Facilitating International Networking for Community College Faculty at the
6th International Conference on Psychology Education
Melissa Birkett, PhD and K. Laurie Dickson, PhD
Department of Psychology
Northern Arizona University
The American Psychological Association recognizes the importance of embedding international perspectives in the teaching of psychology and enhancing student learning of ethical and social responsibility in a diverse world. Community college faculty play a critical role in meeting these outcomes for the psychology major. Although published resources to promote a diverse and globally inclusive learning experience exist, we believe the opportunity to work closely with international colleagues over
an extended period is essential to effectively implementing diverse perspectives in the psychology curriculum.
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. As part of the 6th International Conference on Psychology Education (ICOPE6) to be held at Northern Arizona University in August 2014, approximately 20 community college instructors and 10-20 international scholars will participate in collaborative
partnerships throughout the 2014-2015 academic year.
Please see the
ICOPE 6 website
for additional details about the conference.
We invite applications from:
1. ALL attendees at ICOPE 6 who currently or have ever taught psychology at ANY secondary, college, technical school or university outside of the U.S. at any level
2. ALL psychology faculty at community colleges in the U.S. who would like to engage in a collaborative partnership
The program will include an initial face-to-face meeting between partners on August 4th, 2014 at the ICOPE conference at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. 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.
The following application includes several questions about yourself and your interest in this partnership program. Please email
with any questions. Thank you for your interest in this program.
Preference will be given to applications submitted by May 30, 2014.
Applicants will be notified of a decision by mid-June, 2014.