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  • 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: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/eit2014/index.php

  • 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 notawfulandboring.blogspot.com). 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.



  • 18 Dec 2014 11:07 AM | Anonymous

    Increasing Graphing Literacy and Graphing Ability in Undergraduate Psychology Majors Through Active Learning Based Exercises (2014) 

    Author: Meridith Pease Selden
    Affiliation: Yuba College
    Description: This 63-page resource is designed to increase students’ ability to read graphs and to create a variety of types of graphs in Microsoft’s Excel program. In-class activities and detailed instructions (including screen shots) are appropriate primarily for the graphing unit in a statistics or research methods class, but other instructors who want to help students read primary sources can select particular stand-alone activities from the set provided.
    Note: 2010 OTRP Instructional Resource Award

  • 03 Dec 2014 3:16 PM | Anonymous

    Learning and Memory Strategy Demonstrations for the Psychology Classroom (2014)

    Author: Jennifer A. McCabe
    Affiliation: Goucher College
    Description: This 38-page document contains an introduction to the resource, background information on 8 learning and memory strategies, a summary of research on undergraduate student metacognition with regard to these strategies, and from one to four classroom demonstrations per strategy. These demonstrations allow students to experience the effectiveness of the strategies.  References are included at the end of the document.
    Note: 2013 OTRP Instructional Resource Award   

  • 01 Dec 2014 12:58 PM | Anonymous

    Ruth Ault, Director of the Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology (OTRP), announces that applications are now being accepted for the position of Associate Director of Project Syllabus. Robin Morgan, current Associate Director, will step down from that position in June, 2015. Project Syllabus, one arm of OTRP, fosters excellence in teaching by soliciting and sharing excellent syllabi in psychology on the OTRP website (see http://www.teachpsych.org/page-1567662). The work of the Associate Director is highly variable depending on syllabus submissions; we currently average between 30 and 35 submissions per year. On average, the Associate Director can expect to spend between 10 to 15 hours a month completing responsibilities. The appointment will be for three years; re-appointment is available. Responsibilities include: 

    • Recruit reviewers 
    • Select reviewers and assign submissions to them 
    • Correspond with submitters, including decision letters and suggestions for revisions 
    • Work with the Internet Editor to post accepted syllabi on the website
    • Publicize the work of Project Syllabus at conferences
    • Periodically review the criteria for acceptance of syllabi
    • Periodically request updated syllabi 
    • Write mid-term and annual reports and newsletter updates 
    The Associate Director reports to the Director of OTRP. To apply for the position, please send the following material to OTRP Director, Ruth Ault at ruault@davidson.edu with “Project Syllabus application-YOUR NAME” in the Subject line, a letter expressing interest and highlighting experience with syllabus review and posting material to websites, 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. Application deadline is MARCH 1, 2015.


  • 08 Oct 2014 3:44 PM | Anonymous

    The Society for The Teaching of Psychology (Division Two of APA) is pleased to announce the Early Career Psychologist Travel Grant Program (formerly the Faculty Development Small Grants Program). The grant program is open only to STP members who are enrolled in a psychology Ph.D. program or otherwise meet the ECP definition below.  Grant funds can be used to defray the costs of attending psychology teaching conferences or conferences with a significant teaching of psychology component.


    STP defines an Early Career Psychologist as an individual who is within seven (7) years post-doctorate or within seven (7) years of beginning full-time college teaching, whichever comes first.


    We will fund approximately 20 grants, with a maximum award of $500 per grant, for conference attendance between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2015.  Deadline for proposals is November 5, 2014. Policies regarding STP grant programs can be found on the STP website (http://teachpsych.org/members/policies.php). Applications will be evaluated on the degree to which the proposed conference attendance can improve the applicant’s teaching of psychology. Priority will be given to first-time recipients. Regional conference attendance is encouraged. The average funding rate of applicants since tracking began in 2012 is 72.5%. Most funded applicants have received full funding.


    Please submit your completed STP ECP Travel Grant Application and CV electronically to Amy Hackney at ahackney@georgiasouthern.edu.  Applicants will receive notification of award decisions by early December, 2015.


  • 02 Oct 2014 12:56 PM | Anonymous

    Call for Submissions – SPSP Teaching Preconference (February  26, 2015)

    I am excited to announce that submissions are now welcome for the 2015 SPSP Teaching Preconference, being held this year in Long Beach, CA.  This is an opportunity to share and experience some of the most dynamic and innovative teaching techniques and philosophies in our discipline - come inspire and be inspired!

    You are invited to propose a talk related to the teaching of social/personality psychology (as well as their affiliated subdivisions, broadly defined). Talks are typically 15-20 minutes in length and have historically addressed a wide variety of issues, including (but not limited to) describing empirical research on teaching and learning, describing effective tools and techniques for teaching, and discussing broader issues related to curriculum or assessment.

    Imagine all the excitement and pedagogical brilliance of your favorite teaching talks - packed into tiny segments!  This year we also welcome applications to take part in our 4th annual “teaching blitz” - presenters  must describe their favorite/most effective demonstrations, assignments, or activities in 4 minutes or less, with minimal or no technological aids.  The goal is for attendees to leave with simple, concrete, and effective ideas they can implement in their own classrooms.

    Finally, lunchtime discussion groups will return this year – it’s a simple way to start a discussion with and become acquainted with others who share your teaching concerns or interests.  Example topics from last year include (1) pursuing a teaching-oriented faculty position, (2) balancing teaching and research, (3) teaching large lecture courses, (4) the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), (5) teaching controversial topics in psychology, (6) seeking teaching-related grants/external funding, and (7) incorporating students in your research.  If you have expertise in one of these areas or would like to suggest your own table topic, we invite you to tell us of that interest (see below).

    Please note that we will not have Internet access in the conference facilities. Accordingly, presenters should not plan to access online resources in their talks.

    If you are interested in proposing a talk, facilitating a discussion group, or taking part in the teaching blitz, please email the following information to Seth Wagerman at seth.wagerman@email.ucr.edu by November 1, 2014:

    • 1.       Author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s);
    • 2.       Whether you want to be considered for a talk, as a discussion facilitator, or for the teaching blitz (or any combination of the above);
    • 3.       A title for your talk and/or the discussion topic you’re interested in facilitating;
    • 4.       An abstract/description of your selected talk, blitz, or lunch discussion topic (100 words or less)

    Looking forward to your exciting submissions and seeing you all once again in Long Beach!

    Seth Wagerman 2015 STP Teaching Preconference Coordinator


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