August 8, 2018 | 8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
San Francisco State University
Downtown Campus
835 Market St., 6th Floor
Room 673-674
San Francisco, CA 94103

The APA Education Directorate is pleased to announce a Pre-Convention Workshop for Introductory Psychology Teachers, held with support from the American Psychological Foundation

All interested high school and undergraduate psychology teachers are invited to apply to attend; the workshop will be open to 60 teachers.  The workshop will start promptly at 8:45 a.m. breakfast will be available at 8 a.m. Lunch will be provided for all participants.

Workshop Topics
The workshop will include the following topics: metacognition, hard to teach topics in introductory psychology (including statistics, understanding psychological science through lab activities, prejudice, and the effective use of personality tests in the classroom), and improving student well-being. 

The workshop presenters will be Elizabeth Yost Hammer, PhD, of Xavier University of Louisiana, Elliott Hammer, PhD, of Xavier University of Louisiana, and Annette Jordan Nielsen of Woods Cross High School (Utah).  Speaker biographies are provided below.

The registration fee is $40 for any APA teacher affiliate (TOPSS or PT@CC member) or APA member, and $50 for all others.   This fee includes breakfast, lunch, and workshop materials.  To register for the workshop, download and mail or fax the registration form (PDF, 38KB).

The registration deadline is July 16, 2018. Space is limited. 

Presenter Biographies

Elizabeth Yost Hammer is the Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and a Kellogg Professor in Teaching at Xavier University of Louisiana. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology from Tulane University in 1994. She is passionate about teaching and regularly teaches Introductory Psychology, Research Methods, and Human Sexuality. Her research interests focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning, and she has contributed chapters to books intended to enhance teaching preparation including The Oxford Handbook of Psychology Education and Hot Topics: Best Practices in Teaching Controversial Issues in Psychology. She is a co-author of the textbook, Psychology Applied to Modern Life, now in its 12th Edition. She is currently working the teacher’s edition of Myers and DeWall’s AP Psychology Dr. Hammer is a past-president of Psi Chi, a past-treasurer of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and served as Chief Reader for the Advanced Placement Psychology. Her work in the Center for the Advancement of Teaching includes organizing pedagogical workshops and faculty development initiatives. She, her husband, and their two dogs work and play in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Elliott Hammer is Professor of Psychology and John LaFarge Professor in Social Justice at Xavier University of Louisiana, an historically Black university in New Orleans. For more than 25 years, he has studied the causes and effects of stereotypes and prejudice and intergroup relations. He has worked extensively with federally-funded grants on addressing psychological barriers to women in STEM fields, and has been Xavier’s co-investigator on the Tulane-Xavier MHIRT (Minority Health International Research Training) program since 2006. He publishes and presents regularly on cross-racial teaching and mentoring.

Annette Jordan Nielsen has loved teaching for over 20 years at Woods Cross High School in Woods Cross, Utah. She teaches Advanced Placement Psychology, Introductory Psychology, and Quest, a credit recovery course designed to help failing students get back on track for graduation. Since 2005, Annette has served as a reader, table leader, and is the current Assistant Chief Reader for the Advance Placement Psychology exam. She is also a current member of the Advanced Placement Psychology Test Development Committee. Annette helps coordinate the Utah Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (UTOPSS) conference each fall and was thrilled to be a member of Strand 1 (Psychology as Science) at the APA Summit on High School Psychology at Weber State University in July of 2017. Her passion is creating fun and engaging lessons, connecting with her students and colleagues, and sharing her love of Psychological Science. She lives and plays in Salt Lake City with her husband and their two children. 

Directions, Parking, and Public Transportation 

The workshop will take place in the San Francisco State University (SFSU) Downtown Campus, 835 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103.  Please enter at 835 Market St. and head to the 6th floor. The workshop will be held in Room 673-674.

  • SFSU does not validate parking.
  • Most guests/students/staff take public transportation since it is faster and more convenient. Parking is expensive and there is a lot of traffic.
  • Many sections of Market St. are only for taxis or buses.
  • There is a lot of street parking around the area, but be sure to read posted signs and meter signs. Never leave valuables or anything out in the open.
  • One of the best things about the Downtown Campus is the location to Muni and Bart trains. All trains stop at Powell St. Station.

Large parking garages are available. There are fees, but the fees for each garage vary and guests should check with each one to find out.

Fifth & Mission/Yerba Buena Parking Garage
833 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Ellis-O’Farrell Garage
123 O’Farrell St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Mason O’Farrell Parking Garage
325 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Union Square Garage
333 Post St.
San Francisco, CA 94108

Please contact Emily Leary Chesnes at (202) 572-3013 if you have any questions.