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  • 30 Jan 2014 8:43 PM | Anonymous

    This last update for the month of January includes additions to the Industrial PsychologyIndustrial Psychology in the News, Research Methods in the Classroom, the Therapy Video (and Audio) page, and the Song List.

    Assistant ToPIX Editor, Jessica Hartnett, posted a link to a National Geographic video that could be used in I/O classes, or perhaps even Intro Psych courses. The video discusses The Knowledge, a mandatory test of London that all taxi drivers have to pass in order to become taxi drivers. Those teaching Neuroscience may be able to use this video also. Changes to the hippocampus that occur within taxi drivers over time are also covered. See more on the Industrial Psychology page. Jessica also shared a blog post outlining reports that question whether the TSA program to spot terrorists are effective. I/O instructors could use some of the Washington Post and CBS coverage to discuss program evaluations. Research Methods and Tests & Measurements instructors could also use this situation to illustrate validity and reliability. Introduction to Psychology instructors may even use parts of this report because, as Jessica notes, "this whole story implicitly demonstrates that the federal government is hiring statisticians with strong research methods backgrounds..." Read more on the Industrial Psychology in the News page. Thanks, Jessica

    Madelynn Shell (via the STP Facebook Group) shared a classic cartoon that could be used to give students practice at observational research, operationally defining “violent acts,” inter-rater reliability and so on. Check out the Research Methods in the classroom page for more details. Nice find, Madelynn

    Erica Noles e-mailed an NPR audio newscast that would be relevant for Introductory Psychology instructors. The 5-minute audio clip includes commentary on DSM-5 updates, overdiagnosis, Asperger’s, and Bipolar. The link was posted to the Therapy Video (and Audio) page. I could see this being used in class as a cognitive break, or to launch into a new section. Very helpful, Erica!

    A new addition to the Song List  is a link to Pharrell William’s 24-hour music video for the song “Happy. Hat tip to Nadia De Leon for this. Anyone teaching Positive Psychology or predictors of happiness might want to check it out. The video might also be useful for a Psi Chi or Psychology Club Dance-A-Thon?

    Thanks again to Jessica, Madelynn, Erica, and Nadia 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: ( 

  • 22 Jan 2014 10:39 AM | Anonymous

    I’m writing with a few updates on the STP website:

    Job board.  In the last 6 months a lot of job postings have come through on PsychTeacher. I’m pretty happy to see enough of an uptick in the economy that institutions are hiring again!  While you can certainly still post job ads to PsychTeacher, we’ve created a spot on the STP website where STP members can post job ads and everyone, not just STP members, can read them – all in one place.  On the STP website, you can find them under “News” in the main menu at the top of the page.  If you are posting a job ad, log into the STP website, and you’ll automatically be granted permission to post.  The STP executive director, Ted Bosack, will check in on the job board periodically to keep it cleaned up so only the current job ads are there.

    If you’re not an STP member, please join.  It’s only $25/year, and, no, you don’t have to be a member of APA to be a member of STP.  Isn’t PsychTeacher alone worth 50 cents a week?  


    The STP Executive Committee wants to hear your comments and suggestions.  We have created a new page titled – get this -- “Comments and Suggestions.” You can find it under “About” in the main menu.  If you have ideas on how we can better serve you, please leave your comments and your suggestions.  (On a personal note, please visit this page at least once.  It took me an hour to figure out the scripting that would allow form responses to be emailed to both STP’s executive director and president.  I’d really appreciate if at least a few people filled out the form so that I can feel like it was an hour well spent. Thanks!)  (Side note for the ultra-geeks: If you want to know how to make this work with Google Forms, drop me an email at

    Also, but less significantly, we deleted “Leadership” from the main menu on the STP website. Everything that used to be there can now be found under “About”.    

    If you have questions or comments, say, about these changes, you can email me off list – or, hey, here’s an idea!  You can visit the new “Comments and Suggestions” form:

    Your STP Vice President for Resources,


  • 13 Jan 2014 4:46 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)
    The STP Master Teacher Speaker Program Committee seeks a new member to serve a three-year term (early 2014-December, 2015). 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. 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. Qualifications: 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 Aaron Richmond at The application deadline is January 30th, 2014.
  • 30 Dec 2013 1:04 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)


    (Deadline: January 15, 2014)

    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 2014,


    Scott Plous

    Professor of Psychology

    SPN Executive Director

  • 09 Dec 2013 2:19 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)
    • 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
  • 05 Dec 2013 3:40 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    Culturally Competent Graduate Psychology Training: A Training Model for Skill Development in Immigrant Psychological Assessment ($4,000)

    Dr. Joan Popkin

    Tennesee State University

    3500 John Merritt Blvd.

    Department of Psychology

    Nashville, TN 37209


    Dr. Jorge Victor Boero

    Athena Consulting and Psychological Services, LLC

    Karla McKanders, Esq.

    University of Tennessee College of Law, Legal Clinic

    Amy Berman

    Tennessee State University

    Jacqueline Newman

    Tennessee State University
  • 19 Nov 2013 3:41 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)
    STP programming is searching for three people to serve on the program committee for STP’s Annual Conference on Teaching (ACT), formerly the Best Practices conference. The conference will take place in Atlanta, Georgia on October 10 & 11, 2014. Rather than focusing on a specific topic, the conference will have tracks related to APA’s new learning goals for the undergraduate psychology major: (1) Knowledge Base in Psychology, (2) Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking, (3) Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World, (4) Communication, and (5) Professional Development. The primary responsibility of the program committee is to review proposals for symposia and posters. Members will also help with various tasks before and during the conference (e.g., welcoming people at the registration table and introducing keynote speakers). The conference registration fee will be waived for committee members.

    If you are interested, please complete the application and email it to Natalie Lawrence at by Monday, December 16. Preference will be given to individuals who have attended this conference in the past.
  • 01 Nov 2013 10:11 AM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)
    • The STP/Division2 Elections and Appointments Committee seeks nominations for several key leadership positions: President-Elect, Vice President for Resources, Vice President for Programming, Secretary, and two (pending outcome of 2013 apportionment ballots) Representatives to APA Council. All terms except President-Elect are 3-year terms beginning on January 1, 2015. The President-Elect serves a 1-year term followed by a 1-year presidential term and a 1-year term as Past President. Descriptions of the responsibilities for each position can be found on the STP/Division2 website ( in the Policy and Procedures Manual (located in the Members Only section under Publications) beginning on page 25. Please nominate colleagues whom you believe have the experience, commitment and motivation to contribute to the success of our Society. Self-nominations are also encouraged. All nominees must be Fellows or Members of the Society, and nominees for APA Council of Representatives must, additionally, be members of APA. Send all nominations to Norine Jalbert, Chair of Elections and Appointments, at The deadline for nominations is January 6, 2014. 
    • The STP SoTL Workshop Committee is looking for one SoTL Workshop Mentor to serve a three-year term. Nominations and self nominations are welcome. We invite applications from faculty who have significant experience in conducting and publishing SoTL who would be willing to mentor those starting to do SoTL work.  Mentors will work with 3-4 faculty members a year and provide guidance on SoTL as well as support participants through the research process (which may include discussing ideas or analyzing, outlining, and writing a final product). STP will cover all mentors’ expenses to attend the annual SoTL workshop. If interested, or if you have questions, contact Regan A. R. Gurung ( The application deadline is January 30th, 2014.

  • 25 Oct 2013 10:28 AM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) Executive Committee is pleased to announce the selection of the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center as the new host for STP’s Graduate Student Teaching Association (GSTA) for the term 2014 -2016.  The Executive Committee thanks Dr. Maureen O’Connor (Graduate Center), Executive Officer of the Doctoral Program in Psychology, for coordinating the application. The Faculty Advisor for the GSTA will be Dr. Patricia Brooks (College of Staten Island). Particularly exciting is the fact that Psychology graduate programs are offered at eight CUNY campusesundefinedThe Graduate Center, Baruch College, Brooklyn College, City College, Hunter College, John Jay College, Queens College and the College of Staten Island. Over 550 students are enrolled in CUNY’s Psychology doctoral programs. CUNY offers a Teaching of Psychology course for graduate students and they sponsor an annual teaching conference. Plans are in the works for expanding the regional liaison program and social media presence. The Executive Committee thanks the University of Georgia GSTA, under the leadership of Dr. Rosemary Phelps (Faculty Advisor), for serving as the host institution for the past three years.

  • 15 Oct 2013 10:01 AM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    Activities for Teaching about Prejudice and Discrimination (2013)

    Author(s):  Mary E. Kite, Stephen A. Gabourel, and 15 others

    Affiliation:  Ball State University

    Description:  This 69-page resource offers 12 classroom activities that can be used to help students identify their stereotypic beliefs and prejudices, the sources of those beliefs and attitudes, and the behaviors that stem from them.  Two of the activities focus on the historical bases of prejudice and discrimination, particularly in the United States.  Although these activities were designed for high school and college level students, they can be tailored to be suitable for younger students.
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