Open to all Social Science faculty, instructors, and graduate student instructors, this one-day workshop aims to create opportunities for sharing best practices in the teaching of senior undergraduate capstones. To register, please contact Dr. Tiffany Artime,

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Northwest Summit for Teaching Senior Capstone

Participants and their departments will benefit from an opportunity to hear expert research and tips on capstone approaches as well as to share ideas across institutions about capstone successes and challenges. Special focus will be placed on capstone research projects and best practices in mentoring students’ semi-independent research. This summit is sponsored and partially funded by a Society for the Teaching of Psychology Promoting Partnerships Grant awarded to Dr. Tiffany Artime and Dr. Jeremy Newton, Department of Psychology, Saint Martin’s University.


8:30–9:00 a.m.Registration and continental breakfast
9:00–10:00 a.m.Session One: Keynote session 1
10:00–11:00 a.m.Session Two: Breakout workshops
11:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.Session Three: Keynote session 2
12:00–1:00 p.m.Lunch and networking
1:00–2:00 p.m.Session Four: Research capstone panel
2:00–3:00 p.m.Session Five: Participant Idea Exchange (PIE)
3:00–4:00 p.m.Session Six: Assessing capstones
4:00 p.m.Reception with wine and hors d'oeuvres


Keynote speakers

Kristin A. Wesner, Ph.D.

Kristin A. Wesner, Ph.D.

Kristin is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Iowa State University and has been teaching for twelve years. Capstone Psychology Research has been an annual part of her teaching repertoire since joining the Clarke faculty in 2009 and she greatly enjoys mentoring students through the research process. From 2010-2012, she was a contributor to the Society for the Teaching of Psychology National Capstone Project under the leadership of Dr. Jean Johnson that explored institutions’ varied Capstone experiences. Kristin’s primary area of research is in close relationships, with particular focus on social comparison and the influence of social media on romantic relationships.

Patricia Marsh, Ph.D.

Patricia Marsh, Ph.D.

Dr. Patricia A. Marsh completed a Social/Personality Psychology Ph.D. in 2004 from Kansas State University studying assessment of student learning. Since spring of 1999, Associate Professor Marsh has taught a wide variety of undergraduate courses including orientation to the major and senior capstone courses, statistics and research methods (with and without labs) at public and private universities with diverse populations of students. She has been an invited trainer for a Tactical Psychological Operations Company for the U.S. Army Reserves. She has mentored and sponsored student projects for over 95 students (both graduate and undergraduate).  

She has given at least 30 presentations specifically on the topics of assessment of student learning and scholarship of teaching and learning.  She is among the Society for Teaching in Psychology’s Capstone Mentors contact list and her expertise often results in serving on a wide-range of university committees, such as Higher Learning Commission Criterion 3 and 4, Student Learning Outcomes Task Force, General Education Steering Committee, and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Advisory board.  At previous institutions she has earned the rank of Associate Professor.  As of August 2016, she will be a Data Analyst Senior in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.


Travel information

Seattle-Tacoma (Seatac) International Airport is the nearest airport at only an hour away.

Ramada in Olympia has conference rates starting at $99.

The summit will be held at Saint Martin's University Norman Worthington Conference Center. See map »