Westminster College Associate Professor Presents at American Psychological Association Convention

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Jamie G. McMinn, Westminster College associate professor of psychology and interim director of Adult & Graduate Studies, gave two presentations at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association July 31-Aug 4 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In a symposium presentation titled "The Psychology Capstone in the Liberal Arts:  Connecting to National Trends in the Psychology Core Curriculum," McMinn described Westminster's psychology capstone model, highlighting links to a national core psychology curriculum and to assessing student learning and programmatic outcomes. 

The final component of liberal studies at Westminster is the senior capstone course, which is at least a four-semester-hour course within the major designed to provide an opportunity for students to evaluate and assess the strengths and limitations of their major field.

McMinn also was lead author on a poster: "Case Study Teaching in Social Psychology: Applying Social Cognitive Concepts to a Human Tragedy."  This poster, using the scholarship of teaching and learning method, presented data on students applying social cognitive concepts to people's responses to the homicide of a young Brooklyn boy.  The case study helped students to maintain their learning of social cognitive concepts across time, although some concepts remained difficult for them to explain or apply.

McMinn, who joined Westminster in 2003, earned an undergraduate degree from Emory & Henry College and master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Contact McMinn at 724-946-7121 or mcminnjg@westminster.edu for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Dr. Jamie G. McMinn, associate professor of psychology, presents reasearch at the American Psychological Association convention.