8th Annual Pedagogy Day

Cross-Pollinating Teaching & Research



Click here to register!


Pedagogy Day 2017

2017 Conference Theme

The theme of this year’s conference points towards an integration of research and teaching. Our goal is to help graduate students and faculty connect their teaching and research interests through engagement with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. This year’s conference adds to the momentum created by the Graduate Student Teaching Association (GSTA) of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA, Division 2). The Graduate Center proudly serves as the host institution of the GSTA, and as part of its mission strives to stimulate discussions around evidence-based pedagogy and to share resources and ideas with graduate student instructors both locally and nationally.



Morning Events: 1st Floor, Segal Theater

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

“Qualitative Research as Pedagogy: Integrating Interpretive Self-reflection and Qualitative Report Writing into Course Design”

Dr. Joshua W. Clegg and James Christopher Head

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Keynote Address: “Integrating Qualitative Inquiry Within the Psychology Undergraduate Curriculum: Why Now?”

Dr. Cynthia E. Winston-Proctor

Afternoon Events: 6th Floor, Sylvia Scribner Conference Room (6304.01)

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Food and Refreshments Available to All Attendees

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

“A Day in the Life of a Reinvigorated Research Methods Course”

Dr. Gary W. Lewandowski, Jr. and Dr. David B. Strohmetz 

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

“Futures Initiative: Total Participation Workshop” 

Jessica Murray and Mike Rifino

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Activity Blitz

5:30 pm.  – 6:00 p.m.

Wrap-up and Reception


Presentations and Speakers

Keynote Address: “Integrating Qualitative Inquiry Within the Psychology Undergraduate Curriculum: Why Now?”

By Cynthia E. Winston-Proctor, PhD

Integrating qualitative inquiry within the psychology undergraduate curriculum is imperative for ensuring excellence and equity in higher education. This session will explore the following two questions: (1) How does incorporating qualitative inquiry into psychology curricula enrich the quality of students’ interdisciplinary education and contribute to addressing a national crisis in the workplace?; (2) How can core content psychology courses within the undergraduate curriculum be designed to substantively incorporate qualitative research? As a key dimension of professional preparation for the teaching of psychology, this session will also consider the nature of the broader landscape in which student-centered curricular design and assessment in psychology is occurring.


Dr. Cynthia E. Winston-Proctor is a widely respected and accomplished narrative personality psychologist and academic. She is Professor of Psychology at Howard University, P.I. of the Identity & Success Research Lab, and founder of Winston Synergy L.L.C. Dr. Winston-Proctor earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Howard University and her Ph.D. in Psychology and Education from the University of Michigan. An outstanding scholar, Dr. Winston-Proctor was awarded the National Science Foundation Early Career Award for scientists and engineers, the Howard University Syllabus of the Year Award, the Howard University Emerging Scholar Award, and a Brown University Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Professorship. As an academic, she has led the development of curriculum across a spectrum of areas including undergraduate education in psychology, behavioral cyber-security, qualitative inquiry in psychology, healthy living for women, personal effectiveness, culturally responsive computational thinking, and African ancestry education. Her research and education scholarship have resulted in publications in numerous journals and edited books, including Culture & Psychology, Qualitative Psychology, Journal of Research on Adolescence, PsycCritiques, New Directions in Child & Adolescent Development, the Oxford Handbook of Cultural Psychology, and Culture, Learning, & Technology: Research and Practice. During her early career, Dr. Winston-Proctor served as Investigator for externally funded projects that totaled over ten million dollars. Currently, she is Co-Principal Investigator of the Howard University ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award from the National Science Foundation and leads the Howard University ADVANCE-IT Experience Study.

Dr. Winston-Proctor’s professional service includes serving as an editor on the Editorial Board of the journal Qualitative Psychology, President of the Society of STEM Women of Color, a Member of the Board of Directors of the Alfred Harcourt Foundation and an Advisor to the Board of Directors of the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science.


“Qualitative Research as Pedagogy: Integrating Interpretive Self-reflection and Qualitative Report Writing into Course Design”

By Joshua W. Clegg, PhD, and James Christoper Head

This workshop builds upon the notion that the development of good qualitative research and the development of good interpretive skills (i.e., critical thinking, formal analysis of texts, evaluation of arguments, etc.) have much in common, including the reflexive and reflective engagement in an iterative interpretive process that foregrounds analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Thus, we present student engagement in qualitative research as a pedagogical strategy and focus on the use of interpretive self-reflective research as a foundational element of course design. After describing some ways that we have constructed courses around student qualitative reports, we will work with participants to adapt this approach to different kinds of courses and teaching styles.


Dr. Joshua W. Clegg is associate professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY and a member of the faculty in the Critical Social and Personality Psychology doctoral program at The Graduate Center, CUNY. He has published widely on history, methods, and epistemology in the social sciences. His most recent book is the edited volume Self-Observation in the Social Sciences.


James Christopher Head is a PhD candidate in the Critical Social/Personality Psychology Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His work has explored the pre-history of qualitative methods in psychology, utilized narrative approaches to research educational policy enactment, and employed mixed method approaches to investigate students’ classroom stewardship. He is a longtime educator and currently teaches in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at John Jay college where he designs courses aimed at facilitating student-centered, experientially-focused, and research-intensive learning.


“Futures Initiative: Total Participation Workshop”

By Jessica Murray and Mike Rifino

Student-centered pedagogies have demonstrated to be the most robust in learning outcomes through promoting active engagement, collaborative activities, and holistic learning. Inspired by this, Futures Initiative fellows will facilitate co-learning exercises that explore strategies that break from the transmission model of teaching/learning to engage student agency and creativity through active learning and scaffolding activities for and with students in the classroom. The aim of this collective experimentation is to illuminate creative classroom strategies that encourage total participation while attending to structural inequalities, with proven techniques such as think-pair-share and game-based pedagogies.


Jessica Murray is a doctoral student in Developmental Psychology and a Futures Initiative Fellow at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her interests include issues related to mobility, transportation, technology, disability studies, accessibility, and disability rights. She earned a BFA in Design from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003 and worked as a graphic designer before coming to The Graduate Center in 2012 for an MA on the Psychology of Work and Family Track. As a Digital Fellow with the Center for the Humanities from 2014-2016 and Futures Initiative Fellow from 2016-present, she has designed and developed multiple WordPress projects on OpenCUNY and other hosting platforms, and facilitated group resources such as the Graduate Center’s developmental psychology program website, and the CUNY Disability Scholars website (opencuny.org/cunyds). She currently maintains the Futures Initiative website and provides technical support, designs materials for event promotion, and leads WordPress workshops for faculty and graduate fellows.


Mike Rifino is a doctoral student in Human Development and co-director of the Futures Initiative Undergraduate Leadership program at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His research interests focus on processes of emotional development and learning among community college students to better understand how transformations in both processes play a role in promoting agency. In part through his work with the Peer Activist Learning Community (PALC), he has developed a research agenda related to the dynamic processes of emotional development and agency. This year, he presented on a panel for the CUNY Humanities Alliance’s “Education after LaGuardia: Going to a Four-Year College or Graduate School.” He also presented a poster on “New Majority Student Success: Fostering Connection, Renewal, and Leadership through Peer Mentoring” at the AAC&U conference in March 2017. He co-organized a panel at the Futures Initiative Spring Symposium on “Fostering Connection, Renewal, and Leadership through Peer Mentoring.”


“A Day in the Life of a Reinvigorated Research Methods Course”

By Dr. Gary W. Lewandowski, Jr. and Dr. David B. Strohmetz

The APA 2.0 Guidelines for the psychology major emphasizes the importance of students learning how to engage in scientific inquiry. Despite this, methods instructors may overemphasize memorization of terms and concepts, while underutilizing scientific inquiry as a teaching tool. In this workshop, we will discuss and model our 360-degree approach to teaching research methods which involves students reading about, participating in, and designing and conducting their own research studies throughout the semester. Our approach influences not only how we deliver the course but also our emphasis on helping students to hone their employable skills


Dr. Gary W. Lewandowski, Jr. received his Ph.D. in Social/Health Psychology from the SUNY-Stony Brook. Currently, he is a Professor and Chair at Monmouth University. Dr. Lewandowski’s research, writing, and public speaking focuses on three main areas: romantic relationships, self and identity, and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Dr. Lewandowski’s research and writing on relationships has been featured in a number of media outlets including: The New York Times, CNN, The Atlantic, Scientific American, USA Today, and The Washington Post. He is a Co-Founder of www.ScienceOfRelationships.com, and co-author of Discovering the Scientist Within: Research Methods in Psychology.


Dr. David B. Strohmetz is a Professor of Psychology at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ.  He received his doctorate in Social/Organizational Psychology from Temple University.  His research interests center on factors that influence people’s generosity, particularly with respect to restaurant tipping behaviors. He is an active scholar of teaching and learning, authoring numerous instructional resources to support quality teaching in the classroom.  He is a co-author of Discovering the Scientist Within: Research Methods in Psychology. and teachpsychscience.org, a website dedicated to sharing resources for teaching research, statistics, and writing in psychology.


Pedagogy Day Committee

GSTA Co-Chairs

Teresa Ober

Elizabeth Che



Ayşenur Ataman

Jessica Brodsky

James Christopher Head

Charles Raffaele

Maya Rose

Members of the Graduate Student Teaching Association (GSTA)


Faculty Advisor

Dr. Patricia Brooks, College of Staten Island and the Graduate Center, CUNY


Special thanks to…

Dr. Richard Bodner, Executive Officer of the Doctoral Program in Psychology
Swe Swe Htay and Psychology Executive Office Staff
All the volunteers that helped us make this conference a success!

The Pedagogy Day committee would also like to thank the following parties for their financial support:
Graduate Students Teaching Association (GSTA)
Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2)
American Psychological Association Board of Educational Affairs (APA-BEA)
Doctoral Student Council (DSC), CUNY

Comments are closed.

Pedagogy Day 2017