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  • 30 Jun 2014 8:39 PM | Anonymous

    This month’s ToPIX update includes additions to the Grading Papers, Research Methods in the News, and the Statistics in the Classroom pages.


    Bill Altman updated the wiki to allow for better linking between pages. So, If you have not checked out the Grading Papers page lately or the Grading Rubrics page, have a peek. Thanks, Bill!


    Michael Britt (via the TIPS listserv, 6/30/2014) created a concept map to help us follow the Facebook News Feed experiment that has been picked up by so many media outlets. Michael notes that the “essential methods and results are included in the map, along with the text of Facebook's "informed consent" policy, their apology/reaction, and links to articles on this topic.”

    Check out this great resource, the actual PNAS article, as well as other takes on this controversy (i.e., “In Defense of Facebook” and “Facebook’s Unethical Experiment”). Intro Psych, Research Methods, and Statistics instructors may want to monitor the Research Methods in the News page for further developments. Big thanks, Michael!

    Mike Williams (via the TIPS listserv, 6/1/2014) wrote a stand-alone program to simulate the Monty Hall
    problem. It can be downloaded to your computer using the links posted to the wiki. Mike says, “This problem is a good example of the contrast between intuitive and actual probability, [and] is a great exercise for Stats classes when you cover probability.” Moreover, the program allows you to set the number of trials. Many of the online simulators do not.


    See the PC and MAC versions of the program, and a PowerPoint presentation on the Statistics in the Classroom page. Scroll down to the In-Class Activities section of this page. Thanks for sharing, Mike!

    Thanks Bill, Michael, and Mike 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: (

  • 27 Jun 2014 9:44 AM | Anonymous
    The STP web site will be unavailable the morning of June 28, possibly until Noon that day. Thanks.
  • 26 Jun 2014 4:41 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)
    ECP Social Hour at Capitol City Brewing Company 
    August 7, 2014 from 5-7pm 
    1100 New York Avenue NW
    All are welcome and encouraged to attend - graduate students, new faculty members, senior faculty members - everyone! Join us in congratulating the 2014 APA ECP Poster Award winner and share your thoughts and experiences on teaching while enjoying a great cold beverage and appetizers.
  • 24 Jun 2014 12:49 PM | Anonymous
    3 Positions Available for the Selection Committee for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Grant

    The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Grant is a grant available to members of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology who teach Psychology at 4-year colleges and universities, 2-year colleges, or high schools. The grant Selection Committee is made up of 6 members who each serve for a 3 year term and we are looking to replace three members this year. We have a total of $10,000 to award.  These funds have been divided among several outstanding proposals since the launch of this grant in 2012.  The applications are due October 31stof each year and the Selection Committee chooses the projects to be funded by the end of November, so the bulk of the committee’s work happens in November.  If you are interested and/or have any questions, please contact Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, Chair of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Grant Selection Committee by September 1, 2014 at

    • 24 Jun 2014 12:47 PM | Anonymous
      APA PeePs (Particularly Exciting Experiments in Psychology) is a free bimonthly summary of ongoing research trends common to six APA journals that focus on experimental Psychology. The goal of PeePs is to move beyond single article summaries to highlight meaningful connections between articles published in different journals. These interdisciplinary links between contemporary studies help readers situate research questions in a broader context. PeePs covers both animal and human studies to promote lateral thinking about how to approach a given topic or question.
    • 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
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