STP Best Practices Conference
Best Practices: Teaching Introduction to Psychology
Friday & Saturday, October 14-15, 2011
Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter NW
6345 Powers Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA, 30339, (770) 955-1700
Proposal Submission Deadline:
June 1, 2011
Early-bird Registration Deadline:
August 25, 2011
We are seeking innovative proposals that address issues relevant to teaching and learning in Introductory Psychology. Possible topics include (but are not limited to) motivating students in large-section courses, assessment of course goals, teaching to majors and nonmajors, textbook selection, cross-cultural issues, pedagogical innovations, integrating technology, and evidence-based practices in introductory psychology.
Proposals (including a cover sheet and abstract) should be submitted by e-mail as a Word or RTF attachment to Janie Wilson, STP Director of Programming, at email@example.com. Please refer to the “Best Practices” in the subject line.
Members of the Program Committee are David Daniel, Regan A. R. Gurung, and Betsy Morgan.
The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP, Division 2 of APA) is excited to announce the 10th conference in the popular "Best Practices in Teaching Psychology" series, which started in 2002. The 2011 conference will focus on teaching and learning in Introductory Psychology, which represents a return to a topic of the Best Practice conference nearly a decade ago. Symposia with team presentations (at least two presenters) are especially encouraged. Modeled after the format of the previous conferences, the conference will include keynote speakers, concurrent symposia and workshops, and a poster session.
In 2011, our three keynote speakers will be Erika Rosenberg, Bringing the Science of Lie To Me to Introductory Psychology; Scott Lilienfeld, But Psychology Isn’t Really a Science, Is It? Dispelling Introductory Students’ Skepticism of the Scientific Study of Human Nature; andSusan Nolan, It’s Never Too Early: Introducing Statistical Concepts in Introduction to Psychology.
Please note! At this year’s BP conference, STP will be offering a writing workshop to help you move toward conducting and publishing the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). Applications will be available on the STP website by April 1, 2011
The conference will run from 8:00am on Friday, October 14th through 12:00pm on Saturday, October 15th. Links below will be activated when information is available.
- View the complete conference schedule (PDF)
- Abstracts of Keynotes, Workshops, and Symposia (PDF)
- Abstracts of Posters (PDF)
The registration fee includes all refreshments and meals during the conference (lunch, continental breakfast, dinner, breaks, and reception, including 2 free drinks) and conference materials.
Early-Bird Rate if register by August 25th:
$185 for members of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology
$215 for nonmembers
Don’t forget to reserve your room early (see Lodging information below)
For those who register after August 25th, but by September 24th
$200 for members of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology
$230 for nonmembers
After September 24th, rates are: $240 for all registrants
Please contact Janie Wilson directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure space is available.
REFUND POLICY: A full refund is available with notification of cancellation by 5:00PM on September 24th, 2011, with no refund after that date.
SPACE IS LIMITED to 250 participants--PLEASE REGISTER EARLY: Once we reach our capacity, additional registrations are on a waiting list for openings due to cancellations. Onsite Registration is on a space available basis. You should verify space in advance.
- Complete the registration form.
- Continue to the payment page and select the appropriate conference rate when making payment.
Conference sessions and lodging will be at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter NW, 6345 Powers Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA, 30339. Please note that this hotel is different from last year’s Best Practices conference. The conference rate is $99 per night for a standard room and $105 per night for a deluxe room. We CANNOT guarantee room availability at the conference rate after September 19, 2011, so make your reservations early! When you call to make reservations at 1-888-233-9527, please refer to the group: Georgia Southern University, Best Practices.
- Driving :The Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Perimeter NW Hotel is conveniently located at 6345 Powers Ferry Road off I-285 at Exit 22, which is one exit east of the junction of I-75 and I-285.
Flying: If flying into Atlanta, from the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport there are several options for reaching the conference hotel. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND TAKING A TAXI DIRECTLY FROM THE AIRPORT BECAUSE OF THE DISTANCE AND HIGH COST.
- The hotel is accessible by van service from the airport (A&M Limousine, http://www.aandmlimo.com/reservations.asp). Advance reservations are REQUIRED and can be done at the A&M Web site.
- You can take the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit System (MARTA) directly from the airport to the Dunwoody (Perimeter Mall) station. The hotel offers a free shuttle service at specific times to and from this station. PLEASE CONTACT THE HOTEL IN ADVANCE TO COORDINATE ARRIVAL TIMES WITH THEIR SHUTTLE AND RESERVE A SPACE ON THE SHUTTLE TO OR FROM THE MARTA STATION.
- Taxi service to the hotel is also available from this station. Call the hotel for recommended taxi companies (1-770-955-1700).
Any individual who requires assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act for participation in this conference should contact Janie Wilson at email@example.com or 912-478-5580.
- Georgia Southern University Psychology Department
- Worth Publishing
- Pearson Publishers
- Wadsworth-Cengage Learning
If you have questions about the conference, please contact Janie Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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- 2011 Best Practices: Teaching Introduction to Psychology
Best Practices Books
- Since 2002, STP has sponsored a series of yearly "Best Practices" in teaching and pedagogy conferences in Atlanta, GA. These conferences also have benefitted from the sponsorship of Kennesaw State University and the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NIToP), among other sponsors. A series of edited "Best Practices" books has developed from these annual conferences. The teaching topics contained in these books include educational assessment, introductory psychology, research methods and statistics, culture and diversity, critical thinking, and beginning (e.g., introductory, orientation to the major) and ending (e.g., capstone, research intensive, seminar) courses, and teaching with technology. Although the work of many conference speakers is represented in these books, there are not traditional "proceedings" volumes; rather, the content is fresh, up-to-date, and focused on providing teachers in secondary and post-secondary settings with practical tools and techniques for teaching about psychology and improving student learning. All the royalties from these books go to STP to fund future endeavors aimed at promoting teaching and learning in psychology.
- View list of Best Practices Books with links to web sites where they can be purchased.
STP SoTL Writing Workshop and U-Pace Training Workshops
In conjuction with the Best Practices Conference, STP is also conducting the Research/Writing Workshop on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the U-Pace Training Workshop.