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:

Call for STP eBook Chapters: Psychological Myths, Mistruths and Misconceptions (Deadline: January 1, 2020)

Call for Applications: Director of STP's Annual Conference on Teaching (Deadline: January 13, 2020)

Call for Applications: STP Membership Committee (Deadline: January 15, 2020)

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:

International Director (Part-time): Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology (Deadline: December 31, 2019)

Spend a Year in Washington DC:  Apply for 2020-2021 APA Policy Fellowships (Deadline: January 5, 2020)

Current Open Calls (may include calls for other APA boards and committees not listed above)

Current Service Opportunities

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Call for STP eBook Chapters:  Psychological Myths, Mistruths and Misconceptions: Curriculum-based strategies for knowledge change

How have you addressed psychology myths in your classroom? Have a great lesson or activity to share? Please consider submitting your work for a chapter in an upcoming STP ebook!

Research on psychology misconceptions (see Hughes, Lyddy, & Lambe, 2013 for a comprehensive review) and books like 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology (Lilienfeld, Lynn, Ruscio, & Beyerstein, 2010) have underscored the importance of addressing psychology myths in our teaching. The purpose of this ebook is to provide a practical guide of engaging, field-tested activities, lessons, and resources for psychology teachers surrounding some of the most important myths, mistruths and misconceptions in psychology. Using these topics, teachers in many areas of psychology can promote engagement and active learning by working with their students to address and resolve these critical topics in the classroom.

Each chapter proposal should contain the following:

  1. A description of a field-tested activity, lesson, demonstration, or outreach activity.
  2. Alignment with the APA Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major.
  3. An annotated list of resources from the scholarship of teaching, student learning, and/or other discipline-specific sources.
  4. Handouts of lessons and activities (if applicable)

Possible chapter topics include:
● Writing
● Scientific literacy
● Science communication
● Critical thinking
● Retrieval
● Scientific outreach
● Teamwork

The Society for the Teaching of Psychology publishes electronic books related to the teaching and learning of psychology. These books are available on the STP website for download as a whole book or by chapter. Book chapters are referenced in PsycInfo.

Proposal Submission Instructions

Please submit chapter proposals using this online form by January 1, 2020.

We anticipate that final chapters will be between 2,500 and 4,000 words total. You can view previous publications on the Society for Teaching Psychology ebook website.

Interested authors should contact Melissa Birkett (birkettm@sou.edu) or Karla Lassonde (karla.lassonde@mnsu.edu).

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Call for Applications: 
Call for Director of STP’s Annual Conference on Teaching

Applications are currently being accepted for the next Director of STP’s Annual Conference on Teaching (ACT), which is STP’s international teaching of psychology conference held every October in locations across the country. 

TIMELINE: The new ACT Director will spend 12 months shadowing the current ACT Director, Jordan Troisi, then begin a three-year term as the Director. The shadowing period will begin in March 2020, end in March 2021, and then the new ACT Director will serve until December 2023. Thus, the new Director will begin serving in the full Director role at ACT 2021 (in Louisville, KY), then continue for ACT 2022 and 2023. This position is eligible for reappointment upon approval of the Executive Committee for an additional three-year term. 

RESPONSIBILITIES: The primary responsibility of the ACT Director is to orchestrate the international teaching of psychology conference. Each year, the Director’s duties include developing the conference program, managing the conference website, organizing speakers (both invited and submitted), arranging for audiovisual assistance with either the hotel or a company off-site, running the conference on-site, assessing the conference, incorporating assessment data into potential changes in the conference for subsequent years, and negotiating with a hotel for lodging, presentation rooms, and catering. The ACT Director also writes two reports for the Executive Committee each year. 

SUPPORT: The ACT Director receives one course buyout or stipend each year of this position. As well, STP pays for the travel, lodging, and travel-related expenses while at ACT.  In order to select a new hotel site for the conference (a “site visit”), the ACT Director travels to potential conference cities, typically during the month of March. A budget is provided for the Director for travel, lodging, meals, and travel-related expenses during the site visit.  The incoming Director will also receive travel support during the training year. 

APPLICATION PROCESS: Those interested in serving as the next ACT Director 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 could be contacted to provide more information about your programming experiences and aptitude. Please submit your application to the VP of Programming, Angela Legg, at alegg@pace.edu and the ACT Director, Jordan Troisi, jdtroisi@sewanee.edu by January 13, 2020. 

See the full details in this Call for ACT Director (2020) FINAL.docx

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Join the Membership Committee

The Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s Membership Committee (MC) is looking for one new member to replace a member that will be rotating off the committee at the end of this year. The term is three years (2020-2023). The MC 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. Deadline for receipt of applications is January 15, 2020.

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International Director (Part-time): Psi Chi,
the International Honor Society in Psychology

The Board of Directors of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, seeks applications for a new International Director (ID). The ID will serve as Chair of the International Advisory Committee (IAC) from his or her home institution in a part-time capacity.

The ID leads the IAC in fulfilling the committee’s goals and describes IAC activities in biannual reports submitted to the ED for Board meetings. In the past, the Chair of the IAC led the committee and submitted reports.

  • This is a new position comparable to Psi Chi’s Research Director and Diversity Director positions.
  • As current IAC members complete their terms, the ID may reappoint them or appoint new members according to IAC guidelines.
  • The ID supports Psi Chi’s overall mission “recognizing and promoting excellence in the science and application of psychology” through IAC activities.
  • The role of the IAC is to:
    • develop alliances for the benefit of Psi Chi members with internationally-focused psychology organizations such as Division 52, APA’s Office of International Affairs, and Committee on International Relations in Psychology;
    • connect with and support members in chapters outside the US 50 states,
    • assist the Board and staff with promoting growth of Psi Chi globally through international charters and members
    • support the Board’s six Vice Presidents as they plan sessions that relate to international issues in their Psi Chi programming at the six regional meetings
    • identify Psi Chi Ambassadors and the most cost-effective means of promoting Psi Chi,
    • represent Psi Chi at international conferences, and
    • propose international grants and awards to the Board.
  • This part-time appointment includes a $2,000 annual stipend (paid quarterly) and $5,000 annually to support the promotion of Psi Chi international initiatives, including ID/IAC member travel for that purpose.
  • The appointment is for a three-year term, renewable up to three times; however,
    • the first appointment will be for an additional half year starting January 2020 and
    • include half the annual stipend and funding.
    • The outgoing Chair of the IAC has committed to facilitating the transition and continuing to serve as a member of the IAC.

To apply, submit a cover letter, three reference letters, and vitae to Dr. Martha S. Zlokovich at martha.zlokovich@psichi.org. Deadline December 31, 2019; applications accepted until position is filled.

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Spend a Year in Washington, DC: 
Apply for 2020-2021 APA Policy Fellowships

Each year, APA places three psychologists in congressional offices and a federal agency in Washington, D.C. These APA policy fellowships provide a unique opportunity to bring valuable and much-needed psychological perspectives to federal policymaking institutions.

The APA Congressional Fellowship places a psychologist for one year on Capitol Hill working as a special legislative assistant in a U.S. House or Senate office. 

The APA Executive Branch Science Fellowship places a psychological scientist as a special assistant in a federal agency working on issues ranging from science policy to research administration. 

Completed applications for the 2020-2021 fellowship year are due by Jan. 5, 2020.

For questions about the APA Congressional Fellowships, contact Amalia Corby-Edwards, fellowship director, or for the APA Executive Branch Science Fellowship, contact Craig Fisher, fellowship director.

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