The 20th Annual Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology

Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23, 2013

Hosted by The College of DuPage Psychology Faculty and Psi Beta Chapter

College of DuPage

Jack H. Turner Conference Center
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2000
Jack H. Turner Conference Center 
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599

The 20th Midwest Institute for Teachers of Psychology is being held concurrently with the 12th Midwest Institute for Students of Psychology. Each year more than 200 teachers and students from high school through graduate school gather to share their knowledge and experience of the science of psychology. The program offers a variety of sessions presented by leaders in psychology education as well as ample time for informal sharing and networking among participants.

MISTOP has been approved for Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) for Illinois high school teachers by the Illinois State Board of Education.



The Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology is partially underwritten by the following publishers:

Cengage Learning
McGraw-Hill Education
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Pearson Higher Education
Worth Publishers
W.W. Norton & Co.




9 to 9:30 a.m. 

Opening Session/Invited Address

9:30 -11:15 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions

Robert L. Breuder, President, College of DuPage
Patricia Puccio and Ada Wainwright, College of DuPage

Social Isolation

John. T. Cacioppo
The University of Chicago 


11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Concurrent Sessions

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

It’s All about the Ostracism: Current Research Directions in Social Exclusion

Susan Markunas and Michelle Grzybowski
DePaul University

Effective Citizenship: Engaging Students in the Psychological Community

Mikelene Ray
Alverno College

Cooperative Learning: Activities and Active Assignments for Advanced Psychology Classes

Faith Shotts-Flikkema
Forest Hills Northern High School
Cornerstone University

Data Labs: Data Collection for Introductory Psychology (pdf of presentation)

Thomas Ludwig
Hope College 

Concurrent Sessions

1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

Head, Heart, and Hands in College Teaching (pdf of presentation)

Steven Meyers
Roosevelt University

Breaking Barriers

Kashunda McGriff and Leticia Carrillo
South Suburban College

Using and Engaging with Technology: An Approach to Student Success

Lorelei Carvajal
Triton College Students, Community and Joliet Junior College Collaborate to Decrease Stigma and Discrimination

Margot Underwood, Travis Cisco, Marky Bey, Darren Newenhouse, Anita Young and Jeff Schikora
Joliet Junior College
Ginni Demko
Lewis University 

Concurrent Sessions

3 to 4 p.m.

Project-Based Research Methods Courses: Students’ Gateway to the Research Enterprise

Jeremy A. Houska
Concordia University Chicago
Elizabeth A. Majka
University of Chicago
Jordan R. Wagge
Avila University

Diverse Students and Psychological Content: The Importance of Person-Environment Fit in the Classroom

Rachel Schmale and Elizabeth K. Gray
North Park University

Mind Always Matters: Practicing Mindfulness in the Classroom (pdf of presentation)

Amanda C. Gingerich
Butler University

Developing Research Skills: Integration Throughout the Psychology Curriculum

Jeff Kellogg and David Rusbusan
Marian University 

General Session/Invited Address

4:15 to 5:30 p.m.

A Cultural Approach to Human Development: Toward a Psychology of Humanity

Jeffrey Jensen Arnett
Clark University 


5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

General Session

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Compelling Demonstrations for the Introductory Psychology Course

Drew Appleby, Moderator
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis


8 to 9 a.m.

Participant Poster Session
Book Display 

Concurrent Sessions

9 to 10 a.m.

Educational Mobile Apps: A Few of My Favorite Things (pdf of presentation)

Jeffrey R. Stowell
Eastern Illinois University

Helping Veteran Students Succeed in Class

Deborah S. Podwika and Cari Stevenson
Kankakee Community College

Mentoring in the Classroom: a Career Exploration Class for Psychology Majors

Drew Appleby
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Concurrent Sessions

10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

How to do Research in Psychology (and Why You Should)

Kenneth Gray, College of DuPage
Leslie Cameron and Robert Maleske, Carthage College
Lora Vasiliauskas, Virginia Western Community College
William Addison, Eastern Illinois University

Don’t Call Them Names: Reframing Students’ Irksome Behaviors

Richard Alexander
Muskegon Community College
Faith Shotts-Flikkema
Forest Hills Northern High School
Cornerstone University

I Cannot Tell a Lie. I Love to Cherry-Pick. (pdf of presentation)

Paul Smith
Alverno College

Closing Session/Invited Address

11:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Dark Side of Pedagogy

David B. Daniel
James Madison University


12:30 to 1:30