Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Division 2 of the American Psychological Association

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 committee, taskforce, or working group vacancy, this will be one of the places where the vacancy is announced. In the meantime, here’s a partial list of executive committee members and their areas of responsibilities. If you click on each name, you’ll be directed to that person’s email address. Even if there is no current vacancy, you should feel free to contact one or more of these individuals to express your interest in serving on a specific committee. If you’re a nonmember visitor to this site and are interested in getting involved with STP, then by all means return to the homepage and submit your membership application online. We welcome anyone interested in the teaching of psychology.

Current Service Opportunities

Call for Associate Editors: Society for the Teaching of Psychology e-books

The Society for the Teaching of Psychology continues to build its e-book publishing program (go to 

The editorial board of our program is made up one editor-in-chief and six associate editors. At the end of last year two of our associate editors rotated off the board. STP is soliciting two new associate editors who will serve for 2-year terms beginning this year.

Associate editors are assigned two tasks. The first is to develop and/or edit one or more e-books that advance the causes of the Society during their term as an associate editor. This can be done in one of two ways.  First, you can take full responsibility for developing the topic, solicitation of authors, timeline, and final decisions regarding acceptability of manuscript for your e-book, which is entirely under your control. The second way is to edit an e-book that has come to us as an unsolicited proposal from colleagues.  In either case, my job will be simply to serve in an oversight capacity—I will read (and perhaps offer commentary) on your book just prior to the final draft stage. 

The second task is to serve as a reviewer for unsolicited proposals. We receive a few each year, but the task is not a time-consuming one. Our main job is to help the proposal author(s) take what we hope is a good idea and develop it into a truly useful and outstanding e-book.

If you have not looked over the home page for the Society’s e-book program lately, please do so. I think you will find that we’ve developed a really diverse, interesting, and practically functional portfolio of (free) e-books. In addition to the e-book(s) that you may develop or edit, we will continue to publish the series of E-xcellence-in-Teaching essays as well as the series of Teaching in Autobiography books and the series Teaching Tips.

Please consider this invitation seriously in the next several days, and if you are interested, get back to me with an answer by May 15, 2017

With all good wishes,

Rick Miller

Editor-in-Chief, STP E-books

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Instructional Resource Award (IRA) Committee

The Society for the Teaching of Psychology is now accepting self nominations for one new member of the six-member Instructional Resource Award (IRA) Committee.  Nominees must be members of STP, have completed their doctoral degrees, and be willing to commit to a three-year term starting February 1, 2018.  Nominations should include a recent CV and a one-page cover letter stating your interest in and qualifications for the position. Please reply by September 15, 2017 to Elizabeth Mazur, Chair, STP IRA Committee at

The purpose of the Instructional Resource Awards is twofold: (1) to stimulate the development of teaching resource materials that can be subsequently duplicated and distributed to interested teachers of psychology by the Society’s Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology, and (2) to encourage instructional research relevant to the teaching of psychology at the university, college, community college, or high school level that can be distributed through the Society’s Office of Teaching Resources for Psychology. The deadline for applications for the next cycle is February 1, 2018. 

For more information about the Instructional Resource Award program, visit its webpage on the Society's members’ web site under “Awards” at  You also may contact Dr. Elizabeth Mazur at Penn State University, Greater Allegheny Campus at


ToPIX Position Announcement

Danae Hudson, Director of the Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology (OTRP), is now accepting applications for the position of Associate Director of OTRP, specifically as Teaching of Psychology Idea eXchange (ToPIX) Editor.  Jeremy Ashton Houska, current ToPIX Editor, will step down from this position in June 2017.

ToPIX, one arm of OTRP, fosters excellence in teaching by the curation and dissemination of various teaching resources (see On average, the Associate Director of OTRP/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.
  • Selecting Assistant Editors to help with the management of ToPIX

Candidates for this job must be STP members. The Associate Director / ToPIX Editor will report to Danae Hudson, Director of OTRP.  To apply for the 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 with “ToPIX Editor candidate-YOUR NAME” in the Subject line. 

Application deadline is May 1, 2017.

Call for Nominations / Applications for Teaching of Psychology Editor
The Executive Committee of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology announces that it is beginning the process of selecting a new editor for its journal, Teaching of Psychology. The editor normally serves a 6-year term and may be reappointed for a second term. Andrew Christopher will have completed two terms as Editor at the end of December 2020.  The Executive Committee seeks to appoint the next editor by the end of 2017 to allow for a smooth transition.   

The Search Committee is especially interested in candidates who (a) are active members of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology; (b) have published in the area of teaching; (c) have previous experience as editor, associate editor, or reviewer for a professional journal; and (d) can commit ample time and other necessary resources to maintain the high quality of our journal.
Persons making nominations should do so in writing (or via email) to the Chair of the Search Committee and should ask nominees to send a letter of application detailing their relevant experience and qualifications for the position; a current copy of their curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three individuals who can speak to their qualifications for the position. Self-nominations (with applications) are invited. Letters of nomination and application materials should be sent to Dr. Jeffrey Holmes; Dept. of Psychology, 953 Danby Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850;; 607-274-7386. All materials must be received by May 1, 2017.  


Jeffrey Stowell (, Vice President for Resources

  • Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology (OTRP), Project Syllabus, ToPIX, Department Consulting Service, Professional Development Committee, Teaching of Psychology, E-books, STP website, e-Xcellence in Teaching, This Is How I Teach Blog

Aaron S. Richmond (, Vice President of Programming

  • Annual Conference on Teaching, Regional Conference Programming, STP Programming at APA, APS, SPSP, NITOP, G. Stanley Hall Lectures, SoTL Writing Workshop Coordinator, STP Programming at International Conferences, PTOP Listserv

Meera Komarraju (, Vice President for Membership

Amy Fineburg (, Vice President for Recognitions and Awards

  • Fellows Committee, Teaching Awards Committee, Small Partnerships Grants, Early Career Psychologists Travel Grants, Instructional Resource Awards, SoTL Awards Committee, Conference Speaker Grant Program

Susan Nolan (, Vice President for Diversity and International Relations

  • Diversity Committee, International Relations Committee
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