Conferences


As an active member of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP), I've presented full-length symposia, short teaching demonstrations, and lunchtime discussions at the Annual Conference on Teaching, the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, and the STP Pre-Conference at the Annual Convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

 

Drawing from my experience as both an instructor of psychology and a campus anti-sexual violence advocate, this talk included suggestions for how instructors can frame existing course content (related to social psychology, learning and memory, and evolution) to provide students with practical tips for sexual violence prevention/intervention. Additional topics of discussion included messaging strategies for diverse audiences, as well as the campus resources available to students and faculty.

From One in Four to None in Four: Integrating Sexual Violence Prevention into Introductory Psychology Curricula

ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON TEACHING  
october 2018 

 

#TowerSoIvory: Teaching Race and Racism at
Predominantly
White Institutions

ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON TEACHING  
october 2017 

Racism is a critical topic in psychology classes, but it can often be one of the most difficult to address. Consequently, a unique pedagogical approach is necessary to not only convey the course material, but also instill a sense of ethical and social responsibility. This talk focused on concrete strategies that can help students understand the many manifestations of systemic racism, non-defensively identify and reflect on their own privilege, and (ideally) confront racism in their everyday lives. We also discussed strategies instructors can use to negotiate our own identities and respond to difficult classroom situations that may arise.

 

In this talk, I provided strategies for (1) integrating discussions of current events into existing curricula, (2) establishing a classroom culture in which these topics can be freely and compassionately discussed, and (3) effectively responding to any questions or challenges that may arise.  In discussing current events (e.g., police brutality, sexual and gender-based violence) during class, instructors can bolster students’ topical knowledge, encourage them to see the world through the lens of a psychological scientist, and, most importantly, empower them to use what they learn inside the classroom to affect positive social change in their everyday lives.

Students Meet World: Dreaming, Trying, and Doing Good with Psychological Science

annual conference on teaching
october 2016

 

A Race to Judge:
An Activity for
Teaching About
Snap Judgments and
Racial Microaggressions

National institute on the teaching of psychology
january 2016


Although our brains can perceive race in under half a second, deliberately categorizing someone often invites discomfort, especially when their group membership may not be immediately clear. Since snap judgments of race carry myriad downstream consequences, this relatively automatic process is certainly worth discussing and deconstructing. In this demo, attendees participated in a face categorization activity (featured in PBS’ Race: The Power of an Illusion series) that can be easily integrated into any course that covers race, ethnicity, and/or culture. 

 

As a discipline, psychological science certainly lends itself to real-world examples and implications, some more heated than others.  However, some instructors may be less willing to broach contentious or sensitive topics and, consequently, may not have the practical skills to facilitate these conversations when they arise of their own accord. Broadly, this discussion group allowed participants to explore (1) whether discussions of controversial topics belong in their classrooms and (2) whether planned or unplanned, when and how these discussions are best suited to unfold. 

Bringing Psychological Science to Bear on Controversial Topics

National institute on the teaching of psychology
january 2016

 

Empirically-Informed Activism: Understanding the Science of the Mind to Fight Sexual Violence on College Campuses

NATIONAL SEXUAL ASSAULT CONFERENCE
SEPTEMBER 2015


This interactive lecture and discussion synthesized psychological research to help participants understand and effectively combat rape culture on college campuses from an additional theoretical framework. Featured topics included, but were not limited to, the cognitive underpinnings of victim-blaming tendencies, social factors that can facilitate or inhibit bystander intervention, and the neural bases of sexual objectification. Participants were highly encouraged to share their knowledge on their own campuses.

 

This blitz talk described a two-part activity designed to illustrate the surprising accuracy of thin slice judgments in a small classroom setting. In part one, students provide a few of their favorite fictional characters, role models, etc. that they believe speak to the essence of their personality. In part two, students are charged with guessing their classmates’ responses. (Ideally, both parts of this activity occur as early in the course as possible.) Afterwards, students discuss whether their matches were accurate, any cues they used to reach their conclusions, and the overall importance of snap judgments and first impressions.

A (Thin) Slice of the Action: Bringing the Zero-Acquaintance Paradigm
to Life

stp-spsp preconference
FEBRUARY 2015

Panels

As an active member of my campus communities, I have been invited to serve as a panelist at a variety of events, several of which I organized in my role as a Teaching Assistant Fellow at USC's Center for Excellence in Teaching. 

USC Center for Excellence in Teaching

Anxiety in the Classroom (panelist), 2014
Building Confidence as a Teaching Assistant (panelist), 2016
Controversy in the Classroom (panelist and co-organizer), 2015-2016
Designing a Course Syllabus, (panelist and co-organizer), 2015
Designing a Teaching Portfolio (panelist and co-organizer), 2014
Diversity in the Classroom: A Workshop for New TAs (panelist and co-organizer), 2016
Developing Your Teaching Persona (panelist and co-organizer), 2015
Graduate School: The Defining Experience (panelist), 2014
Handling Challenging Classroom Situations (panelist), 2015
Making the Most of Your First Day of Class (panelist and co-organizer), 2016
Pedagogy of the Empowered: Teaching as an Act of Resistance in 2017 and Beyond (panelist and organizer), 2017
Preparing for a Review Session (panelist), 2014
Thinking Beyond the Classroom: Tools for Uniting Activism and Learning (panelist), 2016
University-Wide TA Training (panelist and facilitator), 2014-2017
What Makes a Great TA?: Students' Perspectives (co-moderator), 2015

USC Chapter of Psi Chi

Is Graduate School Right for Me? (panelist), 2017
Life as a Psychology Graduate Student (panelist), 2015-2016

USC Department of Psychology

Current Students' Retrospective at New Student Orientation (panelist and co-organizer), 2014-2017

USC Office of Diversity Outreach

Current Graduate Students of Color at McNair Scholars Weekend (panelist), 2013

USC Orientation Programs

What I Wish I Knew Before Starting Graduate School in STEM (panelist), 2015