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Psi Chi Professor and Graduate Student of the Year named

At the 2022 Stephen Hinkle Memorial Poster Session, Psi Chi announced the recipients of two of the most coveted annual honors in the psychology department. Dr. Anna Radke was named Professor of the Year in Psychology for 2021-22, and Elizabeth Sneddon-Yepez was named Graduate Student of the Year in Psychology for 2021-22. Congratulations to Anna and Elizabeth on these well-deserved recognitions!

Tyler Jacobs receives CAS’s Miami Graduate Student Teaching Award

Congratulations go to Tyler Jacobs, who received the 2022 College of Arts and Science Graduate Student Teaching Award. Jacobs has served as a teaching assistant for introductory statistics (PSY 293), and he has also served as an instructor of record for introductory social psychology (PSY 221) and for the psychology of sustainability (PSY 420). Tyler also contributed (along with JJ Togans) a workshop at the 2021 Diversity Teach-In on discussing racism in the classroom. Tyler has also advised three senior thesis projects and one DUOS project with undergraduates in Allen McConnell’s PASS Lab. Congratulations to Tyler for this well-deserved honor!

PSY 294 professors receive Howe Award for Excellence

Congratulations goes to three psychology professors who will receive the 2022 Howe Award for Excellence in Disciplinary Writing Instruction. Carrie Hall, Jenn Quinn, and Jay Smart were unanimously selected by the Howe Local Advisory Board to receive the award, which will be presented to them at the University Awards Ceremony, planned for Tuesday, March, 15 2022, at 5 p.m. in the Marcum Center. The three will also share the related professional development prize money.

These colleagues participated in the Howe Faculty Writing Fellows program, working on assignments, support mechanisms, and student assessments of writing in PSY 294 (Writing and Research Methods). The Howe Award for Excellence in Disciplinary Writing Instruction recognizes this work and subsequent development that the team has provided for PSY 294 courses. Congratulations to Carrie, Jenn, and Jay!

ESL Workshop on writing for March 2 and 4

On Monday, March 2, and Wednesday, March 4, the ELLWC (English Language Learner Writing Center ) will host the workshop Possible Approaches to the Assessment of International (ESL) Students’ Writing in Courses Across the Disciplines. In this workshop, attendees will explore factors influencing assessment decisions and approaches to grading the writing produced by ESL (English as a Second Language) students in content-area courses. Attendees are asked to bring a writing assignment to assess and grade in light of the discussion.

The workshop is from 10:05am to 11:20am in King 134 (AIS Room). To register, click this link

For details, please contact Lora Bobrova at the English Language Learner Writing Center (ELLWC)

Course visit list Spring 2020

Every semester, Miami provides Admissions with a list of courses that prospective students (and sometimes, their parents) can attend.  We encourage you to consider whether you’d be willing to allow guests in your courses this spring semester. If you are willing to do so, please complete the Google doc entering the requested courses information.  Please make sure that the Google doc is on the CAS tab when entering your information.  

Spring 2020 Open Course List

Intro to Voices: Intergroup Dialogue program accepting applications through January 12

Intro to Voices: Intergroup Dialogue (ITV) is Miami’s free, abbreviated version of intergroup dialogue for students but is only available through faculty-sponsored courses. To register your spring course, please follow this link and answer the simple questions.

The ITV program is oversee by Dr. Tarah Trueblood, Director of Miami’s Center for American and World Cultures. For more information on ITV, please feel free to contact Tarah by email ( TTrueblood@MiamiOH.edu) or by phone (513.529.1943).

Faculty of all disciplines are eligible to embed a co-curricular version of Miami’s Voices Intergroup Dialogue program, Intro to Voices (ITV), into their spring 2020 courses (graduate and undergraduate). The Center for American and World Cultures (CAWC) offers ITV at no cost to faculty or students.


1. OFFER: Decide what course credit/points you will offer students who successfully complete ITV. The more substantial the credit the more likely your students will enroll in, and successfully complete, the program. Examples:

—Credit in lieu of an exam/paper
—Credit in lieu of a community engagement project
—Credit in lieu of required event attendance
—Some other point/course credit (excluding “Extra Credit”)
— Credit in lieu of a group project
—Credit in lieu of certain assigned readings —Credit via independent study (or +1)

2. ENROLL using the link above. The CAWC will prepare an editable draft description of the ITV Program tailored for your students, including how they will earn credit in your course upon successful completion.

3. PROMOTE: Class Visit and/or Syllabus Insert. If you wish, a member of the CAWC team will (a) come to your class during the first week to announce the program, answer questions, and encourage registration; and/or (b) craft an editable description of ITV with instructions on how your students can earn credit in your course for successful completion of ITV.

•  Student registration deadline: MONDAY February 10, 2020 (2/17/20 for Q term).

•  ITV runs the last 8 weeks of the semester (3/9/20 –5/6/20) from 6-8 pm (students choose M, T, or W).

• CAWC takes attendance and reports it to you weekly.

•  CAWC provides you with the names of your students who successfully complete ITV. You award earned course credit.

•  Your students receive suggested resume entry for ITV and a “Certificate of Completion” from CAWC.

Alternative class plans form

MUPIM states that faculty should notify their department chair prior to any known class absences, including those for conference travel or professional obligations. Thus, faculty who will miss class should provide details about their plan for coverage of affected courses, including alternative activities or coverage provided by a colleague, graduate student, guest speaker, etc. Classes should never be cancelled without a substitute activity, even when an instructor is absent — there should be a replacement academic activity of comparable intellectual engagement for students.

Faculty are asked to use this form (Google login required) is the mechanism to notify the chair regarding any planned absence. Further, faculty should also notify the chair immediately for any emergency absence from class and provide their coverage plan.

Please understand that providing this information to the chair provides details that can help the chair explain a course alteration to an audience (e.g., administrator, parent, student) who might not understand legitimate reasons why course alterations may be necessary. This feedback is not about the chair being nosy or controlling (really, he has much better things to do with his time), but rather, it provides details that can help to reduce confusion or resolve misunderstandings in ways that should help minimize potential headaches. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding!

Society for the Teaching of Psychology awards

The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP; Division 2 of the American Psychological Association) announces its 2020 program of awards for outstanding teachers of psychology. 

Teaching awards of $1500 and a plaque will be bestowed for outstanding performance in each of six categories: 4-year college or university (Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award), 2-year college (Wayne Weiten Teaching Excellence Award), high school (Mary Margaret Moffett Memorial Teaching Excellence Award), first 10 years of full-time teaching at any level (Jane S. Halonen Teaching Excellence Award), graduate student (Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award), and the Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. STP encourages applications from colleagues who are from underrepresented groups and have diverse backgrounds and experiences. 

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2020. For more information on specific criteria, what materials to submit, and guidelines for electronic submission, visit http://teachpsych.org/members/awards/eta.php. For questions, contact Krisztina Jakobsen, Chair of the STP Teaching Excellence Committee (e-mail: teaching-awards@teachpsych.org)

Faculty leave requests: let Allen know by October 15

If you are a faculty member thinking about requesting a professional leave either through the Assigned Research Appointment or the Faculty Improvement Leave mechanisms for the 2020-21 AY, please complete the leave PDF form (including relevant attachments) and then email them to Allen no later than Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at 5 p.m. Although faculty leave requests are not due to the dean until November 1, it is important that we know about faculty requests well beforehand because leaves have an impact on our departmental teaching schedules — thus, it is important that we know about possible contingencies in advance. Failure to meet the October 15 notification deadline will remove one from consideration for leaves next year. If you have any questions, please talk to Allen well in advance of the October 15 deadline.