The 21st Annual Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology

Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22, 2014

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 21st Midwest Institute for Teachers of Psychology is being held concurrently with the 13th 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.




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


Friday, February 21


9 to 9:30 a.m. 
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2000

Welcome and Instructions

9:30 to 10 a.m.

Robert L. Breuder, President College of DuPage
Ada Wainwright, College of DuPage

Invited Address

10 to 11:15 a.m.

Teaching about Psychopathology: Implications of DSM-5 and Other Recent Advances

Matthew K. Nock, Harvard University


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

Concurrent Sessions

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

A Connecting Travel and Theory-Planning Local and Global Psychology Trips

Faith Shotts-Flikkema, Forest Hills Northern High School

Applying Statistical Cognition to Pedagogy

Mikelene Ray, Alverno College

Active Learning in Psychology: Critical Thinking Across the Curriculum

Elizabeth K. Gray and Rachel Schmale, North Park University

Exploring Cognition and Learning Through Metaphors, Analogies, and Games

Joyce A. Hemphill, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The MYTH of a Bad Memory: How Faculty and Students Can Triple Their Memory and Recall Ability in Minutes! (Using Sound and Remarkably Easy Memory Techniques.)

Russ Watson, College of DuPage

Concurrent Sessions

1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

Maximizing the Effectiveness of Student Evaluations of Teaching

William E. Addison and Jeff Stowell, Eastern Illinois University

Teaching with YouTube Videos

Alandra Weller-Clarke, Benedictine University

Best Practices in Online Discussions

Joseph Deboni and Linda Hjorth, DeVry University

Overcoming Physics Envy in the Classroom: Psychologists' Perceptions of Psychology and Agreement about Core Concepts

Brian Collisson, Marian University

Concurrent Sessions

3 to 4 p.m.

Is SOTL a Pseudoscience?

Paul Smith and Kris Vasquez, Alverno College

How Involvement in Student Led Groups Promotes Civic Engagement and Professional Development

Crystal Blount, Matt Covic, Darlene Wright and selected student leaders from GSU Psychology Club and Psi Chi Honor Society, Governors State University

Video Clips of Elements of Master Teaching

Jeff Stowell, Eastern Illinois University

Using Cognitive Psychology to Teach Cognitive Psychology

Amanda C. Gingerich, Butler University

Invited Address

4:15 to 5:30 p.m.

Getting Students Excited About Associative Learning: Pavlov's Dogs and the Meaning of Life

Laura King, University of Missouri


5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Psychology Improv Group will perform at 6 P.M.

Friday Night Live

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Compelling Demonstrations for the Introductory Psychology Course

Pat Puccio, Moderator

Saturday, February 22


Participant Poster Session

8 to 9 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions

9 to 10 a.m.

Treasures of APA and STP: Resources for Teachers, Students and the Community

Pat Puccio, College of DuPage and Jeff Stowell, Eastern Illinois University

Contemplative Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Psychology

Terri Christiansen, Tim Pedigo and Al Tuskenis, Governors State University

What to Learn + How to Learn = Formula for Student Learning

Sherri Chandler, Muskegon Community College

Predicting Student Commitment to a College Major

Brian Collisson, Marian University

Concurrent Sessions

10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

The Big Challenge: Getting Students to Read Their Text

Debra Podwika and others, Kankakee Community College

The Brain as a Gateway to Learning

Hillary Rosenthal and Pete Masciopinto, Glenbrook South High School

The Dos and Don’ts of Becoming a Great Psychology Instructor (and getting hired!)

Jean Johnson, Amy Williamson, Mary McClure and Matt Covic, Governors State University and Moraine Valley Community College

Teaching with YouTube Videos

Alandra Weller-Clarke, Benedictine University

Geek Culture and Psychology: How Zombies, Superheroes and Sci-Fi Can Excite Students of Psychology

Patrick O’Connor, Vanessa Hicks, Elizabeth Smith and Laura Vecchiolla, College of DuPage

Invited Address

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

Engagement and Assessment Strategies for Undergraduate Psychology

Noland White, Georgia College


12:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 


Contact Information

Social/Behavioral Sciences and the Library Division Office
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06
(630) 942-2010