Claremont Symposium on Applied Social Psychology

Enhancing Teaching and Learning: Lessons from Social Psychology

Saturday, March 28, 2009

two students studying with professor

Over the past 22 years, the Claremont Symposium on Applied Social Psychology has examined a broad range of topics crucial to our understanding of human relationships and the building of a healthy, diverse society. The 2009 Claremont Symposium continued this tradition as we considered applications of social psychology to teaching and learning.

This one-day conference, co-sponsored by Claremont Graduate University and Xavier University of Louisiana, was held in Claremont, California on Saturday, March 28, 2009. The conference considered questions such as:

  • How and why do student experiences in higher-education differ?
  • How can educators best support student well-being?
  • From where does student motivation come?
  • How can we help our students become better citizens and better people?
  • How do professors’ behaviors impact student motivation and learning?
  • What constitutes a high-quality, engagement-fostering relationship between student and teacher?
  • How can professors bridge racial, ethnic, or generational divides?
  • How can the scholarship of teaching and learning optimize teaching and enhance student learning?

The conference brought together psychological scientists and educators working in higher-education settings. The meeting featured four keynote speakers, two panels addressing student and faculty development, poster presentations by audience members, and opportunities for in-depth discussion of strategies for applying speakers’ ideas to higher education.  Video from the conference will be posted on this site in the future.


Click on any of the speakers’ names below to visit their homepages, or click on the talk title to see free online video of any of the talks.

8:30 am – Opening Remarks

Dr. Debra Mashek, Harvey Mudd College

8:45 am – First Keynote Speaker

Shining with Scholarship: Galvanizing Teaching and Learning with SoTL and Social Psychology

Dr. Regan Gurung, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay


9:45 am – Second Keynote Speaker

Academic Self-Concept: Models, Measurement, Influences and Enhancements

Dr. John Hattie, University of Auckland


10:30 am – 11:00 am – Discussion with Dr. John Hattie

11:00 am – Break

11:15 am – Panel

How Can Educators Best Support Student Well-Being?


Dr. Elizabeth Yost Hammer, Xavier University of Louisiana


Dr. Anthony Antonio, Stanford University Dr. Tracy McLaughlin-Volpe, Emerson College

12:15 – Lunch

1:30 pm – Third Keynote Speaker

Relationships that Support Autonomy and Engagement

Dr. Johnmarshall Reeve, University of Iowa


2:15 pm – 2:45 pm – Discussion with Dr. Johnmarshall Reeve

2:45 pm – Break

3:00 pm – Panel

How do Professors’ Behaviors Impact Student Motivation and Learning?


Dr. Debra Mashek, Harvey Mudd College


Dr. Elliott Hammer, Xavier University of Louisiana Dr. Janie Wilson, Georgia Southern University

4:00 pm – Fourth Keynote

Can Students Learn to be Better Citizens and Better People? Only if We Teach for Long-Term Retention and Transfer

Dr. Diane F. Halpern, Claremont McKenna College

4:45 pm – 5:15 pm – Discussion with Diane Halpern

5:15 pm – Closing comments

Dr. Elizabeth Yost Hammer, Xavier University of Louisiana


Beckman Hall, the Olin Science Center
Harvey Mudd College
at the Claremont University Consortium
1250 North Dartmouth Ave.
Claremont, CA 91711

For additional information, call the Claremont Graduate University Psychology Department at (909) 607-9016 or e-mail

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Claremont Graduate University


Xavier University of Louisiana

Conference Planning Committee


Dr. Debra Mashek, Harvey Mudd College


Dr. Elizabeth Yost Hammer, Xavier University of Louisiana

About the Applied Social Psychology Symposium Series

Follow this link to learn about previous symposia in this series, and to order the volumes previously produced from the research presented.

Last updated 4/10/09