Bethany College faculty member selected to participate in advanced placement program reading

Deanna DouglasNEW YORK, June 25, 2012—Bethany College Assistant Professor of Psychology Deanna Douglas, Ph.D., was selected to participate in her seventh reading and rating of College Board’s Annual Advanced Placement (AP) exam in psychology.

Douglas attended the invitation-only event to read and grade 220,000 AP free-response essays with more than 450 psychology readers over the course of a week. The readers had over 99% inter-rater reliability, meaning that when two faculty members read an essay, they gave it the same grade over 99% of the time.The keynote speaker was Diane Halpern, former president of American Psychological Association (APA), who spoke on the idea of teaching critical thinking as a way to change the world.

 Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather in the U.S. to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP exams. The Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school.

AP courses cover 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam that require students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue. Research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students. In 2011, more than 11,000 AP Readers evaluated more than 3.4 million AP Exams.

Douglas has been an assistant professor and department chair of psychology at Bethany College since 2006. From Wichita State University, she earned her bachelor’s in psychology with a minior in math magna cum laude, master’s in experimental psychology, and her doctorate in community/clinical psychology.

Douglas’ research interests include student perceptions of cheating, human and companion animal attachment and relinquishment, and student perceptions of teaching effectiveness. She has co-chaired the Southwestern Psychological Association Annual Convention and presented papers, posters, and symposia at various research conferences. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Society for Teaching Psychology (Division 2, APA), Southwestern Psychological Association, Society for Applied Multivariate Research, and Psi Chi, National Honor Society in Psychology.

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu/.

Caption: Bethany College Assistant Professor of Psychology Deanna Douglas, Ph.D., was selected to participate in her seventh reading and rating of College Board’s Annual Advanced Placement (AP) exam in psychology.

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