The Graduate Student Teaching Association

Division 2 of APA: The Society for the Teaching of Psychology

 


* Mission * Available Resources * Professional Development *

* Websites: Organizations & Classroom Application

* GSTA Contact Information *

 


GSTA MISSION STATEMENT

The Graduate Student Teaching Association (GSTA) provides psychology graduate student teachers with an array of services to hone their skills in the classroom. GSTA is an organization within APA Division 2: The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP). Therefore, psychology graduate student teachers who are interested in becoming a member of GSTA must first join STP, and then indicate their interest in GSTA.

A good teacher is courteous, passionate, knowledgeable, and dedicated. A good teacher also has the ability to exert influence beyond the classroom, capable of helping others to change the way in which they think about specific issues in psychology, as well as broader philosophical dilemmas that we encounter on a daily basis. GSTA recognizes the power of employing basic psychological principles to positively change the lives of those around us, and that teaching can serve as an effective vehicle toward this end. Contributing to the body of teaching-related research, both as a producer and consumer, is another way to positively influence others.

GSTA is an avenue for graduate student teachers in psychology to integrate information relevant to their career development as future contributing members of the professoriate. Ultimately, GSTA can be a powerful tool for psychology graduate student teachers to dedicate themselves to a lifetime of improving the learning process and improving the lives of others.

 


RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO GRADUATE STUDENTS

· A subscription to, Teaching of Psychology, the world’s premier journal pertaining to teaching-related issues.

· A subscription to TOPNEWS-Online, a monthly electronic newsletter that announces issues and events relevant to the teaching of psychology. This newsletter keeps members up-to-date on relevant issues in between the twice-a-year publication of STP's newsletter.

· A subscription to the PSYCHTEACHER listserv, where ongoing online discussions of teaching-related issues take place among graduate students, beginning faculty members, and the most seasoned of psychology professors. This listserv provides a forum in which graduate students are encouraged to direct their questions and concerns about teaching to more experienced academicians.

· A subscription to the GSTA listserv, an ongoing online forum for graduate student teachers to discuss teaching related issues. You may pose a question, ask for or give advice, share a teaching experience, or post just about anything else. The listserv is also a way for the GSTA executive committee to maintain contact with its members, and for members to provide feedback regarding GSTA.

· The Society for the Teaching of Psychology is dedicated to providing services to future teachers of psychology. Thus, in the coming months, members will be alerted to the provision of an increased array of services for novice teachers.

 


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO GRADUATE STUDENTS  

· Here are a couple of links to help you develop your vitae:

·      http://www.quintcareers.com/curriculum_vitae.html

·      http://www.utexas.edu/research/eureka/resources/vitae/index.php

·      http://careers.massey.ac.nz/prepare/cv.htm

·      http://web.mit.edu/career/www/workshops/CV/RelatedLinks.html

 

·      For those of you looking for some ideas for your teaching portfolio, try these links:

·      http://www.utexas.edu/academic/cte/teachfolio.html

·      http://www-ctd.ucsd.edu/resources/teaching_tips/portfolios.htm

·   http://www.iloveteaching.com/steacher/portfolio/  

 

 


WEBSITES RELEVANT TO THE TEACHING OF PSYCHOLOGY - ORGANIZATIONS

Division 2 of APA: The Society for the Teaching of Psychology   

·     A site that contains links to an extensive array of articles, presentations, and other information that can assist graduate student teachers in addressing the multitude of challenges associated with teaching a course in psychology

·     http://www.teachpsych.org/

 

APA Education Directorate

·     A site that, among other things, keeps graduate student teachers up-to-date on potential training and development opportunities available to graduate student teachers

·        http://www.apa.org/ed/graduate

 

American Association for Higher Education (AAHE)

·     The main site for AAHE, a national organization of individuals dedicated to the common cause of improving the quality of higher education.

·     http://www.aahe.org/

 

 


WEBSITES RELEVANT TO THE TEACHING OF PSYCHOLOGY  - CLASSROOM APPLICATION

Assessment Cyberguide

·     An APA site that contains information on how to understand classroom assessment, design assessment measures, and implement assessment strategies

·     http://www.apa.org/ed/guidehomepage.html

 

History of Psychology

·     Two sites (mirrors of each other) that offer a comprehensive list of historically significant primary sources for all major areas of psychology

·      http://psychclassics.yorku.ca

·      http://psychclassics.asu.edu

 

Personality Exercises

·     A site that offers dozens of classroom personality exercises, all designed to be conducted within one hour or less

·     http://www.rider.edu/~suler/inclassex.html

 

 


GSTA CONTACT INFORMATION

Should you have any questions about the opportunities available to graduate student members of Division 2, or if you would like to receive a membership brochure, please contact:

Sara Lynne Rieder Bennett

Chair, Graduate Student Teaching Association

slr45@uakron.edu

 

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