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Bethlehem, Pa., February 5, 2010—Many undergraduate psychology majors feel sure they want to devote their careers to helping other people, but aren't so sure of their specific calling (social worker? researcher? clinical psychologist?), or how to get there. A new textbook, co-edited by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology at Moravian College, promises to help psychology educators help their students see—and navigate—the various pathways that lead beyond the undergraduate classroom.
Best Practices for Teaching Beginnings & Endings in the Psychology Major: Research, Cases, and Recommendations, edited by Dana S. Dunn, Bernard C. Beins, Maureen A. McCarthy, and G. William Hill, IV, provides psychology educators effective and innovative strategies for teaching introductory orientation and capstone courses for psychology majors. Written by psychology instructors involved in the improvement of teaching and learning, the book offers current research and practical advice for helping psychology students become engaged in their major and, ultimately, use their education in post-graduate life.
The book's companion web site, created by publisher Oxford University Press, provides sample syllabi and assignments on the Instructor Resources page. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will go to the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Fund for Excellence.
The author of over 100 articles, chapters, and book reviews, Dunn writes about the teaching of psychology, rehabilitation psychology, social psychology, and liberal education. Dunn is the author of six books, most recently Using Quality Benchmarks for Assessing and Developing Undergraduate Programs (with Maureen McCarthy, Suzanne Baker, and Jane Halonen, in press, Jossey-Bass). He is also the editor of five “best practices in psychology pedagogy” books, including Best Practices for Teaching Beginnings and Endings in the Psychology Major (with Barney Beins, Maureen McCarthy, and Bill Hill, 2010, Oxford University Press). A sixth book in the series--Getting Connected: Best Practices for Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning in Psychology (with Janie Wilson, Jim Freeman, and Jeff Stowell)—is now in press. Dunn is currently working on several writing projects, including some new books.
A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (in APA Divisions 2 and 22) and the Association for Psychological Science, respectively, Dunn is active in the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP - APA Division 2). He will serve as President of STP in 2010. Dunn is a member of the editorial boards of several journals and is a frequent speaker at national and regional psychology conferences. He is currently a board member of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) and serves on the Program Committee for the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology (NIToP).
Dunn earned his Ph.D. in experimental social psychology from the University of Virginia, having graduated previously with a B.A. in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University.