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Please mark your calendar for the upcoming Conference for Teaching Writing in Psychology which will take place locally on March 31, 2017 (Friday) at the Greenspring campus of Stevenson University. This completely FREE one-day conference aims to provide an opportunity for Psychology instructors in the Baltimore area to network, learn, and exchange ideas about the best practices related to the teaching of writing in Psychology.

This event is co-sponsored by the Society for the Teaching for Psychology (APA Division 2) as well as Stevenson University. Dr. Bernard Beins, Professor of Psychology at Ithaca College, is our keynote speaker. Dr. Beins has authored or co-edited over 30 books and teaching manuals on topics such as teaching writing in Psychology and research methods. His latest work includes a book on scientific literacy and critical thinking. The topics that we will cover during this conference include (but are not limited to) teaching writing in research methods and statistics, effective grading, using creative assignments, teaching grammar and mechanics, etc. Please visit our website for more information about this conference.

Preliminary Schedule

8:00 Registration and Breakfast

9:00-10:15 Keynote Address by Dr. Beins

10:15-10:30 Break

10:30-11:45 Breakout Session

12:00-1:00 Lunch and Networking *Free Lunch Provided*

1:00-2:15 Workshop: Teaching Writing in Research Methods and Statistics

2:15-2:30 Break

2:30-3:30 Open Forum and Closing

Although this event is free, we would ask you to register so that we can get an accurate head count. Please feel free to email one of us if you have questions about this conference. We look forward to seeing you there.

Never underestimate the power of a good story.  Stories have ways of sticking with us and can sometimes be more effective than reams of facts and data in getting a point across.  What is the story we tell about humanities and social sciences?  Why does the work we do matter?  In Inside Higher Ed, Michael Stoner reminds us that storytelling is our disciplinary gift and we should use it to tell the world why our work is important.

The next Martin Scorcese, Steven Spielberg, or Sophia Coppola might be sitting in THEA355 this semester.  "Directing the Actor" (cross-listed with FMI304) is taught by Stevenson's Theatre & Media Performance Program Coordinator, Professor Ryan Clark.  The class provides students with the opportunity to study both the theory and practice of directing across genres (film, television, stage, etc.).  Students learn how to conceptualize a production, how to analyze scripts, and how to work with actors.  And, along the way, they have a lot of high-energy fun and interaction as they collaborate to problem solve and create new work.

I recently participated in a text exchange that left me wondering--is formal, correct language becoming "inappropriate" in texting conversations?  In other words, are we so accustomed to a mishmash of emojis and abbreviations that we no longer appreciate a well-turned sentence?  Or, should we think of texting as a truly separate language with its own lexicon and rules?  IDK.

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