UTOPSS is a grassroots organization affiliated with the American Psychological Association’s Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS). In a unique partnership, Westminster College and UTOPSS collaborate to improve the teaching of scientific psychology at the high school level by hosting the UTOPSS Fall Conference for High School Psychology Teachers. This conference provides opportunities for teachers to learn new content, obtain new teaching resources, and build professional networks.
Dr. David G. Myers (Hope College, MI)
About the Presenter
David G. Myers is an internationally renowned scientist, author, and teacher whose research and writing have covered a wide range of topics, including group behavior, prejudice, personality, religion, intuition, hearing loss, and personal well-being. Over the past 35 years he has published 18 books, including best-selling textbooks and dozens of scientific articles in leading journals such as Science, Psychological Bulletin, Psychological Science, and the American Psychologist.
Presentation sponsored by Bedford, Freeman, & Worth Publishers.
Dr. Tom Golightly (Brigham Young University)
About the Presenter
Dr. Golightly is the Associate Clinical Director for BYU Counseling and Psychological Services. He joined the clinical faculty in 2008 and the sports medicine team in 2014. Golightly is responsible for treating a variety of mental health issues in order to help student-athletes remove any obstacles preventing successful academic and sport performance. He conducts individual, couples and group therapy for student-athletes. He also teaches two courses for the university – Performance Psychology and Contemporary Issues for Student-athletes.
Dr. Matthew L. Sanders (Utah State University)
About the Presenter
Dr. Sanders is an Associate Professor of communication studies and an Associate Dean of Humanities and Social Science at Utah State University. He holds a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Matt conducts research in the areas of nonprofit organizations and student empowerment and his work has been published in academic journals in communication, business, and public administration. He is the author of the book Becoming a Learner: Realizing the Opportunity of Education, which is used in First Year Experience programs at several universities.
Participant Idea Share
A portion of the UTOPSS Conference focuses on sharing your ideas for teaching concepts, managing classes, updating technological prowess, or other tidbits that can help improve teaching methods and students' learning.
To participate, contact Emily Checketts by Nov. 2, 2022 and, provide:
- The title or subject of your presentation
- An electronic copy of any handouts (alternatively, you can bring 70, 3-hole punched copies to the conference, but you still must contact Emily by Nov. 2)
- AP Psychology: Annette Nielsen (WXHS) and Kristin Whitlock (Davis HS)
- Introductory Psychology: Jonathan Lundgreen (Tooele HS)
- Sports Psychology: Shannon Guymon (Northridge High School) and Rachel Farrell (Farmington HS)
Registration is $60 until Friday, October 28, 2022, and includes materials, continental breakfast, lunch, and a certificate of completion. After October 28, registration will increase to $70. You must register online in advance. Online registration allows for check or credit card payment and there are no registration refunds.
If your district requires you to pay your registration fee with a check, make the check payable to Westminster College and either bring it with you to the conference with a copy of your registration email confirmation or mail it by October 28, 2022, to:
Davis High School
325 S. Main Street
Kaysville, Utah 84037
Contact Kristin Whitlock with registration questions.
You will receive a visitor parking pass by email after registration. Print the pass and leave it on your dashboard. The pass is valid for any campus lot and only on the days of the conference. Due to construction along 1300 E, access campus from 1700 S and park in the structure west of the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts or in the structure under Dumke Field. Both structures are accessible, and the entrances are on 1200 E, off 1700 S.
If it's time to join or renew your TOPSS membership, you can do so for $50. There are many benefits included with a membership.
- Westminster College; Department of Psychology
- Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS)
- University of Utah; Department of Psychology