Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: June 1, 2021


A message about Fall 2021 

As we adapt to the shifting health climate, please recognize that Fall 2021 is a transitional quarter. The course offerings in PSY/CD reflect a deliberate planning process that resulted in  a strategic combination of virtual and face-to-face course options. We've designed the course schedule in a way that will support student success, provide options, protect the health of our community (faculty, staff, students), and position us to return more fully to pre-pandemic approaches in winter. If you are having difficulty crafting a fall schedule in your preferred learning mode, please make an appointment with Dr. Jipson. There are many options and I am happy to help you think through what's possible.  Thank you for your understanding and patience - it's been a whirlwind for everyone and I'm confident that we will best get through this difficult time by supporting one another as we move toward a new normal.

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This week's deadlines...

  • Deadline for students to change their grading option is Friday June 4th @ 11:59 p.m.  (CR/NC or Graded).

This week's events...

Announcements & Upcoming Events...

  • PSYCD Virtual Graduation Celebration Friday June 11th @ 4 p.m. Seniors graduating in Winter 2021, Spring 2021 or Summer 2021 are invited to submit a short video for our Graduation Celebration. Check your email for details!
  • Permission codes for students doing fieldwork internships in Fall will be sent out during finals week. Students doing research internships need to get permission codes from their supervising faculty.
  • We will allow students who have not taken the GWR to enroll in PSY/CD 461 next fall. Email Robyn Hastin to be provided with a permission number.  
  • Applications to declare a PSY or CD minor will be on hold over the summer.  Apply before the end of finals week or plan to wait until fall.
  • Reminder to join the Poly Child Development Jobs Facebook Page if you're interested in working with families and children.
  • Opportunity to work graduation for $16/hour. Click here. 


DEI Experience Survey Due 6/8th

A committee of PSYCD students and faculty are working on improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in our department and will use the findings of this survey to make policy changes. Please help the PSY&CD department by filling out this anonymous survey.

PSYCD Survey Link                   


                                events calendar


Psychology and Child Development Senior Project Symposium is on Thursday, June 3rd @ 11 a.m.



PCDC Final Exam Sunday Morning Study Event  6/6th 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.





Academic Year 2021-22 Tentative Course Offerings are available on the PSYCD website!

The PSYCD department is providing an advance look at the 2021-22 course schedule.  All offerings are listed as *tentative* and may change.  In Fall, some classes will be offered in person, and some face-to-face. 

  • PSY 458 and CD 411 will not be offered in 2021-22.  If you are a PSY or CD major on the 2017-19 catalog who needs these classes to graduate, please consider the options below. If you would like to discuss an alternative substitution, email  Dr. Jipson.
    • The best options for PSY 458 substitution are PSY 330, PSY 357, PSY 430, PSY 440, and PSY 480. Once you are enrolled in one of these classes, let Robyn Hastin know and she can initiate substitution approval paperwork.
    • The best options for a CD 411 substitution are CD 460, CD 356, or another upper-division CD course. Once you are enrolled in one of these classes, let Robyn Hastin know and she can initiate substitution approval paperwork.
      • Please note that all CD students do still need to take CD 302. There is no substitution for this 2-unit course.
  • We will allow students who have not taken the GWR to enroll in PSY/CD 461 next fall. Email Robyn Hastin to be provided with a permission number.  

General information:


 Spring Commencement Events









Cal Poly’s Virtual Spring Commencement will take place on Friday, June 11, and feature six academic college ceremonies. These virtual ceremonies will feature messages from campus leaders and alumni, memories from your time at Cal Poly, the conferral of degrees and graduate name reading. Ceremonies will be made available by 11 a.m. to watch according to your own schedule.


In addition to the official virtual commencement ceremony, the university will also host modified in-person graduation recognition events – one for each college. For CLA this is Sunday, June 13, 2021 @ 4 p.m.


We are looking forward to celebrating our PSYCD 2021 graduates!  Graduating seniors and MS students should check your email for more details about the informal and fun reception that we know will be virtually the best ever!!

Our 4 p.m. Zoom reception (link to provided before the event) is a chance for graduates and faculty to connect with one another and chat, share memories, ask questions, trade LinkedIn/Twitter/Insta/FB account handles, etc.  Earlier in the day, we will unveil an AMAZING and ENGAGING Flipgrid site where you can enjoy videos posted by fellow graduates, faculty, friends and family.  Extra points if you find a video of a faculty member wearing a chicken hat! 








Faculty Office Hours 

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We have now published Zoom links for faculty office hours on the PSYCD Website. Remember that these times are reserved for you! Drop in with advising questions, career/graduate school questions, or just to introduce yourself and chat.

Remember: Your faculty advisor can serve as your academic and career mentor and their signature is often needed for important paperwork. Be sure to reach out to talk with your faculty advisor on a regular basis. PSY First Year Students and new transfers received an email from the department with the name of your faculty advisor. CD students can find their advisor under Academic Advising on our department website. Students admitted into the PSYCD majors through ICMA will receive an email with advisor information.

Student Advisory Committee 

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The PSYCD Student Advisory Committee provides consultation to the faculty on relevant undergraduate and graduate student issues.

They are ready to bring your comments and concerns to the department so email any member directly. Read about and find contact information for the committee members here: Student Advisory Committee   

The SLO Counseling Service at Cal Poly is taking new clients for FREE short-term counseling and consultation. 


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The clinic is staffed by advanced graduate students in the psychology department and treats Cal Poly students as well as individuals, couples, families, and children from the community.  During this time of the novel corona virus, services are offered virtually and they are free. Please call 805.756.1532 for an appointment. Sessions will be conducted by phone or computer. 




Mustang News is hiring!

Mustang News is hiring across all of the Mustang Media Group platforms – Mustang News, KCPR, Mustang Business – and are looking for aspiring journalists, video reporters, photographers, social media coordinators, advertising account executives, designers and so many more. The official list of positions is: News Multimedia Journalist, Sports Multimedia Journalist, Opinion Columnist, KCPR Content Writer, Arts and Student Life Multimedia Journalist, Podcast Producer, Podcast Manager, KCPR News Reporter, Data Reporter, Content Editor, Data Analyst, Video Reporter, Bilingual Journalist, Designer, Photographer, KCPR Designer, Social Media Coordinator, Advertising Designer, Advertising Account Executive

Changing the game takes talent — yours. Join us! For more information visit

For further questions about any of the positions, feel free to contact next year’s Editor in Chief Tessa Hughes at

New Cal Poly club focuses on mental health

Wazo Connect is a new student organization that aims to improve mental health on our campus through peer mentorship and wellness activities. We offer all students in need with a peer mentor for 6 weeks per quarter. All our mentors are trained and hand-picked to help their mentees feel comforted and connected to campus life. The mentee and mentor will have goal-oriented weekly meetings for 1-3 hours for 6 weeks in the quarter. We also offer 4 Wazo Wellness activities per quarter which are designed to provide our mentees with alternative forms of self-care and self-expression. Previous workshops were on meditation, aromatherapy, yoga, dance, improv and more. 

We are reaching out to see if YOU would be interested in pursuing a position in our club as a board member or mentor! Links to the applications are listed below. Help us improve mental health at Cal Poly! If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at!

Link to Mentor application! 

Link to Board Member Application! 

Genetic Counseling Student Interest Group




Poly Canyon Ventures is now accepting applications

If you are interested in everything sustainability, VC, entrepreneurship, or are looking to gain more experience then please apply! PCV is looking to bring in new creative thoughts regardless of experiences and/or major. Please see the flyer here or for any questions feel free to reach out to

Teaching for Inclusivity and Equity Program

Cal Poly's new residency program, Teaching for Inclusivity and Equity Residency (TIER) funds residents 27K to attend the program. They make a 3-yr commitment to work in either Santa Maria or Lucia Mar after the program.  These students are also desirable employee candidates because these partner districts will be involved in their training throughout the program. In the news

Are you interested in a health-related profession?

If you are thinking of pursuing a health-related career (e.g. medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, public health) check out Cal Poly's Peer Health Advising Blog to learn about workshops and events happening this quarter.



Off-Campus Research, Mentoring, Conference, and Employment Opportunities 

*New announcements will be posted in full for 2 weeks. You can access prior Tuesday Newsday announcements via the links at the end of this page. There's lots of good stuff in the archives - check it out!



grad school info



  • Get Extra Cash for Summer – Sign Up to Work at Cal Poly’s In-Person Graduate Recognition Events! Cal Poly students have the opportunity to make some extra cash by working at the spring graduate recognition events at Spanos Stadium! Benefits: Earn $16 per hourMultiple shifts available during finals week and commencement weekend, June 7-13. Free coffee and hearty snacks all day

    • Tasks include: greet guests at stadium gates, walk the field to ensure that graduates find their seats, greet students on O’Neill green as they walk through a series of stations prior to entering the stadium, work with safety and security personnel to ensure guests have access to shuttles, wheelchairs, First Aid; 

    • All students will be required to follow public health guidelines (masking, physical distancing, hand-washing, etc.) at all times and will need to participate in a short training prior to the event.

      Student Registration Form – Please sign up today!  If you have any questions, please reach out to  

  • Americorp has openings for positions within People's Self Help Housing, SLO Noor Clinic Foundation, ECOSLO, Cal Poly CSA, Cal Poly Men & Masculinities program, as well as the SLO Botanical Garden, and more! This specific AmeriCorps program is unique in that fellows are placed to serve within non-profits and related agencies across the county. VIP stands for "volunteer infrastructure program," as the main charge of the AmeriCorps fellows deals with volunteer recruitment, training, community engagement, and other “behind-the-scenes” work within non-profits. It is a great opportunity for graduating students to gain an insight into the non-profit field, work within their field of interest, earn an education award, and serve their SLO community through a year of service. Apply here:

  • Join the Poly Child Development Club Jobs Facebook Page to see postings for work with children and families. 

  • Family Care Network is hiring a Rehabilitation Specialist!

  • County of San Luis Obispo is hiring a B.H. Specialist!

  • Evolve Treatment Centers is hiring!

  • Little Sprouts SLO and Avila are hiring for the summer! Little Sprouts is an infant and toddler daycare for children 5 months to 3.5 years old. Fun work environment with flexible hours/ schedule. Looking for both full-time and part-time positions! If interested, please email

  • Law Foundation of Silicon Valley is hiring a summer intern! The intern will work primarily in a project to analyze data related to evictions, but may work on other projects as requested by attorneys. This can include help with research, data collection, filing, and case investigation. The project will require the intern to work on-site and do field work in San Jose, so the intern must be able to travel to San Jose to work on the project.

  • Hand In Hand Preschool and Infant Center is seeking a full-time Infant, Toddler and Preschool Teacher!

  • Center for Autism & Related Disorders (CARD) is hiring!

  • United Methodist Preschool is hiring a teacher!

  • River Way Ranch Camp is searching for college students who are passionate about working with youth in the outdoors and who would love an opportunity to further their education and training.  They provide over 55 hours of in-depth training, including American Red Cross Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED,  Ropes Challenge Course Facilitation, child behavior and emotional skills training, and more. Furthermore, they focus on developing critical soft skills such as reliability, communication, teamwork, and problem-solving. This paid position provides full room and board, and it is an opportunity that can bolster resumes and advance career development in this area of study. River Way Ranch Camp is located in the foothills of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park and just 35 minutes east of Fresno, CA. Find them on as one of the ‘50 Most Amazing Summer Camps in the U.S.’ For more information, please click here.

Internships (PAID AND UNPAID) and mentoring programs

  • The Center for Children and Families at Florida International University announces Summer Treatment Program Counselor, Research Assistant, and Teacher/Classroom Aide positions for 2020. The Summer Treatment Program (STP) provides services to children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, learning problems, and related behavior problems. The program provides treatment tailored to children's individual behavioral and learning difficulties. More information here!

  • The Plasticity in Neurodevelopment (PINE) Lab at Northeastern University is hiring a lab coordinator to start late spring/early summer 2021. This person will have the opportunity to work on a series of projects using neuroimaging to examine neurodevelopmental mechanisms linking experiences of stress and adversity to social and affective learning. The person in this role will gain experience with all aspects of the research process, which could serve as a launch pad to graduate studies. A two-year full-time commitment is preferred, and we encourage applications from members of under-represented groups in science. Click here for additional information. 

  • The Leonard Learning Lab at Yale, directed by Dr. Julia Leonard, is seeking a full-time lab manager for a 2-year-position to begin around July 2021. The lab investigates the underlying cognitive capacities and environmental factors that shape children’s learning and persistence. This position is ideal for those interested in gaining more research experience before pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology, cognitive science, or education. The lab manager will work closely with the PI, participate in all aspects of the research process, and have the potential to co-author posters and manuscripts and attend conferences. The successful candidate will be a founding member of a new lab and benefit from being part of the broader intellectual community at Yale. Click here for more information.

  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. Search the 2021 REU opportunities for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences here! Deadlines vary per program.


  • STANFORD HOME SLEEP STUDY NEEDS PARTICIPANTS! Do you want to learn more about your sleep? The Stanford Home Sleep Study is seeking participants with or without sleep-time teeth grinding for a remote research project studying the relationship between sleep and well-being.  This at-home sleep study observes your natural sleep for two weeks, using three easy-to-wear devices sent to you in the mail. The study also involves two health and well-being surveys, two virtual info sessions, and daily text surveys. You can participate entirely from the comfort of your home. Benefits and compensation include a sleep report based on your data, up to $80 via Amazon gift card, and helping the study team work toward a better understanding of how to improve sleep and quality of life.You may be eligible if you are between the ages of 18 and 49, are proficient in English, and live in the Pacific Time Zone or Arizona.Interested? To sign up or learn more, visit Please don't hesitate to email the study team at with any questions. 


How do I get help with the technology I need for my online classes?

  • It will be essential to have regular home internet access this academic year. It will also be helpful to have access to a computer, but in most cases you should be able to access content on a smart device (e.g., iPad, tablet, phone). If you need any help with technology send an email to
  • Cal Poly Information Technology Services is offering access to certain software previously only available in on-campus computer labs. Learn more about Virtual Computer Lab.

How can I learn more about senior project?

We have updated information about Senior Projects on the department website including an Online Learning Update.

Planning your schedule for the year?

We have updated the Tentative Course Offerings link to reflect the courses we are offering this academic year. REMEMBER, however, things can change so check back often. 

And as always....

To make an advising appointment with Dr. Jipson, please use the link below. Remember - if you make an appointment, keep it! Or cancel it ahead of time.  Thanks!


Advising Appointments with Dr. Jipson

For ICMA requests, please complete the Eligibility Inquiry Form prior to attempting to meet with Dr. Jipson.  Email with any questions. 

Tuesday Newsday Archives

May 25, 2021

May 18, 2021

May 11, 2021

April 27, 2021

April 20, 2021

April 13, 2021

April 6, 2021

March 30, 2021

March 15, 2021 (scroll to the bottom to see links to all archived Tuesday Newsdays from Winter 2021)

December 1, 2020 (scroll to the bottom to see links to all archived Tuesday Newsdays from Fall 2020)




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