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  • 05 Sep 2014 4:49 PM | Anonymous

    Do you have a great idea or resource that would help instructors of psychology?  Would you like to get rewarded for leaving your footprint in the teaching of psychology?

    Call for Instructional Resource Awards Proposals

    The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2) announces the availability of up to three $1500 Instructional Resource Awards, and issues a call for funding proposals.  Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that develop instructional resources to support the teaching of psychology and the Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology (OTRP).  The IRA funding rate since tracking began in 2012 is 35 percent.  The deadline for submissions is February 2, 2014. 

    For information about the Instructional Resource Award program, visit the Instructional Resource Awards webpage on the Society's members’ web site under “Awards” at  You also may contact Dr. Elizabeth Mazur at Penn State University, Greater Allegheny Campus at

  • 04 Aug 2014 5:04 PM | Anonymous

    Don’t miss it! The early-bird registration deadline for STP’s Annual Conference on Teaching (ACT) is Monday, August 11. To register, please go the conference website at:


    Still deciding whether to go? Let me persuade you to go. We have a fantastic line-up of keynote speakers: John Cacioppo, Nathan DeWall, and Birgit Spinath. We also have a program filled with excellent symposia and poster presentations. For more information, check out:

  • 31 Jul 2014 6:23 PM | Anonymous

    This month’s ToPIX update includes additions to the Statistics Video, History Video, and the Song List pages.

    Jessica Hartnett posted an entertaining video (featuring bunnies and dragons) and commentary to explain the Central Limit Theorem. Check it out on the Statistics Video page. Thanks, Jessica!

    Michael Britt posted a link to a podcast episode that summarizes the latest research by Digdon, Powell and Harris on the true identity of "Little Albert." Listen to this by visiting the History Video page. Thanks again, Michael!

    Molly Metz shared a number of new and overlooked songs for those who teach topics in Social Psychology: namely, attraction and mate selection. These additions can be found at the bottom of the Social section on the Song List or can be quickly accessed using the search function on your internet browser. Nice finds, Molly!

    Thanks Jessica, Michael, and Molly for their contributions to ToPIX!

    If you have found that ToPIX has helped your teaching, please consider contributing! You are welcome to update the wiki yourself or just send me an email with suggestions: (

  • 31 Jul 2014 4:22 PM | Anonymous

    Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching Volume XIII
    A collection of essays originally published on the PsychTeacher™ Electronic Discussion List
    Edited by William S. Altman, Lyra Stein, & Jeffrey R. Stowell

  • 03 Jul 2014 4:18 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    I’m pleased to announce that Bonnie Green has been appointed an Assistant Director of OTRP (to Dec 31, 2016) to lead an effort to “tag” all of STP’s entries, books, articles, syllabi and the like to make this information more readily available to others. She’ll likely be calling on several of you who oversee those areas to join her in the project.  Bonnie is at East Stroudsburg University  and can be reached at Please join me in congratulating her.




    Ruth L. Ault, Ph.D. 
    OTRP Director 
    Nancy & Erwin  Maddrey Professor of Psychology, Emerita 
    P.O. Box 25 
    Davidson, NC 28036-0025 
    ph: 704-892-4038 (home) 

  • 30 Jun 2014 8:39 PM | Anonymous

    This month’s ToPIX update includes additions to the Grading Papers, Research Methods in the News, and the Statistics in the Classroom pages.


    Bill Altman updated the wiki to allow for better linking between pages. So, If you have not checked out the Grading Papers page lately or the Grading Rubrics page, have a peek. Thanks, Bill!


    Michael Britt (via the TIPS listserv, 6/30/2014) created a concept map to help us follow the Facebook News Feed experiment that has been picked up by so many media outlets. Michael notes that the “essential methods and results are included in the map, along with the text of Facebook's "informed consent" policy, their apology/reaction, and links to articles on this topic.”

    Check out this great resource, the actual PNAS article, as well as other takes on this controversy (i.e., “In Defense of Facebook” and “Facebook’s Unethical Experiment”). Intro Psych, Research Methods, and Statistics instructors may want to monitor the Research Methods in the News page for further developments. Big thanks, Michael!

    Mike Williams (via the TIPS listserv, 6/1/2014) wrote a stand-alone program to simulate the Monty Hall
    problem. It can be downloaded to your computer using the links posted to the wiki. Mike says, “This problem is a good example of the contrast between intuitive and actual probability, [and] is a great exercise for Stats classes when you cover probability.” Moreover, the program allows you to set the number of trials. Many of the online simulators do not.


    See the PC and MAC versions of the program, and a PowerPoint presentation on the Statistics in the Classroom page. Scroll down to the In-Class Activities section of this page. Thanks for sharing, Mike!

    Thanks Bill, Michael, and Mike for their contributions to ToPIX!

    If you have found that ToPIX has helped your teaching, please consider contributing! You are welcome to update the wiki yourself or just send me an email with suggestions: (

  • 27 Jun 2014 9:44 AM | Anonymous
    The STP web site will be unavailable the morning of June 28, possibly until Noon that day. Thanks.
  • 26 Jun 2014 4:41 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)
    ECP Social Hour at Capitol City Brewing Company 
    August 7, 2014 from 5-7pm 
    1100 New York Avenue NW
    All are welcome and encouraged to attend - graduate students, new faculty members, senior faculty members - everyone! Join us in congratulating the 2014 APA ECP Poster Award winner and share your thoughts and experiences on teaching while enjoying a great cold beverage and appetizers.
  • 24 Jun 2014 12:49 PM | Anonymous
    3 Positions Available for the Selection Committee for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Grant

    The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Grant is a grant available to members of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology who teach Psychology at 4-year colleges and universities, 2-year colleges, or high schools. The grant Selection Committee is made up of 6 members who each serve for a 3 year term and we are looking to replace three members this year. We have a total of $10,000 to award.  These funds have been divided among several outstanding proposals since the launch of this grant in 2012.  The applications are due October 31stof each year and the Selection Committee chooses the projects to be funded by the end of November, so the bulk of the committee’s work happens in November.  If you are interested and/or have any questions, please contact Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, Chair of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Grant Selection Committee by September 1, 2014 at

    • 24 Jun 2014 12:47 PM | Anonymous
      APA PeePs (Particularly Exciting Experiments in Psychology) is a free bimonthly summary of ongoing research trends common to six APA journals that focus on experimental Psychology. The goal of PeePs is to move beyond single article summaries to highlight meaningful connections between articles published in different journals. These interdisciplinary links between contemporary studies help readers situate research questions in a broader context. PeePs covers both animal and human studies to promote lateral thinking about how to approach a given topic or question.
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