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Successful college teaching has the potential to change students’ lives for the better. Each of us remembers teachers who saw the potential in their students, set up appropriate challenges, and provided encouragement and support for students to push boundaries. But how can graduate students new to teaching achieve this while also juggling research, coursework, and other obligations? What steps are in reach that can put graduate students on the path to becoming transformative teachers? Through our involvement with the Graduate Student Teaching Association (GSTA) and interactions with pedagogy enthusiasts, we have come to view transformative teaching as instruction and course design that promotes student engagement, fosters personal growth and agency, and connects psychological science in relevant ways to issues of global and local concern. This volume offers evidence-based advice on transformative teaching practices and provides a handy reference for graduate students embarking on their teaching careers. The 34 chapters, authored by graduate students and expert teachers, emphasize the importance of getting to know your students, creating inclusive learning environments, designing instruction with learning objectives in mind, promoting active learning and community engagement, engaging students in authentic research and scientific inquiry, and fostering professional development, oral communication, and writing skills.

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Table of Contents

Editors and Contributors




Introduction: How We Teach Now: Steps to Becoming a More Transformative Teacher

Jessica E. Brodsky, Teresa M. Ober, Elizabeth S. Che, Charles Raffaele, and Patricia J. Brooks


Chapter 1: A First Timer’s Guide to Being a High Impact Undergraduate Professor

Jane S. Halonen and Gage Moyer


Chapter 2: The Other Side of the Podium: Supporting Graduate Student Teaching Development

Melissa J. Beers, Kristin Dell’Armo, and Andre J. Plate


Chapter 3: Start Strong, Stay Strong: Aspiring to Model Teaching Across the Career Span

Regan A. R. Gurung, Raechel N. Soicher, Guy A. Boysen, and Aaron S. Richmond


Chapter 4: Teaching in the 21st Century: How Blogs and Other Alternative Outlets Can

Transform our Teaching

Jennifer M. Blush, Karly M. Schleicher, and Ciara K. Kidder


Chapter 5: When They Should, But They Don't: Scaffolding our Students into Transformational Learning

Lindsay C. Masland, Jessica M. Chambers, Faith Latimer,

Lakin Wingfield, and Tanner Carroll


Chapter 6: Deciding What to Cover in Intro Psych: The Neighbor Test

Sue Frantz


Chapter 7: Improving Learner Metacognition and Self-Regulation

Carole L. Yue


Chapter 8: Psychology Courses as Paradigm Changers: Faulty Frames of Reference

and Assignments That Challenge Them

Sarai Blincoe, Maxwell Hennings, and Timothy R. Ritzert


Chapter 9: “So, You’re New to This?” Teaching Counseling Psychology for the First Time

Hallie R. Jordan and Christopher M. Perez


Chapter 10: Creating Professional Identities: Graduate Student and

Professor Perspectives on Teaching Ethics

Mitchell M. Handelsman, Kaitlyn M. Vagnini, Kassie D. Flewelling, and Keegan S. Walker


Chapter 11: Teaching in a Flipped Classroom

Jillian Grose-Fifer


Chapter 12: Being Mindful of Diversity and Discrimination: Eight Lessons that Can Improve Your Teaching

Abby Corrington, Christine L. Nittrouer, Linnea C. Ng, Rachel Trump-Steele, Ivy Watson,

Carlos Moreno, and Mikki Hebl


Chapter 13: The Case for LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Undergraduate Psychology Courses

Sarah Frantz


Chapter 14: From Awareness to Acceptance: Transformative Approaches to Teaching Neurodiversity

Jennifer L. Stevenson and Nicole L. Dalasio


Chapter 15: Culture and Teaching: A Psychology of All People

Kenneth D. Keith


Chapter 16: Revolutionizing the Classroom: Transformative Teaching as an International Instructor

Marino A. Mugayar-Baldocchi, Soohyun (Ashley) Lee, and Stefanie Gisler


Chapter 17: Transforming Educational Alienation into Collective Agency in Community Colleges

Jeremy E. Sawyer and Mike Rifino


Chapter 18: Communities Twice Over: Fostering Research Skills and Civic Engagement among Community College Students

Tanzina Ahmed


Chapter 19: Interteaching: What It Is and How to Use It

Raechel N. Soicher


Chapter 20: An Introduction to Designing Game-Based Learning Experiences

Robert O. Duncan and Carolyn J. Stallard


Chapter 21: Psychology for the Workforce: Using the Classroom to Help Students Develop and

Market Their Employable Skills

Natalie J. Ciarocco and David B. Strohmetz


Chapter 22: Developing Employment-Related Skills for Psychology Majors

Daniel A. Hrubes, Paige H. Fisher, Amy S. Joh, Katherine E. Alexander, Patricia J. Brooks, and Ethlyn S. Saltzman


Chapter 23: Transformative Teaching: Infusing Quantitative Reasoning Across the Curriculum

Kelly M. Goedert, Susan A. Nolan, and Sean Bogart


Chapter 24: Using Open-Source Data from OSF, ICPSR, and CHILDES to Scaffold

Quantitative Reasoning in Psychology Coursework

Patricia J. Brooks, Jessica E. Brodsky, and Elizabeth S. Che


Chapter 25: Developing Scientific Literacy Skills

Melissa A. Birkett and Amy Hughes


Chapter 26: Transforming Writing Instruction in the Teaching of Psychology

Charles Raffaele and Patricia J. Brooks


Chapter 27: Transforming Students’ Thinking Through Innovative Writing

Suzanne C. Baker and Dana S. Dunn


Chapter 28: Enhancing Academic Writing Skills using a Peer Review Process

Teresa Ober and Roseanne Flores


Chapter 29: How Undergraduate Research Can Be Transformative

Richard L. Miller and Tyler Collette


Chapter 30: In Defense of Labs: Maximizing Academic, Cognitive, and Interpersonal Skills

through the Teaching of Psychology Labs

Jennifer C. Parada and Melissa A. Birkett


Chapter 31: The CURE for Broadening Participation in Undergraduate Research

Viji Sathy, Mahfuz Nasiri, Chris Strauss, and Bryant Hutson


Chapter 32: Turning the Undergraduate Classroom into a Research Conference: Using

Poster Presentations to Target the APA Guidelines 2.0

Anna M. Schwartz, Rita Obeid, Christina Shane-Simpson, Kasey L. Powers,

and Lee Thompson


Chapter 33: Why Your Students Should Publish in Undergraduate Journals: Benefits of

Engaging Students in the Research Process

Danielle DeNigris, Shirantha Stanislaus, and Krista Sheets


Chapter 34: Teaching Research Transparency in Psychological Science: How and Why

Morton Ann Gernsbacher


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We suggest that the overall text be referenced in this fashion:

Ober, T. M., Che, E., Brodsky, J. E., Raffaele, C. & Brooks, P. J. (Eds.). (2020). How We Teach Now: The GSTA Guide to Transformative Teaching. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site:

Individual chapters may be referenced in this fashion:

Halonen, J. S. & Moyer, G. (2020). A first timer’s guide to being a high impact undergraduate professor. In T. M. Ober, E. Che, J. E. Brodsky, C. Raffaele, & P. J. Brooks (Eds.). How We Teach Now: The GSTA Guide to Transformative Teaching (pp. 17-29). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site:
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