Society for the Teaching of Psychology

STP is excited to announce the Early Career Psychologists Committee (ECPs). The committee is charged with spearheading activities and opportunities to aid Early Career Professionals through education, training and networking, as well as representing ECP interests in division matters. Our goal is to help serve the needs of new faculty members as they develop their courses and research programs. Specifically we want to assist ECPs with faculty development issues while focusing on the importance of pedagogy.

STP ECP Listserv

We now have an STP listserv specifically designed to announce information relevant to ECPs! The primary purpose of the listserv will be to announce upcoming conferences, awards, travel funding, and other opportunities for ECPs, but discussion of ECP-related topics is also encouraged. If you’d like to subscribe, please e-mail visit  Please note that you can unsubscribe at any time.

Check us out on FaceBook! Stay connected, get news updates, and chat with other ECPs. 

ECP Resources 

The ECP Committee published an ebook this year (2013) called "So you landed a job – What’s next? Advice for early career psychologists from early career psychologists." This book is specifically written for Early Career Psychologist and is a great resource!

Do you have to teach the introductory psychology course for the very first time and have a finite and limited amount of time to do so? How do you begin? What do you need? Check out the ECPs "Introductory Psychology Teaching Primer: A Guide for New Teachers of Psyc 101."  The primer is designed to answer these questions! If you are a graduate student or new faculty member approaching this course for the very first time, we have something for you.

If you are a senior faculty or a department chair who works with ECPs, check out our recently published article in Teaching of Psychology, Supporting our junior faculty: Assessing the concerns and needs of early career psychologistsThe article presents the results of a nationwide survey of ECPs who reported the challenges and stressors they faced as early career folks. If you were a participant – thanks!

We want to remind readers about our listserv specifically designed to publicize information relevant to ECPs. The primary purpose of the listserv is to announce upcoming conferences, awards, travel funding, and other opportunities for ECPs, but discussion of ECP-related topics is also encouraged. If you’d like to subscribe, please click here.   

Award Announcements

Are you planning to attend the ACT (formerly known as Best Practices) conference in Atlanta, GA this year? If you are an Early Career Psychologist (ECP) and presenting a poster, please consider applying for the ECP Committee's poster award.

Eligible posters must meet the following criteria:
a. The first author must be an ECP, within ten (10) years post-doctorate or within ten (10) years of beginning full-time college teaching, whichever comes first.
b. Individual posters can only be submitted for one STP award
c. It is recommended that the first author is an STP member
d. Applicants should submit an abstract of their poster to or You may use the same abstract you submitted to present at ACT. The deadline is one month prior to the conference on September 17, 2014.

Judging will occur in two phases: 1) an abstract review prior to the conference, and 2) an on-site/in-person judging during the poster session at the conference.
Winners will be announced at the conference. The winner's poster and a 50-word abstract will be published on the STP-ECP website. The winner will also receive a $250 honorarium.

Past Awards

In 2012, we offered the first annual ECP Poster Award for the best SoTL project at the APA Convention. The 2012 poster award winner was Jodi McKnight (Mid-Continent University). We also awarded 2 scholarships to cover ECPs’ registration costs for the 2012 Best Practices conference. Congratulations to Kevin Conlon (Boise State University), for receiving the Best Practices Scholarship and Nathan Deichert (Mount Olive College), for receiving the Writing Workshop Scholarship! Catherine Overson won the 2013 ECP Poster Award at the 2013 APA annual Convention. Congratulations Catherine! Her poster was titled, Errors in performance estimations: Lower performing students consistently overestimate their exam scores, and was an excellent representation of quality SoTL work done by an ECP. 

Q&A with STP President

As our Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Committee has been collecting data on the needs of fellow ECPs, one need that has consistently been raised is the desire to hear the perspectives of more experienced faculty on how they handled ECP issues. Thus, the annual “Q&A with the President,” was born which is included in each Fall issue of the STP newsletter. This years president, Victor Benassi has agreed to field our questions. If you have questions please email us and we will consider them for publication in the upcoming Fall 2013 newsletter.

In 2012 we asked past president Norine Jalbert to answer questions. Although she felt that many of the questions required more complex answers than could fit in this column, she agreed to take a stab at it (and even solicited input from other executive council members as well!). We published an excerpt from the Q&A in the Fall newsletter, but we provide the full interview here: ECP Interview-Jalbert 2012.pdf.

Committee Members

  • 1) Stephanie Afful, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO

    2) Erin Kennedy, Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA

    3) Garth Neufeld, Highline Community College, Seattle, WA

    4) Jordan Troisi: Sewanee, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN

Teaching Awards & Funding for ECPs

Other Awards & Funding for ECPs

*Please note that this list is not exhaustive. If you become aware of other teaching awards for ECPs, or additional funding sources for ECPs, please e-mail

Previous Committee Members

Jared Keeley, Mississippi State University
Stephanie Afful, Lindenwood University
Jessica Good, Davidson College  
Sadie Lader, High Point University 

How Can You Get More Involved? 

The ECP Committee is seeking regional representatives. If you are interested in becoming more involved consider this position. For more information email

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