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UGA counseling department to be APA graduate student teaching association site

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia’s department of counseling and human development services has been chosen as host site for the next three years for the Graduate Student Teaching Association, an affiliate organization of the American Psychological Association.

The department was selected by the APA’s Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2) to be the GSTA host institution from 2011-14, said Rosemary Phelps, professor and head of the department based in the UGA College of Education, who will serve as the faculty adviser for the GSTA.

“Hosting the GSTA is another example of our department’s commitment to teaching and learning at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. With programs such as the Preparing Future Faculty in Psychology program, we are well poised to continue influencing the psychology profession through the preparation of future psychology faculty,” said Phelps.

Created in 2002, the GSTA provides psychology graduate student teachers and teaching assistants with an array of services to hone their teaching skills. The GSTA is an avenue for graduate students in psychology and related fields to integrate information relevant to their career development as future contributing members of the professoriate.

“The University of Georgia is known for its efforts to prepare future faculty,” said Dana Dunn, 2010 president of the society.

For the past three years, the University of New Hampshire has been the GSTA host institution. Previous host institutions have been the University of Akron and Auburn University.

UGA’s counseling graduate program has been ranked perennially in the nation’s top 10 since U.S. News & World Report began its graduate rankings. It is currently ranked fourth in the nation.

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