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  • 23 Jun 2014 9:13 AM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    The STP/Division Two Elections and Appointments Committee is pleased to announce the results of the 2014 elections and to offer our congratulations and best wishes to the newly elected officers. The following individuals have been elected to serve 3-year terms beginning January 1, 2015:

    President-Elect (President; Past President) -- Janie H. Wilson, Ph.D.; Georgia Southern University
    Vice President for Programming --Aaron S. Richmond, Ph.D.; Metropolitan State University Denver
    Vice President for Resources -- Sue Frantz, M.A.; Highline Community College
    Secretary -- Thomas P. Pusateri, Ph.D.; Kennesaw State University
    Division Representatives to APA Council -- Bernard C. Beins, Ph.D.; Ithaca College and Mary E. Kite, Ph.D.; Ball State University

    The Elections and Appointments Committee also wishes to thank all the other candidates for their interest and willingness to run for office: Rita Marie Curl-Langager, Meera Komarraju, Andrew Johnson, Stephanie E. Afful, Scott C. Bates, Scott R. Brandhorst and Julie A. Penley. The 2014 slate of candidates was an impressive one and the Society would have been well-served regardless of who won in any position.

    Norine L. Jalbert, PhD, Chair, Elections & Appointments Committee
    Victor Benassi, PhD
    R. Eric Landrum, PhD

  • 12 Jun 2014 3:09 PM | Anonymous

    The Teaching of Psychology in Autobiography: Perspectives from Exemplary Psychology Teachers (Volume 5) 

    Edited by: Robert Bubb, Jeffrey Stowell, and William Buskist


    A total of 106 outstanding teachers have contributed to the first four volumes of Teaching Psychology in Autobiography: Perspectives from Exemplary Psychology Teachers, published by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. These stories represent the development and reflections of some of psychology’s very best teachers who provide insightful anecdotes and lessons learned for anyone seeking to improve his or her teaching. Volume 5 of Teaching Psychology in Autobiography: Perspectives from Exemplary Psychology Teachers extends the mission of the first four volumes by including 17 more invited autobiographies.
  • 12 Jun 2014 2:08 PM | Anonymous
    • The G. Stanley Hall/Harry Kirke Wolfe Lecture Series Committee is looking for two additional members to serve three-year terms. The committee identifies speakers for the lecture series held at APA each year. The series in intended to help introductory level teachers, as well as others, develop a coherent picture of recent developments in the wide range of different psychological subdisciplines they may cover in their courses. We select speakers, invite them to join us, and when possible, attend those lectures (although attendance is not required). Nominations and self-nominations are welcome. If interested, or if you have questions, contact Scott Bates at The application deadline is July 31st.
  • 04 Jun 2014 9:38 AM | Anonymous

    CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Small Partnerships Grant Committee

    The Society for The Teaching of Psychology (Division 2 of APA) provides support in the form of small grants to promote communication and collaboration between psychology teachers from different institutions. The goal of the program is to bring together individuals to engage in planned activities to promote the teaching of psychology or who desire to work together to think about the ways in which the teaching of psychology can be improved.

    STP is seeking nominations (including self-nominations) for two individuals to serve on a committee that will: a) solicit applications, b) evaluate applications, c) select and notify the recipients, and d) provide feedback to the VP of Recognition and Awards regarding the selection process. All current members of STP are eligible for these positions. Both of the new committee members will serve for three-year terms (through the 2017 grant cycle).

    To apply, please send a brief letter stating: 1) your interest and experience (if any) related to the position, and 2) a current CV. Applications should be sent to Jessica Lakin, Chair, Small Partnerships Grant Committee, at, and are due by June 20, 2014.

  • 31 May 2014 1:35 PM | Anonymous
    • Has your department already transitioned to the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, Version 2.0?
    • Have you developed resources that would be helpful to those transitioning to Guidelines 2.0?
    • Are you presenting on 2.0 at a conference?
    Please consider sharing your resources with ToPIX!

    We have created a page dedicated to Guidelines 2.0, and space for PowerPoint presentations, handouts, Teaching Activities, and Assessment/ Alignment Examples.

    E-mail your resources to 2.0 Editor, Raechel Soicher, at
  • 31 May 2014 1:30 PM | Anonymous


    This month’s ToPIX update includes additions to the Personality in the Classroom, Social Video & Audio, Consciousness in the News Pages and the Song List.


    Ken Carter (via the STP Facebook Group, 5/13/2014) posted a link to an online, self-scoring version of Zuckerman's Sensation Seeking Scale (Zuckerman, Eysenck, & Eysenck, 1978). The self-scoring scale results in a summary statement (e.g., "You're a thrill seeker and you love unusual experiences") and subscores for Boredom Susceptibility, Disinhibition, Experience Seeking, and Thrill & Adventure Seeking. Additionally, the results are combined with those of other test-takers to develop a heat map of sensation-seeker scores by geographical area. More resources on Sensation Seeking can be found on the Personality in the Classroom page. Thanks, Ken!


    Jordan Troisi (via the PSYCHTEACHER listserv, 5/13/2014) shared a link to a Radiolab podcast, “The Bad Show” on the dark side of human nature. Elements of this podcast include commentary on the Milgram studies. Excerpts could be shared in class, or the audio could be posted in its entirety on a course management system. Check it out on the Social Video & Audio page. Thanks, Jordan!

    Erica Noles emailed a link to an NPR story on sleep deprivation in night shift workers, and it was posted to the Consciousness in the News page. Read more there. Thanks again, Erica!


    For those who use music in their lessons, check out the ToPIX Song List here. Some new EDM (electronic dance music) releases were added under the Consciousness and Social Psychology sections.


    Thanks Ken, Jordan, and Erica for their contributions to ToPIX!


    If you have found that ToPIX has helped your teaching, please consider contributing! You are welcome to update the wiki yourself or just send me an email with suggestions: (

  • 05 May 2014 9:28 AM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    Psychology of Group Prejudice (2014)

    Author: Anna Ropp
    Affiliation: State University of Denver
  • 30 Apr 2014 8:26 PM | Anonymous

    This month’s ToPIX update includes additions to the Development in the News and Neuroscience in the News pages, and the Song List.

    An NPR column on aging gracefully, “The Grumpy Point: When a Man Turns 70”, was posted to the Development in the News page. This piece could be used to introduce issues in older adulthood.

    Michael Britt posted a link to a Scientific American article “Unraveling the Mystery of How Antidepression Drugs Work” on TIPS. This link was included on the Neuroscience in the News page. Those teaching Biopsychology could use the piece to speak to neurogenesis, or the differences between serotonin and dopamine.

    Check out the Song List. Use your browser’s Search function to find four songs posted courtesy of Jessica Hill. If you are teaching Personality, Learning, or Cognition, you will want to check these out.

    Thanks to Michael and Jessica for contributing to ToPIX!

    If you have found that ToPIX has helped your teaching, please consider contributing! You are welcome to update the wiki yourself or just send me an email with suggestions: (

  • 23 Apr 2014 11:23 AM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    DSM-5: Using Key Changes to Highlight Critical Teaching Points for Undergraduate Psychology Instructors (2014)

    Authors: Sarah E. Trost, Brian L. Burke, and Joshua Schoenfeld
    Affiliations: Cardinal Stritch University, Fort Lewis College, and St. Joseph’s College
    Description: This 25-page article discusses several changes found in DSM-5, including modification to the definition of a mental disorder, the elimination of multiaxial diagnosis, proposed changes to Personality Disorders, and diagnostic alterations involving childhood disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, and major depressive disorder. The authors provide practical suggestions for teaching these changes to undergraduates.
  • 21 Apr 2014 4:28 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    IRBs and Research on Teaching and Learning (2014)

    Author(s): Ryan C. Martin, Regan A. R. Gurung, and Janie H. Wilson
    Affiliations: University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, and Georgia Southern University
    Description: This resource addresses common questions researchers might have about seeking approval from Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) to conduct research on teaching and learning (often called the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; SoTL).
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