Dr. Lindsay Masland
Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psychology
2020 Jane S. Halonen Teaching Excellence Award
Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP)
“My passion is to help educators make sound instructional choices that lead to transformative educational experiences for the many types of students they have in their classrooms. I try to bring my background of educational psychology and knowledge of the science behind teaching/learning to bear on every aspect of my teaching, research and service.”
Dr. Lindsay Masland, associate professor of psychology
BOONE, N.C. — Dr. Lindsay Masland, associate professor in Appalachian State University’s Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psychology, has been recognized nationally for her excellence as an early career psychologist. She is the 2020 recipient of the Jane S. Halonen Teaching Excellence Award, conferred by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) — Division 2 of the American Psychological Association.
Masland will be presented with a plaque to acknowledge her merit at the STP 19th Annual Conference on Teaching, slated for October. She will also receive a $1,500 prize as part of the award.
Each year, the STP awards six individuals nationally for their excellence in psychological teachings. The organization's Jane S. Halonen Teaching Excellence Award specifically recognizes the excellence of early career psychologists. The award recipients will be announced in the October issue of the peer-reviewed journal Teaching of Psychology.
In her nomination letter for Masland, Dr. Jordan D. Troisi, associate professor of psychology at the University of the South, wrote, “There are many great teachers in STP. And yet, Lindsay is the person I go to when I need teaching advice … It is an honor to know her, to work with her and nominate her for the Jane Halonen Award. I cannot imagine a more fitting candidate.”
“My passion is to help educators make sound instructional choices that lead to transformative educational experiences for the many types of students they have in their classrooms,” Masland said. “I try to bring my background of educational psychology and knowledge of the science behind teaching/learning to bear on every aspect of my teaching, research and service.”
Since joining Appalachian’s faculty in 2011, Masland, who received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and her M.A. and B.A. from Wake Forest University, has been a keynote speaker at the annual Eastern Teaching of Psychology Conference, held in Staunton, Virginia, and for the STP’s Annual Conference on Teaching.
She is the 2020 recipient of the Appalachian State University Excellence in Teaching Award, and was recently named as incoming assistant director for faculty professional development in Appalachian’s Center for Academic Excellence.
She also serves as a consulting editor for the journals Teaching of Psychology and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, both of which focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Masland currently serves on 10 of Appalachian’s departmental committees committed to teaching excellence, and her research focuses include student engagement, effective teaching practices and inclusive excellence in the classroom.
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About the Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psychology
Appalachian’s Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psychology serves more than 1,000 undergraduate majors seeking the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, as well as 80 graduate students in three master’s programs (experimental psychology, school psychology, and industrial-organizational psychology and human resource management) and the clinical psychology (Psy.D.) doctoral program. Learn more at https://psych.appstate.edu.
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The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 16 academic departments, one stand-alone academic program, two centers and one residential college. These units span the humanities and the social, mathematical and natural sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences aims to develop a distinctive identity built upon our university's strengths, traditions and unique location. The college’s values lie not only in service to the university and local community, but through inspiring, training, educating and sustaining the development of its students as global citizens. There are approximately 6,100 student majors in the college. As the college is also largely responsible for implementing Appalachian's general education curriculum, it is heavily involved in the education of all students at the university, including those pursuing majors in other colleges. Learn more at https://cas.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.