2012 Conference

The 19th Annual Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology

Friday and Saturday, February 24 and 25, 2012

Hosted by The College of DuPage Psychology Faculty and Psi Beta Chapter

College of DuPage
Jack H. Turner Conference Center
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 2000
Jack H. Turner Conference Center
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599

The 19th Midwest Institute for Teachers of Psychology is being held concurrently with the 11th Midwest Institute for Students of Psychology. Each year more than 200 teachers and students from high school through graduate school gather to share their knowledge and experience of the science of psychology. The program offers a variety of sessions presented by leaders in psychology education as well as ample time for informal sharing and networking among participants.

MISTOP has been approved for Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) for Illinois high school teachers by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Conference Schedule 


9 to 9:30 a.m.

9:30 -11:15 a.m.
Opening Session/Invited Address

Welcome and Introductions
Robert L. Breuder, President, College of DuPage
Patricia Puccio and Ada Wainwright, College of DuPage

Women as Leaders: Negotiating the Labyrinth
Allice H. Eagly
Northwestern University

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Investigating the Consequences of Being Rejected

Susan Markunas and Michelle Wright
DePaul University

What Do We Want Them to Know? Standards, Understanding, and Essential Questions
Hilary Rosenthal
Glenbrook North High School

Can Academic Advising Be Considered a Scholarly Activity? (PDF)
Drew D. Appleby
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Handouts and Online Resources

The Psychology Club: What is it all about?

Nickolas Shizas and Mitchell Baker
Moraine Valley Community College
Julie Hernandez, George Hernandez, and Robert Schilf
Rock Valley College
Margot Underwood
Joliet Junior College
Lora Vasiliauskas
Virginia Western Community College

1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Making Classrooms Bloom: Bringing Bloom's Taxonomy into the Classroom
Jeffrey S. Nevid
St. John's University

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Student Debates in Psychology Classes
E. Jean Johnson
Governors State University

Research-Based Learning in Core Psychology Courses: Faculty and Student Perspectives
Jeremy A. Houska, Manthan Satyawadi, Brooke Burmeister, and Tegan J. Pfortmiller
Concordia University - Chicago

How Psychology Teachers Can Promote the Principles for Quality Undergraduate Education in Psychology
William Addison and Jeffrey R. Stowell
Eastern Illinois University
Meera Komarraju
Southern Illinois University
Patricia Puccio
College of DuPage

3 to 4 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Sicky Situations
Sharon Gilbert
North Cental College
Robin Deak
McHenry County College

The Psychological Importance of Beginnings and Endings
Rachel Schmale and Elizabeth K. Gray
North Park University

Learning vs. Earning: Increasing Students' Intrinsic Motivation to Learn
Amanda C. Gingerich
Butler University

Narcissism vs. Altruism - Are Millennials positioned to positively impact our society?
Faith Shotts - Flikkema
Forest Hills Northern High School
Cornerstone University

4:15 to 5:30 p.m.

General Session/Invited Address

Myth Busting as a Method of Promoting Student Scientific Literacy
Mark Krause
Southern Oregon University 

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
General Session


Compelling Demonstrations for the Introductory Psychology Course
Drew Appleby, Moderator
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Kisses of Death in the Graduate School Application Process


8 to 9 a.m.
Participant Poster Session
Book Display

9 to 10 a.m.
General Session/Invited Address

The Forgiving Mind and the Healthy Body
Loren L. Toussaint
Luther College

10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Who wants to be a Professor?
Jeffrey R. Stowell
Eastern Illinois University

What Can Instructors Do to Increase Student Engagement, Motivation, and Performance?
Meera Komarraju
Southern Illinois University

A Sustainable Psychology
Deborah S. Podwika
Kankakee Community College

Detours in Academic Mentoring: What to Do When Things Fail to Go According to Plan
Paul J. Schroeder
Air Force Research laboratory, Wright - Patterson Air Force Base
Amy L. Hillard
Wright State University

11:20 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Closing Session/Invited Address

10 Technology Tools No Psychology Teacher or Student Can Do Without
Michael Britt
Pearson Education
Marist College

12:30 to 1:30


Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges and
Psi Beta Outstanding Poster Award Proposal Guidelines

What is a poster?
A poster is a brief report of research or a topic in psychology that can be read by an audience that moves around a room with many other posters. The author of the poster stands nearby, ready to answer questions or engage audience members in discussions about the work. The key idea to remember is that many audience members will spend a maximum of five minutes reading an individual poster. Successful poster presentations can convey important ideas quickly and easily. It is common for poster presenters to prepare a written paper to accompany the poster. Interested audience members can receive copies of these papers, which typically contain more information than the poster itself.

Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges of the American Psychological Association and Psi Beta will award a $100 stipend and a certificate of recognition to the outstanding poster presentation.

Submissions Requirements

  • 50- to 100-word abstract describing the nature of the poster
  • Include title, author(s), institution(s)and faculty sponsor(s)
  • Include first author's address and phone number

Submit proposals no later than Monday, Feb. 13, to:

Dr. Ken Gray
Health and Sciences
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599
email submissions encouraged

The Society for the Teaching of Psychology Outstanding Poster Award

Registered participants are invited to submit proposals for poster presentations on any topic related to the teaching of psychology. Proposals should contain a summary description, including audiovisual needs, of no more than two double-spaced typed pages. Posters should be prepared using materials that enhance readability from a distance of three to four feet. Presenters are also asked to have copies of the complete presentation available for the participants at the session.

The Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Division Two of the American Psychological Association, will award a $100 stipend and a certificate of recognition to the outstanding poster presentation.

Submit proposals no later than Monday, Feb. 13, to:

Dr. Susan Harris-Mitchell
Health and Sciences
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599
email submissions encouraged 

Participant Categories and Fees


Early Registration

(By Friday, Feb. 10)

Late Registration

(After Friday, Feb. 10)

College Instructor



High School Instructor



Adjunct Faculty and Retirees






The registration fee includes lunch and dinner on Friday, February 24, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, February 25. 

Mail Registration

Mail this registration form with a check payable to College of DuPage to:

Dr. Ada Wainwright
Health and Sciences
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599

Online Registration

You may also register online using Mastercard or Visa.

For additional information,
contact Ada Wainwright at
(630) 942-2509, or email

About College of DuPage

College of DuPage is a comprehensive community college serving 48 Illinois communities with more than 1 million residents and 20,000 businesses in most of DuPage and parts of Will and Cook counties. More than 90 areas of study are available in classes on campus in Glen Ellyn, IL, and at more than 100 satellite locations throughout the college district.

Lodging - New Hotel for 2012

A block of rooms has been reserved for conference participants at the Crowne Plaza Glen Ellyn/Lombard, 1250 Roosevelt Road, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. For reservations, call the hotel directly at (877) 317-5789 or go to http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/glen-ellyn/chige/hoteldetail?ratePreference=6CBARC&groupCode=DUP Register by Tuesday, January 24, 2012 and identify yourself as a member of MISTOP/DuPage to receive the group rate. Complementary transportation to and from the conference will be provided.

How to Get to College of DuPage

College of DuPage is located at the intersection of Fawell Boulevard and Lambert Road in Glen Ellyn, IL. The campus is accessible by driving south from Roosevelt Road or north from Butterfield Road on Park Boulevard or Lambert Road. (Map)


The Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology is partially underwritten by the following publishers:

Cengage Learning
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
McGraw-Hill Education
Pearson Higher Education
Worth Publishers
W.W. Norton & Co. 


Contact Information

Social and Behavioral Sciences
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2616, (630) 942-2010