The Graduate Student Teaching Association (GSTA) provides psychology graduate student teachers with an array of services to hone their skills in the classroom. GSTA is an organization within APA Division 2: The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP). Therefore, psychology graduate student teachers who are interested in becoming a member of GSTA must first join STP, and then indicate their interest in GSTA.
A good teacher is courteous, passionate, knowledgeable, and dedicated. A good teacher also has the ability to exert influence beyond the classroom, capable of helping others to change the way in which they think about specific issues in psychology, as well as broader philosophical dilemmas that we encounter on a daily basis.
GSTA recognizes the power of employing basic psychological principles to positively change the lives of those around us, and that teaching can serve as an effective vehicle toward this end. Contributing to the body of teaching-related research, both as a producer and consumer, is another way to positively influence others.
GSTA is an avenue for graduate student teachers in psychology to integrate information relevant to their career development as future contributing members of the professoriate. Ultimately, GSTA can be a powerful tool for psychology graduate student teachers to dedicate themselves to a lifetime of improving the learning process and improving the lives of others.
The Graduate Student Teaching Association (GSTA) of APA Division 2: The Society for the Teaching of Psychology was organized in 2002. The GSTA works tirelessly to provide graduate student teachers with services designed to enhance their teaching effectiveness. Graduate student training programs across the country seem consistently dedicated to training graduate students to conduct high quality research and to develop effective clinical skills. However, training designed to support and enhance the classroom experiences of graduate student teachers is often lacking. Membership in the GSTA is beneficial for graduate student teachers by providing them with a variety of useful services designed to help them with both their classroom efficacy and post-graduation goals.
Graduate students who are members of APA Division 2 are automatically members of the GSTA as well. Graduate student members receive a reduced membership fee and a yearly subscription to Teaching of Psychology, the world's foremost academic journal on teaching-related issues. Graduate student members also have access to many additional services. For instance, the GSTA listserv allows graduate students to pose questions and discuss issues pertaining to the teaching of psychology. In addition, this Web site has been established that will contain helpful resources for graduate student teachers across the country. Finally, the GSTA has annual programming hours at the APA convention, and this time will be used to address topics relevant to graduate student teachers.
Happy 2021 from the GSTA!
Submitted by the GSTA Steering Committee Members
We are excited to announce that two new at-large members will join the GSTA for 2021, in addition to two 2020 members moving into their new roles as Chair and Deputy Chair! We are grateful to our outgoing members and those who are able to continue their role on the Steering Committee.
The GSTA will be meeting later in January to discuss the budget, ways to increase engagement with graduate students, and how to maintain the visibility of Div 2 and the GSTA. We look forward to another engaging year!
Over the next few months, we will feature each of GSTA members in more depth by asking them to share about their teaching and research experiences. Be on the lookout for these mini interviews to come!
Amy Maslowski, GSTA Chair
University of North Dakota
Amy Maslowski is a Counseling Psychology doctoral candidate at the University of North Dakota. She received her master’s degree in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Amy has undergraduate instructor and graduate and undergraduate GTA experiences. She is involved in SoTL research and published and presented in ToP outlets.
Maaly Younis, GSTA Deputy Chair
University of Northern Colorado
Maaly Younis is an Educational Psychology doctoral student at the University of Northern Colorado. Her major areas of research are studies of transformative learning and academic engagement in teacher education, Photovoice, culturally responsive pedagogy. She teaches several undergraduate courses such as Introductory Psychology, Educational Psychology & Psychological Statistics.
Adam Green, GSTA Steering Committee Member
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Adam Green is a doctoral student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His research interests involve moral and political beliefs. He has assisted in several courses including Research Methods, Applied Behavior Analysis, and Advanced Statistics. He hopes to support and improve GTA experiences through the GTSA.
Laura Simon, GSTA Steering Committee Member
Ohio State University
Laura T. Simon is a Developmental Psychology Ph.D. student at the Ohio State University where she completed her M.A. in Intellectual and Developmental Disability Psychology. Laura has proudly taught Introduction to Psychology at Ohio State for over 3 years. Her primary research interest is anxiety in autism spectrum disorder.
Kelly Cuccolo, GSTA Steering Committee Member
University of North Dakota
Kelly Cuccolo, M.A. is a doctoral candidate in Psychology at the University of North Dakota. After serving
as Chair for Psi Chi’s Network for International Collaborative Exchange from 2017-2019, she began
conducting research on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Her favorite class to teach is
Introduction to Personality.
William Ridgeway, GSTA Steering Committee Member
University of Nevada
William Blake Ridgway has master’s degrees in Experimental and Forensic Psychology and is a Psychological and Brain Sciences Ph.D. student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His academic research examines internal cognitive processes involved in lineup decisions and the application of psychological theories to criminal justice issues.
The GSTA has an online discussion list, DIV2GSTA@LISTS.APA.ORG. Its purpose is to provide a forum where graduate students in psychology may discuss issues relevant to the teaching of psychology and their professional development as teachers of psychology. To join the listserv, visit http://lists.apa.org/cgi-bin/wa.exe?A0=DIV2GSTA and click on “Subscribe or Unsubscribe” in the Options box on the right side of the screen. You may want to add this URL to your bookmarks because it is where you can set up your subscriber options and view the list’s archived messages. After you have subscribed, you can send messages to the list: DIV2GSTA@lists.apa.org.
For regular updates on GSTA activities, follow us on Twitter (@gradsteachpsych) and Facebook (groups/theGSTA), check out our Blog, or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find out more about us at teachpsych.org/gsta/index.php or at the GSTA resource website, where we periodically post ideas and materials.