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. STP encourages nominations from colleagues who are from underrepresented groups and have diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Current Service Opportunities

STP 2018 Presidential Task Forces

Please send your CV and a letter of interest to Sue Frantz, STP president, at sfrantz@highline.edu by January 21, 2018.

STP Presidential Task Force on Re-Envisioning Intro Psych

With over one million students taking Intro Psych annually, it is the most important course in our curriculum. This is the course that tells our future politicians, engineers, business leaders, and medical personnel the value psychology holds for public policy, for our work lives, and for our home lives. With that audience in mind, if we were to create an Intro Psych course today, what would it look like? What content from our current course should we remove? What content should we add? What big ideas from each content area should our students be walking away with? What are the themes that run throughout the discipline?

STP Presidential Task Force on Promoting the Value of the Psychology Bachelor’s Degree

Of the 1.8 million U.S. students holding a bachelor’s as their highest degree, 73% (about 1.3 million) are in the workforce (2015 numbers). It’s not uncommon for our bachelor’s students to say apologetically that they have great jobs, but they’re not using their degree – jobs like human resources, management, marketing, sales, and real estate. It’s obvious to faculty what psychology brings to those fields, so how can we help our students to both see the skills and knowledge they developed through their degree program as well as see how those skills and that knowledge apply to whatever career field they choose? How can we help our bachelor’s students better market themselves to employers? Further, how can we better help employers see the value our psychology baccalaureates will add to their organization?

STP Presidential Task Force on Restructuring the STP Graduate Student Teaching Association

Currently, STP’s Graduate Student Teaching Association (GSTA) is housed at a university for a 3-year term. What are the pros and cons of this current model? What other models could there be for how GSTA is organized? What are the pros and cons of these models? With this information in hand, how should GSTA be structured?

Director of Publications (New Position)

The Vice President for Resources is seeking applications for a newly created 3-year position in STP: Director of Publications.  The duties include:

  1. Receive regular reports from the Editors of Teaching of Psychology, E-books, and E-xcellence in Teaching of Psychology
  2. Assist these editors with strategic planning and publicizing of new and emerging topics for electronic and print copies of materials published by STP or publishing partners of STP.
  3. In consultation with the Internet Editor, the Director of Publications ensures proper formatting, functionality, and accessibility standards for STP publications. 

If interested, please submit a current CV and a cover letter explaining your interest in this position and your relevant qualifications to Bill Altman (altmanws@sunybroome.edu) by February 15, 2018. STP encourages applications from colleagues who are from underrepresented groups and have diverse backgrounds and experiences.

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