Impact on PKAL Psychology Workshop Participants
The workshop helped us to understand where we must start in order to improve our psychology program and have initiated a self-study. We have begun to assemble data on the major and non-major courses in each topic area. We have also discussed our past successes and failures with the clinical and counseling positions in our department. Finally, we have proposed a new position for the department in community psychology to address the more glaring needs of our students.
The workshop helped us to re-invent our psychology program. We have developed a new strategic plan, including changes in the curriculum, identification of staffing needs, and planning for a new science facility. We have generated and received approval for our major and three new courses. The substantive changes in the major include a renewed focus on the experiential dimensions of learning.
We were completely unaware of the recommendations of the APA. The workshop totally changed our view of the components of an excellent psychology major. We have put a tenure-track search on hold until next year while we redefine our department and the position.
The workshops helped me to view psychology in the context of a science and the liberal arts.
The workshops helped me to consider undergraduate education in psyhcology as a part of a multi-disciplinary scientific community.
The reform of teaching undergraduate psychology as a natural science is a traditional issue, but before this workshop, I had not considered it in context with other natural science fields.
The workshop helped me address the integration of subdisciplines with the conceptual support of other sciences as a background and supporting foundation.
I have adapted and implemented a Profession of Psychology course.
We came to realize that capstone courses, in addition to their normal purpose, can also provide students with the opportunity for self-reflection about their development through the major.
The workshop helped us to understand that the departmental mission statement is key to our assessment efforts. We can't assess what we do well if we can't articulate what it is that we want to do well.
As a result of the workshop, we have drawn up a new program of student advising, which is working its way through our system. We have also appointed a Director of Undergraduate Psychology Programs to ease the burden on the department chair.
After the workshop, the department revised the major to place the scholarly mentoring of all of our majors at the center.
The presnters pointed out that there are many ways to approach a single problem. If one approach doesn't work, "unlock" yourself from the current approach and adopt another.
The workshop made us realize that we need to utilize the available, yet often overlooked, resources from national associations (the new APA goals), peer institutions, and organizations like PKAL and CUR. There is no reason to reinvent the wheel with the myriad resources available.