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

Welcome to the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP)

November 5, 2018

We had almost 300 people attend STP’s Annual Conference on Teaching (ACT) in Phoenix last month. That makes it the biggest ACT conference we’ve had. Thank you to everyone who attended! The reason I attend conferences is to meet new people and have great conversations – both in and out of sessions. I came away with some new ideas as I think about next term – and I came away with some new friends. 

My deepest thanks to Jordan Troisi (Sewanee: The University of the South) and his program committee for doing an excellent job with the location and the program. And a special shout out to everyone who presented a talk, a symposium, or a poster. Lots of food for thought.

I look forward to seeing you all Oct 18 and 19, 2019 at the Curtis Hotel in Denver for STP’s 18th Annual Conference on Teaching!

STP Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients

ACT is where we get to honor some of our outstanding teachers of psychology. This year’s well-deserved recipients:

  • Wayne Weiten Teaching Excellence Award (2-year college): William S. Altman, SUNY Broome Community College, NY
  • Robert S. Daniel Award (4-year college): Kim A. Case, University of Houston-Clear Lake, TX
  • Mary Margaret Moffett Memorial Teaching Excellence Award (high school): Pamala Coburn, Fremont High School, UT
  • Jane S. Halonen Teaching Excellence Award (early career): Desdamona Rios, University of Houston-Clear Lake, TX\
  • Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award (graduate student): Rachel Shor, George Mason University, VA

Do you know someone who is deserving of one of these awards? Nominations are now open with a deadline of January 15, 2019.

STP Presidential Citations

The STP president has the honor of giving up to two presidential citations. These citations are given to honor “individuals who have made extraordinary life-time contributions to the Society and/or to the teaching of psychology.” STP presidential citations this year went to Warren Street (emeritus, Central Washington University) and Jacky Cranney (University of New South Wales).

Warren Street: Today in the history of psychology

Quiz: Who can tell me what happened today in the history of psychology?

Here’s what happened on Oct 19, 2018 in the history of psychology: Warren Street received a Society for the Teaching of Psychology presidential citation for his work on the Today in the History of Psychology database – on the day the database became available on the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website. (Look for it under Resources in the main navigation menu.)

Today in the History of Psychology really got started in the early 1970s and gradually expanded. It got a huge boost in the early 90s when Warren’s wife Libby received a AAAS Congressional Science Fellowship. While she worked on the staff of Senator Ted Kennedy, Warren spent his time in the APA archives and the Library of Congress.

In STP’s version of his database, please look for the History of Today in the History of Psychology page. Warren tells the whole story there.

Many of you know the database as a website on the Central Washington University (CWU) servers. It was part of Warren’s faculty website. In 2016, I got an email from a colleague, who, as a frequent visitor to the site, recognized it hadn’t been updated in years. He wondered if STP could help.

I thought that was an interesting question. A week later I went to the Today in the History of Psychology website to find out who to contact. And it was gone.

I contacted the Psych dept chair who forwarded my message to Warren who emailed me two days later. (The CWU IT department panicked over one faculty member posting student data on their faculty webpage, so they took all faculty webpages offline. They did get it back up.)

Warren has since kindly donated the database to STP.

Shout out to Chris Koch (George Fox University) for spending the last couple years porting this site from Warren’s original webpages into this wiki and Bill Altman (SUNY Broome Community College) for shepherding this project along. Now it’s where it can be updated, and Chris has already begun adding entries.

Thank you, Warren, for this incredible resource.

Jacky Cranney: A career dedicated to the teaching of psychology – on at least two continents

Jacky’s long-time friend and collaborator Dana Dunn wrote:

Jacky is a friend to many in psychology. She works to create meaningful connections and, in many cases, professional alliances, among educators who are interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning from around the world.

Jacky realized the importance and pedagogical potential of the idea of psychological literacy when it first appeared. Her prescience and enthusiasm motivated others to think and to write about the implications of psychological literacy during and beyond students' college experiences. She and her co-authors have produced numerous articles and books aimed at helping teachers and students recognize how a psychology education fundamentally changes their outlook on how to tackle the challenges of daily life.

Jacky is an indefatigable traveler who has participated in, organized, or otherwise contributed to many conferences and organizations whose members care deeply about psychology's potential to improve daily life. These organizations include the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and ICOPE.

Jacky never seeks the lime light and is modest about her accomplishments. She routinely promotes the work of colleagues, and she is always quick to recommend a new paper or chapter or concept that will help other scholars do their own work.

Thank you, Jacky, for all you have given to the teaching of psychology.

STP presidential special recognitions given at ACT

Special recognitions go to STP members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Anna Ropp (Metropolitan State University of Denver) received an STP presidential special recognition for her work over the last three years on growing STP’s social media presence. STP’s Facebook group, as of this writing, has 7,380 members and STP’s Twitter account has 1,909 followers. 

Garth Neufeld (Cascadia College) and R. Eric Landrum (Boise State University) received STP presidential special recognitions for dropping everything and, at the request of the STP Executive Committee, traveling to Travelers Rest, South Carolina and to Ann Arbor, Michigan to interview Charles Brewer and Bill McKeachie for the Psych Sessions podcast. You can access both interviews through the STP website. (Bonus: You can now download your own Brewerisms poster, either left-justified or centered with a photo of Charles. Thank you to Garth for his work on making the posters happen.)

You make it all happen!

If you’re a member of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, we are very happy to have you as part of our family! When you’re ready to get more involved, please check out the Get Involved page for new opportunities.

If you like what the Society for the Teaching of Psychology does, but are not yet a member, please join us. Only $25/year supports everything that STP does for the teaching of psychology and, for you, it opens up professional development, professional service, and funding opportunities.

If you haven’t already, we’d love to have you join the discussions on our Facebook group or on one of our listservs, or follow us on Twitter (@TeachPsych).

Sue Frantz
President, Society for the Teaching of Psychology

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