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  • 29 Jan 2015 2:03 PM | Anonymous
    Members of STP can now review the minutes from the 2015 Midwinter EC meeting:

    2015 Midwinter EC Meeting Book.pdf

  • 22 Jan 2015 3:42 PM | Anonymous

    “C’est La Vie: The Game of Social Life: A Role-Playing Game for Teaching about Privilege, Oppression, and Intersectionality” (2015)

    Instructor Resource Guide (Word document)
    Strategy Game (PowerPoint Presentation)

    Author: Kosha D. Bramesfeld
    Institution: Ryerson University
    Description:  This resource is an empathy-based privilege and oppression awareness intervention that can be used to help students engage in difficult dialogues surrounding the issues of privilege, oppression, and intersectionality.  The materials include (a) 64 character profiles and game sheets that describe the demographic characteristics and resources assigned to each player’s character, (b) a strategy game that presents students with a variety of different decision scenarios that interact with their character’s resources (described in a 33-slide presentation), and (c) an instructor’s guide that covers the development of the game, its recommended uses, and a debriefing and discussion points that help students reflect on the outcomes of the game, its connections with real life inequality, and the role that privilege and oppression might play in the students’ own lives.

  • 20 Jan 2015 9:31 AM | Anonymous

    The STP Diversity Committee is searching for new members. The mission of the committee is “to oversee and assess all Society activities related to diversity issues, including but not limited to, diversity in membership, integration of diversity into the curriculum, hiring and retaining a diverse faculty, and attracting members of diverse groups to psychology as a major and a profession.” The Committee’s objective includes “building community among and supporting diversity-oriented scholars and teachers, perhaps beginning with conference discussions/presentations.” The entire group convenes via phone conference biannually; additional meetings are held when necessary. Subcommittees meet as needed to complete set tasks. If you are interested please send your vita and a statement of interest to John Chang at by February 15, 2015.

  • 14 Jan 2015 9:45 AM | Anonymous


    (Deadline: January 31, 2015)

    Dear Colleagues,

    I'm writing to invite you to apply for this year's Social Psychology Network award honoring excellence in "action teaching" -- that is, teaching which not only leads to a better understanding of human behavior but to a more compassionate, sustainable, and peaceful world.

    The award is open to all instructors -- student teachers as well as long-time veterans of the classroom -- regardless of learner level (K-12, high school, college, graduate level, or adult learners). Entries may include a student assignment, classroom activity, field experience, or web-based demonstration. For further details, please visit:

    The prize is $1,000, and the winner will be invited to submit an article on the entry to the "Action Teaching" section of the Journal of Social and Political Psychology. 

    (Tip: Look at winning entries from prior years, archived at, to see what information to include and how to format your entry.)

    If you teach in a creative, socially engaged way, please consider applying for this award!

    Best wishes for 2015,

    Scott Plous

    Professor of Psychology

    SPN Executive Director

  • 14 Jan 2015 9:44 AM | Anonymous

    STP Internet Editor

    Applications are now being accepted for the position of STP Internet Editor. The person selected would work with Jeff Stowell (, STP's current Internet Editor, through the end of 2015. The new person would take over the Internet Editor position in January 2016.
    The Internet Editor (IE) oversees all Society Internet resources, including the Society's Web site and other Internet activities and materials. The IE is appointed by the Executive Committee for a term of five years. Appointment to second five-year term is possible.
    The position includes
    • Assisting the Executive Committee, directors, and committee chairs in edits and updates of the Web page.
    • Serving as primary editorial consultant to OTRP Director for matters involving copyright and other technical standards.
    • Maintaining and revising STP copyright and other technical standards as needed.
    • Directing and supervising Associate Internet Editor duties, including OTRP updates.
    • Serving as a consultant to the STP Executive Committee for matters pertaining to the domain.
    • Serving as consultant/committee member, for E-publishing activities associated with STP.
    • Receiving communications and participate in deliberations on the STP Extended Committee (TOPEC) electronic discussion list.
    • Submitting two semiannual reports to STP's Vice President for Resources on additions/changes to STP’s Internet resources and usage by visitors to the site.
     To apply for the position, please send the following material to STP Vice President for Resources, Sue Frantz at with “Internet Editor application-YOUR NAME” in the Subject line, a letter expressing interest and highlighting experience with web-based technology, and a CV. Letters of reference are NOT requested at this time, but after a candidate is selected for consideration, the Executive Committee of STP may request that the candidate provide three professional references for the position. Self nominations will be accepted. Application deadline is May 1, 2015.

  • 13 Jan 2015 5:28 PM | Anonymous

    Conference Speaker Grant Program Committee

    The Conference Speaker Grant Program Committee seeks a new member to serve a three-year term (2015-2018). The goal of the program is to enhance teaching by exposing faculty attending small conferences to teachers who have been recognized nationally for being excellent teachers and scholars. The grant program is open to any gathering of psychology teachers from 4-year colleges and universities, 2-year colleges, or high schools. The committee reviews applications continually throughout the year.


    1. Must be an STP Member.
    2. No travel is required for this committee. 
    3. Be able to review applications year round.
    4. Nominations and self-nominations are welcome. 

    If interested, or if you have questions, please contact Courtney Rocheleau at

    Please complete the application below and email it to Courtney Rocheleau by January 30th, 2015. 

    Email ____________________________________
    Please list, if any, your involvements with STP.

  • 12 Jan 2015 5:21 PM | Anonymous

    Download the latest e-book published by STP:

    Altman, W. S., Stein, L. & Stowell, J. R. (2015). Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching (Vol. 14).  Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Web site:

  • 09 Jan 2015 3:24 PM | Anonymous

    Internship Supervision Resources for Developing Student Employability (2015)

    Authors: Larissa K. Barber and Sarah F. Bailey
    Affiliation: Northern Illinois University
    Description:  This 41-page document assists faculty who supervise psychology undergraduate internships, either as a course instructor or site sponsor, by (a) reviewing background on the importance of internships and their role in the experiential learning model, (b) discussing instructor considerations for setting up an internship course in terms of design and evaluation, and (c) providing an example course model based on a “student employability framework,” including associated educational activities and a student self-assessment of employability behaviors to guide student career development. 
    Note: 2014 OTRP Instructional Resource Award

  • 31 Dec 2014 7:49 PM | Anonymous

    If you have found that ToPIX has helped your teaching this past year, please consider taking a few moments to peruse the wiki and share! 

    We are looking to update these pages in particular:

    The Story Repository. Any stories you use to illustrate psychological concepts or psychology stories would be helpful!

    Study Strategies. Any handouts, activities, or strategies to assist our students’ study strategies would help this page grow!

    Plagiarism. Do you have any time-tested ways to help students avoid unintentional plagiarism? Share them.

    You are welcome to update the wiki yourself or just send me an email with suggestions!

  • 31 Dec 2014 7:38 PM | Anonymous

    This final ToPIX update of 2014 includes additions to In the News pages (I/O Psychology and Statistics), Video pages (History, Therapy, Developmental, Research Methods), Social in the Classroom, Online Resources for the Use of Story, Evaluating Online Resources, and the APA Guidelines 2.0 page.

    I/O Psychology in the News

    Jessica Hartnett posted links to the NY Post's story, "FDNY drops physical test requirement amid low female hiring rate.” This story covers the recent decision to change job selection measures in order to encourage gender equality in the FDNY.  Jessica also shared NPR's "Mae Keane, The Last 'Radium Girl,' Dies At 107.” While this story is a remembrance of Mae Keane, it serves to personalize the "Radium Girls". These were women employed by the U.S. Radium Corporation who ingested radium in order to keep their jobs (painting watch dials so they would glow in the dark). They later sued their employer and influenced government regulations on the handling of radium. It is a good example of work place safety and health as well as government regulations.  Also, Jessica passed along Slate's "Dumbing It Down in the Cockpit." This story touches upon training and human factors. It discusses how increasing use of autopilot features in aircraft may be decreasing pilot skills. Explanations for why this might happen include discussions of mindfulness/mindlessness and cognitive psychology. Check out these new stories on the I/O Psychology in the News page

    Statistics in the News

    Jessica also shared “Hall vs. Florida: IQ, the death penalty, and margin of error” (via This blog post summarizes Hall vs. Florida, a US Supreme Court case based whether or not it is reasonable to have hard cut-off points for IQ tests when those tests have margins of error. Specifically, this case tests those cut-off points in a death penalty case in Florida. Go to the Statistics in the News page for this. As always, thanks to Jessica for her frequent posts!

    History Video

    Michael Britt shared a video from his podcast, The Psych Files. In this episode, he attempts to explain away the myth, “Did B.F. Skinner Raise his Daughter in a Skinner Box?” by way of an animated interview with Dr. Skinner himself. Intro and History & Systems instructors alike, see this on the History Video page. Michael, thank you for your regular contributions to ToPIX!

    Therapy Video

    Check out a Whiteboard video by the Department of Veterans Affairs that provides an overview of what it means for treatments to be considered “evidence-based.” Go to the Therapy Video page to see this short video. 

    Developmental Video

    Thanks to Kellie MP for sharing 'Raising My Rainbow': Bringing a child up free of gender parameters on the STP Facebook Group (11/04/2014). This video may be edgy for some, but it might get your students interested in discussing gender roles in early childhood. Check it!

    Research Methods Video

    Are you teaching Research Methods, or exposing students to various philosophies and viewpoints in your courses? If so, check out the YouTube video, “Feminist Psychologists talk about… Research Methods.” In this short video, feminist psychologists discuss research methods. Among the questions raised: How does our choice of methods affect what we can come to know through our research? What are some concerns feminist psychologists have about the way psychological research has traditionally been conducted? Are qualitative methods more 'feminist' than quantitative methods? What makes certain research questions more feminist than others? Thanks Kelli Vaughn-Johnson via the STP Facebook Group (12/3/2014). Here is the link.

    Social in the Classroom

    A few resources on segregation and simulations of related phenomena were posted to the Social in the Classroom page. A link to an online segregation simulation, "Parable of the Polygons": A Story of How Harmless Choices Can Make a Harmful World” as well as the papers (Schelling, 1971; Clark, 1991) can be found there. These resources can supplement discussion in Social Psychology courses.

    Online Resources for the Use of Story

    Thanks to Carole Fegan for emailing a link with a guide to Storytelling, Organizations, Institutes, and Events, as well as other storytelling sites. This was uploaded to the Online Resources for the Use of Story page.

    Evaluating Online Sources

    Rachelle Lipschultz Tannenbaum mentioned (via the STP Facebook Group, 11/3/2014) the CRAAP Method for evaluating websites. Students can evaluate websites using this method. Instructors can implement this approach by giving students a list of sites to choose from, some that are high quality and some that are popular -- but low quality. For more on CRAAP, see the Evaluating Online Sources page!

    APA Guidelines 2.0 Resources

    Finally, a big thanks goes out to Drew Appleby. He shared resources related to his presentation "Skills-Based Advising Strategies to Enable Job-Seeking College Students to Be Hired, Be Promoted, and Keep their Jobs.” If you were not at STP’s Annual Conference on Teaching this past October, you missed out. We appreciate Drew’s willingness to share his PowerPoint slides and a few handouts (i.e., Job Skills Handout, examples of a Skills-Based cover letter and Resume) for the rest of us. Check out these materials at the Guidelines 2.0 main page, Guidelines 2.0 Powerpoint page, and Guidelines 2.0 Handouts page.

    Thanks to Jessica, Michael, Kellie, Kelli, Carole, Rachelle, and Drew for contributing to ToPIX!

    And thank you to all the ToPIX contributors in 2014.

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