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GRAD 980

grad 980 Preparing to teach a psychology course--A Brief History

Grad 980 was first offered in the summer of 2002 as a pilot project. Dr. James Korn (Saint Louis University) and Dr. Victor Benassi (University of New Hampshire) developed and taught the first offering of the course with a small group of students, Dr. Paul Presson joinied the instructor team in 2003. There were also four University of New Hampshire psychology doctoral students enrolled in the course in 2002. Since 2002, the UNH students have completed GRAD 980 as a separate cohort and are not part of this online initiative.

The people who launched this effort. Left to right: Mercedes Ebanks (Howard University), Victor Benassi (University of New Hampshire), Melissa Lea (Miami University), James Korn (Saint Louis University), Courtney Rocheleau (University of Colorado), Ammancis Wright (University of Connecticut), Joshua Lawrence (University of Connecticut)


GRAD 980 will be offered for the seventh time in summer 2008. To date, over 190 people have taken the course. The course currently has eight faculty dedicated to preparing psychologists for their roles as teachers of psychology.

Dr. Paul Nelson (APA Education Directorate), Dr. Lee Seidel (UNH Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence), Dr. Michael Lee (UNH Associate Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence), and Dr. Harry Richards (UNH Dean for Graduate Education) were all instrumental in the early success and continuing development of GRAD 980. Special thanks go to the APA Education Directorate for funding, support, and encouragement from the beginning of this initiative. The U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education also supported the early development of GRAD 980, through its funding of UNH’s Academic Program in College Teaching.