Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Division 2 of the American Psychological Association

Instructional Resource Awards

View Previous Awards and Winners

2016 Winners Announced

Our grantees this year are:

  • Critical Thinking Workshop & Activities in Psychology. Ashley Waggoner Denton, University of Toronto.
  • Helping Skills Instruction in the Undergraduate Internship in Psychology. Melissa Himelein, University of North Carolina, Asheville.
  • Cultural Immersion Project. Julie Spencer Rodgers, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
  • Fostering Employable Skills with Psychology Courses and Curricula. Natalie Ciarocco & David Strohmetz, Monmouth University.
  • OER Materials for Psychology Instructors, Rachael Robinson-Kellig, Central Community College.



Up to five awards of $1,500 each will be presented annually to enable recipients to complete substantive instructional research projects related to the teaching of psychology that will create resources suitable for posting on OTRP-Online or, if an empirical study, for publication in Teaching of Psychology or a SoTL journal. Proposals may be general in focus or specific to a particular psychology course or student population. Research may be empirical (e.g., an investigation to determine which strategies are most successful in preventing cheating), experiential (e.g. a critical summary and evaluation of time-tested methods of assessing learning in child development courses), or reviews of the literature on new topics in psychology  (e.g., producing an annotated bibliography of readings or Internet resources in cross-cultural psychology). Proposals to create internet sites will not be funded unless the posted resource captures the same information in a print-friendly file (.doc, .pdf, .rtf); given its mission to provide readers with high quality, peer-reviewed materials, OTRP will not link to outside Internet sources because they cannot be monitored continuously. The average IRA funding rate in the last 5 years is 38%.


The purpose of the Instructional Resource Awards is twofold: (1) to stimulate the development of teaching resource materials, and (2) to encourage instructional research relevant to the teaching of psychology at the university, college, community college, or high school level, either of which can be subsequently posted by the Society’s Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology at OTRP-Online for interested teachers of psychology or published in Teaching of Psychology or similar SoTL journal.



Any member of APA Division 2: Society for the Teaching of Psychology is eligible to apply for an OTRP Instructional Resource Award, except that current members of the Society’s Executive Committee and the IRA Committee are ineligible to apply.


All proposals must be electronically submitted by February 1, 2017 to Elizabeth Mazur, Chair of the Instructional Resources Award committee, at   Proposals will be reviewed by IRA subcommittee members appointed by the STP Grants Committee. Proposals are scored on the following six qualities: Pedagogical Value, Potential Value, Originality, Feasibility, Generalizability, and Adherence to Guidelines. Decisions will be announced by March 31, and projects may commence immediately thereafter. Each award will comprise one $1500 check from the Society, payable to the principal investigator (or nonprofit foundation designated by the principal investigator), who is responsible for all expenses of the project. By July 15 of the same year, the investigator will provide the OTRP Director with a progress report.  By December 31 of the same year, the investigator will provide the OTRP Director with the project results as well as a copy of a teaching resource suitable for duplication and distribution by the Society’s OTRP.

Reports from award-winning proposals will receive the normal peer-review process before posting or publication. As a condition for the award, recipients of Instructional Resource Awards will be asked to sign a publication agreement that grants authors the copyright and the OTRP a license to distribute authors’ documents in both paper and electronic versions for four years. After four years, the OTRP will continue, at its discretion, to distribute and post the resource unless the author(s) request that the resource be withdrawn.



Submit a proposal that includes:

  1. A brief cover letter with name and contact information
  2. A summary of the proposed project (up to 200 words)
  3. A statement of the project purposes and the specific procedures to be used (up to two pages)
  4. The relevance, general or course-specific, of the project to the teaching of psychology (up to one page)
  5. A description of the teaching resource that will be produced at the conclusion of the project (one page)
  6. A resume of the principal investigator (one page), including information about any accomplishments relevant to instructional research

The entire proposal should be approximately six double-spaced, typed pages.

Submit your proposal electronically to with the heading "STP IRA" by February 1, 2017.

If you have any questions or need further clarification, contact Elizabeth Mazur, IRA Committee Chair, at or by phone: 412.675.9186.

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