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STP Annual Conference on Teaching (ACT)

Formerly the Best Practices Conference

Friday & Saturday, October 10 & 11, 2014
Atlanta, Georgia


The deadline for online registration is October 9.


The Society for the Teaching of Psychology is excited to announce the 13th conference in the popular “Best Practices in Teaching Psychology” series. The conference will follow the successful Best Practices format but it will have a new name - STP Annual Conference on Teaching (ACT) - and will serve a wider audience of psychology teachers. Rather than focusing on a specific topic, in 2014, the conference will have tracks related to APA’s new learning goals for the undergraduate psychology major: (1) Knowledge Base in Psychology, (2) Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking, (3) Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World, (4) Communication, and (5) Professional Development. The conference will also include keynote speakers, symposia, and a poster session.



JOHN CACIOPPO is the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Cacioppo is a pioneer in the field of social neuroscience and the author of more than 500 scientific articles and 20 books. Among the awards he has received are the Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from APA, a MERIT Award from NIH, the Scientific Impact Award from the SESP, the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions from SPR, and the Campbell Award and the Theoretical Innovation Prize from SPSP.  He is a Past-President of several scientific societies, including the Society for Social Neuroscience; the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Society for Psychophysiological Research, and the Society for Consumer Psychology; and the Psychology Section of AAAS.  He is a the Chair of the Board of Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences at the National Research Council and a member of the NSF Advisory Committee for the SBE Division; and a former member of the Council for the NIH Center for Scientific Review and of the Council for the National Institute on Aging.




NATHAN DeWALL is professor of psychology and director of the Social Psychology Lab at the University of Kentucky. He received his bachelor's degree from St. Olaf's College, a master's degree in social science from the University of Chicago, and a master's degree and Ph.D. in social psychology from Florida State University. DeWall received the 2011 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, which recognizes excellence in undergraduate and graduate teaching. In 2011, the Association for Psychological Science identified DeWall as a "Rising Star" for "making significant contributions to the field of psychological science." DeWall conducts research on close relationships, self-control, and aggression. With funding from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, he has published over 120 scientific articles and chapters. DeWall's research awards include the SAGE Young Scholars Award from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, the Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Research on Aggression, and the Early Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity. His research has long been covered by numerous media outlets, including Good Morning America, Newsweek, Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Harvard Business Review, and National Public Radio. DeWall blogs for Psychology Today. He has lectured nationally and internationally, including in Hong Kong, China, the Netherlands, England, Greece, Hungary, and Australia.


is professor of Educational Psychology at Heidelberg University, Germany. Her research interests include learning and teaching in schools and in higher education, motivation as a prerequisite for and an outcome of education, teacher education and self-regulation in the context of learning and achievement. She has been publishing her research in internationally leading journals (e.g., Child Development, Journal of Educational Psychology, Intelligence) and is on the editorial boards of several journals (e.g., Learning and Individual Differences, European Journal of Personality). She is currently Associate Editor at the Journal of Educational Psychology and Editor-in-Chief of a small but growing European-based journal named Psychology Learning and Teaching (PLAT). Spinath enjoys applying her expertise as an educational psychologist to improve teaching and learning in the organizations that she works at. She has many opportunities to do so, e.g. in her functions as a university teacher, as a Dean of Students and as a member of the quality assurance committee for teaching at Heidelberg University.




Each of the presentation rooms will have a projection screen, LCD projector and wireless Internet access. Presenters must supply all other equipment including laptop computers. MAC users may need to bring an adaptor to hook their computers up to the LCD projector. When appropriate, presenters should prepare and distribute handouts to audience members. 


 Authors should prepare a poster than is no larger than 36 inches tall X 48 inches wide. The posters will be affixed to one of the free-standing poster display boards scattered throughout the room (we’ll provide the push pins). Your poster must be readable from a distance of 3 feet. The lettering for title, author(s), and affiliation(s) should be at least 1 inch high. All other lettering should be at least 3/8 inch high. Many people expect poster presenters to have handouts so please bring at 50 copies with you. Please note that technology will not be available during the poster session. 


The registration fee includes meals during the conference (breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday), breaks, and conference materials.

 Rates  STP Members
 Early Bird (on or before 8/11/14)
 $185  $215
 Regular (8/12/14-9/23/14)  $200  $230
 Late (after 9/23/14 or on-site)
 $240  $240


Refunds cannot be issued after October 2, 2014.


All conference sessions and lodging will be at the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria, located at 6345 Powers Ferry Road NW in Atlanta, Georgia. Please note that this is where the conference was held in 2012, not in 2013.  


You must mention the group name, "Society for the Teaching of Psychology," to receive the discounted conference rate of $104/night. We CANNOT guarantee room availability at the conference rate after September 11, 2014, so make your reservations early! 


Driving Directions

Information about the hotel's location and driving directions can be found on the hotel's website.

Getting to the Hotel from the Hartsfield-Jackson International airport

There are several options for reaching the conference hotel from the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. We do not recommend taking a taxi directly from the airport because of the distance and high cost.


We recommend getting a shared ride or shuttle from the airport from one of the following services:  A & M Limousine, Atlanta Shuttle, or Airport Metro. Advance reservations are REQUIRED and can be done at the shuttle company's web site.

You can also take the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit System (MARTA) directly from the airport to the Dunwoody Station. The hotel offers a free shuttle service to and from this station but the shuttle does not run during "rush hour" (typically 4-7pm). Please contact the hotel in advance to ensure that the shuttle will be running when you arrive. The hotel number is 770-955-1700. Taxi service is also available from this station.

Any individual who requires assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act for participation in this conference should email Natalie Lawrence at



  • Since 2002, STP has sponsored a series of yearly "Best Practices" in teaching and pedagogy conferences in Atlanta, GA. These conferences also have benefitted from the sponsorship of Kennesaw State University and the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NIToP), among other sponsors. A series of edited "Best Practices" books has developed from these annual conferences. The teaching topics contained in these books include educational assessment, introductory psychology, research methods and statistics, culture and diversity, critical thinking, and beginning (e.g., introductory, orientation to the major) and ending (e.g., capstone, research intensive, seminar) courses, and teaching with technology. Although the work of many conference speakers is represented in these books, there are not traditional "proceedings" volumes; rather, the content is fresh, up-to-date, and focused on providing teachers in secondary and post-secondary settings with practical tools and techniques for teaching about psychology and improving student learning. All the royalties from these books go to STP to fund future endeavors aimed at promoting teaching and learning in psychology.
  • View list of Best Practices Books with links to web sites where they can be purchased.


In conjunction with the Best Practices Conference, STP is also conducting the Research/Writing Workshop on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.


Please email the conference director, Natalie Kerr Lawrence, at

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