The PsychSessions podcast is co-hosted by Garth Neufeld from Cascadia College and Eric Landrum from Boise State University. We leverage our connections with psychology teachers from all levels (high school, community college, college, university) and individuals from other occupations to have meaningful conversations about what it means to be an educator. Of course, we veer away from the teaching conversation from time to time to hear about origin stories and the personal perspectives of our guests, touching on current events and topics of interest. Our ASKPsychSessions feature is hosted by Marianne Lloyd from Seton Hall University. For ASKPsychSessions, listeners can submit questions about teaching and learning, and Marianne interviews experts and posts short features with the question and answer together. These features are often thematically grouped, such as information about using learning science to improve psychology instruction or various aspects of improving equity, diversity, and inclusion in your course.
E192: Raechel Soicher, Part 2: Curious, Courageous, Living Life, Contributor
47:23In this episode Eric interviews Raechel Soicher from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA. In 2022, Raechel became the Assistant Director for Research and Evaluation in the Teaching + Learning Lab. Raechel earned her doctorate during the pandemic and started in an instructor position while also contributing to the Center for Teaching and Learning at Oregon State, her alma mater. Those experiences led to a job search, where Raechel eventually landed at the MIT Teaching + Learning Lab. We discuss job markets in general, costs of living, and making decisions about quality of life issues, and she also reflects on her teaching experiences at Oregon State.
E191: Kristin Whitlock, Part 2: Family-Oriented, Teacher DNA, "Retirement," and The College Board
57:32In this Part 2 episode Eric interviews Kristin Whitlock, Director of Assessment for Advanced Placement Psychology at The College Board. Thanks to the Annual Conference on Teaching, this interview was recorded at the ACT 2023 meeting. Kristin shares her "retirement" details from high school teaching after 33 years of service and moves on to new challenges as the Director of Assessment for AP Psychology. Listeners are reminded that teaching DNA is in Kristin's blood; most of her family members are teachers (or retired teachers), and she called her Mom, who taught preschool for 37 years, the "greatest teacher I have ever seen." We discuss so many topics, including her Utah State loyalty, how the pandemic changed her attitude toward teaching, it is revealed that Kristin has a twin sister, and there is even a brief mention of the "pillars."
E190: ACT 2023 Live Event Featuring Loretta McGregor, Skyler Mendes, Janet Peters, & Jordan Wagge
54:28In this episode Eric and Garth host an invited panel at STP's Annual Conference on Teaching (ACT) 2023 featuring Loretta McGregor (Arkansas State University), Skyler Mendes (Arizona State University), Janet Peters (Washington State University), and Jordan Wagge (Avila University). This session was organized to explore the diversity of careers and career stages within psychology, which includes a discussion of both career challenges and career successes. Worries about the future of our profession are expressed, as well as the importance of cultivating the next generation of psychology educators. Each participant shared important mentoring experiences in their careers. This was followed by question and answer with the audience, where topics such as the complexity of intersectionality, Psychsessions contributions, and a hypothetical "do-over" in one's career were among the topics addressed.
E189: Todd Joseph: Effective Advocate, Leader of Leaders, Devoted to Psi Beta
59:44In this episode Garth interviews Todd Joseph from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, FL. Todd's national leadership stature becomes clear as they discuss the many leadership roles, including Regional Vice President, President, and now the new Executive Director of Psi Beta, his leadership as part of the Committee on Associate and Baccalaureate Education (CABE), his contributions to the Southeastern Psychological Association, and his local leadership as the Division Chair of Public, Social, and Behavioral Sciences. Todd attended a community college as part of his education, and his passion continues in the teaching and research projects that he engages in with his current community college students. He also shares personal stories, including his graduate school education, where the systems in place supported him sometimes and hindered him at other times.
PP24_11: Fact or fiction: How can students know the difference (Ken Keith)
56:40Welcome to the PsychSessions Podference 2024! Our 7pm EST speaker is Ken Keith from the University of San Diego. Ken delivered this invited address at the Northeast Conference for Teachers of Psychology in October 2023: "Fact or fiction" How can students know the difference?" Check out more PsychSessions episodes at https://psychsessions.org
PP24_10: We are family: My RMPA can be your RMPA (Eric Landrum)
34:00Welcome to the PsychSessions Podference 2024! Our 5pm EST speaker is Eric Landrum from Boise State University. Eric delivered this invited address at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association in April 2023: "We are family: My RMPA can be your RMPA"
PP24_09: Research on ADHD and its application in the classroom (Noland White)
47:24Welcome to the PsychSessions Podference 2024! Our 4pm EST speaker is Noland White from Georgia College & State University. Noland delivered this invited address at the Southeastern Psychological Association in April 2023: "Research on ADHD and its application in the classroom" Check out more PsychSessions episodes at https://psychsessions.org
PP24_08: Preventing academic Groundhog Day: Strategies to address predictable difficult concepts (Danae Hudson & Brooke Whisenhunt)
54:06Welcome to the PsychSessions Podference 2024! Our 3pm EST speakers are Danae Hudson and Brooke Whisenhunt from Missouri State University. They delivered this invited address at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association in April 2023: "Preventing academic Groundhog Day: Strategies to address predictable difficult concepts" Check out more PsychSessions episodes at https://psychsessions.org
PP24_07: Sinking, swimming, and treading water: What and how should we be training teaching of psychology (Melissa Beers)
42:47Welcome to the PsychSessions Podference 2024! Our 2pm EST speaker is Melissa (Missy) Beers from the Ohio State University. Missy delivered this Harry Kirke Wolfe lecture at the Southeastern Psychological Association in April 2023: "Sinking, swimming, and treading water: What and how should we be training teaching of psychology?" Check out more PsychSessions episodes at https://psychsessions.org
PP24_06: Cultivating student sense of belonging inside and outside of the classroom (Jasmine Mena)
40:05Welcome to the PsychSessions Podference 2024! Our 1pm EST speaker is Jasmine Mena from Bucknell University. Jasmine delivered the invited address at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association in April 2023: "Cultivating student sense of belonging inside and outside of the classroom" Check out more PsychSessions episodes at https://psychsessions.org