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Get Involved in STP!

If you’re an STP member interested in becoming more involved in STP activities then you’ve come to the right place. STP is committed to providing opportunities to as many of its members as possible to participate in STP initiatives. Whenever there’s a vacancy on a committee, task force, or working group, this will be one of the places where the vacancy is announced. Vacancies will also be announced in the current issue of our online newsletter.  If you have a specific interest or question about any of our initiatives, please visit the STP Leadership page for email addresses of our executive committee members, committee chairs, editors, directors, and coordinators.  Even if there is no current vacancy, you should feel free to contact one or more of these individuals to express your interest in getting involved. 

If you are not a current member of STP, visit our Join page. We welcome anyone interested in the teaching of psychology. 

For all positions, STP encourages applications and nominations from colleagues who are from underrepresented groups and have diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Current Service Opportunities in STP:

Call for Nominations: STP Officer Elections (Deadline:  December 15, 2019)
President-Elect
Secretary
Vice President for Programming
Vice President for Resources
Division 2's Representative to APA Council (must be an APA member)

Call for Applications:  Associate Chair of the Committee on Teaching Awards (Deadline:  December 1, 2019)

Call for Reviewers:  STP Programming at APA 2020 (Deadline:  December 1, 2019)

Call for Applications: ToPIX Editor (Deadline: December 1, 2019)

Call for Chapter Authors: STP eBook on Diversity (Deadline: December 1, 2019)

Call for Applications: Working Group on Mid-Career Mentoring (Deadline: December 13, 2019)

Call for Applications/Nominations: STP Archivist/Historian (Deadline:  December 15, 2019)

Graduate Students:  Join the 2020 GSTA Steering Committee! (Deadline: December 17, 2019)

Call for Applications: STP Conference Speaker Grant Committee Chair (Deadline:  December 20, 2019)

Graduate Students: Call for New GSTA Blog Editors (ongoing)

Call for STP eBook Chapters: Psychological Myths, Mistruths and Misconceptions (Deadline: January 1, 2020)

Additional Opportunities in APA (STP serves as APA Division 2) and Psi Chi
Some links take you to APA's or Psi Chi's website:

International Director (Part-time): Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology (Deadline: December 31, 2019)

International Director (Part-time): Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology (Deadline, December 31, 2019)

Spend a Year in Washington DC:  Apply for 2020-2021 APA Policy Fellowships (Deadline: January 5, 2020)

Current Open Calls (may include calls for other APA boards and committees not listed above)

Current Service Opportunities

Call for Nominations:
STP Officer Elections

The STP/Division Two Elections and Appointments Committee seeks nominations for the following key leadership positions:

President-Elect: 1-year term beginning January 1, 2021 followed by a one-year presidential term and a one-year term as Past President

Secretary: 3-year term beginning January 1, 2021

Vice President for Programming: 3-year term beginning January 1, 2021

Vice President for Resources: 3-year term beginning January 1, 2021

APA Council Representative: 3-year term beginning January 1, 2021 (must be an APA Fellow or Member)

Descriptions of responsibilities and further information about each position can be found in the STP Bylaws and in the Policies and Procedures Manual.

Please nominate colleagues 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 STP members; however, except for the APA Council Representative, APA membership is not required for these offices.

Please note that nomination for an office does not guarantee appearance of that nominee on the election ballot; the final slate of candidates is determined by the STP Elections and Appointments Committee following review of all nominees.

Send all nominations to Sue Frantz, Elections and Appointments Committee Chair, at elections@teachpsych.org.   
The deadline for nominations is December 15, 2019.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:
Associate Chair of the Committee on Teaching Awards

STP is seeking an individual to serve a term as Associate Chair of the Committee on Teaching Awards for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. The Associate Chair supports the Chair of the Committee on Teaching Awards in the implementation of the Excellence in Teaching Awards program, including implementing the Society’s annual awards program, soliciting, receiving, and responding to applications, organizing review panels for each of the six awards categories, contacting applicants after a decision has been reached, writing the recipients’ biographies for the October issue of ToP, and presenting the awards at STP’s Annual Conference of Teaching.

After the term as Associate Chair, the Associate Chair may be recommended to serve as the Chair of the Committee on Teaching Awards for an additional three-year term.

The Associate Chair will serve from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. The Associate Chair will be notified by the Vice President for Grants and Awards no later than November 1, 2020 if the Associate Chair has been recommended to serve as Chair of the Committee; if this recommendation is favorable, the Chair will serve from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2023.

Questions about the position can be directed to:

Krisztina Jakobsen, Chair of STP Committee on Teaching Awards (jakobskv@jmu.edu)

Keli Braitman, Vice President for Grants and Awards (braitmank@william.jewell.edu)

To apply, please send a brief letter stating your interest and experience related to the position and a current CV.  Applications are due by December 1, 2019 and should be sent to jakobskv@jmu.edu.

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Call for Reviewers: STP Programming at APA 2020

by Melissa Beers, Director of STP Programming at APA

Many of us are still enjoying memories of a fantastic convention in Chicago last summer.  Would you believe the deadline for APA 2020 in Washington DC is less than a month away (December 2)?

STP members, I would love your help reviewing proposals for our divisional program. If you are interested in reviewing this year, please complete this survey before December 1 to provide your contact information and answer a few questions about your interests and availability. Typically, each reviewer will read and comment on 3-4 brief proposals. My goal is to have proposals to you by December 9th.

Will you help ensure a strong program at APA this year?  If your answer is yes, I will send instructions for accessing the review system once the APA Convention Office opens the review website. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at apa-conference@teachpsych.org. Thank you in advance for your consideration!

Link to the STP APA Reviewer Survey: http://go.osu.edu/apa-stp-review

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Call for Applications: ToPIX Editor

Danae Hudson, Director of the Teaching Resources, is now accepting applications for the position of Editor for the Teaching of Psychology Idea eXchange (ToPIX). The deadline for applications is December 1.

ToPIX, a part of STP's Resources area, fosters excellence in teaching by the curation and dissemination of various teaching resources. On average, the ToPIX Editor can expect to spend between 5-10 hours a month attending to responsibilities. The term of the appointment is three years, with opportunity for renewal for an additional term.

Responsibilities include:

  • Joining pedagogical listservs and teaching-related social media groups (e.g., STP Facebook group) to collect useful teaching resources;
  • Updating the ToPIX wiki with these resources;
  • Publicizing updates to the ToPIX wiki via listservs, the STP Newsletter, and social media;
  • Assigning content areas/wiki sections in line with Editor expertise ;
  • Working with the Internet Editor and Newsletter Editors to publicize new ToPIX initiatives and “Calls for Content;”
  • Periodically reviewing the ToPIX wiki for dead links and to determine areas of need;
  • Periodically requesting different and specific types of content from teachers of psychology (e.g., via listservs, newsletter, social media groups);
  • Submitting mid-term and annual reports to the STP Executive Team; and
  • Selecting Assistant Editors to help with the management of ToPIX.

Candidates for this job must be STP members. The ToPIX Editor will report to Danae Hudson, Director of Teaching Resources. To apply for this position, please submit a letter of interest containing your name, email, affiliation, involvement with STP, a statement of why you are interested in this position and the qualities that will aid in your success. Please also provide a current CV. Email materials to teaching-resources@teachpsych.org with “ToPIX Editor candidate-YOUR NAME” in the Subject line.

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Call for Chapter Authors: STP eBook on Diversity

New STP E-Book: Incorporating Diversity in Classroom Settings: Real and Engaging Examples for Various Psychology Courses

STP publishes e-books related to the teaching and learning of psychology. These books are available here.  

We all know that diversity is important, but how do we incorporate it into our teaching? The goal of this e-book is to provide Psychology instructors with examples of classroom activities that have integrated element(s) of diversity into the teaching of psychological concepts. Each chapter will include (1) information on a psychological concept being taught, (2) a description of how the specific element(s) of diversity (e.g., differences related to gender, SES, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, abilities, etc.) is/are related to the psychological concept, (3) a detailed description of the class activity, and (4) a discussion guide to further engage students in a meaningful discussion about diversity and the concept being taught.  

Please contact Maria Wong (mwong2@stevenson.edu) by December 1, 2019 for more information.

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Call for Applications:  Working Group on Mid-Career Mentoring

STP’s mentoring program has been growing over the last three years. A recent survey of STP's membership showed that there is interest in some sort of mentoring for mid-career faculty. Now we need to look at some specifics. For example, we need to determine what the specific sorts of mentoring needs of mid-career faculty are, and what sort of programming would interest mid-career faculty members.

We are forming a working group to examine these issues and make recommendations. The group will work during spring and summer 2020.

If you are interested in serving on this working group, please send your CV and a statement of interest to Diane Finley, Director, Professional Development, Mentoring at mentoring@teachpsych.org. Applications should be received by December 13, 2019. If you'd like more information, please use that same email.

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Call for Applications/Nominations:  STP Archivist/Historian

The STP Elections and Appointments Committee seeks nominations (including self-nominations) for an Archivist/Historian to serve a 5-year term beginning in January 1, 2021 and ending December 31, 2025, with eligibility for reappointment to a second term.  The primary responsibilities of the Archivist/Historian include collecting, maintaining, and researching STP digital archival records. The Archivist/Historian also assists in the development of policies and procedures for the archives, appoints an advisory group of at least five individuals, and submits bi-annual reports to the Executive Director for discussion during the Executive Committee’s meetings. A description of the position appears on pages 20-21 of STP’s Policies and Procedures Manual.  The Archivist/Historian receives one course buyout per year and a budget for supplies and travel (e.g., to visit the Archives of the History of Psychology at the University of Akron).

To apply, please email the following materials to Sue Frantz, Chair of STP’s Elections and Appointments Committee, at elections@teachpsych.org by December 15 using the Subject line:  Archivist/Historian:   A letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the position and a current CV.

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Graduate Students:  Join the 2020 GSTA Steering Committee!

The GSTA is currently seeking four members from diverse regions and types of institutions to join the chair and associate chair in steering the GSTA for a one-year term, starting January 1, 2020. The six-person GSTA steering committee will oversee GSTA budget, expectations, and programming. Steering committee members are expected to meet regularly in person-teleconference-video conference. If you are interested in joining the GSTA steering committee, please complete this form by December 17, 2019. We will be in touch in early January 2020 to let you know if you have been selected to join the committee. Please email the current GSTA chair, Elizabeth Che (eche@gradcenter.cuny.edu) or associate chair Jessica Brodsky (jbrodsky1@gradcenter.cuny.edu), with any questions.

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Graduate Students:  Call for New GSTA Blog Editors

If you are a current graduate student with a passion for teaching psychology and are interested in gaining some experience as a writer and editor, please consider reaching out to us about getting involved. Email us at gsta@teachpsych.org to find out more!

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Call for STP eBook Chapters:  Psychological Myths, Mistruths and Misconceptions: Curriculum-based strategies for knowledge change

How have you addressed psychology myths in your classroom? Have a great lesson or activity to share? Please consider submitting your work for a chapter in an upcoming STP ebook!

Research on psychology misconceptions (see Hughes, Lyddy, & Lambe, 2013 for a comprehensive review) and books like 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology (Lilienfeld, Lynn, Ruscio, & Beyerstein, 2010) have underscored the importance of addressing psychology myths in our teaching. The purpose of this ebook is to provide a practical guide of engaging, field-tested activities, lessons, and resources for psychology teachers surrounding some of the most important myths, mistruths and misconceptions in psychology. Using these topics, teachers in many areas of psychology can promote engagement and active learning by working with their students to address and resolve these critical topics in the classroom.

Each chapter proposal should contain the following:

  1. A description of a field-tested activity, lesson, demonstration, or outreach activity.
  2. Alignment with the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major.
  3. An annotated list of resources from the scholarship of teaching, student learning, and/or other discipline-specific sources.
  4. Handouts of lessons and activities (if applicable)

Possible chapter topics include:
● Writing
● Scientific literacy
● Science communication
● Critical thinking
● Retrieval
● Scientific outreach
● Teamwork

The Society for the Teaching of Psychology publishes electronic books related to the teaching and learning of psychology. These books are available on the STP website for download as a whole book or by chapter. Book chapters are referenced in PsycInfo.

Proposal Submission Instructions

Please submit chapter proposals using this online form by January 1, 2020.

We anticipate that final chapters will be between 2,500 and 4,000 words total. You can view previous publications on the Society for Teaching Psychology ebook website.

Interested authors should contact Melissa Birkett (birkettm@sou.edu) or Karla Lassonde (karla.lassonde@mnsu.edu).

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Call for Applications:
STP Conference Speaker Grant Committee Chair

This program provides support to teaching conferences or preconferences to defray the travel expenses for speakers related to the teaching of psychology. The grant program is open to any gathering of psychology teachers from 4-year colleges and universities, 2-year colleges, or high schools. STP is seeking applications for an individual to chair this committee. The chair has the following responsibilities: a) solicit applications for the grant, b) evaluate applications, c) select and notify the recipient(s), d) liaise with the awardees and STP treasurer to ensure payment, e) provide feedback to the VP for Grants and Awards regarding the selection process, and f) coordinate applications, evaluation, and selection of new committee members. All current members of STP are eligible for this position. Committee members serve for a three-year term. To apply, please send a brief letter stating your interest and experience related to the position and a current CV. The applications are due by December 20th, and should be sent to: Keli Braitman, Vice President for Grants and Awards, braitmank@william.jewell.edu.

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International Director (Part-time): Psi Chi,
the International Honor Society in Psychology

The Board of Directors of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, seeks applications for a new International Director (ID). The ID will serve as Chair of the International Advisory Committee (IAC) from his or her home institution in a part-time capacity.

The ID leads the IAC in fulfilling the committee’s goals and describes IAC activities in biannual reports submitted to the ED for Board meetings. In the past, the Chair of the IAC led the committee and submitted reports.

  • This is a new position comparable to Psi Chi’s Research Director and Diversity Director positions.
  • As current IAC members complete their terms, the ID may reappoint them or appoint new members according to IAC guidelines.
  • The ID supports Psi Chi’s overall mission “recognizing and promoting excellence in the science and application of psychology” through IAC activities.
  • The role of the IAC is to:
    • develop alliances for the benefit of Psi Chi members with internationally-focused psychology organizations such as Division 52, APA’s Office of International Affairs, and Committee on International Relations in Psychology;
    • connect with and support members in chapters outside the US 50 states,
    • assist the Board and staff with promoting growth of Psi Chi globally through international charters and members
    • support the Board’s six Vice Presidents as they plan sessions that relate to international issues in their Psi Chi programming at the six regional meetings
    • identify Psi Chi Ambassadors and the most cost-effective means of promoting Psi Chi,
    • represent Psi Chi at international conferences, and
    • propose international grants and awards to the Board.
  • This part-time appointment includes a $2,000 annual stipend (paid quarterly) and $5,000 annually to support the promotion of Psi Chi international initiatives, including ID/IAC member travel for that purpose.
  • The appointment is for a three-year term, renewable up to three times; however,
    • the first appointment will be for an additional half year starting January 2020 and
    • include half the annual stipend and funding.
    • The outgoing Chair of the IAC has committed to facilitating the transition and continuing to serve as a member of the IAC.

To apply, submit a cover letter, three reference letters, and vitae to Dr. Martha S. Zlokovich at martha.zlokovich@psichi.org. Deadline December 31, 2019; applications accepted until position is filled.

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Spend a Year in Washington, DC: 
Apply for 2020-2021 APA Policy Fellowships

Each year, APA places three psychologists in congressional offices and a federal agency in Washington, D.C. These APA policy fellowships provide a unique opportunity to bring valuable and much-needed psychological perspectives to federal policymaking institutions.

The APA Congressional Fellowship places a psychologist for one year on Capitol Hill working as a special legislative assistant in a U.S. House or Senate office. 

The APA Executive Branch Science Fellowship places a psychological scientist as a special assistant in a federal agency working on issues ranging from science policy to research administration. 

Completed applications for the 2020-2021 fellowship year are due by Jan. 5, 2020.

For questions about the APA Congressional Fellowships, contact Amalia Corby-Edwards, fellowship director, or for the APA Executive Branch Science Fellowship, contact Craig Fisher, fellowship director.

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