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 3,000 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.

Select Professional Service

  • Director, Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) Programming at the APA Convention, 2020 - 2022
  • American Psychological Association (APA) Introductory Psychology Initiative (IPI) steering committee member, 2017-present. https://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/undergrad/introductory-psychology-initiative/index 
  • Guest Editor, Psychology Teaching and Learning, special issue on Open Educational Resources (OER), 2018.
  • Consulting Editor, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, 2016 – present
  • Ohio Psychology Teaching Conference, Steering Committee Co-Chair, 2018
  • Ohio Department of Higher Education, Transfer Assurance Guideline faculty panelist,  2016 

Awards and Recognition

  • Department of Psychology Staff Excellence Award, 2013
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion Honors Award, 2016
  • Ohio State University Campus Campaign, Lead Ambassador Award, 2017
  • College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Staff Award, 2018

Selected Publications:

Chew, S., Halonen, J., McCarthy, M., Gurung, R., Beers, M., McEntarffer, R., and Landrum, E. (2018).  Practice What We Teach: Improving Teaching and Learning in Psychology. Teaching of Psychology. doi: 10.1177/0098628318779264.

Freis, S., Belding, J., Patton, K.P., and Beers, M.J. (2018). Meaningfully integrating psychology and writing: Lessons learned from a second-level writing course.  In T. L. Kuther (Ed.), Integrating Writing into the College Classroom: Strategies for Promoting Student Skills. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/index.php

Beers, M. & Kraft, N. (2018). Integrating Academic Skills and Digital Literacy Training. In R. J. Harnish, K. R. Bridges, D. N. Sattler, M. L. Signorella, & M. Munson (Eds.). The Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology web site: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/index.php

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/index.php 

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: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/index.php

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/index.php

Selected Presentations:

Whisenhunt, B, Hudson, D, and Beers, M. (2019, January). Teaching Traps, Transitions, and Connections:  Making the Content Meaningful.  Presentation at the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology, St. Petersburg, FL. https://tinyurl.com/y6uzp6eu  
Beers, M.J. (2018, November). The 21st Century Teacher: Why Teacher Training and Development has Never Been More Important.  Keynote Address at the Northeast Conference for Teachers of Psychology (NECTOP), Worcester, MA.
Beers, M.J. (2018, November). The Space you Make-Lessons Learned in Active Learning Classrooms. APA-STP Keynote Address at the Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association (NEPA), Worcester, MA.
Hard, B.M., Beers, M.J., Brady, S.T., Hill, J.C. (2018, October). Can a Reappraisal Intervention Help Students Perform Better on Exams? A Multi-Institution Collaborative Adventure. Session at the STP Annual Conference on Teaching, Phoenix, AZ http://go.osu.edu/HardBeersACT2018

Beers, M.J. (2018, July). Community, Collaboration, and Teaching Psychology. Closing session at the Ohio Psychology Teaching Conference, Columbus, OH.

Beers, M.J., Hudson, D., and Whisenhunt, B. (2018, June).  Teaching Difficult Concepts:  Five New Demonstrations for Introduction to Psychology. Presentation at the Duke Psychology One Conference, Durham, NC. go.osu.edu/DifficultConcepts  

Beers, M.J. (2018, June). Shifting Gears: How to Rescue a Course Gone Wrong.  Presentation at the Eastern Teaching of Psychology Conference, Staunton, VA. go.osu.edu/CourseRescue

Beers, M.J. (2018, May). Let's Talk About Teaching:  How to Explore your Options and Prepare for a Teaching-Focused Job. Presentation at the APS-STP Teaching Institute, 30th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

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