2012 Conference

The 19th Annual Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology

Friday and Saturday, February 24 and 25, 2012

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 19th Midwest Institute for Teachers of Psychology is being held concurrently with the 11th 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.

Conference Schedule 


9 to 9:30 a.m.

9:30 -11:15 a.m.
Opening Session/Invited Address

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

Women as Leaders: Negotiating the Labyrinth
Allice H. Eagly
Northwestern University

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

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Investigating the Consequences of Being Rejected

Susan Markunas and Michelle Wright
DePaul University

What Do We Want Them to Know? Standards, Understanding, and Essential Questions
Hilary Rosenthal
Glenbrook North High School

Can Academic Advising Be Considered a Scholarly Activity? (PDF)
Drew D. Appleby
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Handouts and Online Resources

The Psychology Club: What is it all about?

Nickolas Shizas and Mitchell Baker
Moraine Valley Community College
Julie Hernandez, George Hernandez, and Robert Schilf
Rock Valley College
Margot Underwood
Joliet Junior College
Lora Vasiliauskas
Virginia Western Community College

1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Making Classrooms Bloom: Bringing Bloom's Taxonomy into the Classroom
Jeffrey S. Nevid
St. John's University

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Student Debates in Psychology Classes
E. Jean Johnson
Governors State University

Research-Based Learning in Core Psychology Courses: Faculty and Student Perspectives
Jeremy A. Houska, Manthan Satyawadi, Brooke Burmeister, and Tegan J. Pfortmiller
Concordia University - Chicago

How Psychology Teachers Can Promote the Principles for Quality Undergraduate Education in Psychology
William Addison and Jeffrey R. Stowell
Eastern Illinois University
Meera Komarraju
Southern Illinois University
Patricia Puccio
College of DuPage

3 to 4 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Sicky Situations
Sharon Gilbert
North Cental College
Robin Deak
McHenry County College

The Psychological Importance of Beginnings and Endings
Rachel Schmale and Elizabeth K. Gray
North Park University

Learning vs. Earning: Increasing Students' Intrinsic Motivation to Learn
Amanda C. Gingerich
Butler University

Narcissism vs. Altruism - Are Millennials positioned to positively impact our society?
Faith Shotts - Flikkema
Forest Hills Northern High School
Cornerstone University

4:15 to 5:30 p.m.

General Session/Invited Address

Myth Busting as a Method of Promoting Student Scientific Literacy
Mark Krause
Southern Oregon University 

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
General Session


Compelling Demonstrations for the Introductory Psychology Course
Drew Appleby, Moderator
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Kisses of Death in the Graduate School Application Process


8 to 9 a.m.
Participant Poster Session
Book Display

9 to 10 a.m.
General Session/Invited Address

The Forgiving Mind and the Healthy Body
Loren L. Toussaint
Luther College

10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Who wants to be a Professor?
Jeffrey R. Stowell
Eastern Illinois University

What Can Instructors Do to Increase Student Engagement, Motivation, and Performance?
Meera Komarraju
Southern Illinois University

A Sustainable Psychology
Deborah S. Podwika
Kankakee Community College

Detours in Academic Mentoring: What to Do When Things Fail to Go According to Plan
Paul J. Schroeder
Air Force Research laboratory, Wright - Patterson Air Force Base
Amy L. Hillard
Wright State University

11:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Closing Session/Invited Address

10 Technology Tools No Psychology Teacher or Student Can Do Without
Michael Britt
Pearson Education
Marist College

12:30 to 1:30



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

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


Contact Information

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2616, (630) 942-2010