Society for the Teaching of Psychology
Division 2 of the American Psychological Association

Welcome to the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP)

March 20, 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) award recipients!

Wayne Weiten Teaching Excellence Award (2-year college): William S. Altman, SUNY Broome Community College, NY

Robert S. Daniel Award (4-year college):  Kim A. Case, University of Houston-Clear Lake, TX

Mary Margaret Moffett Memorial Teaching Excellence Award (high school): Pamala Coburn, Fremont High School, UT

Jane S. Halonen Teaching Excellence Award (early career): Desdamona Rios, University of Houston-Clear Lake, TX

Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award (graduate student): Rachel Shor, George Mason University, VA

Thank you to the STP Teaching Excellence Committee for carefully considering the nominations, with a special thank you to Krisztina Jakobsen, chair of the committee.

Our teaching awards are partly funded by the STP Fund for Excellence. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation via PayPal

Many of you have already discovered the new Psych Sessions podcast created and hosted by Eric Landrum (2014 STP president) and Garth Neufeld (STP director of regional conference programming). The podcast features conversations with psychology faculty about the teaching of psychology and whatever other topics come up. The STP Executive Committee asked Eric and Garth to interview a couple people who have played important roles in the teaching of psychology generally and in STP specifically.

On February 17, 2018, Landrum and Neufeld visited Bill McKeachie in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As Ken Keith wrote, “For more than six decades, Bill has been friend to all, from the most famous luminaries—the likes of Skinner, Likert, and Maslow—to beginning students.” I know Bill best through his book, McKeachie’s Teaching Tips, now in its 14th edition – still a must-read for new and not-so-new teachers, regardless of discipline.

On February 23, 2018, Landrum and Neufeld visited Charles Brewer in Greenville, South Carolina. Ken Keith writes, Charles “loved to demand ‘felicity of expression,’ and teachers whose writing was subject to Charles’s editing sometimes said their work had been ‘Brewerized.’” I knew of Charles long before I first met him. It was an honor to serve in the AP Psych Reading trenches with him. It has been too long since I’ve seen him, so hearing his voice again was a true pleasure.

Read Ken Keith’s full introduction to both interviews and hear the interviews themselves.

If you’re a member of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, we are very happy to have you as part of our family! When you’re ready to get more involved, please check out the Get Involved page for new opportunities.

If you like what the Society for the Teaching of Psychology does, but are not yet a member, please join us. Only $25/year opens up professional development, professional service, and funding opportunities.

If you have any questions I may be of help with, please email me at

Sue Frantz
President, Society for the Teaching of Psychology

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