Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching: 2004 Volume 4

[Essays from Excellence in Teaching 2004 Vol. 4]

Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching:

Volume 4

A collection of monthly essays
originally published on the
PsychTeacher ™ Electronic Discussion List

Edited by

Bryan K. Saville
James Madison University

Tracy Zinn
James Madison University

Vincent W. Hevern
Le Moyne College

Society for the Teaching of Psychology


This book is STP's sixth Web publication and represents the compilation of the twelve E-xcellence in Teaching essays which appeared on the PsychTeacher™ electronic discussion list between January and December, 2004.

ISBN: 978-1-941804-05-6

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Table of Contents

Introduction to Volumes I-IV
Bryan K. Saville (James Madison University)
Tracy Zinn (James Madison University)
Vincent Hevern (Le Moyne College)
1. General Psychology Laboratories (January 2004)
Gil Clary, College of St. Catherine
Bonnie Sherman, St. Olaf College
Andrea Olson, College of St. Catherine
Howard Thorsheim, St. Olaf College
2. Teaching Online: The Brave and Energizing New World (February 2004)
Diane Finley, Prince George's Community College
3. Student Misconceptions in the Psychology Classroom (March 2004)
Stephen L. Chew, Samford University
4. Teaching and Learning When We Least Expect It:
The Role of Critical Moments in Student Development (April 2004)
Pete Giordano, Belmont University
5. Deconstructing "Playing the Race Card" in Psychology Courses
An Invitation to Dialogue and Exploration (May 2004)
Lisa Whitten, SUNY/College at Old Westbury
6. Teaching Psychology to Distinguish Science from Pseudoscience:
Pitfalls and Rewards (June 2004)
Scott O. Lilienfield, Emory University
7. Just-In-Time-Teaching: A Web-Based Teaching Approach (July 2004)
James O. Benedict, James Madison University
Kevin J. Apple, James Madison University
8. Using In-Class Debates to Teach Gender Issues in Psychology (August 2004)
Jeanne L. O'Kon, Tallahassee Community College
Rachele Sutz, Florida State University
9. Planning a Regional Conference for Teachers of Psychology (September 2004)
Scott A. Bailey, Texas Lutheran University
10. The Water is Wide: Lessons on Teaching from a Popular Novel (October 2004)
Erin B. Rasmussen, Idaho State University
11. The Graduate Student Teaching Association (November 2004)
David J. Wimer, University of Akron
Jared Keeley, Auburn University
12. Advanced Placement Grading: Lessons Learned (December 2004)
Chris Hakala, Western New England College
Rob McEntarffer, Lincoln Southeast High School
Biographical Notes on Individual Contributors and Editors


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Acknowledgment and Thanks

We dedicated Volume I to Jane Halonen (University of West Florida) for the role she played in helping establish E-xcellence in Teaching. We dedicated Volume II to Randy Smith (Kennesaw State University), for his consistent and unwavering championing of the scholarship of teaching in his role as editor of STP's journal, Teaching of Psychology. As the outgoing editor of E-xcellence in Teaching, Bill Buskist dedicated Volume III to Bill Hill and Vinny Hevern, both of whom have played and continue to play pivotal roles in the creation, development, and continued success of E-xcellence in Teaching.

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