Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Division 2 of the American Psychological Association

STP Elections: 2013 Candidate Statements

President-Elect of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Suzanne Baker - James Madison University

STP is home to a vibrant community of teachers and scholars who are dedicated to the discipline of psychology. My work as a teacher of psychology has been greatly enriched by being a member of this community of dedicated professionals. In the past, I have been fortunate to serve as a committee chair, task force chair, and as co-editor of E-xcellence in Teaching. As president, I would look forward to engaging with psychology teachers at all levels to promote the discipline of psychology and to help with STP’s goal of serving teachers by providing them with support, resources, and expertise. I am especially interested in promoting the scholarship of teaching and learning in psychology and exploring new ways in which STP can do this, and in continuing STP’s tradition of providing a collegial and supportive community for psychology teachers at all levels.

Richard L. Miller - University of Nebraska Kearney

After 20 years as a department chair, I am acutely aware of the value of STP in providing support to teachers. Having served STP as a Regional Coordinator, Fellow’s Committee Chair, and Director of Departmental Consulting Services has been a source of great satisfaction and I am honored to be nominated for President.  If elected, I am prepared to actively work with those I have come to value as selfless colleagues in an organization I truly admire. There are several initiatives that I would like to implement.  First, to assist new teachers in using STP resources and to strengthen and diversify our membership, I want to reach out to graduate students by conducting workshops at regional conferences where they often present their research and networking with R1 graduate programs.  Second, STP has developed a number of programs and I think it would be good to implement an assessment process to determine how well these are working and to nurture them if needed. A third initiative would be for STP to create a clearinghouse whereby teaching presentations at regional and national conferences can be shared more widely.  An area that I am passionate about is undergraduate research, a passion that led to my selection as 2009 CASE U.S. Professor of the Year and 2012 recipient of the Charles Brewer Teaching Award. I would like to see STP take a more active role in helping departments create programs that foster undergraduate research and to formally recognize the importance of this scholarly activity.

Candidates for Vice President for Awards:

Robin Morgan - Indiana University Southeast

Membership in STP has allowed me a greater impact on student learning and I am delighted to be considered for STP Vice President for Awards, working with esteemed colleagues and friends to improve the teaching of psychology. Being committed to quality teaching, I have focused my efforts on enhancing student learning through faculty development and on the scholarship of teaching and learning.  On the campus level, I served as our inaugural Director of our teaching and learning center for several years, during which time the center established a campus peer review program and other initiatives to improve teaching.  Currently, I train faculty wishing to develop online or hybrid courses.  I also serve as the university director of FACET, an Indiana University organization devoted to recognizing and promoting excellence in teaching.  I serve as the editor of our long-standing journal, Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and editor and developer of our newest journal, Journal of  Teaching and Learning with Technology.  I have authored or coauthored numerous book chapters and journal articles, coedited  several books, and made over 100 presentations on such topics as evidence-based teaching, applying psychological principles in the classroom, and peer review of teaching.  In addition, I have served STP as Assistant Director of Project Syllabus (2010-now) and as a member of committees and task forces.  I believe that each of these experiences has prepared me to serve as an effective Vice-President for Awards and I would be honored to serve the Society in this capacity.

Beth Schwartz - Randolph College

I am honored to be nominated for the position of Vice President for Recognition and Awards. For psychology educators, STP continues to provide invaluable resources to our members. As we develop syllabi, plan or refine our classes, design assessments, and advise our students, STP helps us to continually develop our pedagogy, improve student learning, and recognize those who excel in our field. Over the years, I served as the STP Associate Director for Regional Conference Programming, helping to get the division greater visibility by those attending the regional conferences. Through STP sponsored symposium and poster awards, faculty in attendance became more aware of our mission to promote excellence in teaching, they met colleagues who are members and leaders in our organization, and they gained a better understanding of the value of STP to psychology educators. In addition, I am also currently a member of the STP Early Career Psychologist Travel Grants Committee, through which we evaluate grant applications to provide funds to graduate students and new faculty members wishing to attend conferences. Finally, I recently began my term as a member of the E-books editorial board. The position of V. P. is an exciting opportunity, allowing me to further serve the division. Taking on this leadership role in STP is in line with my experiences as department chair and assistant dean at Randolph College, where my responsibilities include the development and assessment of teaching and grant programs.  I am sincerely delighted about the opportunity to take on this leadership role and to further support the mission of STP.

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