Second annual GP-CTOP set for April at The U

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The second annual Great Plains Conference on the Teaching of Psychology (GP-CTOP) will be at Old Main on the campus of The University of South Dakota, April 11-12.

More than 50 people from across the United States attended last year’s inaugural conference at USD. With funding provided by a grant from the American Psychological Society Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science, GP-TCOP was developed by professors Doug Peterson, Ph.D., and Amy Schweinle, Ph.D., as a way for psychology instructors to introduce novel approaches to teaching, create a network of cooperation and collaboration, and disseminate ideas.

Keynote speaker for the 2008 conference is Loreto R. Prieto, Ph.D., a professor of psychology and director of U.S. Latino Studies at Iowa State University. Prieto will provide attendees with suggestions on how to handle diversity topics in the classroom as well as ways to conceptualize reasons why these discussions can be so sensitive. In addition to Prieto’s address, GP-CTOP includes roundtable discussions, and presentations on subjects such as innovative pedagogy, research and teaching, and teaching with technology. To submit a topic for the roundtable discussion or to present a paper for consideration at the conference, the deadline for these submissions is Friday, Feb. 22.

To register for GP-CTOP or for more information, please visit www.usd.edu/gpctop/.