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Teaching Conference Honors B. LaConyea Butler, Ph.D.

March 2016

B. LaConyea Butler, Ph.D., longtime psychology department faculty member, was honored at the 28th Annual Southeastern Teaching of Psychology (SETOP) conference held in Atlanta on March 4 – 5, 2016. Before her retirement in 2014, Dr. Butler was a stalwart supporter of SETOP, attending every annual gathering through the conference’s first 26 years. After her passing in August 2015, SETOP organizers decided to partner with the Spelman Department of Psychology to highlight Dr. Butler’s contributions to the teaching of psychology at the 2016 conference. To this end, the program included the B. LaConyea Butler Memorial Symposium, featuring two of Dr. Butler’s former students who are now faculty members themselves. In addition to sharing memories of Dr. Butler, Rihana Mason, Ph.D, C’99, of Emmanuel College presented an overview of undergraduate research training at small Southeastern liberal arts colleges, and J. Celeste Walley-Jean, Ph.D., C’95, of Clayton State University shared teaching strategies from her gender and sexuality courses.

SETOP 2016 Butler AwardAlong with the symposium, the Spelman Department of Psychology sponsored the inaugural B. LaConyea Butler Poster Presentation Award, presented for the scholarly poster judged to best represent Dr. Butler’s interests in the psychology of women and gender, multicultural psychology, undergraduate research and innovation in assessment.  This year’s awardee was Jessica Busler of Auburn University, who along with her co-authors, presented an empirical study entitled “Inquiries into Ineffective College and University Teaching.”  The poster award will serve as a continuing legacy honoring Dr. Butler in future years.

Spelman faculty members who participated in this year’s SETOP conference include Nayena Blankson, Erin Bradley, Karen Brakke, Jimmeka Guillory, Sandra Patterson and Valerie Taylor.

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