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  • 12 Mar 2014 8:13 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)
    STP is pleased to announce that they will be extending the funding for the Conference Speaker Grant Program to eight conferences this year. We have already awarded five conferences, so please submit your application as soon as possible. First come, first served. For questions about this program, please contact Aaron Richmond at
  • 03 Mar 2014 10:38 AM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)
    Positions open for:
    • Director of Regional Programming
    • Assistant Editor for ToPIX
    • OTRP Assistant Director
  • 28 Feb 2014 10:44 PM | Anonymous

    This month’s ToPIX update includes additions to the History Video, Research Methods in the News, Neuroscience in the News, and I/O Video pages.

    Michael Britt posted a link to a podcast episode on asylums in the 1800s. The episode features historian Dr. Jennifer Bazar, and covers the case of Nellie Bly, hydrotherapy, sexual surgeries, and working conditions. Check it out on the History Videos page. Thanks, Michael!

    Erica Noles passed along an NPR column on the placebo effect. Recent findings reveal that asthma patients show improvements even when aware they are taking a placebo. See more on the Research Methods in the News page. Two months in a row! Thanks, Erica!

    Leslee Koritzke (via PSYCHTEACHER on 2/01/2014) shared a Los Angeles Times article on H.M.. Spoiler alert: the new developments involve his hippocampus. Follow the link to the Neuroscience in the News page. Good find, Leslee!

    Lastly, an amusing (depending on your sense of humor, I suppose) music video called “The Wall Street Strut” was posted to the I/O Videos page. The video could be used in lessons concerning work satisfaction, workload, burnout, and the like.

    Thanks again to Michael, Erica, and Leslee 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, feel free to send me an email with suggestions: (

  • 18 Feb 2014 4:02 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    Mary Kite’s Activities for Teaching about Prejudice and Discrimination (2013) received Honorable Mention in the 2014 Social Psychology Network Action Teaching Award competition.  For more details see:

  • 03 Feb 2014 10:37 AM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)

    Gender and Counseling (2013)

    Author: Judith Gibbons
    Affiliation: Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
  • 30 Jan 2014 8:43 PM | Anonymous

    This last update for the month of January includes additions to the Industrial PsychologyIndustrial Psychology in the News, Research Methods in the Classroom, the Therapy Video (and Audio) page, and the Song List.

    Assistant ToPIX Editor, Jessica Hartnett, posted a link to a National Geographic video that could be used in I/O classes, or perhaps even Intro Psych courses. The video discusses The Knowledge, a mandatory test of London that all taxi drivers have to pass in order to become taxi drivers. Those teaching Neuroscience may be able to use this video also. Changes to the hippocampus that occur within taxi drivers over time are also covered. See more on the Industrial Psychology page. Jessica also shared a blog post outlining reports that question whether the TSA program to spot terrorists are effective. I/O instructors could use some of the Washington Post and CBS coverage to discuss program evaluations. Research Methods and Tests & Measurements instructors could also use this situation to illustrate validity and reliability. Introduction to Psychology instructors may even use parts of this report because, as Jessica notes, "this whole story implicitly demonstrates that the federal government is hiring statisticians with strong research methods backgrounds..." Read more on the Industrial Psychology in the News page. Thanks, Jessica

    Madelynn Shell (via the STP Facebook Group) shared a classic cartoon that could be used to give students practice at observational research, operationally defining “violent acts,” inter-rater reliability and so on. Check out the Research Methods in the classroom page for more details. Nice find, Madelynn

    Erica Noles e-mailed an NPR audio newscast that would be relevant for Introductory Psychology instructors. The 5-minute audio clip includes commentary on DSM-5 updates, overdiagnosis, Asperger’s, and Bipolar. The link was posted to the Therapy Video (and Audio) page. I could see this being used in class as a cognitive break, or to launch into a new section. Very helpful, Erica!

    A new addition to the Song List  is a link to Pharrell William’s 24-hour music video for the song “Happy. Hat tip to Nadia De Leon for this. Anyone teaching Positive Psychology or predictors of happiness might want to check it out. The video might also be useful for a Psi Chi or Psychology Club Dance-A-Thon?

    Thanks again to Jessica, Madelynn, Erica, and Nadia 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: ( 

  • 22 Jan 2014 10:39 AM | Anonymous

    I’m writing with a few updates on the STP website:

    Job board.  In the last 6 months a lot of job postings have come through on PsychTeacher. I’m pretty happy to see enough of an uptick in the economy that institutions are hiring again!  While you can certainly still post job ads to PsychTeacher, we’ve created a spot on the STP website where STP members can post job ads and everyone, not just STP members, can read them – all in one place.  On the STP website, you can find them under “News” in the main menu at the top of the page.  If you are posting a job ad, log into the STP website, and you’ll automatically be granted permission to post.  The STP executive director, Ted Bosack, will check in on the job board periodically to keep it cleaned up so only the current job ads are there.

    If you’re not an STP member, please join.  It’s only $25/year, and, no, you don’t have to be a member of APA to be a member of STP.  Isn’t PsychTeacher alone worth 50 cents a week?  


    The STP Executive Committee wants to hear your comments and suggestions.  We have created a new page titled – get this -- “Comments and Suggestions.” You can find it under “About” in the main menu.  If you have ideas on how we can better serve you, please leave your comments and your suggestions.  (On a personal note, please visit this page at least once.  It took me an hour to figure out the scripting that would allow form responses to be emailed to both STP’s executive director and president.  I’d really appreciate if at least a few people filled out the form so that I can feel like it was an hour well spent. Thanks!)  (Side note for the ultra-geeks: If you want to know how to make this work with Google Forms, drop me an email at

    Also, but less significantly, we deleted “Leadership” from the main menu on the STP website. Everything that used to be there can now be found under “About”.    

    If you have questions or comments, say, about these changes, you can email me off list – or, hey, here’s an idea!  You can visit the new “Comments and Suggestions” form:

    Your STP Vice President for Resources,


  • 13 Jan 2014 4:46 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)
    The STP Master Teacher Speaker Program Committee seeks a new member to serve a three-year term (early 2014-December, 2015). The goal of the program is to enhance teaching by exposing faculty attending small conferences to teachers who have been recognized nationally for being excellent teachers. The grant program is open to any gathering of psychology teachers from 4-year colleges and universities, 2-year colleges, or high schools. The committee reviews applications continually throughout the year. Qualifications: 1. Must be an STP Member 2. No travel is required for this committee. 3. Be able to review applications year round 4. Nominations and self nominations are welcome If interested, or if you have questions, please contact Aaron Richmond at The application deadline is January 30th, 2014.
  • 30 Dec 2013 1:04 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)


    (Deadline: January 15, 2014)

    Dear Colleagues,


    I'm writing to invite you to apply for this year's Social Psychology Network award honoring excellence in "action teaching" -- that is, teaching which not only leads to a better understanding of human behavior but to a more compassionate, sustainable, and peaceful world.


    The award is open to all instructors -- student teachers as well as long-time veterans of the classroom -- regardless of learner level (K-12, high school, college, graduate level, or adult learners). Entries may include a student assignment, classroom activity, field experience, or web-based demonstration. For further details, please visit:


    The prize is $1,000, and the winner will be invited to submit an article on the entry to the "Action Teaching" section of the Journal of Social and Political Psychology

    (Tip: Look at winning entries from prior years, archived at, to see what information to include and how to format your entry.)

    If you teach in a creative, socially engaged way, please consider applying for this award!

    Best wishes for 2014,


    Scott Plous

    Professor of Psychology

    SPN Executive Director

  • 09 Dec 2013 2:19 PM | Jeffrey Stowell (Administrator)
    • The STP Diversity Committee is searching for new members. The mission of the committee is “to oversee and assess all Society activities related to diversity issues, including but not limited to, diversity in membership, integration of diversity into the curriculum, hiring and retaining a diverse faculty, and attracting members of diverse groups to psychology as a major and a profession.” The Committee’s objective includes “building community among and supporting diversity-oriented scholars and teachers, perhaps beginning with conference discussions/presentations.” The entire group convenes via phone conference biannually; additional meetings are held when necessary. Subcommittees meet as needed to complete set tasks. If you are interested please send your vita and a statement of interest to John Chang at
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