Landrum/Davis provides strategies for success that will allow students to achieve their career goals, whatever they may be. The authors provide fundamental tips and advice that can be useful to all students, but especially useful for psychology majors.
The approach of this book is applied—to provide students with practical, timely, up-to-date information. This text standardizes and catalogs much of the practical advice that professors often give to students—providing tips on how to do well in all classes, how to find research ideas, and how to write papers in general APA format.
Also, the book contains up-to-date career information that faculty might not normally have at their fingertips, including the latest salary figures for a number of psychology-related jobs and occupations. Other benefits include the coverage of ethics for undergraduate students, sections on self-reflection, and an overview of disciplines related to psychology.
Chapter-end, "hands-on" exercises.
-Involves students in the text of the chapter and improves their understanding
"Success Stories" narratives in almost every chapter
-Adds personal perspectives of well-respected and knowledgeable faculty members around the country.
Updated statistical data.
-Supplies students with current information about jobs, salary, employment rates, etc.
Practical, applicable content such as a sample resume, letter graduate school, and curriculum vita
-Focuses on the real job market, gaining admission to graduate school, and general tips for improving employability.
Interactive writing style—Speaks to students clearly, with a touch of humor.
-Holds students' interest and allows the authors to "connect" with readers.
Dr. R. Eric Landrum received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology with an emphasis in Quantitative Methodology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1989, and joined the Boise State University Psychology Department in 1992. He served as Chair of the Psychology Department from 1996-2000. For the 2005-2006 academic year, he served as the Interim Chair of the Psychology Department. The general trend underlying Dr. Landrum's research centers on college student success. How can we best create a teaching and learning environment that allows students to achieve their academic goals? Much of this work involves the development of survey and questionnaire instruments to measure behavioral outcomes--involving good theoretical design of instruments, establishment of validity and reliability, and other measurement operations.
Stephen F. Davis is Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. Currently he is Visiting Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Texas Wesleyan University and Distinguished Guest Professor at Morningside College. In 2002—2003 he was the Knapp Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from Southern Methodist University and his PhD in experimental psychology from Texas Christian University. In 2007 he was awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Morningside College. His research, which always includes student assistants, has investigated such diverse topics as academic dishonesty, learning versus grade orientation of students, Type A personality, the Impostor Phenomenon, and the behavioral effects of ingesting toxic metals. He is the author of more than 300 journal articles, 31 books, and more than 900 convention presentations.
Table of Contents
1. Why College?
2. Why Psychology?
3. Careers with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology
4. Pursuing Bachelor’s-Level Options
5. Career Options with a Master’s Degree or Doctoral Degree
6. The Graduate Admissions Process
7. Research and Teaching Assistantships
8. Getting Involved: Internships and Organizations
9. Sharpening Library and Research Skills
10. An APA Format Primer
11. Doing Well in Psychology Classes: Study Tips
12. Ethical Issues for Psychology Majors
13. Psychology and Other Options: Nurturing Your Career