Dr. Melissa Beers

Psychology 1100 Program Director

Dr. Beers is the Program Director for Introduction to Psychology (1100) and Coordinator for Introduction to Social Psychology (2367.01/3325).  These two General Education courses have a combined annual enrollment of over 4,000 students.  She supervises as many as 40 graduate students  teaching these courses each year. Her research interests primarily focus on effective teaching practices, how best to prepare graduate students for college teaching, and assessment of student learning.

Recent Publications:

Beers, M.J. and Apple, K.J. (2015). Advising students interested in social psychology. In J. Irons & R Miller (Eds.) Academic advising: A handbook for advisors and students volume 2: A guide to the sub-disciplines. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/academic-advising-2015-vol2 

Beers, M.J., Hill, J. C., Thompson, C.A., & Tran, P. (2014). Graduate Training in the Teaching of Psychology: Essential Skills for New InstructorsPratiques psychologiques, 20, 181–196.

Beers, M.J., Belding, J., and Mehling, M. (2014). Principles and Practices of Graduate TA Training at The Ohio State University. In J. N. Busler, B. C. Beins, & B. Buskist (Eds.) Preparing the New Psychology Professoriate: Helping Graduate Students Become Competent Teachers, 2nd ed. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site: https://teachpsych.org/page-1862898

Beers, M., Hill, J. C., and Thompson, C. (2012). The STP Guide to Graduate Training Programs in the Teaching of Psychology (2nd ed.). http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/gst2012/index.php.  

Recent Presentations:

Cravens-Brown, L. and Beers, M.J. (2017, August). Beyond the Content: Community & Belongingness in the Active Learning Classroom.  Presentation at the International Forum on Active Learning Classrooms, Minneapolis, MN.

Beers, M. Bell, Z., and Rohdieck, S. (2017, May). Back to the Drawing Board: Course Design in Active Learning Spaces. Presentation at the Ohio State University, Innovate Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

Beers, M. & Harris, K.M. (2016, July). Building bridges: Teaching and assessment in GE courses. Presentation at the 5th Annual Stanford Psych One Conference, Menlo Park, CA.

Beers, M. and Kraft, N. (2016, May). Not so Native: Teaching students to use technology for academic good. Presentation at the Ohio State University, Innovate Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

Beers, M. (2016, February). Our Differences in Common:  Teaching and Assessing GE Learning Objectives. Presentation at the Ohio State University, Office of Academic Affairs 4th Annual Assessment Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

Beers, M, Hill, J., and Thompson, C. (2016, January). Essential skills for new (and not-so-new) instructors. Invited presentation at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP) conference, St. Petersburg, FL.

Melissa Beers
(614) 292-7143
125A Psychology Building
1835 Neil Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210