, James Madison University;  Mary Pritchard, Boise State University; Pam Ansburg, Metropolitan State College of Denver; Jeff Holmes, Ithaca College; & Brad Joachim, James Madison University

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Concurent Sessions

Advancing Undergraduate Research in Psychology
Karen Naufel, Georgia Southern University & Amy Buddie, Kennesaw State University

Teaching the Drugs & Behavior/Psychopharmacology Course: Challenges & Solutions
Ken Carter, Oxford College of Emory University; Sharon Pearcey, Kennesaw State University; &  Steve Hobbs, Augusta State University

Revisiting the First Day of Class:  Research and Practical Suggestions
Janie Wilson, Georgia Southern University & David Daniel, James Madison University

Making a “Silk Purse Out of a Sow’s Ear”:  Using Assessment mandates to Improve Teaching
Tom Pusateri, Kennesaw State University & Randy Smith, Lamar University

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Concurent Sessions

Incorporating Service Learning in Psychology
Rebecca Ryan, Georgia Southern University

Teaching Research Methods:  Engaging Students in a Course They “Hate” to Take
Jessica Irons, James Madison University; Kirk Davis, Troy University, Dothan; Alycia Harris, Troy University; & Wayne Messer, Berea College

Millennial Students: Insights from Generational Theory and Learning Sciences
Michele DiPietro, Kennesaw State University

Incorporating Cross-Cultural Themes in the Psychology Curriculum
Ken Keith, University of San Diego; Pete Giordano & Seraphine Shen-Miller, Belmont University

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Cocktails (2 free drinks included in registration fee)
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
dinner (included in registration fee)
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Invited Address
Psychology and the Liberal Arts: An Olio in Defense of Teaching
Ken Keith, University of San Diego
Saturday, February 26, 2011
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Participant Poster Session
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

The Past is Present: Using the History of Psychology to Teach Current Concepts
Barney Beins, Ithaca College

Teaching Undergraduate Courses in Clinical or Counseling: Challenges & Solutions
Pete Giordano, Belmont University; Shannon Maxwell, Mount Olive College; & Ken Carter, Oxford College of Emory

Academic Bullying: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions
Amy Hackney, Georgia Southern University & Erin Kennedy, Lock Haven University

Hidden Dangers of Technology
David Daniel, James Madison University

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Myths and Misconceptions in Psychology
Barney Beins, Ithaca College; Randy Smith, Lamar University; & Ken Keith, University of San Diego

Teaching Social Psychology: Challenges & Solutions
Amy Sibulkin, Tennessee State University & Chuck Huffman, Georgia Southwestern University

Redefining the Teaching Life: Where Are We Going Right? Where are we Going Wrong?
Steve Hobbs, Augusta State University & Jane Halonen, University of West Florida

12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m.
General Session
And Now for Something Completely Different—Effective Demonstrations & Activities for the Introductory Psychology Course
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch (included in registration fee)

















































A participant poster session is also scheduled and poster proposals are being accepted until February 5. Participants are invited to submit poster proposals on topics related to the teaching of psychology. Send an abstract as an e-mail attachment to Mike Firment, Department of Psychology ( by Friday, February 5, 2011. Instructions for preparing your poster will be sent with notification of acceptance.

The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) sponsors an award for the outstanding poster at the conference.



For the last several years we have been at capacity enrollment. Once we reach our capacity,
additional registrations will be put on a waiting list for openings due to cancellations. The registration fees are listed below. All registration fees include all meals scheduled during the conference, breaks, and conference materials.

$210: Early - registration fee if received by Friday, February 11, 2011.
$250: Late (after February 11, 2011) and onsite registration fee.
$180: Team rate for each registrant when multiple people register from the same school
$150: Graduate Student, Adjunct Faculty and Psychology High School Teacher rate


Refund Policy
If a participant has to cancel for any reason, a full refund will be given if the cancellation is received by 5:00 PM on Friday, February 18, 2011



All conference sessions and lodging will be at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Perimeter NW Hotel, conveniently located at 6345 Powers Ferry Road off I-285 at Exit 22, which is one exit east of the junction of I-75 and I-285. Rooms are available at the Crowne Plaza at a special conference rate of $99 (single or double) and can be made by calling 1-8002276963. Be sure to specify the "SOUTHEAST TEACHING OF PSYCHOLOGY CONFERENCE" when making your reservations to secure the special conference rate. Please note that room availability at the conference rate CANNOT be guaranteed after Feburary 9, 2011, so make your reservations early!

The Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Perimeter NW Hotel is conveniently located at 6345 Powers Ferry Road off I-285 at Exit 22, which is one exit east of the junction of I-75 and I-285.  (Map link to hotel).


If flying into Atlanta, from the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport there are several options for reaching the conference hotel.  WE DO NOT RECOMMEND TAKING A TAXI DIRECTLY FROM THE AIRPORT BECAUSE OF THE DISTANCE AND HIGH COST. You can take the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit System (MARTA) directly from the airport to the Dunwoody (Perimeter Mall) station. The hotel offers a free shuttle service at specific times to and from this station.  PLEASE CONTACT THE HOTEL IN ADVANCE TO COORDINATE ARRIVAL TIMES WITH THEIR SHUTTLE AND RESERVE A SPACE ON THE SHUTTLE TO OR FROM THE MARTA STATION.

Taxi service to the hotel is also available from this station. Call the hotel for recommended taxi companies (1-770-955-1700).  The hotel is also accessible by van service from the airport (A&M Limousine,; Atlanta Hotel Connections,; Atlanta Metro Shuttle, Advance reservations are REQUIRED and can be done at the shuttle company's Web site!

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