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  • 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 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

  • 30 Sep 2014 10:51 PM | Anonymous

    This month’s ToPIX update includes additions to the Personality Video, Psychology Humor, and Development in the Classroom pages, and the posting of a new page: Post-Exam Debrief.

    Michael Britt posted a video useful for those teaching Freudian Defense Mechanisms. Michael calls Freud, a tech support assistant, and the video call demonstrates denial, sublimation, regression, reaction formation, dream analysis, and catharsis. Check it out on the Personality Videos page. Since it is quite funny, you can also find on the Psychology Humor page. Thanks, Michael!

    A tip of the hat goes to Nick Schmitt for his reminder (via PSYCHTEACHER) of the many spurious correlations on the Tyler Vigen site. If you do not have the time to scroll through the over 24,000 correlations, just remember divorce and margarine consumption. This link is also on the Psychology Humor page. Thanks, Nick!

    Beth Benoit shared a handout, “Do Perfect Parents Make Perfect Children?” (via TIPS). This can be used to stimulate discussion in Developmental Psychology or lessons or correlation, socialization/genetics, and so on. All documents are available on the Development in the Classroom page. Thanks for sharing this again, Beth!

    A lively discussion about what instructors can do for students after exams motivated the creation of a new page, Post-Exam Debrief. This page includes video and audio resources, weblinks, activities, and a discussion of study strategies. Thanks go out to Debbie Podwika, Stephen Chew, Bill Altman, Amanda Matoushek, Alex Beaujean, Jeff Platt, and RaLynn Schmalzried Schmidt for their contributions on the PSYCHTEACHER listserv.

    ToPIX Bonus:

    Lastly, if you are advising student research in Research Methods or in an independent study course, consider utilizing the SOAR Library on ToPIX. The SOAR library is centralized bulletin board to promote student research conducted online. For more details, please consult the criteria for inclusion and direct any questions to ToPIX Assistant Editor, Carrie Lloyd. See the SOAR Library page for more details.

    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: (

  • 25 Sep 2014 3:57 PM | Anonymous
    STP – International Relations Committee

    The STP International Relations Committee is searching for one to two new members to begin serving January 1, 2015. Members may serve up to two, three-year terms. The IRC’s charge is to “oversee and assess all Society activities related to international issues, including, but not limited to, internationalizing membership, integration of international issues into the curriculum, and attracting members of international communities to psychology as a major and a profession.” Most work is completed via email or Google Drive. The IRC webpage (which is under construction) listing current members is at available at If you are interested please send your vitae and a statement of interest to Martha S. Zlokovich at

  • 22 Sep 2014 2:03 PM | Anonymous

    Diverse Perspectives in College Teaching is an e-book comprised of eight articles outlining specific challenges that impact teaching faculty and ultimately student performance. Each article, grounded in the relevant literature, is buttressed by the faculty members’ personal experiences. Where appropriate, the articles discuss the issue’s significance for a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). Finally, each article concludes with strategies and recommendations for success.

    ISBN: 978-1-941804-34-6

    Editors:  Karen Y. Holmes, Ph.D. and Ernestine A. W. Duncan, Ph.D.

  • 18 Sep 2014 10:59 AM | Anonymous

    This book--the second edition of Preparing the New Psychology Professoriate: Helping Graduate Students Become Competent Teacher--is intended to provide graduate students interested in pursuing an academic career with a detailed introduction to the transition from graduate school to the academy. It is chock full of excellent advice for how graduate students might successfully navigate this transition and thrive in their new work environment.

  • 05 Sep 2014 4:49 PM | Anonymous

    Do you have a great idea or resource that would help instructors of psychology?  Would you like to get rewarded for leaving your footprint in the teaching of psychology?

    Call for Instructional Resource Awards Proposals

    The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2) announces the availability of up to three $1500 Instructional Resource Awards, and issues a call for funding proposals.  Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that develop instructional resources to support the teaching of psychology and the Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology (OTRP).  The IRA funding rate since tracking began in 2012 is 35 percent.  The deadline for submissions is February 2, 2014. 

    For information about the Instructional Resource Award program, visit the Instructional Resource Awards webpage on the Society's members’ web site under “Awards” at  You also may contact Dr. Elizabeth Mazur at Penn State University, Greater Allegheny Campus at

  • 04 Aug 2014 5:04 PM | Anonymous

    Don’t miss it! The early-bird registration deadline for STP’s Annual Conference on Teaching (ACT) is Monday, August 11. To register, please go the conference website at:


    Still deciding whether to go? Let me persuade you to go. We have a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers: John Cacioppo, Nathan DeWall, and Birgit Spinath. We also have a program filled with excellent symposia and poster presentations. For more information, check out:

  • 31 Jul 2014 6:23 PM | Anonymous

    This month’s ToPIX update includes additions to the Statistics Video, History Video, and the Song List pages.

    Jessica Hartnett posted an entertaining video (featuring bunnies and dragons) and commentary to explain the Central Limit Theorem. Check it out on the Statistics Video page. Thanks, Jessica!

    Michael Britt posted a link to a podcast episode that summarizes the latest research by Digdon, Powell and Harris on the true identity of "Little Albert." Listen to this by visiting the History Video page. Thanks again, Michael!

    Molly Metz shared a number of new and overlooked songs for those who teach topics in Social Psychology: namely, attraction and mate selection. These additions can be found at the bottom of the Social section on the Song List or can be quickly accessed using the search function on your internet browser. Nice finds, Molly!

    Thanks Jessica, Michael, and Molly 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: (

  • 31 Jul 2014 4:22 PM | Anonymous

    Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching Volume XIII
    A collection of essays originally published on the PsychTeacher™ Electronic Discussion List
    Edited by William S. Altman, Lyra Stein, & Jeffrey R. Stowell

  • 03 Jul 2014 4:18 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    I’m pleased to announce that Bonnie Green has been appointed an Assistant Director of OTRP (to Dec 31, 2016) to lead an effort to “tag” all of STP’s entries, books, articles, syllabi and the like to make this information more readily available to others. She’ll likely be calling on several of you who oversee those areas to join her in the project.  Bonnie is at East Stroudsburg University  and can be reached at Please join me in congratulating her.




    Ruth L. Ault, Ph.D. 
    OTRP Director 
    Nancy & Erwin  Maddrey Professor of Psychology, Emerita 
    P.O. Box 25 
    Davidson, NC 28036-0025 
    ph: 704-892-4038 (home) 

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