Society for the Teaching of Psychology
Division 2 of the American Psychological Association

PODCASTS OF BILL McKEACHIE AND CHARLES BREWER

The Society for the Teaching of Psychology provided travel support to Eric Landrum and Garth Neufeld to interview Bill McKeachie and Charles Brewer for their PsychSessions podcast series.  Eric and Garth have provided these podcasts for the STP Website.  


Charles Brewer and Bill McKeachie at the
2005 APA Convention, Washington, DC

PsychSessions Podcast #17 with Bill McKeachie

Recorded February 17, 2018

Introduction by 2017 STP President, Ken Keith


Garth Neufeld, Bill McKeachie, and Eric Landrum

Wilbert J. (Bill) McKeachie, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Michigan, is an iconic teacher of psychology. From the time he completed his Ph.D. at Michigan in 1949, until his retirement at age 85, Bill was fully engaged in teaching: encouraging graduate students and colleagues, developing materials to advance pedagogy, and influencing organizations in support of teaching. From its publication in 1950, his Teaching Tips has remained in print through 14 editions (now with co-author Marilla Svinicki), helping countless faculty in many disciplines to improve their teaching.

For more than six decades, Bill has been friend to all, from the most famous luminaries—the likes of Skinner, Likert, and Maslow—to beginning students. Along the way his colleagues elected Bill to many leadership positions. He has served as president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Foundation, and the American Association of Higher Education; and STP established the Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award to honor his contributions to the teaching of psychology.

Yet for all the fame his career has brought, Bill McKeachie has remained a model of humility, decency, and humanity. And, as an avid softball player over the years, Bill has often proudly noted that the most significant accomplishment of his APA presidential year (1976) was the fact that he pitched three no-hitters that year.We are grateful to Eric Landrum and Garth Neufeld of the PsychSessions podcast for their efforts to preserve Bill’s voice for posterity, and I hope you will enjoy listening to this conversation with one of our greatest teachers.
The following book chapter contains a biography of Bill McKeachie:

Landrum, R. E. (2002). More than just luch: A brief biography of Wilbert J. McKeachie.  In S. F. Davis & W. Buskist (Eds.). The teaching of psychology: Essays in honor of Wilbert J. McKeachie and Charles L. Brewer (pp. 3-13) Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.  

Here is an article Bill wrote on training teachers of psychology:

McKeachie, W. J. (1951). A program for training teachers of psychology. American Psychologist, 6(4), 119-121.


Recorded February 23, 2018
Introduction by 2017 STP President, Ken Keith


Garth Neufeld, Charles Brewer, and Eric Landrum

For a generation of psychology faculty, the name of Charles Brewer has been synonymous with the teaching of psychology. After completing work for the Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas, Charles taught briefly at Elmira College and The College of Wooster, before joining the faculty of Furman University in 1967. He has been at Furman ever since and is now Professor Emeritus there. Charles hit the ground running as a teacher, receiving the first Furman Meritorious Teaching Award in 1969, and a few years later becoming president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Charles became a pre-eminent authority on the life and work of John Broadus Watson (an 1899 graduate of Furman), and his 12-year term as editor of the Teaching of Psychology journal established him as both mentor and demanding critic for his colleagues in their writing efforts. He loved to demand “felicity of expression,” and teachers whose writing was subject to Charles’s editing sometimes said their work had been “Brewerized.”

Charles’s contributions to teaching have received recognition in various ways, including establishment of the American Psychological Foundation Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching Award, and dedication of the Charles & Marjorie Brewer Reading Room at the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology at the University of Akron. Among his favorite accomplishments over the years, Charles has often mentioned his role as one of the charter faculty consultants for the Advanced Placement Psychology Program, and his selection as an all-state basketball player during his high school days in Arkansas. We owe our thanks to Eric Landrum and Garth Neufeld for their efforts to produce this interview and for recording Charles’s thoughts in his own words.

The following book chapter contains a biography of Charles Brewer:

Batson, J. D., & Einstein, G. O. (2002). "I can't ever remember not wanting to be a teacher": A brief Biography of Chales L. Brewer.  In S. F. Davis & W. Buskist (Eds.). The teaching of psychology: Essays in honor of Wilbert J. McKeachie and Charles L. Brewer (pp. 15-24) Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.  

Here is an article Charles Brewer wrote that was based on his presentation upon receiving the Award for Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology at the 1996 APA Convention:

Brewer, C. L. (1997). Undergraduate education in psychology: will the mermaids sing?. American Psychologist, 52(4), 434-441. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.52.4.434

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