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  • 20 May 2015 11:36 AM | Anonymous

    Be sure to regularly check the "Get Involved" page for current opportunities to serve in STP!

  • 30 Apr 2015 12:25 PM | Anonymous

    An Online Career-Exploration Resource for Psychology Majors (2015)

    For Faculty: A Formal Introduction to the Resource
    For Students: An Online Career-Exploration Resource for Psychology Majors

    Author: Drew C. Appleby
    Affiliation: Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
    Description: This resource has two parts. The first, for faculty, contains cited references, suggestions of ways to use the resource to promote student success, and lists of printed and online sources to aid them in their career-advising activities.  The second resource, for students, consists of a list of 262 careers (organized into 15 broad occupational categories) that psychology majors can prepare to enter.  Persons employed in 60 of these careers are psychologists who must hold the appropriate graduate degree. In the remaining 202 psychology-related careers, 120 can be entered with a bachelor’s degree and 112 require a graduate degree.  Following each career name are hotlinks for websites, videos, interviews, and e-book chapters containing information that provide students with online career-exploration resources.  Faculty, advisors, and administrators can also use this material in their classes, advising sessions, and departmental websites to help psychology majors begin the process of accomplishing Goal 5: Professional Development of APA’s Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major: Version 2.0.

  • 29 Apr 2015 4:07 PM | Anonymous

    22nd Annual APS-STP Teaching Institute

    The pre-conference Teaching Institute features informative talks and practical advice on teaching psychological science. Separate registration is required. Teaching Institute registration includes an evening workshop Wednesday, May 20.

  • 06 Apr 2015 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    The spring edition of the STP Newsletter is now available for STP members.  Login to the web site, then select "Members Only Pages">>"Publications" under the "Membership" tab on the main menu. 

  • 16 Mar 2015 6:46 PM | Anonymous

    This latest ToPIX Update includes additions to the In the News pages (Cognition, Development), APA Guidelines pages (Teaching Activities related to the APA 2.0 Guidelines, Handouts on the APA Guidelines), In the Classroom pages (APA Style, Study Strategies), Social Video, and the Student Online Academic Research (SOAR) Library.

    Cognition in the News

    David Myers (via the TIPS Listserv) posted a link to a story on the hindsight bias and the goal line play call at the end of the Super Bowl. As Myers notes, this is a “potent example of a mental pitfall that has been the subject of roughly 800 psychological science publications.” For more, see the Cognition in the News page

    Development in the News

    Jessica Hartnett shared an NPR story on brain development (“The Teenage Brain: Spock vs. Captain Kirk”). The story provides some coverage of Laurence Steinberg’s fMRI research on why teens are more inclined to risky behavior due to underdeveloped prefrontal cortexes. Neuroscientist B.J. Corey provides commentary. Check it out on the Development in the News page.

    Teaching Activities Related to the APA 2.0 Goals

    Melissa Heerboth and Matt Weaver provided a handout that outlines three activities. First is an activity to introduce students to APA 2.0 early in the curriculum, another to help orient students toward professional development, and a third for juniors/ seniors to evaluate themselves in terms of APA 2.0 GoalsThis resource is available here.

    Drew Appleby’s “Academic Advising Strategies” resource set was posted to the Handouts on the APA Guidelines page. These include a handout, PowerPoint, and examples of a Skills-Based cover letter and a resume.

    APA Style in the Classroom

    Drew Appleby also passed along a resource entitled “Why and How to Write APA-style Citations…” A full resource and corresponding PowerPoint are available on the APA Style in the Classroom page.

    Study Strategies in the Classroom

    Additionally, Drew Appleby shared a resource to help students understand that multiple choice questions can be written to evaluate their ability to demonstrate more than just memorization. After this, students can use a flashcard strategy to help them prepare for these types of items. Download these resources by visiting the Study Strategies in the Classroom page.

    Social Video

    Jessica Hartnett posted a 3 minute BuzzFeed video that could be useful as a lesson launcher or cognitive break during a unit on attractiveness, body image, or related topics. See the Social Video page for this video on how standards of beauty have changed over time.

    SOAR Library

    Last—but definitely not least—a new study is up on the Student Online Academic Research (SOAR) Library. If you are advising student research and looking for study participants, consider sharing a link to the study on SOAR. For the new study and more details, please visit the SOAR page on ToPIX and contact Carrie Lloyd for more details.

    Thanks to David, Jessica, Melissa, Matt, Drew, and Carrie for their latest contributions to ToPIX!

  • 06 Mar 2015 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    The first draft of the 2015 APA STP Program Grid is available.

  • 27 Feb 2015 9:35 AM | Anonymous

    This handbook consists of two volumes (see Volume 1). In this volume, the chapters provide advisors and students with information about how to prepare for a career in one of the many sub-fields of psychology.  The book is divided into four sections. The first section addresses how to make the decision between a job and graduate school. The second section provides information about careers in basic areas of psychology, e.g., cognitive, physiological.  In the third section, the authors address applied areas of psychology, e.g., clinical, school.  The last section describes how to prepare for a career outside of psychology, e.g., medicine, law. In the companion volume, there are chapters that are intended to provide the reader with ideas on how to organize the advising process, advising students with a wide range of special needs, using the advising process to promote both curricular and extra-curricular activities, what to say in an advising session, and how to assess advising.

    View e-book

  • 16 Feb 2015 4:41 PM | Anonymous

    ACT Program Committee

    STP programming is searching for three people to serve a two-year term on the program committee for STP’s Annual Conference on Teaching (ACT). The program committee will help the conference director with various tasks before and during the 2015 and 2016 conferences (e.g., reviewing proposals, advertising the conference, introducing keynote speakers). STP will waive the conference registration fees for committee members.  

    If you are interested, please complete the application and email it to Natalie Kerr Lawrence at by March 1. Preference will be given to individuals who have attended this conference in the past but have never served on the program committee.  

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