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

Call for Applications

Society for the Teaching of Psychology 2018 Teaching Awards

The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP; Division 2 of the American Psychological Association) announces its 2018 awards program for outstanding teachers of psychology. Teaching awards of $1500 and a plaque are bestowed for outstanding performance in each of six categories:

1. 4-year colleges or universities (Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award)
2. 2-year colleges (Wayne Weiten Teaching Excellence Award)
3. High school (Mary Margaret Moffett Memorial Teaching Excellence Award)
4. First 10 years of full-time teaching at any level (Jane S. Halonen Teaching Excellence Award)
5. Graduate student (Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award)
6. Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award

First-time applicants who do not receive an award will have their materials automatically held over for another year (unless they specify otherwise), and applicants may choose to update their materials before the next deadline. If, after being held over for another year, applicants do not win an award, they may update their materials and re-submit them in the appropriate category.

Winners will be notified in advance. The awards will be presented during a special STP ceremony to be held in a public manner appropriate for the prestige of the award. A travel grant of up to $1500 is available if the winner does not have travel funds from other sources. If a winner cannot attend the ceremony, STP will appoint a representative to make the presentation at the winner's home campus at a time convenient to the winner.

The applicant (and nominator, where appropriate) must compile all documentation in support of the application. Responsibility for accumulating supporting documentation cannot be assumed by the STP Awards Committee. For ease of the review process, all materials must be submitted electronically in PDF format as an e-mail attachment to (see specific instructions below). All materials must be received no later than January 15, 2018. Electronic materials will NOT be returned after the review process.

Specific Instructions for submission

  • All submission materials must in PDF format.

  • PDF files can easily be created from most word processing software. Supporting materials for
    which you have the electronic file (e.g., syllabi, cover sheet, PowerPoint presentation, teaching philosophy, narrative, etc) can be readily converted to PDF format using the capabilities built into the software, or by using free PDF conversion software (e.g., PrimoPDF:, CutePDF: ).

  • Supporting materials that may be difficult to save directly in PDF format (e.g., student evaluations, teaching award certificates, conference program, etc.) should be scanned into a PDF document, which should be possible with most scanning software.

  • Submitted files should be named by last name of the applicant, followed by a number and brief title indicating the order of the file in the collection of submitted files and what the file is. For example:

    Smith01coverletter.pdf, Smith02cv.pdf, Smith03studentevals.pdf (etc.)

  • The total file size of the attachments should not exceed 15 MB per email message. If you have to

    send multiple emails with attachments, that’s ok.

  • Send your email message(s) with your PDF file(s) attached to

  • Name the email subject line with last name of the applicant, followed by the name of the award. For example:

     Smith, Wayne Weiten Award
  • You will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours after your electronic submission.

  • Contact Krisztina Jakobsen with questions at 540-568-4301 or
These awards are designed to recognize teachers all across the country. Applicants must be members of STP and may join STP at any time. Renominations and self-nominations are acceptable. STP reserves the right not to make an award presentation in a particular category if the STP Awards Committee believes no applicant is qualified in a particular year.

Wayne Weiten Teaching Excellence Award


Broadly defined, instructional effectiveness serves as the core of the selection criteria used in selecting the Wayne Weiten Teaching Excellence Award winner. As such, demonstration of effective teaching heads the list, particularly at the 2-year college level where capable teaching is widely viewed as the major job responsibility. However, because activities outside the classroom are often associated with facilitating teaching performance, bolstering student learning, and advancing psychology as an applied science, the selection guidelines acknowledge the importance of both service excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning in line with the model of the well-rounded teacher-scholar.

1. Effective teaching. This criterion involves the development of effective teaching methods, courses, and/or teaching materials that exemplify outstanding performance as a classroom educator. Documentation may include, but is not limited to:

(a) innovative methods, materials, course syllabi, and evidence of successful utilization of each (b) outstanding student evaluations
(c) providing evaluative observations by supervisors and colleagues
(d) demonstrating innovation teaching and/or assessment methods
(e) presenting evidence of prior teaching awards or other forms of recognition

2. Service. This criterion pertains to local, regional, and/or national service, both curricular and co- curricular, intended to increase student interest and involvement in psychology, raise community awareness of psychology as an applied science, and/or use the principles of psychology to improve the human condition. Documentation may include, but is not limited to:

(a)  encouraging students to major in psychology at a 4-year college or university
(b)  mentoring faculty colleagues
(c)  sponsoring or advising a student or community organization

(d)  participating in community outreach projects or civic activities that heighten community awareness of the discipline of psychology and/or apply psychological principles to problem resolution

(e)  engaging in collaborative service efforts with psychology teachers at the high school, 2-year college, and/or 4-year college/university level

(f)  serving on local, regional, and/or national committees and task forces

    3. Scholarship of teaching and learning. This criterion concerns professional identity as a teacher of psychology, including professional activity on or away from campus. Documentation may include, but is not limited to:

    • publishing or co-publishing books, book chapters, journal articles, monographs, and/or newsletter articles on teaching or teaching-related topics
    • serving as editor or reviewer for a scholarly publication
    • participating in and/or presenting at conferences, symposia, seminars, or workshops relevant to the teaching of psychology
    • organizing and coordinating teaching meetings, training sessions, workshops, or conferences supervising and stimulating student research, including work that leads to publication, conference presentations, and/or poster-session displays
    • participating actively in organizations that indicate professional identification as a psychology teacher
    • securing research or curriculum development grants
    • pursuing additional graduate-level training that enhances instructional effectiveness 

    Materials to be submitted (electronic copies of the following):

    1. Cover sheet that includes: 

    (a) applicant’s name, address, telephone number, and email address;
    (b) category of award for which the person is applying (e.g., 4-year college, 2-year college, high school);
    (c) nominator’s name, address, telephone number, and email address (in the event of self-nominations, this is not necessary); and
    (d) name and address of who (Department Head, Principal, Supervisor) should be informed if the applicant wins the STP Teaching Award; 
    (e) A short (1 to 2 pages) summary of the evidence being presented and its bearing on each criterion for the award.  

    2. Current curriculum vitae that includes educational history of applicant, professional work history, membership in professional organizations, previous recognition or awards, publications, and participation in professional development activities or conferences (e.g., as presenter or attendee).

    3. Letters of recommendation from at least three (3), but not more than five (5), persons, each of whom can speak to the qualifications of the applicant in light of the appropriate criteria.

    4. Statement of teaching philosophy (a maximum of two double-spaced pages). 

    5. Evidence to illustrate award criteria.

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