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

November 6, 2019

It was amazing, informative, and collegial. It was the 18th annual Annual Conference on Teaching, where well over 300 folks who share a passion for teaching met in Denver, Colorado on October 18-19. We set a new record for attendance and introduced a new extended schedule for sessions as well as new programming – Lunch and Learn. In addition, we piloted a new teaching pre-conference workshop - Teaching of Psychology Incubator (TOPInc).

To Jordan Troisi and his team, I extend a heart-felt thanks for your really excellent work in organizing the conference, creating the program, and locating it at a super facility. Also, I am sure that I speak for all of us when I say thanks to those who participated in symposia, presented a talk or poster. We learned a lot. Over the years, our annual conference on teaching has been the go to place for great conversations on teaching, a chance to renew old acquaintances and make new ones, and the opportunity to hear stimulating presentations.

If you missed the business meeting, let me bring you up to date on some of what is going on. First, we gave everyone a sneak peek at the new STP logo. We also got the chance to look over the new “four corner” structure for Teaching of Psychology that will feature four types of manuscripts: pilot and small-scale studies, replications, full-length articles, and a forum for reviews and activities. I had the pleasure in thanking several folks for their service on STP committees and gave Presidential awards to Regan Gurung for representing STP on the APA Council of Representatives, and to CUNY for their years hosting the Graduate Student Teaching Association. Finally, it was an honor to present a Presidential Citation to Ken Weaver for his years of service to high school teachers of psychology.

In other news, for members of APA:

  • Please cast Apportionment Ballots for Division 2 (STP) in November. Each eligible voter is allowed ten votes that may be allocated to any division, state, provincial or territorial association of his or her choice.  STP is Division 2 of APA and is entitled to positions on the Council of Representatives proportional to the number of votes the division receives in the apportionment balloting. We encourage APA members to cast all or some of their 10 allotted apportionment votes for the division when they receive these ballots. Too often, members throw away these ballots, thinking that their votes do not make a difference. In actuality, these votes have helped Division 2 retain its two representatives on the APA Council.  If sufficient votes are cast, Division 2 may be able to gain a third representative, thereby providing teachers a stronger voice to advocate for education initiatives at APA.
  • Two proposed by-laws changes may also be of interest to STP members who are also members of APA. The first proposal would add “Graduate Student” as a membership class, which would grant graduate student voting privileges.  A vote to SUPPORT the allowing of grad student members to vote will also allow Associate members to vote after 1 year versus 5 years.  If the whole motion passes it will be good for teachers of psychology. The second proposed amendment is a proposal to clarify that Student Affiliates may be high school students or undergraduate students. Your representative on the APA Council and the STP Executive Committee support these amendments and encourage you to vote in favor of them.

Join us and 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, on one of our listservs, or on Twitter (@TeachPsych).


Rick Miller, STP President

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