2006-2007 Teaching Institute Report

Ron Landis, Chair

March 26, 2007

Committee Members: Mike Burke, Michelle Collins, Mickey Quinones, and Steve Rogelberg

Goal Summary: Two notable events occurred during the past year. First, a modified version of the Teaching Institute program was held on February 17th at University of Memphis in conjunction with the Mid-South Undergraduate Psychology Conference. The Mid-South Psychology Conference provides undergraduate psychology students from the entire mid-south region with the opportunity to present their research and to explore the field of psychology in a relaxed, friendly and professional atmosphere. Conference attendees traveled from across the states of Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi. During a one hour session, students and faculty heard about SIOP, the field of IO psychology, where to get additional information and resources about joining SIOP, applying to graduate school and the like. In addition to my presentation, four graduate students were on hand to answer questions and provide information to attendees.

On a related note, I presented a summary of the activities and outcomes associated with the SIOP Teaching Institute at the APA convention in New Orleans in August. The theme of the symposium was exemplar programs developed from CEMRRAT funds. The session was very well received and SIOP was acknowledged several times as taking important steps in addressing minority attraction and recruitment.

Goals: (Number each goal and provide a brief description)

1. Run another workshop: A new session is currently being planned for the Memphis area. This session will take place sometime in the Winter of 2006-2007. Unlike previous sessions that were run as stand alone events, this event may be linked to the Mid-South Psychology Conference. [This goal was met, see above]

2. Refine workshop materials: Continue to develop the information (syllabi, exams, SIOP information, etc) that has been provided to workshop attendees with the goal of creating a comprehensive set of materials and workshop description that would aid in streamlining future workshops. [This goal was met]

3. Follow-up on ideas generated in other workshops: Some of the ideas included

  • Developing a recommended curriculum for undergraduate students who plan to apply to a graduate program to facilitate advising.
  • Developing mechanisms (e.g., NSF grants, SEPA funds) to facilitate summer research opportunities for interested undergraduates to work with I-O program faculty.
  • Enhancing funding for a speaker series that would allow schools to bring SIOP members to campus to speak with interested undergraduates about the field [Progress was made on these goals, but additional steps can and should be taken]
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