Monthly Archives: October 2020

Department of Psychology promotional videos available

Throughout the semester, Miami has produced several promotional videos to introduce prospective students to our department (e.g., what does the major entail, what opportunities does the neuroscience co-major provide, what is it like to be an undergraduate involved in research in the department). Feel free to share these videos in your classes if you believe they can be useful. Special thanks to Anna and Maddie for representing our department so well!

Introduction to the psychology department by Allen McConnell (2:31)

Overview of the psychology major by Anna Radke (3:46)

Overview of the neuroscience co-major by Anna Radke (2:59)

Undergraduate research experience by senior Maddie Hannapel (3:33)

CCES Career Center Grants call

To increase real-world projects in the classroom as well as career exploration and student professional development, Miami’s Center for Career Exploration & Success has a restricted account designated for Career Grants available for faculty and staff on the Oxford campus.

Proposals for Spring 2021 opened on September 14, 2020, with priority being given to those that apply by October 30, 2020. For Fall 2020, CCES awarded more than $14K to faculty from 3 academic divisions to fund 5 virtual career-related projects.

Submit Date: Priority will be given to those that apply by October 30, 2020.

Information/Submit ProposalLearn More/Submit

Questions: Should you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Shelby Summers Ballard at

Vaishali Raval named MAC Academic Leadership Development Program fellow

We are pleased to celebrate that our own Professor Vaishali Raval has been named a Mid-American Conference Academic Leadership Development Program fellow for the 2020-21 academic year! Dr. Raval has served in a number of leadership roles, including as Associate Chair, as co-chair of the Research and Scholarship Subcommittee for Strategic Planning (part of the Strategic Plan development process), and a catalyst in developing the Psychology Alumni Advisory Board.

The MAC ALDP program began in 2017 as a professional development program where a carefully-chosen cohort of up to four faculty members from each MAC institution take part in own-campus and inter-university programming to help develop, prepare, and enhance the ability of the next generation of faculty and university administrators to be effective academic leaders.

Historically, MAC ALDP fellows have participated in two workshops held at different MAC host institutions (last year, SUNY Buffalo and Northern Illinois Univ.). This year with COVID, local and cross-institutional activities will be held on-line. We celebrate Vaishali’s selection as a MAC ALDP Fellow and share our deep appreciation for the many ways that she has served our department, our students, and Miami!

PSY Alumni Advisory Board Virtual Career Panels

The Department of Psychology’s Alumni Advisory Board will be presenting three career panels on zoom in October to provide Miami undergraduates with programming to explore post-graduation career paths in clinical, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. Each panel will be hosted by a subset of the Alumni Board and cover specific topics fitting the panelists’ expertise (with each moderated by two psychology faculty members).

On Thursday, October 15, at 7 p.m. (US Eastern), Stacey Jaffe (Miami ’03; Vice President of Digital Services at Scholastic) and Matt Riesen (Miami ’02; Physician at St. Mary’s Medical Group) will present a panel (moderated by Drs. Robin Thomas and Paul Flaspohler) on how they took their Miami Psychology degrees and transitioned into Digital Marketing and Medicine, respectively. You may join this Zoom event on-line:

Meeting ID: 892 1024 6880; Passcode: 920257

On Tuesday, October 20, at 1 p.m. (US Eastern), Tre’ Gammage (Miami ’15; Dean of Students and SEL Learning Consultant), Liz Niehaus (Miami ’86; Wealth Advisor & Principal of Truepoint Wealth Counsel), and Maureen Noe (Miami ’85; President and CEO of Indiana United Way) will present a panel (moderated by Drs. Vaishali Raval and Paul Flaspohler) on their career paths into the non-profit, finance, and entrepreneurial space. You may join this Zoom event on-line:

Meeting ID: 838 2229 0730; Passcode: 559282

Finally, on Monday, October 26, at 3 p.m. (US Eastern), Michele Grisez (Miami ’89; VP of Human Resources at Standard Aero), Jon Kies (Miami ’92; Director of User Experience, Qualcomm), and Erika Minnick (Miami ’11; HR Project Manager at Facebook) will present a panel (moderated by Drs. Brooke Cropenbaker and Paul Flaspohler) on their career paths into human resources and user experience with some graduate school stops along the way. You may join this Zoom event on-line:

Meeting ID: 817 6327 0827; Passcode: 169290

These panels will provide our undergraduates with an excellent opportunity to learn more about how their psychology degrees from Miami can launch one’s career in many directions, and our students will get a chance to meet and network with Miami PSY alums who are out in the “real world” doing great things with their degrees! Special thanks to our entire Alumni Advisory Board and to Dr. Paul Flaspholer (chair of the PSY External Relations Committee) for putting this programming together!