Teaching Assistantships: A Student Perspective

In honor of our all-registration issue, we’re including a bonus third installment about individualized learning experiences – a more recent interview with student Tonya Filz, who served as a teaching assistant for Introduction to Psychology.

1. Who did you work with for your teaching assistantship (TA)?

Dr. Gurung

2. How did you find out about the TA and go about getting it?

I had multiple TAs in other classes, but never really thought about applying for one. That is, until I was meeting with my advisor, Dr. Gurung. He was seeking TAs for a large lecture hall section of Introduction to Psychology with 250 students. At the time I was facing great uncertainty regarding future plans, and whether it would include graduate school or not. He suggested I apply for his final open TA position, which I ended up applying and subsequently being chosen to fill.

3. What kinds of things do you get to do for your TA?

The types of things you get to do for a TA vary with each faculty member that hosts TAs. In my teaching assistantship with Dr. Gurung, each TA was assigned a “pod” of 50 students to host review sessions for, and be the first contact point for questions and concerns about the course. Between the 5 TAs we reviewed in-class assignments, and took part in weekly meetings to discuss pedagogical issues in teaching such as making large lecture classes feel less like a large class, and more like a small class. Perhaps my favorite part of my TA came in the final week when each TA gave a lecture on a portion of the abnormal psychology section. I was terrified of speaking in front of so many students, and never considered myself a strong public speaker. However, I ended up receiving positive reviews and really enjoying lecturing. It was during the final week of class that I considered for the first time becoming a professor.

4. How do you think the TA relates to what you have learned in your classes?

I took Introduction to Psychology the first semester of my freshmen year, and completed my TA in the second semester of my junior year. By the time I completed my teaching assistantship, I had forgotten large amounts of what I learned in my own Introduction to Psychology course. It was extremely helpful for me not only to review the material, but also acquire a deep understanding of it to make sure I was able to explain it to my pod during review sessions. The depth of understanding I gained has helped me strengthen my foundation of psychology, which has led to greater ease of understanding more complex concepts that are presented in upper-level classes, as well as preparation for the GRE Psychology Subject Test.

5. How important has this TA been to your educational experience at UWGB, and why?

My TA shaped not only my educational experience at UWGB, but also my entire career goal. For my research project as a TA I was assigned to look at literature regarding specifically Undergraduate TAs. I became so fascinated by this material that I wanted to research this for my honor’s project; which over the next year I completed. The passion I first had for teaching quickly grew into a passion for researching a variety of topics. Since my TA I have had a 4.0 each semester, and am presently applying to Ph.D. programs in Clinical Psychology, in hopes of one day becoming a professor and being able to mentor undergraduates. In summary my TA experience made me a more confident, determined, and overall stronger student, and a more competitive applicant for graduate school. In fact, I have always said my TA was the first time I felt like a true psychology major, and not just a student.

March 31, 2011; Volume 5, Issue 6

It’s March, everyone – in fact, it’s almost April. We at the PF are looking forward to April and the notion of “April showers bring May flowers” because rain sounds a whole lot more pleasant than the 17+ inch snow storm March brought us. Sigh. Meanwhile, April also brings Fall registration, so we present for your reading enjoyment a news-filled issue that includes many must-have registration facts and tips. Read on!

Breaking News: Faculty Changes for 2011-12

Registration Tips: Understanding Priority Registration, Pre-Requisites, and Internet Courses

P/HD Club: A message from the President, Kaitlyn Florer

Psi Chi: A message from the President, Amanda Luedtke

Another Scholarship Available! Apply for the Fergus and Bonnie Hughes Scholarship

Career Tip of the Month: Choose Courses Wisely

Summer Classes and Summer Registration Reminder

Grad School Tip of the Month: Opportunity to Explore Graduate School

Recycling Registration Resources

Interested in a Research or Teaching Assistantship, Internship? Check Out the Department Want Ads

Good Student News

Did you Know…?

Breaking News: Faculty Changes for 2011-12

Careful readers of the Fall 2011 Schedule of Classes will notice some familiar names missing from the “instructor” column. There’s a good reason for this. After more than 30 years of distinguished service at UW-Green Bay, Dr. Lloyd Noppe will retire this summer, and although we will miss him greatly, we are also very happy for him and will celebrate his career with an in-depth profile in our year-end issue of the PF. Students should also know that Dr. Illene Noppe will be on sabbatical in Fall 2011 but will return to full-time teaching in Spring 2012. Dr. Regan Gurung will be on sabbatical for Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 but will rejoin us in Fall 2012. Our next issue will feature more information about the exciting plans for their sabbaticals, which should both result in fabulous information and experiences to share with students in future semesters. Please congratulate all of these wonderful faculty members when you see them!

Registration Tips: Understanding Priority Registration, Pre-Requisites, and Internet Courses

Keep reading for the most up-to-date tips on Fall 2011 registration!

Priority Registration
Our policy of priority registration for upper-level Human Development classes will continue this fall. That means that Human Development majors and minors (and for HUM DEV 331, 332, and 343 Psychology majors and minors, too!) will have first access to our classes during registration. You’ll notice these classes will say “Reserved” in the on-line schedule of classes. Don’t let that worry you – they are “reserved” for YOU!

Pre-Requisites and Internet Courses
We get a number of questions about pre-requisites at this time of year. If you are curious about pre-requisites for a class, click on the hyperlink for the course name in the on-line “Schedule of Classes” you can access on the UWGB website.

Note that things listed after “P:” are required to enroll (e.g., “P: HUM DEV 210” would mean HUM DEV 210 needed to be taken before you could enroll in this class).

On the other hand, things listed after “REC:” are recommended (e.g., it’s recommended that you take HUM DEV 331 before HUM DEV 332, but it’s not required). Classes might also have a pre-requisite that you have a certain major or a certain class year in order to register. Keep this in mind, especially if you look at Internet courses. Many of these are offered through Adult Degree and have as a pre-requisite a major in Interdisciplinary Studies, BAS-IST, or Nursing. You will get an error message if you try to enroll in one of those courses and are not a major in one of the above programs. These classes include Sections 183 ONLY of the following: PSYCH 102, HUM DEV 210, HUM DEV 331, HUM DEV 332, HUM DEV 343, HUM DEV 345, HUM DEV 346, and HUM DEV 424. Note that you can request special permission to enroll in these classes (from the instructor and Adult Degree), but not until some time after priority registration has ended. Additional fees may also apply because they are Internet classes, which carry an additional $60 fee and are not included in the “tuition plateau” for full-time students (i.e., have to pay separately for these classes beyond your full-time tuition).

P/HD Club: A Message from the President, Kaitlyn Florer

Hello P/HD Club Members!

First of all, I would like to congratulate the newly-elected officers that will be joining myself and Emma Bretl (vice president) next year:

Areanna Lakowske: Secretary

Craig Van Pay: Treasurer

Taylor Saari: Officer of Communications

We also have several exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, and we hope to see lots of you there!

“How to be a Rockstar Undergrad: Making the most of Your College Career”: March 31 at 5 pm in MAC 237. Professor Martin and Professor Gurung will be presenting on how to make the most out of your time here at UW-GB.

Hygiene/Toy Drive for the Golden House: April 4-8. Drop off any donation items at the booth in the Garden Cafe.

Presentation by Dr. Dave Radosevich on leadership and how psychology plays a role: April 18 at 5:30 pm in the 1965 Room.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Psychology and Human Development Club, feel free to contact me, Kaitlyn Florer.

Psi Chi: A message from the President, Amanda Luedtke

Hi everyone, this is Amanda Luedtke, the Psi Chi president. I hope all of you had a great spring break. Psi Chi has some great events coming up in the next month.

MEETINGS: First, Psi Chi will be holding its general members’ meeting on Monday, April 11, at 5 pm in the Vista Room (MAC 301). This is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow Psychology and Human Development students and to give your ideas on what events you would like Psi Chi to do.

INDUCTION CEREMONY: Psi Chi will be holding its annual Induction ceremony for new members April 8 at 5:30 pm at the Special Events Room in the Kress Center. New members should R.S.V.P. by March 31 if they plan to attend.

GUEST SPEAKER: On April 20 at 5:30 pm (room TBA), there will be a presentation about the recent travel course trip to South Africa that some Human Development and Psychology students took with Professor Illene Noppe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Amanda Luedtke.

Another Scholarship Available! Apply for the Fergus and Bonnie Hughes Scholarship

Human Development and Psychology students are invited to apply for the Fergus and Bonnie Hughes Scholarship.  A scholarship of $1250 for the 2011-12 academic year will be awarded to a HUM DEV or PSYCH major who best exemplifies interdisciplinary academic achievement both in and out of the classroom. Address your letter of application to Dr. Vespia and submit it by April 22, 2011, to hudics@uwgb.edu. The letter should describe your:

1. GPA [overall and in the major(s)],
2. interdisciplinary focus in work both in and outside of class,
3. service, volunteering, and extra-curricular achievements,
4. future plans, and
5. overall eligibility (i.e., Why do you think you are deserving of this scholarship?).

Again, applications should be submitted electronically to hudics@uwgb.edu by April 22, 2011.

Career Tip of the Month: Choose Courses Wisely

As you consider your course options for Fall 2011, think about your future career. What skills (e.g., foreign language, writing, public speaking) might enhance your marketability? What classes will specific graduate programs hope to see on your transcript (e.g., school psychology programs may be looking for Tests and Measurements)? Careful selection of classes can pay off in the future, which is a great reason to consult with your advisor as you consider your options for fall.

Summer Classes and Summer Registration Reminder

We re-print the following message from Dr. Wilson-Doenges, who reminds everyone that the time to think about summer is now! Can’t get in to a class you want for Fall or don’t see it listed on the Fall schedule of classes (e.g., Psychology of Emotion and Organizational and Personnel Psychology)? Think about summer! Registration for summer is open right now, and classes are filling!


HUM DEV 353: Family Development (4W2, afternoons, Dr. Denise Bartell)

PSYCH 438: Counseling Across the Lifespan (4W1, mornings, Dr. Kristin Vespia)

PSYCH 415: Organizational and Personnel Psychology (4W1, HYBRID, afternoons, Dr. David Radosevich)


COMM SCI 205: Social Science Statistics (6W1, Dr. Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges)

HUM DEV 210: Introduction to Human Development (6W1, Dr. Dean VonDras)

HUM DEV 331: Infancy and Early Childhood (4W1, Dr. Melissa Schnurr)

HUM DEV 332: Middle Childhood and Adolescence (4W1, Dr. Lloyd Noppe)

PSYCH 401: Psychology of Women (4W2, Dr. Christine Smith)

PSYCH 417: Psychology of Cognitive Processes  (6W1, Dr. Jennifer Zapf)

PSYCH 424: Psychology of Emotion (6W1, Dr. Ryan Martin)

PSYCH 435: Abnormal Psychology (4W1, Dr. Ryan Martin)

Please note that all of the classes listed above are offered through our department and are open to students who meet the basic pre-requisites. Other PSYCH and HUM DEV classes listed on the summer schedule (i.e., those with section numbers that begin with a “1”) are offered through the Adult Degree program. You will have to request special permission from the instructor and the Adult Degree program to register for those.

Grad School Tip of the Month: Opportunity to Explore Graduate School

Northwestern University is sponsoring a free grad school visit weekend where you can meet their psychology faculty members and learn more about their research, as well as learn more about what grad school is like.  This visit weekend is open to traditionally underrepresented groups (e.g., first generation college students, racial/ethnic minority, GLBT), but you have to apply online.  Check out their website to learn more information and for an application.  Applications are due April 8.

Recycling Registration Resources

RecycleMania is going on right now at UW-Green Bay.  What better way for The Pink Flamingo to pitch in than by “recycling” some classic registration resources from the past?

FAQs About Registration and Advising

This Just In…New Procedure for Declaring a HUM DEV or PSYCH Major or Minor

Research Assistantships: A Student Perspective

Teaching Assistantships: A Student Perspective

Internships: A Student Perspective

Interested in a Research or Teaching Assistantship, Internship? Check Out the Department Want Ads

If you’re interested in research or teaching assistantships, internships, or even volunteer work, you should check out the Human Development and Psychology Want Ads, a website where faculty can post these opportunities. This is a particularly good time to look because most faculty members are looking for their fall semester assistants right now. Keep in mind that not all professors will post openings on the website, so if you don’t see someone listed, you may want to visit the faculty links on the Human Development and Psychology websites, see if that person indicates whether or not he or she usually works with RAs or TAs, and then e-mail the individual to express your interest.

To visit the Want Ads website click here. Don’t forget, though, that these are just internal positions, and that the Phoenix Recruitment Online (PRO) System  through Career Services is where your job search should start. We also have very few internal internship positions. Your internship search might also involve PRO and the list of some of our past internships, but it should begin by making sure you meet pre-requisites and by talking with a faculty member (see our internship policy).