Time to expand your lesson plan: APA's popular G. Stanley Hall Lecture Series is back in Boston for its 29th year. The annual series features talks by prominent psychologists on emerging topics in psychology that professors can weave into their curricula--and one Harry Kirke Wolfe lecture specifically on teaching.
In Boston, the series will feature lessons on women in science, emotional intelligence, the role of reinforcement in addiction and maintaining a sense of self among students through teaching.
The four-part series is organized by APA's Div. 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology), co-sponsored by the Council of Teachers of Undergraduate Psychology and funded by APA's Education Directorate.
Here's a wrap-up of the 2008 speakers and topics:
"Reinforcement and Substance Use Disorders," by Stephen T. Higgins, PhD, of the University of Vermont, Aug. 15. Higgins, a professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of the Substance Abuse Research and Treatment Center at the University of Vermont, will outline research on the role that reinforcement plays in the genesis, maintenance and recovery from substance use disorders and discuss the opportunities for clinical applications of current and future research in the treatment of substance use disorders.
"Emotional Intelligence: Is There Anything to It?" by Peter Salovey, PhD, of Yale University, Aug. 15. Salovey, dean of Yale College and the Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology at Yale University, will examine why emotions emerged as highly valued aspects of behavior and why emotional intelligence supports, rather than encumbers, rational thinking and problem-solving. Salovey will present laboratory and field results showing ways that emotional intelligence influences happy, healthy and productive lives, and discuss how emotional intelligence corresponds with leadership.
"Do Women Scientists Get the Credit They Deserve?" by Wendy Williams, PhD, of Cornell University, Aug. 16. Williams, professor, co-founder and co-director of the Cornell Institute for Research on Children in Cornell's department of human development, will discuss the dropout rate of talented women following completion of the doctorate and explore reasons for the success or lack of success of women versus men in making the transition from graduate school to academia. Williams will also talk about whether women scientists get the credit they deserve for collaborative work with supervisors and mentors, and offer suggestions to improve fairness in the scientific training and job-placement processes.
"Teaching and Learning with the Self in Mind" by Donelson R. Forsyth, PhD, of the University of Richmond, Aug. 15.
Forsyth, the Col. Leo K. and Gaylee Thorsness Chair in Ethical Leadership in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, will talk about effective strategies for providing rigorous instruction while maintaining personal rapport with students and how students can maintain a strong sense of self, a high level of self-efficacy and a realistic assessment of scholastic competence during challenging academic courses. Forsyth will also discuss the role of self-reflection and self-enhancement in the classroom.
-Rita M. Curl-Langager, PhD
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