Networking Program for International Partnerships

We've developed a networking program for community college faculty to partner with international scholars to design and implement learning opportunities in community college courses that facilitate student achievement of these important learning goals. The purpose of this Society for Teaching Psychology funded networking program is to promote American Psychological Association's Learning outcomes related to the integration  of international perspectives in the teaching of psychology and the enhancement of student learning focused on ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world.

Community college faculty play a critical role in meeting APA’s outcomes for the psychology major, however resources and opportunities for international collaboration are often limited. Although published resources to promote diverse and globally inclusive learning experiences exist, we believe the opportunity to work closely with colleagues over an extended period is essential to effectively implementing changes in courses or programs. The goal of the program is to increase the number of opportunities that community college students have to engage in learning about diversity and international perspectives in psychology. Additionally, this program seeks to foster meaningful international relationships among participants.

The program will include an initial face-to-face meeting between partners on August 4th, 2014 at ICOPE conference at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ (dinner will be provided). Together, partners will discuss ideas for implementing learning activities. After the conference, partners will maintain electronic communication throughout the 2014-2015 academic year as community college faculty implement projects at their home institutions. All partners will receive follow-up communication from the program facilitators during this time. At the end of the spring 2015 semester, partners will submit final reports of their project implementation.

Please email us with any questions:

Melissa Birkett, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology

K. Laurie Dickson, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Distinguished Teaching Fellow, Associate Vice Provost - Curriculum and Assessment