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  • 26 Aug 2015 10:50 AM | Anonymous

    Instructor Materials for Teaching Research Methods Using a Consulting Model (2015)

    Author: Stacie M. Spencer
    Affiliation: MCPHS University
    Description: This 99-page resource describes a problem-based learning approach in which teams of student researchers provide evidence-based advice to fictional clients of a consulting firm (20 pages). Ready-to-use activity forms, assignment instructions, and team members’ role descriptions (33 pages) connect the content of the course to the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, Version 2.0. Descriptions of 50 clients’ requests with 1-3 references per client enable instructors to select clients appropriate to their own classes or develop alternative situations.
    Note: 2014 OTRP Instructional Resource Award

  • 06 Jul 2015 9:12 AM | Anonymous

    This Class is a Joke! Humor as a Pedagogical Tool in the Teaching of Psychology (2015)

    Authors: Dan J. Segrist and Stephen D. A. Hupp
    Affiliation: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
    Description:  This 31-page annotated bibliography provides a representative and relatively comprehensive list of articles, book chapters, and books on the use of humor in teaching psychology, including using humor as a teaching tool, on exams, and in online teaching, and students' perceptions of instructor humor.
    Note: 2012 OTRP Instructional Resource Award

  • 15 Jun 2015 2:24 PM | Anonymous

    Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Grant

    Deadline  - October 31, 2015

    The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2 of APA) is pleased to announce a program of small grants to provide support for research projects on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). The grant program is open to members of the Society for the Teaching Psychology who teach Psychology at 4-year colleges and universities, 2-year colleges, or high schools. Research projects in any phase of development are eligible for funding (e.g., materials design, data collection, manuscript writing). However, the proposed project must have a high probability of producing a product that will be presented and/or published in a peer-reviewed outlet in a timely manner.  Grant funds can be used for materials/supplies for research, participant incentives, stipends for researcher and/or research assistants, travel to promote collaboration on project, and travel to present outcomes of research.  We have a total of $10,000 to award.  These funds will likely be divided among several outstanding proposals and awardees may only receive partial funding for their projects.

    Proposals should include applicants’ names, institutional affiliations, and contact information in one document and a project narrative which has no identifiers which includes a) title of project, b) literature review and statement of question/hypothesis (no more than 1 page), c) description of research design and methods of data collection (no more than 1 page), d) description of data analysis and expected results (no more than ½ page), e) a description of how the project reflects the Executive Committee’s preferred theme and/or addresses the mission of STP (no more than 1 page), f) reference list, g) project timeline, and h) budget, i) evidence of IRB approval.  Because of budget limitations, please indicate whether and how you would be willing to go forward with the project in the case of partial support.

    Proposals will be evaluated on the degree to which proposal fits STP’s description of the SoTL in Psychology as evidenced by a) clearly articulated research question/hypothesis, b) literature-based inquiry, c) appropriate and sound method of inquiry, and d) likelihood of generating a peer-reviewed product; and the degree to which the Executive Committee preferred theme for 2015: "Teaching to the community: Using our expertise as teachers to share psychology with the public”.  In addition, innovativeness, potential impact/reach of the product, strength and clarity of the narrative, feasibility and appropriateness will factor into the evaluation of proposals.  Those evaluating the grants will be blind to the applicants’ identities.

    Grant recipients will be asked to submit an abstract and a final report upon completion of the project demonstrating completion of tasks described in the original proposal. Proposals should be submitted in two separate files, one with contact information and one with the project narrative with no identifiers to If you have questions, please contact Marya Howell-Carter, Grant Committee Chair (email:  Proposals are due by 11:59 pm (EST) on October 31, 2015.

  • 15 Jun 2015 2:20 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)
    The Society for the Teaching of Psychology Elections and Appointments Committee members (Suzie Baker, Eric Landrum, Victor Benassi) are pleased to announce the results of the 2015 APA Division 2 elections. We congratulate the newly elected officers and thank all of the candidates for their willingness to serve STP. Those elected will begin 3-year terms on January 1, 2016.

    Richard L. Miller and Kenneth D. Keith were candidates.
    Ken Keith was elected.

    Vice President for Diversity and International Relations:
    Karen Brakke and Susan A. Nolan were candidates.
    Susan Nolan was elected.

    Vice President for Membership:
    Jamie G. McMinn and Meera Komarraju were candidates.
    Meera Komarraju was elected.

    Victor Benassi (STP Elections and Appointments, Chair), Suzie Baker (STP President), and Eric Landrum (STP Past-President)

  • 20 May 2015 11:36 AM | Anonymous

    Be sure to regularly check the "Get Involved" page for current opportunities to serve in STP!

  • 30 Apr 2015 12:25 PM | Anonymous

    An Online Career-Exploration Resource for Psychology Majors (2015)

    For Faculty: A Formal Introduction to the Resource
    For Students: An Online Career-Exploration Resource for Psychology Majors

    Author: Drew C. Appleby
    Affiliation: Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
    Description: This resource has two parts. The first, for faculty, contains cited references, suggestions of ways to use the resource to promote student success, and lists of printed and online sources to aid them in their career-advising activities.  The second resource, for students, consists of a list of 262 careers (organized into 15 broad occupational categories) that psychology majors can prepare to enter.  Persons employed in 60 of these careers are psychologists who must hold the appropriate graduate degree. In the remaining 202 psychology-related careers, 120 can be entered with a bachelor’s degree and 112 require a graduate degree.  Following each career name are hotlinks for websites, videos, interviews, and e-book chapters containing information that provide students with online career-exploration resources.  Faculty, advisors, and administrators can also use this material in their classes, advising sessions, and departmental websites to help psychology majors begin the process of accomplishing Goal 5: Professional Development of APA’s Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major: Version 2.0.

  • 29 Apr 2015 4:07 PM | Anonymous

    22nd Annual APS-STP Teaching Institute

    The pre-conference Teaching Institute features informative talks and practical advice on teaching psychological science. Separate registration is required. Teaching Institute registration includes an evening workshop Wednesday, May 20.

  • 06 Apr 2015 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The spring edition of the STP Newsletter is now available for STP members.  Login to the web site, then select "Members Only Pages">>"Publications" under the "Membership" tab on the main menu. 

  • 16 Mar 2015 6:46 PM | Anonymous

    This latest ToPIX Update includes additions to the In the News pages (Cognition, Development), APA Guidelines pages (Teaching Activities related to the APA 2.0 Guidelines, Handouts on the APA Guidelines), In the Classroom pages (APA Style, Study Strategies), Social Video, and the Student Online Academic Research (SOAR) Library.

    Cognition in the News

    David Myers (via the TIPS Listserv) posted a link to a story on the hindsight bias and the goal line play call at the end of the Super Bowl. As Myers notes, this is a “potent example of a mental pitfall that has been the subject of roughly 800 psychological science publications.” For more, see the Cognition in the News page

    Development in the News

    Jessica Hartnett shared an NPR story on brain development (“The Teenage Brain: Spock vs. Captain Kirk”). The story provides some coverage of Laurence Steinberg’s fMRI research on why teens are more inclined to risky behavior due to underdeveloped prefrontal cortexes. Neuroscientist B.J. Corey provides commentary. Check it out on the Development in the News page.

    Teaching Activities Related to the APA 2.0 Goals

    Melissa Heerboth and Matt Weaver provided a handout that outlines three activities. First is an activity to introduce students to APA 2.0 early in the curriculum, another to help orient students toward professional development, and a third for juniors/ seniors to evaluate themselves in terms of APA 2.0 GoalsThis resource is available here.

    Drew Appleby’s “Academic Advising Strategies” resource set was posted to the Handouts on the APA Guidelines page. These include a handout, PowerPoint, and examples of a Skills-Based cover letter and a resume.

    APA Style in the Classroom

    Drew Appleby also passed along a resource entitled “Why and How to Write APA-style Citations…” A full resource and corresponding PowerPoint are available on the APA Style in the Classroom page.

    Study Strategies in the Classroom

    Additionally, Drew Appleby shared a resource to help students understand that multiple choice questions can be written to evaluate their ability to demonstrate more than just memorization. After this, students can use a flashcard strategy to help them prepare for these types of items. Download these resources by visiting the Study Strategies in the Classroom page.

    Social Video

    Jessica Hartnett posted a 3 minute BuzzFeed video that could be useful as a lesson launcher or cognitive break during a unit on attractiveness, body image, or related topics. See the Social Video page for this video on how standards of beauty have changed over time.

    SOAR Library

    Last—but definitely not least—a new study is up on the Student Online Academic Research (SOAR) Library. If you are advising student research and looking for study participants, consider sharing a link to the study on SOAR. For the new study and more details, please visit the SOAR page on ToPIX and contact Carrie Lloyd for more details.

    Thanks to David, Jessica, Melissa, Matt, Drew, and Carrie for their latest contributions to ToPIX!

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