The 22nd Annual Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology

Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21, 2015

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 22nd Midwest Institute for Teachers of Psychology is being held concurrently with the 14th 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.

Friday, February 20


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

Welcome and Introductions

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.

Psychology is About People, Finally
Daniel Cervone
 University of Illinois at Chicago


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

Concurrent Sessions

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

SRC 2000 A
Psychology as a Science: Educating the Masses, One Student at a Time
Elizabeth K. Gray and Rachel Schmale
North Park University

SRC 2000 B
Before and After: Supporting Academic and Social-Emotional Regulation in Statistics and Writing
Timothy Pedigo, Albert Tuskenis and Terri Christiansen
Governors State University

SRC 2000 F
Look, up on the screen! It's a therapist! It's a patient! It's ... mental health!
Patrick O'Connor
College of DuPage

Concurrent Sessions

1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

SRC 2000 A
The Difficulties of Students with Hearing Impairments in College Settings
Sandra Chavez
Kankakee Community College

SRC 2000 B
Difficult to Teach Topics in Biological Psychology
Jeff Stowell
Eastern Illinois University

SRC 2000 F
Therapy: Variations on a Theme
Mary Hockett, Ashley Schmutzer, Priscilla Dean, Heather Toivonen, and Talle
College of DuPage 

Concurrent Sessions

3 to 4 p.m.

SRC 2000 A
Service Learning as a Pedagogical Model in Psychology
Nickolas Shizas, Julianna Metzler, Grace Maloney, Sarah Osman Emmanuel Joseph, Michael Getto, and Megan Fahlstrom-Ogawa
Moraine Valley Community College

SRC 2000 B
The Dos and Don'ts of Syllabus Preparation
William Addison
Eastern Illinois University

SRC 2000 F
Arithmetic of Engagement: Combining Service Learning, Local Community Partnerships and the Short-Term Class Model
Amy Baus
University of Dubuque

Invited Addresses

4:15 to 5:30 p.m.

No Programming Required! Gamification Techniques ANY Instructor Can Use to Engage, Assess, and Energize Students
Amy Marin
Phoenix College


5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Friday Night Live

SSC 1200
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Compelling Demonstrations for the Introductory Psychology Course
Pat Puccio, Moderator

Saturday, February 21


8 to 9 a.m.
Participant Poster Session

Concurrent Sessions

9 to 10 a.m.

SRC 2000 A
The Mindfulness Revolution: Meditation Meets Psychological Science
Hillary Rosenthal and Pete Masciopinto
Glenbrook South High School

SRC 2000 B
Managing Generational Differences in the Classroom
Amy Wiliamson
Moraine Valley Community College

SRC 2000 F
Engaging Students with Active Learning Activities and Assignments
Cari Stevenson
Kankakee Community College

Concurrent Sessions

10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

SRC 2000 A
Using the Psychology of Technology to Connect with Students
Ellen Pastorino
Valencia College

SRC 2000 B
Teaching the Fastest Growing Occupation ...
Mitch Baker
Moraine Valley Community College

SRC 2000 F
Teaching Statistics in Psychology
Naheed Hasan
College of DuPage

Invited Address

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

Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies for Student Success
Karen Huffman and Katherine Dowdell
Palomar College and Des Moines Area Community College


12:30 to 1:30 p.m. 


Daniel Cervone is professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he has spent his entire career. He earned his B.A. at Oberlin College and his Ph.D. from Stanford University, where he was a student of Albert Bandura. He has held visiting faculty positions at the University of Washington and the University of Rome "La Sapienza," and has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. In addition to introductory psychology, Cervone teaches personality psychology, social cognition, and research methods. He is graduate advisor to doctoral students in social/personality and clinical psychology, and serves as a Fellow in UIC’s undergraduate Honors College. Cervone is the author of a graduate-level and undergraduate texts in personality, and co-editor of four volumes in personality science. He has published numerous scientific articles, primarily in the study of social-cognitive processes and personality. He has served as the program chairperson of the annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science on three occasions, and is the U.S.-based chairperson of the inaugural International Convention of Psychological Science.

Karen Huffman is an emeritus professor of psychology at Palomar College, San Marcos, California, where she taught full-time until 2010 and served as the psychology student advisor and co-coordinator for psychology faculty. Huffman has received the National Teaching Award for Excellence in Community/Junior College Teaching given by Division Two of the American Psychological Association (APA), and many other awards and accolades. Huffman is the author of several textbooks, including Psychology in Action, Visualizing Psychology, and Real World Psychology.

Katherine Dowdell is a professor of psychology at Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa, where she teaches courses in introduction to psychology, abnormal psychology, lifespan development and social psychology. She also currently serves as District Chair for Social & Behavioral Sciences. Dowdell received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her M.S. in clinical psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Dowdell began working with Karen Huffman and the Wiley Psychology team as a Wiley Faculty Network mentor in 2007. She has taught and mentored faculty on best practices and the use of technology in teaching. She has conducted numerous online presentations and live workshops. As a decade-long user of WileyPLUS, Dowdell has served as a development consultant on everything from WileyPLUS functionality, to video content, instructional design, user-experience and faculty training. She has authored an e-text on best practices for teaching online and is also the co-author of Psychology in Action with Karen Huffman. 

Amy J. Marin received her undergraduate degree from the University of California Irvine, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from Arizona State University. As a graduate student she was a National Science Foundation fellow and was the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award for excellence in research. Her early research interests included cultural issues related to identity and achievement, as well as women’s mental health. However, she always knew that teaching was her passion, and for the past 19 years she has been a full-time faculty member at Phoenix College in the Behavioral Sciences department where she teaches courses in social psychology, human sexuality, and introduction to psychology. She is also the faculty coordinator for the Maricopa Institute for Learning, a position which allows her to mentor faculty research projects related to the scholarship of teaching and learning. When she’s not in the classroom, she’s busy developing active learning resources and sharing what she’s learned with other instructors through workshops, presentations and publications. She has received numerous grants and awards for innovative teaching, most recently the overall first place Teaching Resources Award by the American Psychological Association, and also a recipient of the 2014 NISOD Excellence Award for outstanding contribution to teaching, learning and leadership. The first edition of her introductory psychology textbook, Psychology, with co-author Roger Hock comes out in the summer of 2015. Marin lives in the Ahwatukee foothills outside of Phoenix with her husband, two children, and a high-spirited wheaten terrier.


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(630) 942-2010