Society for the Teaching of Psychology: Division 2 of the American Psychological Association

Annual Conference on Teaching Keynote Speakers

The 2024 ACT: On Location in Louisville Keynote Speakers will be announced soon!

ACT 2023 Keynote Speakers

Diane Finley

STP President

Keynote Title:

Sharing Our Stories: The Road Not Taken


Dr. Diane Finley is a Professor in the Psychology Department at Prince George’s Community College in Largo Maryland, outside of Washington DC. Her training is in developmental and social psychology with a specialty in sport psychology. She is a National Certified Counselor and is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Maryland College Park.

She has been involved in online education over the past twenty-five years and has multiple presentations and publications on about online teaching. She received a Teaching Excellence award from the University of Maryland Global Campus as well as the APA Award for Excellence in teaching at a two year college.

She is currently President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2, APA). She recently completed service as Director of Professional Development for STP and served on the American Psychological Association Committee on Associate and Baccalaureate Education (CABE).


Leslie Berntsen

Keynote Title:

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Stories and Advocacy Tips from the Front Lines of Inclusive Teaching


 Dr. Leslie Berntsen is a former teaching-track faculty member and the current Director of Education and Research at The Story Collider, a non-profit organization dedicated to highlighting the human side of science through the art of personal storytelling. She is a nationally-recognized expert in inclusive pedagogy and teaching social issues and the recipient of teaching awards from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. Her writing has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Huffington Post, and you can also find the earliest drafts of her forthcoming op-eds on Twitter: @leslie_bern. 

Maria S. Wong

Keynote Title:

Don't Get Trapped by False Dichotomies: Both/And Thinking for Teaching, Research, and Career Development


Dr. Maria S. Wong is the Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Communication, and Humanities and Professor of Psychology at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. Her excellence in leadership and teaching has been recognized by numerous honors and awards. Dr. Wong has extensive experience in faculty development and DEI. She and her colleagues published a two-volume eBook for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, entitled “Incorporating Diversity in Classroom Settings: Real and Engaging Examples for Various Psychology Courses.” A developmental psychologist by training, Dr. Wong’s research on children’s social-emotional development has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Child Development, Social Development, and the Journal of Family Psychology. As the founder and co-chair of the DEI Task Force of her School, Dr. Wong is leading several DEI initiatives at Endicott College. Dr. Wong is currently serving as a Board Member of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network in Massachusetts and a Peer Evaluator for the New England Commission of Higher Education.

ACT 2022 Keynote Speakers (Linda M. Woolf, Rajiv Jhangiani, Kelley Haynes-Mendez)

ACT 2021 Keynote Speakers (Viji Sathy, Susan Nolan, Jordan Troisi)

ACT 2020 Keynote Speakers (Jane Halonen, Carol A. Hurney, Amy Fineburg)

ACT 2019 Keynote Speakers (Pooja Agarwal, Lindsay Masland, & Rick Miller)

ACT 2018 Keynote Speakers (David Myers, Sue Franz, & Mitch Handelsman)

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