Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Division 2 of the American Psychological Association

Get Involved in STP!

If you’re an STP member interested in becoming more involved in STP activities then you’ve come to the right place. STP is committed to providing opportunities to as many of its members as possible to participate in STP initiatives. Whenever there’s a committee, taskforce, or working group vacancy, this will be one of the places where the vacancy is announced. In the meantime, here’s a partial list of executive committee members and their areas of responsibilities. If you click on each name, you’ll be directed to that person’s email address. Even if there is no current vacancy, you should feel free to contact one or more of these individuals to express your interest in serving on a specific committee. If you’re a nonmember visitor to this site and are interested in getting involved with STP, then by all means return to the homepage and submit your membership application online. We welcome anyone interested in the teaching of psychology.

Current Service Opportunities

Call for Applications: Director of STP’s Annual Conference on Teaching

Are you interested in becoming a leader in STP and have an integral role in shaping our organization? If so, applications are being accepted for the next Director of STP’s Annual Conference on Teaching (ACT), which is STP’s flagship conference on teaching of psychology held every October in locations across the country.

The ACT Director serves for a term of three years (2017-2019), and is eligible for reappointment upon the approval of the Executive Committee for an additional three-year term. The new ACT Director will begin training in June 2016, but the official term will begin October 23, 2016 (the day after the conclusion of this year’s conference). A one course buyout up to $4,000 or a $4,000 stipend is available each year of this position. As well, STP pays for the travel, lodging and your pier diem while at ACT.

The primary responsibility of the ACT Director is to orchestrate the international teaching of psychology conference. Each year, the Director’s duties include developing the conference program, inviting key note speakers, negotiating with hotels, securing publisher support, advertising the conference, managing the conference website, overseeing participant registration, and running the conference on-site.  The ACT Director also writes two shorts reports for the Executive Committee each year and will train the incoming ACT Director as their term expires.  

Interested and motivated applicants should submit a cover letter detailing relevant experience and/or interest, a Curriculum Vita, and contact information for three references. Please submit materials to Aaron Richmond (, Vice President of Programming, by June 3, 2016.

Call for Chair of Membership Communication Committee

STP is forming a new committee - the Member Communication Committee (MCC) - in order to better organize all of our social media outlets. The term is three years (2016-2018) and reports to the Vice-President for Membership (VPM).  The MCC Chair would oversee a committee consisting of four Coordinators (listserv, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn). The MCC Chair would serve as the conduit for STP announcements to be posted on social media outlets. This first MCC Chair would also decommission the Google+ group and establish a LinkedIn group for STP. The MCC Chair would oversee the requests for Coordinators and subcommittee members in consultation with the VPM. All committee chairs write two annual reports: a short one for the Executive Committee at the mid-year meeting and a longer one for the end of the year. 

 If you are interested in serving as Chair of the Membership Communication Committee (MCC), please email Meera Komarraju - Vice-President for Membership - at Please put Member Communication Committee in the subject line. Please send a CV as well as a statement of interest in serving as Chair of this committee. Deadline for receipt of applications is June 1. Position starts July 1, 2016.

Call for Applications: OTRP Director Position [Deadline Extended]

Ruth Ault is stepping down Dec. 31, 2016 as Director of the Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology (OTRP).  Applications to replace her are now being accepted.

The OTRP Director is appointed by the STP Executive Committee, reports to the Vice President for Resources, serves for a term of five years, and is eligible for reappointment upon the approval of the Executive Committee. Ordinarily, the OTRP Director shall serve no more than two consecutive terms. A new OTRP Director will begin the term of office on January 1, 2017. A one course buyout or a $4,000 stipend is available in the first year of this position.


The OTRP Director has primary responsibility to oversee all OTRP operations, including the development and distribution of course syllabi (through Project Syllabus) and web-based resources (through the Teaching of Psychology Idea eXchange). Currently, Associate OTRP Directors handle the day-to-day operations of Project Syllabus and ToPIX, whereas the OTRP Director handles major teaching resources.

The OTRP Director has primary responsibility for the development of document-based resources, including editorial decisions and related correspondence with document authors, formatting and layout of accepted documents, communication with the Internet Editor and/or Associate Internet Editor regarding posting resources, and ensuring that permissions and copyrights are in order. OTRP resources (documents and syllabi) are peer-reviewed. Therefore, the OTRP Director solicits reviewers and keeps an accurate record of reviewers’ efforts.

The OTRP Director has primary responsibility for publicizing OTRP resources (documents and services). As such, the OTRP Director works with STP’s Executive Director to update the OTRP brochure, as well as to announce new resources, OTRP news, and other business through ToPNEWS-Online, the PSYCHTEACHER listserv, conference presentations, and other venues.  The OTRP Director also writes annual and mid-year reports for the Executive Committee.

Applicants should submit a cover letter detailing (a) Relevant Experience and Qualifications, (b) a Vision and Goals statement for the position, (c) Institutional Support, and (d) Names and Contact Information for 3 References. They should also include a Curriculum Vita. Submit materials to Sue Frantz (, Vice President of Resources by the deadline of June 1, 2016.

SAGE Teaching Innovations & Professional Development Award Selection Committee Seeks New Members 
The committee is looking for one new member. The term is three years (2016-2019). The committee is charged with selecting the recipients of this SAGE sponsored travel award for two current STP members (early career & graduate student) to help defray the costs of attending the APA convention. If you are interested in serving, please email Scott Brandhorst - Chair of the Committee - at   Please put SAGE/STP Committee in the subject line. Please send a CV as well as a statement of interest in serving on this committee. Deadline for receipt of applications is June 15, 2016. Position starts September 1, 2016.


Sue Frantz (, Vice President for Resources

  • Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology (OTRP), Project Syllabus, ToPIX, Department Consulting Service, Professional Development Committee, Teaching of Psychology, E-books, STP website, e-Xcellence in Teaching, This Is How I Teach Blog

Aaron S. Richmond (, Vice President of Programming

  • Annual Conference on Teaching, Regional Conference Programming, STP Programming at APA, APS, SPSP, NITOP, G. Stanley Hall Lectures, SoTL Writing Workshop Coordinator, STP Programming at International Conferences, PTOP Listserv

Meera Komarraju (, Vice President for Membership

Beth Schwartz (, Vice President for Recognitions and Awards

  • Fellows Committee, Teaching Awards Committee, Small Partnerships Grants, Early Career Psychologists Travel Grants, Instructional Resource Awards, SoTL Awards Committee, Conference Speaker Grant Program

Susan Nolan (, Vice President for Diversity and International Relations

  • Diversity Committee, International Relations Committee
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