The program committee is seeking innovative proposals that are related to the teaching and learning of psychology, including but not limited to evidence-based teaching techniques, course design, instructional technology, assessment strategies, and new resources for teachers and students.
Types of Presentations
Although the format of symposia varies by conference, we are interested in symposia that involve a single presentation given by two or more people who are physically present at the conference. We will consider single-author presentations but will give preference to proposals that include multiple authors. Because ACT participants have a wide variety of interests and experiences, symposia topics should have broad appeal. We encourage presenters to model exemplary teaching and engage the audience during the presentation as much as possible (through discussion, reflection, group work, etc.). If your proposal is accepted, you will be asked to email your presentation slides, notes, and/or handouts to the conference director prior to the conference.
Each of the presentation rooms will have a projection screen, LCD projector and wireless Internet access. Presenters must supply all other equipment including laptop computers. MAC users should bring an adaptor to hook their computers up to the LCD projector.
The poster session will allow authors to present their ideas in a relaxed atmosphere during the social hour on Friday afternoon. Authors should prepare a poster than is no larger than 36 inches tall X 48 inches wide. The posters will be affixed to one of the free-standing poster display boards scattered throughout the room (we’ll provide the push pins). Many people expect poster presenters to have handouts so please bring at 50 copies with you. Please note that technology will not be available during the poster session.
“Live from Atlanta” Session
During lunch on Saturday, we will have a “Live from Atlanta” session in which select participants share their favorite classroom demonstration in less than 5 minutes. “Live from Atlanta” presenters should perform the demonstration just as they would in class – i.e., they should pretend they are teaching an actual class and the other conference participants are students in that class. We invite single authors to submit proposals for this session. If your submission is accepted, you will be asked to create a 1-page description of the demonstration.
To submit a proposal, please complete the Proposal Submission Form below. You will be asked to enter the following information: (a) type of presentation (b) title of the presentation; (c) author names, institutions, and email addresses; (d) a summary of no more than 350 words; and (e) a short abstract not to exceed 100 words (for symposia only). We suggest that you create your proposal in a Word document and then cut and paste it into the Proposal Submission Form. The proposal submission deadline is May 30.
All proposals will be blind-reviewed by members of the conference program committee. Please understand that we will have a limited number of concurrent sessions so we may not be able to accept all proposals. If you have any questions about the submission process, please email Natalie Kerr Lawrence at email@example.com.
Friday, October 21
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Registration
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. STP Presidential Address - Janie Wilson, Georgia Southern University
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. STP News Update
11:00 - 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Bill Hill Keynote Address - Michele DiPietro, Kennesaw State University
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Poster Session
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Social Hour
5:30 p.m. Dinner on Your Own*
*You can sign up to have dinner in downtown Decatur with a group of other conference participants.
Saturday, October 22
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Buffet Breakfast
8:30 - 9:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Invited Address - Sam Sommers, Tufts University
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch and "Live from Atlanta" Session
*Nonmembers who register for the conference can opt to receive a FREE membership to the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.
To pay by check, please complete the online registration form (just stop when you get to the payment screen). Then, mail a check (payable to APA Division 2/STP) to Natalie Kerr Lawrence, Department of Psychology, James Madison University, MSC 7704, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.
If you need to cancel your registration, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A full refund will be issued if notice of cancellation is received by 10/1/16.
As a result of participant feedback, we have moved the conference the lively town of Decatur. Decatur is located 6 miles east of downtown Atlanta and 16 miles from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. There are dozens of shops and restaurants within walking distance of the conference hotel and we will give you time to enjoy them. For more information, check out this Decatur Guide (Word document) created by STP member and Atlanta resident Drew Appleby. You can also visit the official website of the City of Decatur.
All conference sessions and lodging will be at the Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Decatur, located at 130 Clairemont Avenue in Decatur. You can receive a discounted conference rate of $145/night if you make a reservation on or before September 29, 2016. Click here to make a reservation.
You can also call Marriott Central Reservations (1-888-236-2427). Just be sure to mention the Society for Teaching of Psychology room block if you make a reservation over the phone.
The hotel often sells out of rooms, so please book your room as soon as possible.
By plane: From Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, we recommend that you take a shared shuttle such as A & M Limousine Corp. If you will be staying at the Courtyard by Marriott, you can also take the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) train to the Decatur rail station. Here are the directions from the Decatur rail station to the Courtyard by Marriott:
Turn left on Church Street. Turn left on Ponce De Leon Avenue and then right on Clairemont Avenue. The hotel will be on your left side.
Please email the conference director, Natalie Kerr Lawrence, at email@example.com.