TLC Webinar: Psychology, Politics, and #thispsychmajor- Featuring Jane Halonen

Created by Nicki Trombley Employee on Jan 13, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016 at https://macmillanhighered.webex.com/macmillanhighered/onstage/g.php?MTID=e7268f595411312f1c7af653743f42395

Starts at 4:00 PM · Ends at 5:00 PM, EST (America/New_York)






Presidential candidate Jeb Bush recently predicted a dire future for students who choose to major in psychology, suggesting it was a pathway for employment in fast food. A twitter campaign (#thispsychmajor) responded with an impressive array of occupational choices for students with a psychology degree. But critics suggested that the campaign struck a defensive tone, contributing to more misunderstanding. This webinar examines the misconceptions that the public and politicians have regarding the nature of psychology and propose some steps to improve public perceptions of the value of the major.



About the Presenter:

Jane S. Halonen has been a Professor of Psychology at the University of West Florida for over a decade.

Jane’s most recent research is on helping good departments become great ones as well as trying to help legislators understand the true nature of psychology in tough economic times. Her published works (including The Critical Thinking Companion for Introductory Psychology with Cynthia Gray and The Psychology Major Companion with Dana Dunn) focus on critical thinking, assessment, and faculty development.


Jane has long been involved with developing the American Psychological Association’s standards of academic performance. She co-chairs the APA Committee on Associate and Baccalaureate Education and is on the task force for identifying outcomes at the Master’s level. She chaired the recent APA Task Force that authored the Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, Version 2.0., and served as the Chief Reader for the Psychology Advanced Placement Reading from 2004-2009

In 2000, Jane won the American Psychological Foundation’s Distinguished Teaching Award.  In 2003, the APA named her an “Eminent Woman in Psychology" and she also won the APF Award for Applications in Education and Training.


A self-identified “teaching conference junkie,” Jane served on the NITOP Board and has presented at nearly every regional teaching conference in psychology. She also co-directed (with Peter Seldin) the International Conference on Improving University Teaching from 2001-2008.