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STP Annual Conference on Teaching (ACT)
Formerly the Best Practices Conference
Friday & Saturday, October 10 & 11, 2014
Wyndham Atlanta Galleria
6345 Powers Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA, 30339
Submission Deadline: June 1, 2014
The Society for the Teaching of Psychology is excited to announce the 13th conference in the popular “Best Practices in Teaching Psychology” series. The conference will follow the successful Best Practices format but it will have a new name - STP Annual Conference on Teaching (ACT) - and will serve a wider audience of psychology teachers. Rather than focusing on a specific topic, in 2014, the conference will have tracks related to APA’s new learning goals for the undergraduate psychology major: (1) Knowledge Base in Psychology, (2) Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking, (3) Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World, (4) Communication, and (5) Professional Development. The conference will also include keynote speakers, symposia, and a poster session.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
We are seeking innovative proposals that relate to one of APA’s five new learning goals. Because the learning goals are broad in scope, we anticipate numerous approaches to symposia and posters. Symposia with team presentations (at least two presenters who will be physically present at the conference) are especially encouraged. Whenever possible, presentations should include original data or be grounded in the scholarship or teaching and learning (SoTL). Please note that proposals based on empirical research should represent completed work.
When submitting a proposal, you should indicate which of the five tracks is the best fit. Detailed information about APA’s new learning goals can be found at: http://www.apa.org/ed/precollege/about/psymajor-guidelines.pdf. Examples of topics/titles that fit into each track are listed below.
TRACK #1: Knowledge Base in Psychology (e.g., Best Practices for Teaching Statistics and Research Methods; Innovative Methods in Teaching Development)
TRACK #2: Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking (e.g., Research Projects You Can Assign in Large Classes; Infusing Critical Thinking Throughout the Curriculum; The Nuts and Bolts of Working With Undergraduate Research Assistants)
TRACK #3: Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World (e.g., A Role-Playing Exercise to Reduce Prejudice; Integrating Service Learning into Psychology Courses)
TRACK #4: Communication (e.g. Proven Strategies to Improve Students’ Writing; Teaching Graphic Literacy; Developing a Department Research Symposium)
TRACK #5: Professional Development (e.g., Curricular Opportunities for Professional Development; Becoming a Successful Mentor; Best Practices in Advising)
To submit a proposal, please click on the link below. You will be asked to enter the following information: (a) type of presentation - symposium or poster; (b) track number; (c) the title of the presentation; (d) author names, institutions, and email addresses; (e) a summary of no more than 350 words; and (f) a short abstract not to exceed 100 words.
Proposals for symposia are due by midnight on June 1, 2014. Proposals for the poster session will be reviewed on a rolling basis until we reach capacity. All submissions will be reviewed by members of the Program Committee.
The submission link will be activated in early 2014.
REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT INFORMATION
Online registration will be available in early 2014.
LOCATION, HOTEL AND TRAVEL INFORMATION (Note the hotel change!)
All conference sessions and lodging will be at the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria, located at 6345 Powers Ferry Road NW in Atlanta, Georgia. Please note that this is where the conference was held in 2012, not in 2013.
The conference rate is $104 per night. We CANNOT guarantee room availability at the conference rate after September 11, 2014, so make your reservations early!
Information about the hotel's location and driving directions can be found on the hotel's website.
Getting to the Hotel from the Hartsfield-Jackson International airport:
There are several options for reaching the conference hotel from the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. We do not recommend taking a taxi directly from the airport because of the distance and high cost.
We recommend getting a shared ride or shuttle from the airport from one of the following services: A & M Limousine, Atlanta Shuttle, or Airport Metro. Advance reservations are REQUIRED and can be done at the shuttle company's web site.
You can also take the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit System (MARTA) directly from the airport to the Dunwoody Station. The hotel offers a free shuttle service to and from this station but the shuttle does not run during "rush hour" (typically 4-7pm). Please contact the hotel in advance to ensure that the shuttle will be running when you arrive. The hotel number is 770-955-1700. Taxi service is also available from this station.
Any individual who requires assistance under the Americans with Disabilities Act for participation in this conference should email Natalie Lawrence at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
In conjunction with the Best Practices Conference, STP is also conducting the Research/Writing Workshop on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
Please email Natalie Lawrence at email@example.com.