Welcome to the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP)
May 23, 2018
One of the great joys of being STP president is being able to give up to two presidential citations “in recognition of significant career contributions to the teaching of psychology.” I am pleased to announce that this year’s presidential citations go to:
Jacquelyn (Jacky) Cranney (University of New South Wales)
Dr. Cranney, as her frequent co-author Dana Dunn writes, “works to create meaningful connections and, in many cases, professional alliances, among educators who are interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning from around the world... She and her co-authors have produced numerous articles and books aimed at helping teachers and students recognize how a psychology education fundamentally changes their outlook on how to tackle the challenges of daily life.” Dr. Cranney’s contributions to the teaching of psychology are immeasurable.
Dr. Cranney will receive her citation later this year at time and location to be determined.
Warren R. Street (emeritus, Central Washington University)
Dr. Street is the person who, with years of research and countless hours spent in archives in Washington, D.C., created the website Today in the History of Psychology. I know many of you have used his resource to start your classes. “What happened today in the history of psychology?” Dr. Street, following his retirement, kindly donated his remarkable database to STP.
Dr. Street will receive his citation at STP’s Annual Conference on Teaching in Phoenix (October 19 and 20).
Today in the History of Psychology database
Chris Koch (George Fox University) is the first STP editor – and the second editor ever – of Today in the History of Psychology. We anticipate that the database will be available on the STP website in the next few months.
Upcoming STP conference programming
Speaking of conferences, we hope to see you at the APA Convention in San Francisco (August 9 – 12). The indefatigable Jamie McMinn (Westminster College) has put together a fantastic slate of speakers for our 30 hours of programming. The best advice I ever got in advance of attending my first APA Convention came from Ruth Ault (emerita, Davidson College). Because the size of the APA Convention can be daunting, she suggested that I just go to the STP sessions and treat it like a teaching of psychology conference. And I still do that this many years later. Please join us for the STP social hour(s) from 2pm to 4pm on Thursday, August 9 at the Jamber Wine Pub at 838 Folsom Street, just a 5-minute walk from the convention center.
We also hope to see you at STP’s own Annual Conference on Teaching (ACT) in Phoenix (October 19 and 20). The equally indefatigable Jordan Troisi (Sewanee, The University of the South) has another great conference in store for us. He and his volunteers are working on finalizing the schedule as you read this. I am honored to join David Myers and Mitch Handelsman as your keynote speakers.
This “is a new journal focusing on the history of psychology that is student-run and student-led. The Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s Diversity Committee supported the start-up of this important journal that often examines areas related to social justice, social issues and social change. According to the journal’s website, ‘It’s purpose is to help fill gaps in the history literature by providing an outlet for articles in the history of psychology highlighting stories that have been unrepresented or underrepresented by other historical narratives.’ The journal idea originated at the University of Akron’s Department of Psychology, and where the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology is located. The Diversity Committee helped to provide the means with which to explore the untold stories of psychology through a social justice lens. The journal will be published annually and gives both undergraduate and graduate students the chance to submit manuscripts on historically ignored and/or marginalized areas of study” [STP TOPNEWS-Online, May 2018].
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