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Moravian College Professors Participate in National Psychology Conference

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) - Dr. Dana Dunn, a professor of Psychology at Moravian College, recently helped to organize the national conference, "Measuring Up: Best Practices in Assessment in Psychology Education," held in Atlanta, Georgia. Along with ten colleagues from different educational institutions, Dr. Dunn has designed this conference for the past two years. It attracted over 220 psychology educators and focused on how assessment is being employed by such educators. Dr. Dunn conducted a session on writing strategies and assessing student performance.

In collaboration with two other conference coordinators, Dr. Chandra Mehrotra from The College of St. Scholastica and Dr. Jane Halonen from James Madison University, Dr. Dunn is editing a book based on presentations made at this conference. It is scheduled to be published in late 2003 or early 2004 by the American Psychological Association with the possible title, Measuring Up: Assessment Challenges and Practices for Psychology.

Dr. Dunn is an experimental social psychologist who studies social cognition and health psychology. He earned his B.A. at Carnegie Mellon University and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. His areas of interest include social cognition and health psychology. His current research explores causal attributions made by people coping with health-related problems. He is the author of two books. His first one, The Practical Researcher: A Student Guide to Conducting Psychological Research (McGraw-Hill, 1999), details research methods in psychology. His second book, Statistics and Data Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences, was just published in 2001. This book combines quantitative aspects of statistics with written explanations of the data means in such a way so that students will understand and learn from the results. Written not just for students of psychology, this book is also valuable for students studying sociology, education, and other social-behavioral disciplines.

Dr. Bob Brill, another professor of psychology at Moravian College, also attended the conference. He wrote two papers discussing his course assessment methods. The first paper, "Behavior Checklists: Practicing What We Preach," explored a student generated assessment tool used by Dr. Brill in his Job Motivation course. The second paper was entitled "A Portfolio Approach to Introductory Psychology with Interdisciplinary Objectives." This essay focused on a portfolio system created by Dr. Brill, based on changes he made to his course, Principles and Applications of Psychology, because of the outcomes of the Learning in Common requirement, Economic, Social, and Political Systems.

Dr. Brill, an industrial/organizational psychologist obtained his B.A. from LaSalle University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His areas of interest are applied and experimental issues pertaining to performance appraisal, work motivation, employee assistance programs, and work-family balance.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.