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 vacancy on a committee, task force, or working group, this will be one of the places where the vacancy is announced. Vacancies will also be announced in the current issue of our online newsletter.  If you have a specific interest or question about any of our initiatives, please visit the STP Leadership page for email addresses of our executive committee members, committee chairs, editors, directors, and coordinators.  Even if there is no current vacancy, you should feel free to contact one or more of these individuals to express your interest in getting involved. 

If you are not a current member of STP, visit our Join page. We welcome anyone interested in the teaching of psychology. 

For all positions, STP encourages applications and nominations from colleagues who are from underrepresented groups and have diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Current Service Opportunities in STP (Deadline):

STP Conference Speaker Grant Committee Members (February 28, 2020) 

Two Associate Internet Editors (March 1, 2020)

Director of STP Programming at SPSP's Teaching Preconference (March 3, 2020)

Co-Editor, Teaching Tips, 2018-19 (March 15, 2020)

Two Associate Editors, STP E-books (March 15, 2020)

Editor, STP E-books (April 3, 2020)

Two Members of the Membership Committee (ongoing)

Graduate Students: GSTA Blog Editors (ongoing)

Additional Opportunities in APA (STP serves as APA Division 2) and Psi Chi
Some links take you to APA's or Psi Chi's website:

Learn how to nominate yourself or a colleague for a position in APA leadership.

2020 APA Board and Committee Nominations (March 6, 2020)

  • Finance Committee
  • Ethics Committee
  • Membership Board
  • Policy and Planning Board
  • Publications and Communications Board
  • Committee on International Relations in Psychology
  • Board of Educational Affairs
  • Board of Professional Affairs
  • Board of Scientific Affairs
  • Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest
  • Board of Convention Affairs
  • Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology
  • Committee on Rural Health

Full list of APA Boards and Committees

Current Service Opportunities

STP Conference Speaker Grant Committee Members

This program provides support to teaching conferences or preconferences to defray the travel expenses for speakers related to the teaching of psychology. The grant program is open to any gathering of psychology teachers from 4-year colleges and universities, 2-year colleges, or high schools. STP is seeking applications for two individuals to serve as members of this committee. Committee members are responsible for evaluating applications and selecting award recipients. All current members of STP are eligible for this position. Committee members serve for a three-year term. To apply, please send a brief letter stating your interest and experience related to the position and a current CV. The applications are due by February 28, 2020, and should be sent to: Kyle Conlon, Conference Speaker Grant Committee Chair, speaker-grant@teachpsych.org.


Two Associate Internet Editors

The Society for the Teaching of Psychology is seeking two volunteer Associate Internet Editors to assist in overseeing various STP internet properties under the direction of the Internet Editor (Jon Westfall). This is the perfect opportunity to let your “geek flag fly” and also give back to your profession in a meaningful way by facilitating the sharing and use of our fine resources.

Duties & Qualifications:

  1. Passion for exploration: The AIE will be responsible for assisting or managing a portion of teachpsych.org or a related resource (e.g., a wiki, the official STP Wikipedia entry, etc…). A desire to create the best user experience as well as explore new technologies as applicable to the society.
  2. Excellent organizational skills: The AIE will be required to work autonomously under the IE. A portfolio of responsibilities will be agreed upon, and it will be up to the AIE to keep up with these responsibilities.
  3. Desire to collaborate: The AIE will be asked to consult or discuss various large changes to STP Internet Properties, providing feedback or testing new interfaces in a timely manner.
  4. A familiarity with technology: While not required, it’s desirable that the AIE have some background in one or more of the following areas:
    1. Graphic design
    2. Programming
    3. User Interface / User Experience design
    4. Blogging
    5. Social Media analytics
  5. Availability for at least 2 years to stay in the AIE role.

If you are interested in becoming an Associate Internet Editor, please email Jon Westfall (ie@teachpsych.org) by March 1, 2020, indicating your interest, to begin a conversation.

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Director of STP Programming at SPSP’s Teaching Preconference

Applications are currently being accepted for the next Director of STP Programming at SPSP. We are seeking an organized, enthusiastic, and motivated individual to direct all planning and implementation of programming at the STP Teaching Preconference at the annual convention for the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

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

 RESPONSIBILITIES AND TIMELINE: The primary responsibility of the Director is to coordinate all aspects of the preconference, including submitting an annual application to SPSP to hold the preconference ; soliciting, obtaining and coordinating invited speakers and submissions for presentations from attendees; and organizing the event on the day of the preconference. The incoming coordinator will train for approximately one year (beginning in March 2020) under the mentorship of the current director (Neil Lutsky), then continue to serve the remainder of the 3-year term to expire at the end of the 2023 STP-SPSP Preconference.

Candidates must be able recruit conference speakers, must have good organizational skills so that important tasks are completed on time, must be comfortable speaking to large audiences when making conference announcements and introducing STP speakers, and must be willing to travel to each annual SPSP convention. (The 2021 STP Preconference take place on February 11 in Austin, TX; 2022 STP Preconference will be held on February 17 in San Francisco, CA, and the 2023 STP Preconference will take place on February 23 in Atlanta, GA) Candidates must also be members of STP.  Nominations and self-nominations are welcome.

SUPPORT: The Director receives reasonable travel expenses to the SPSP conference annually and a one-time course release or stipend during the first 3-year term. If interested and in good standing, this position may be renewed for a 2nd 3-year term.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Those interested in serving as the next Director of STP Programming at SPSP should submit a letter of interest that specifically addresses any relevant experience and/or aptitude for conference programming, a current CV, and a list of three references who agree to be contacted to provide more information about the applicant. Please especially highlight any prior experience with the STP-SPSP Teaching Preconference (e.g., list how many times you have attended and/or presented). Please submit your application to the VP of Programming, Angela Legg, at alegg@pace.edu by March 3, 2020.

Full call and list of responsibilities is here.

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Co-Editor, Teaching Tips, 2018-19

Every year at the regional conferences there are paper and poster presentations on teaching issues that are largely forgotten after the conference.  An annual STP e-book series, Teaching Tips: A Compendium of Conference Presentations on Teaching, captures this material, organizes it into topical categories, and provides readers with a summary of the conference presentation and contact information for those who would like more information. The Co-Editor will work with the current Editor to compile presentations compiled by the conference chairs for APA, ACT, NITOP, APS, Psychology One, RMPA, MPA, SWPA, MAToP, MToP and SETOP. The Co-Editor will assume Editor duties for future volumes (with a co-editor, if desired). If interested, please submit a current CV and a cover letter explaining your interest in this position and your relevant qualifications to Tara Kuther, Editor of STP E-books (e-books@teachpsych.org) by March 15, 2020.


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Two Associate Editors, STP E-books

The Society for the Teaching of Psychology E-Books editorial board is comprised of one editor-in-chief and six associate editors. STP is soliciting two new associate editors who will serve for a 2-year term beginning this year.  Associate editors are assigned two tasks:  develop and/or edit one e-books that advance the causes of the Society, and review proposals. If interested, please submit a current CV and a cover letter explaining your interest in this position and your relevant qualifications to Tara Kuther, Editor of STP E-books (e-books@teachpsych.org) by March 15, 2020.


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Editor, STP Ebooks

The Society for the Teaching of Psychology is currently accepting applications from individuals interested in being STP’s next E-Books Editor. The successful candidate will serve a 3-year term as Editor, from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2023, and may be eligible for a second term. The Editor of e-books:

  • Manages the specific activities of Society’s e-book program, including soliciting, developing, editing, reviewing, accepting, and publishing new e-book projects.
  • Oversees the maintenance of the published e-books on the Society’s Web site, in conjunction with the Internet Editor.
  • Participates in deliberations on the DIV2LEADERSHIP electronic discussion list.
  • Appoints Associate Editors to assist with editing the Society’s e-books.

Please submit a current CV and a cover letter explaining your interest in this position and your relevant qualifications to Bill Altman, VP for Resources (altmanws@sunybroome.edu) by April 3, 2020.


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Two Members of the Membership Committee

The Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s Membership Committee is looking for two new members to replace members that have rotated off the committee. The term is three years. The committee is charged with examining ways to increase membership of the STP as well as retention of current members. We are currently helping introduce new members to STP’s resources as well as designing journal inserts to advertise STP resources in the Teaching of Psychology journal. If you are interested in serving, please email Rita Obeid - Chair of the Membership Committee - at membership@teachpsych.org. Please put STP Membership Committee in the subject line. Please send a CV as well as a statement of interest in serving on this committee. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Graduate Students: GSTA Blog Editors

If you are a current graduate student with a passion for teaching psychology and are interested in gaining some experience as a writer and editor, please consider reaching out to us about getting involved. Email us at gsta@teachpsych.org to find out more!

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