Teaching of Psychology Practicum:
Resources for New Instructors

Assisting Students

UA Faculty 911 Guide. A guide to campus resources for handling student issues and emergencies.

UA Counseling Center. Information on confidential counseling and personal development programs offered by this branch of the University of Alabama. Students go to the center for help with a variety of emotional health issues, including stress, depression, anxiety, homesickness, and relationship concerns. Personal development talks and programs include stress reduction techniques, test anxiety, and conflict management. Phone: 205-348-3863.

Interacting with Distressed Students. Describes distress signals and intervention guidelines.

UA Office of Disability Services. ODS is the central contact point for students with disabilities. Information for students and instructors.

UA Center for Academic Success. Important resource for referral information. Details on reading and study skills workshops for students.

UA Writing Center. Tutoring and other services in professional writing.

American Psychological Association Help Center . APA's Help Center is an award-winning resource for brochures, tips, and articles on the psychological issues that affect your well-being.

Avoiding plagiarism . Clearly explains plagiarism, provides guidelines for avoiding it, and offers side-by-side examples of passages correctly and incorrectly written.

Plagiarism prevention tutorial. The University of Southern Mississippi's online tutorial for students. Students may print a certificate of completion.

Sample PY 101 course contract. One way to ensure that students read the syllabus and understand the course requirements is to have them submit a signed course contract. Several of us have found that such contracts reduce excuse-making about assignments and decrease distracting activities in class by clearly stating guidelines. Here's an example.

Psychology student home page. News, careers, and other resources for psychology majors from the American Psychological Association.

Careers in psychology. Information on possible careers, majoring in psychology, etc.

College survival skills. Although this site is geared toward UA freshmen, it contains useful information for all undergraduates.

A study skills guide for psychology students and How to study for a psychology class (ppt slides). Helpful resources for students on note-taking and studying. Among the best I have seen.


UA Resources on Teaching

IntroPsych News. Periodic updates sent to the instructors who are not in the ToP course. Although much of this information is covered in our course, you may find occasional information that is new to you.

Legal & ethical issues in teaching. Excerpts from the UA Faculty Handbook that pertain to a range of teaching issues. Please be familiar with the contents of this document and contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

FERPA desktop reference for faculty. Information distributed by UA for avoiding problems with federal guidelines that ensure students' privacy. Pay special attention to the prohibition against posting scores and about speaking with parents unless you have written permission.

Academic records policy. Information how long to retain various records.

Blackboard tutorials. Instructions for setting up and using the University's online course support software.

UA academic misconduct policy. Procedures for dealing with exam cheating, plagiarism, and other misconduct. Please note that there are set steps to take and that you should not attempt to resolve the situation informally.

Checklist for academic misconduct cases. Coversheet that lists all information to be submitted to A & S Dean's Office for cases of suspceted academic misconduct.

Turnitin plagiarism prevention tool. Information on A&S's software for detecting plagiarsim.

UA Testing Services. Instructions for getting exams scored.

UA Faculty Resource Center. The FRC's mission is to integrate instructional technology into teaching.

Departmental video camera instructions. Operation tips for the Department's digital video camera. Compiled by Joanna Mussey.


General Resources on Teaching

Teaching tips. General and specific information on all aspects of being an instructor.

Introductory Psychology Teaching Primer: A Guide for New Teachers of Psych 101. An e-book edited by Afful et al. (2013) and published by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Breaks down the course by topic and provides advices on lecture topics, activities, etc.

Teaching introductory psychology: Tips from ToP. A collection of over 100 articles from the journal, Teaching of Psychology. Articles cover demonstrations and activities, approaches to the course, and technology in teaching.

Active learning techniques. Brief explanations of several methods for introducing active learning in the college classroom. Compilied by Donald Paulson and Jennifer Faust of Cal State University-Los Angeles.

Promoting student engagement. Each chapter contains exercises and demonstrations that address a specific core area that we teach.

Getting started: Informal small-group strategies in large classes. Cooper, J. L., & Robinson, P. (2000). In J. MacGregor, J. L. Cooper, K. A. Smith, & P. Robinson (Eds.), Strategies for energizing large classes: From small groups to learning communities (pp. 17-24). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Guidelines for critical thinking in psychology. Many instructors emphasize the development of critical thinking skills in their teaching. Carol Wade developed this set of guidelines for students.

PsychTeacher listserv. PsychTeacher™ is a moderated discussion list for teachers of psychology at all levels of education that is owned and operated by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. It is typically used to solicit advice on demonstrations, lecture topics, videos, and other resources.

Effective evaluation of teaching. Edited eBook for faculty and administrators. Published by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Teaching large. Resources, tips, and activities for large college classes. Many are in the form of brief videos. From the University of Texas.

Speaking of Teaching. Stanford University's newsletter on teaching. Topics range from how to create a memorable lecture to how to use design a course.

Getting Ready to Teach: Resources for Teaching Assistants. Links to sites with comprehensive information for first-time instructors. Some sites are general in nature; however, many are specific to psychology. Several demonstrations and activities are described.

Graduate Student Teaching Association. Provides an array of services for psychology graduate students who are teaching, including a listserve where graduate students can discuss instructional issues.

Inside Higher Education. Free online source of news, opion, and jobs in higher education.

Wix. Easy and free DIY templates and instructions for building a simple course website.

Weebly. Easy and free DIY templates and instructions for building a simple course website.

Prezi. An alternative to PowerPoint, this software allows one to create dynamic presentations that are stored online. People with an .edu email can get a free 500 mb of storage.


Transition from Graduate Student to New Faculty

Psychology job wiki. Links to ads and updates on various (primarily academic) positions in psychology.

Preparing the new psychology professoriate: Helping graduate students become competent teachers. Buskist, W., Beins, B. C., & Hevern, V. W. (Eds.) (2004). Syracuse, NY: Society for the Teaching of Psychology. This online book contains numerous chapters on models of training, suggestions for job-seekers at various types of colleges, and advice on making the transition from graduate student to faculty member.

How to get a teaching job at a liberal-arts college. Advice on the search process and interviews.

So you landed a job – What’s next?Advice for early career psychologists from early career psychologists. An e-book edited by Keeley et al. (2013) and published by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Moving on: Making the transition from graduate student to faculty member. Tracy Zinn's (2004) advice.

Lessons in time management . McClain's recommendations for new faculty from the Chronicle for Higher Education.

Early career psychologists. APA's website for new PhDs. Find the information for academicians and peruse what is available.

Effective teaching when class size grows. Todd Zakrajsek's (2007) advice on how to maintain a small-class atmosphere as enrollment increases.

Tips for teaching large classes. In this 55-min video, instructional designer Lauren Griffith offers ideas on engaging students in large classroom environments.