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Location: TBA  |  Thursday, February 7  |  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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  • The Teaching Preconference provides programming to support teaching at all levels (graduate students to senior faculty) and at all types of educational institutions, to share new techniques and content for teaching, and to address a wide variety of teaching issues and contexts.
  • The goal of this Preconference is for attendees to leave with specific, teaching-related ideas that can be implemented in attendees’ classrooms.
  • Please note that the Preconference is restricted to the first 100 registrants. We cannot exceed that capacity.

Keynote Speakers:

Mark Landau, University of Kansas, "Conveying the Science of Everyday Life"

Simine Vazire, University of California, Davis, "The Credibility Revolution in Psychological Science"



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Call for Submissions:

  • Submissions for this preconference are now closed.

  • Submissions are due October 31. Decisions and acceptance announcements will be made by November 16. Questions can be emailed to Neil Lutsky at NLutsky@carleton.edu.

Below are descriptions of the types of formal and informal contributions to the Preconference:

  • Talks are typically 15-20 minutes in length and have addressed topics including (but not limited to):
    • empirical research on teaching and learning,
    • effective tools and techniques for teaching,
    • broader issues related to curriculum or assessment.
  • Posters on empirical or theoretical work are an attractive means to share ideas and findings. The Preconference will include a one-hour poster session.
    • Posters present work on practical teaching issues such as class assignments, projects, course themes, and other topics.
  • Teaching Blitz Presentations describe a favorite or highly effective demonstration, assignment, or other class activity in 4 minutes or less.
    • Blitzers are encouraged to use minimal or no technological aids in their talks and to present a simple, concrete, and effective idea attendees can implement in their own classes when they leave the conference.
  • Small Group Discussions occur during lunch. If you have an idea for a discussion group topic and would be interested in facilitating the discussion group, please indicate your interest on the submission form (see the link above). Previous topics have included:
    • pursuing a teaching-oriented career
    • balancing active-learning and content coverage in classes
    • teaching statistics and research methods courses
    • career development for early-career faculty
    • managing the student-faculty relationship
    • identifying the most important big-picture/take-home ideas to address in a social or personality psych class.
  • Tips, Tricks, and Tools (TT&T) Sessions: A fast-paced discussion in which Preconference attendees share tips, tricks, or tools they use to make their work as teachers, researchers, service contributors, and advisors easier. Participation in the TT&T session does not require any advanced planning or completion of the submission form.
    • Suggestions from years past have included using mobile apps for grading, ways to keep track of tenure-related materials, and programs to monitor professional goals.



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