Google Values Soft Skills

“The seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas.”

Sounds a lot like the skill set you develop in Psychology and LAS.

(STEM expertise is #8, and you get that with our major, as well!)

Read the article in today’s Washington Post.


Graduating Students – Declare Your Concentration and Apply to Graduate!

If you plan to graduate in Spring 2018 or Summer 2018, please be sure to add your name to the appropriate graduation list in Enterprise by applying to graduate. Just follow the instructions in Enterprise Self-Service. For Spring 2018 graduation, you will need to do this by the 10th day of classes (Monday, January 29). This will notify the College of LAS that you intend to complete your degree; your records officer will contact you if there are any shortages towards the completion of your degree.

Keep in mind that when you apply to graduate, your current major and concentration (if any) will be what you are applying under. If you are graduating between December 2017 and December 2018 and wish to declare a concentration, please do so as soon as possible. If you have already applied to graduate and still need to add a concentration, we can still do that, too! Just let me know.

To check your degree audit in uAchieve, log in at, select UKV as the College, use the drop-down menu to find the appropriate concentration, and choose Fall 2015 or later as the catalog year (for Social, Personality, Intradisciplinary, Diversity Science, and Cognitive Neuroscience, choose Fall 2017 or later).

If you have already applied to graduate for December 2017, May 2018, or August 2018 and you do not need to declare a concentration, ignore this post!

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Social Justice Educator Paraprofessional Program

Social Justice Educator Paraprofessional
Diversity Education

Do You Want to…

Serve as a peer leader on campus?

Help create and maintain a welcoming and safe campus community?

Work collaboratively with students and organizations to learn more about different populations and create new and creative programs?

Expand your knowledge about social identities and how to be more inclusive?

Develop public speaking and interpersonal communication skills?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, then this is the leadership opportunity you’ve been searching for. Apply today to become a workshop facilitator for DiversityEd Social Justice Educator Paraprofessional Program. The program provides students the opportunity to broaden their understanding of diversity and social justice issues. Through training courses, students will learn how to facilitate and develop interactive learning programs in the form of workshops.

The link to apply is !

For more information, please contact Teryl Brewster, Program Coordinator @


Illinois Summit on Diversity in Psychological Science

The Department of Psychology is sponsoring the Illinois Summit on Diversity in Psychological Science, March 26-28, 2018. The Summit aims to set a new agenda for research in psychological science that will transform the way we think about diversity and its context in the academy and in society more broadly.

Registration will begin on November 13 at: The website will not be available until November 13.

Student registration is limited to 50 undergraduates–first-come-first-serve basis & registration fees will be waived for those attending the conference.

Questions? Contact:

Drop-ins and Appointments

Hi everybody!

I’ll have all-day drop-ins tomorrow, Friday, October 20: 9:00 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 4:00. Tomorrow is the drop deadline, as well as the Credit/No-Credit and Grade Replacement deadline. If you need to drop a course, get a CR/NC form signed, or discuss Grade Replacement, please stop by the Advising Office – just sign in at the front desk in Room 12.

As a heads-up, during the three weeks of registration (Oct. 30 – Nov. 17), we’ll be trying something new in the Advising Office. We’re going to try “Express Advising Appointments” of 20-minutes in length to cut down on the lines that often happen during drop-ins. Our hope is that this will also allow more people to get in to see us during this busy period. We cannot change over to 20-minute appointments until after Friday, October 27, so don’t be alarmed that no appointment times are available in the On-Line Scheduler for the weeks of registration yet. They will appear at the end of the day next Friday!


August, December, and May Grads – Declare Your Concentration or Complete a Major Plan of Study

Concentration – get it?!

If you are planning to graduate in August 2017, December 2017, or May 2018 and you have not yet declared a concentration in Psychology, please contact me. All students who began their undergraduate education Fall 2015 or later are required to declare a concentration, and any student who began their undergraduate education before then has the option to choose a concentration or graduate without a concentration in Psychology. If you wish to graduate without a concentration, we’ll need to complete a Major Plan of Study (12 hours of approved supporting coursework) prior to graduation.




Advising Office Relocation for SU17

Hi all!

As you may already know, there is some construction going on in the Psychology Building this summer. The lower level (G) is closed for the time being, and the Advising Office has moved upstairs to Room 608. My summer office is Room 615.

During the summer months, please e-mail me to make an appointment. I won’t be available for regular drop-ins during the summer.

Cunningham Children’s Home – Information Session

Are you interested in working with children and adolescents in a clinical setting?

PSYC 340-341 is a year-long service learning course in which students intern at Cunningham Children’s Home, an Urbana residential treatment facility serving children with severe emotional/behavioral problems. Youth are between ages 10 and 17 years.

Internship opportunities include:

Cottage counselors
Teacher’s aides at on-campus schools
Group Home intern
Recreational Therapist intern
Other placements are occasionally available at the discretion of the agency.
This is a year-long sequence. You must commit to taking both PSYC 340 (Fall) and PSYC 341 (Spring).

Find out more at an upcoming information session:
Wednesday, March 8
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Room 21 Psychology Building

Apply here by March 15, or contact Faaiza Khan for more information .