We are dedicated to breaking the habit of prejudice and discrimination. We are working together to overcome these social issues by spreading awareness of the problem, establishing harmony between groups, and promoting acceptance of differences.
History documents the repeated devaluation and exclusion of certain groups. Even today, while it may be less evident, discrimination affects people of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities. But if individuals and groups stand up and speak out, things can and will change. Our differences are inconsequential when it comes to being human. Therefore, they should not affect how we treat other individuals.
Twenty students. One professor. A single united cause: Working together to spread awareness of prejudice, establish harmony between groups, and promote acceptance of our differences.
Mary Kite received her B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. from Purdue University. A social psychologist, she is currently Professor of Social Psychology at Ball State University. Strongly committed to psychology education at all levels, she is Past-President of The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP, APA Division 2); she has held a number of other leadership roles for STP. She also chaired the APA Presidential Task Force on Diversity Education Resources and is Past President of the Midwestern Psychological Association. She is a Fellow of APA Divisions 2, 8, 9, 35, & 44 and of the Association for Psychological Science and the Midwestern Psychological Association. She maintains an active research program in the area of stereotyping and prejudice, including co-authoring The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination (3e) with Bernard Whitley, Jr.; Kite and Whitley also co-authored Principles of Research in Behavioral Science (4e). The co-edited book Navigating Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Social Justice (Mary Kite, Kim Case, and Wendy Williams), is forthcoming from APA Press. Recognitions include the Charles L. Brewer Award for Distinguished Teaching in Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation (2014) and a Presidential Citation from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (2011). She was selected as a G. Stanley Hall Lecturer for the American Psychological Association in 2009. In 2013, Mary Kite was Virginia Ball Center Fellow in Ball State University's Center for Creative Inquiry. This website, created with her seminar students, was recognized with a Social Psychology Action Teaching Award (Honorable Mention, 2014) and an Innovative Teaching Award (Honorable Mention 2014) by the Society for the Scientific Study of Social Issues (SPSSI).
Mary E. Kite, PhD
Department of Counseling Psychology, Social Psychology, and Counseling
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
I developed two measures to assess attitudes toward homosexuality, the Homosexuality Attitude Scale and the Component Measure of Attitudes Toward Homosexuality. Either can be modified to assess attitudes toward gay men or lesbians by changing the statements within the measure.
This co-edited book (Mary Kite, Kim Case, and Wendy Williams; forthcoming from APA Press) aims to provide a prepared and directly relevant source for some of the most common and challenging dilemmas for educators teaching about social justice.
The third edition of our textbook, The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination, is available from Routledge (Taylor and Francis). Our textbook offers a comprehensive, research-based, review of the literature on prejudice and discrimination. The text covers a broad range of topics from race and ethnicity to gender, sexual orientation, ageism, lookism, and ability. We integrate theory and research with personal experiences and address the factors that shape prejudices.
Intended for beginning graduate or advanced undergraduate students, our book, Principles of Research in Behavioral Science (3e), published by Routledge (Taylor and Francis) provides a comprehensive review of research methods used in psychology and related disciplines. Featuring examples from all fields of psychology, the book addresses laboratory and field research and covers topics that are often omitted in other texts including correlational and qualitative research and integrative literature reviews.