Now Accepting proposalS!
Thursday & Friday, June 27-28, 2024
Durham, North Carolina
This annual conference is limited to 100 participants who share a passion for Introductory Psychology. It will feature three outstanding keynote addresses as well as a range of workshops, demonstrations, and interactive round-table discussions. You can expect to leave the conference with new ideas you can implement to improve your course and engage your students.
The Goods in EveryDay Life: Implications for Individual Well-Being and Classroom Culture
Professor Barbara Fredrickson has investigated the nature of positive emotions for more than three decades. In this presentation, she will share her foundational Broaden-and-Build Theory of positive emotions as a backdrop for her latest research on the value of positive emotions, which focuses on the positive emotions individuals co-experience with each other through day-to-day social connections. She will describe how mental health, physical health, and resilience grow stronger through shared moments of positive emotion. Furthermore, when people connect over positivity they gain greater appreciation for oneness, altruism and humility, character virtues that can benefit whole communities, including those forged in classrooms. Dr. Fredrickson will highlight the evidence that supports these conclusions and describe simple “micro-interventions” that anyone can use (including teachers!) to increase positive connections and reap the associated benefits.
Dr. Barbara Fredrickson is Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she directs the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory (www.PositiveEmotions.org). She has published more than 150 scholarly papers, becoming one of the most highly cited scientists. A recipient of numerous awards for her research and university teaching, Dr. Fredrickson also reaches general audiences worldwide through her two books, Positivity (www.PositivityRatio.com) and Love 2.0 (www.PositivityResonance.com) and her free, online course on the Coursera platform.
The Bigger Picture: Introductory Psychology's Place in General Education
Dr. Melissa (Missy) Beers is a social psychologist who has taught at Ohio State for 24 years. She directed Introductory Psychology, one of the university’s largest GE courses, for 16 years and trained and mentored new graduate student teachers. She was a core member of the APA’s Introductory Psychology Initiative and co-directed the team focused on Teacher Training and Development. Missy has a strong history of service at Ohio State and nationally. Her work in curriculum, assessment, and teaching development have been recognized with the OSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Honors Award, the College of Arts and Sciences’ Distinguished Staff Award, The Ohio State University Distinguished Staff Award (including the inaugural Dr. Michael V. Drake President’s Award distinction), and a national award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology for the mentorship of teachers.