Keynote Speakers

ACT 2021 Keynote Speakers

Viji Sathy

Tentative Keynote Title: "Inclusive Teaching Approaches in Psychology"

Bio: Viji Sathy is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Faculty Fellow on Inclusive Teaching for the Center for Faculty Excellence and Director of the Townsend Program for Education Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is actively involved in instructional innovation and faculty development. She is a national expert in inclusive teaching, speaking widely around the country and writing on the topic. Her research involves evaluating the impact of innovative teaching techniques as well as retention in STEM. Dr. Sathy is also the Program Evaluator of the Chancellor’s Science Scholars an adaptation of the Meyerhoff Program that has successfully increased representation of underrepresented students in STEM PhDs. She regularly teaches undergraduate quantitative courses as course-based research experiences: statistics and research methodology as well as makerspace courses. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards for excellence in undergraduate education and the campus’ Student’s choice for Best Professor at UNC. Prior to her current position at UNC, she worked at the College Board conducting research on the SATs and non-cognitive predictors of college success. Sathy completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC (B.S.1996) and her doctorate in psychometrics from UNC-Chapel Hill (Ph.D. 2003).

Susan A. Nolan

Keynote Title: "The Future of Psychology Teaching and Learning: Why We Need to Think Internationally, No Matter Where We Live"

Keynote Abstract:  The development of psychological literacy is among the most important overarching goals for the undergraduate major. Increasingly, students’ ability to apply knowledge and skills – especially related to psychological science – pertains not only locally but also globally. As our world is more and more connected with respect to both challenges and solutions, psychology learning and teaching must reflect these connections. In this presentation, Susan will discuss global issues as well as related solutions that are informed by psychological science, and will offer suggestions for resources and pedagogy to incorporate a global perspective across the psychology curriculum.

Bio: Susan A. Nolan is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Seton Hall University (New Jersey, USA). Her favorite courses to teach are statistics, international psychology, abnormal psychology, and introductory psychology. She studies the stigma associated with psychological disorders and the role of gender in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, the latter funded in part by the National Science Foundation. Susan is a coauthor of introductory psychology and statistics textbooks, and recently co-edited a book on assessment in higher education. Susan is the 2021 President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, an Associate Editor of the journal Psychology Learning and Teaching, and a Consulting Editor of the APA journal Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology. She previously served as President of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA). Susan is a Fellow of EPA, APA, and the Association for Psychological Science, and was a 2015-2016 U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Bosnia and Herzegovina where she researched psychology higher education.

Jordan D. Troisi

Keynote Title: "Half Data, Half Heart: Reflections on the Teaching Life"

Keynote Abstract: “Half Data, Half Heart: Reflections on the Teaching Life” is just what it sounds like. It is, on the one hand, half cognition and evidence-based, and on the other hand, honest narrative about the emotions of teaching life. This talk is where those hands meet and shake one another. This keynote will put forth 3 major reflections on effective, worthwhile teaching, interwoven with the stories of 3 students and where their education has taken them. The author hopes you will come away with practical ideas, a reflective stance on teaching, and an appreciation for the humanity of teachers and students.

Bio:  In the fall of 2020, Dr. Jordan D. Troisi became the Senior Associate Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Colby College, after 10 years as a professor of psychology. In his new role, he uses his expertise in psychology and SoTL to improve teaching and learning with students, faculty, and members of the administration, at Colby College and elsewhere. He has been a longtime contributor to the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, including his service as the Chair of the Early Career Psychologists Committee in 2015 and the Director of the Annual Conference on Teaching from 2017 to 2020. For his work within STP, he has been recognized with the Jane S. Halonen Early Career award and the Early Career Achievement Award from the APA.

ACT 2020 Keynote Speakers
(Jane Halonen, Carol A. Hurney, Amy Fineburg)

ACT 2019 Keynote Speakers
(Pooja Agarwal, Lindsay Masland, & Rick Miller)

ACT 2018 Keynote Speakers
(David Myers, Sue Franz, & Mitch Handelsman)

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