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Society for the Teaching of Psychology
Division 2 of the American Psychological Association

STP's Grants and Awards Programs

The text below was updated September 4, 2019. 

The Society for the Teaching of Psychology offers several categories of awards and recognition that support our mission of promoting excellence in the teaching and learning of psychology, advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning, advocating for the needs of teachers of psychology, fostering partnerships across academic settings, and increasing recognition of the value of the teaching profession.

The Society annually presents several Excellence in Teaching Awards (deadline: January 15 of award year)  including categories for 4-year-college, 2-year college, high school, early career, graduate student, and adjunct faculty.  Recipients are recognized during a ceremony at STP’s Annual Conference on Teaching. Travel grants are available if the winner does not have travel funds from other sources.  Funding for these awards is supported by STP’s Fund for Excellence

There are also several categories of travel grants to support attendance at psychology teaching conferences or conferences with a significant teaching of psychology component, with categories for international travel (deadline: January 15), early career (deadline: October 1), and high school teachers (deadline, October 1). Additionally, the SAGE Teaching Innovations and Professional Development Award (deadline: April 1) provides funding annually for a graduate student and an early career professional to attend the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.

STP’s Partnerships Small Grant Program (deadline: November 1) provides funding to promote communication and collaboration between psychology teachers from different institutions. The program is intended to bring together individuals to engage in planned activities to promote the teaching of psychology, or to work together to think about the ways in which the teaching of psychology can be improved.

The Conference Speaker Grant Program (deadlines: April 1 and October 1) provides support to teaching conferences or pre-conferences to fund speakers related to the teaching of psychology, and is open to any gathering of psychology teachers from 4-year colleges and universities, 2-year colleges, or high schools.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Research Grants (deadline: November 1) provide financial support to researchers for projects that have a high probability of producing a product that will be presented and/or published in a peer-reviewed outlet in a timely matter. Projects in any phase of development are eligible for funding.

The Society also hosts an annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Workshop (deadline: May 31) held concurrently during the Annual Conference on Teaching, for faculty and graduate students who would like to accomplish developing and/or writing a SoTL project. Participants receive guidance from an experienced mentor and consult with both statistical and publication experts. The ultimate goal is to contribute to research on teaching and learning, and participants gain support in how to design a study, analyze learning data, and/or writing a complete manuscript.

Instructional Resource Awards (deadline: February 1) support substantive research projects related to the teaching of psychology suitable for posting on the STP website as a teaching resource, or for publication in the Teaching of Psychology or another SoTL journal. Projects may be general in focus or specific to a particular course or population. The purpose of these awards is to stimulate the development of teaching resource materials, and to encourage instructional research relevant to the teaching of psychology at the university, college, community college, or high school level.

Two new awards recognizing 1) civic engagement and 2) mentorship of teachers of psychology have been approved and are under development. More information on these will be available in coming months.

STP encourages applications from colleagues who are from underrepresented groups and have diverse backgrounds and experiences.  Policies regarding STP grant programs can be found here.
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