Call for Applications
Society for the Teaching of Psychology 2018 Teaching Awards
The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP; Division 2 of the American Psychological Association) announces its 2018 awards program for outstanding teachers of psychology. Teaching awards of $1500 and a plaque are bestowed for outstanding performance in each of six categories:
1. 4-year colleges or universities (Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award)
2. 2-year colleges (Wayne Weiten Teaching Excellence Award)
3. High school (Mary Margaret Moffett Memorial Teaching Excellence Award)
4. First 10 years of full-time teaching at any level (Jane S. Halonen Teaching Excellence Award)
5. Graduate student (Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award)
6. Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award
First-time applicants who do not receive an award will have their materials automatically held over for another year (unless they specify otherwise), and applicants may choose to update their materials before the next deadline. If, after being held over for another year, applicants do not win an award, they may update their materials and re-submit them in the appropriate category.
Winners will be notified in advance. The awards will be presented during a special STP ceremony to be held in a public manner appropriate for the prestige of the award. A travel grant of up to $1500 is available if the winner does not have travel funds from other sources. If a winner cannot attend the ceremony, STP will appoint a representative to make the presentation at the winner's home campus at a time convenient to the winner.
The applicant (and nominator, where appropriate) must compile all documentation in support of the application. Responsibility for accumulating supporting documentation cannot be assumed by the STP Awards Committee. For ease of the review process, all materials must be submitted electronically in PDF format as an e-mail attachment to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org (see specific instructions below). All materials must be received no later than January 15, 2018. Electronic materials will NOT be returned after the review process.
Specific Instructions for submission
All submission materials must in PDF format.
PDF files can easily be created from most word processing software. Supporting materials for
which you have the electronic file (e.g., syllabi, cover sheet, PowerPoint presentation, teaching philosophy, narrative, etc) can be readily converted to PDF format using the capabilities built into the software, or by using free PDF conversion software (e.g., PrimoPDF: http://www.primopdf.com/, CutePDF: http://www.cutepdf.com/ ).
Supporting materials that may be difficult to save directly in PDF format (e.g., student evaluations, teaching award certificates, conference program, etc.) should be scanned into a PDF document, which should be possible with most scanning software.
Submitted files should be named by last name of the applicant, followed by a number and brief title indicating the order of the file in the collection of submitted files and what the file is. For example:
Smith01coverletter.pdf, Smith02cv.pdf, Smith03studentevals.pdf (etc.)
The total file size of the attachments should not exceed 15 MB per email message. If you have to
send multiple emails with attachments, that’s ok.
Send your email message(s) with your PDF file(s) attached to mailto:email@example.com
Name the email subject line with last name of the applicant, followed by the name of the award. For example:
You will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours after your electronic submission.
Mary Margaret Moffett Memorial Teaching Excellence Award
The Mary Margaret Moffett Memorial Teaching Award recognizes excellence in scientific psychological instruction at the high school level. The award is based on the following four criteria: (a) effective and innovative teaching, (b) stimulation of student interest in psychology, (c) evidence showing use of the American Psychological Association's National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula, and (d) professional development. Each criterion is accompanied below with suggestions for supporting evidence. Applicants must submit supporting materials in each category but will not be expected to have achieved recognition in all four criteria.
1. Effective and innovative teaching of scientific psychology (a) Design original instructional materials
(a) Demonstrate a variety of teaching techniques(c) Examples of innovative syllabi
(b) Demonstrate a variety of teaching techniques
(c) Examples of innovative syllabi
(d) Examples of innovative student assignments or projects (e) Use of effective evaluation methods
2. Stimulation of student interest in psychology
(a) Development of classroom, department, school, or community programs for stimulation of
interest in psychology. Such programs may include, but are not limited to: psychology fairs, psychology bowls, research projects, classroom presentations, Psychology Awareness Week, service learning projects, or psychology clubs
(b) Stimulate student interest in studying psychology at the next level of education
3. Evidence showing use of National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula
(a) In the materials supporting “Effective and Innovative Teaching of Scientific Psychology”
(Criterion #1 above), applicants must clearly demonstrate how their materials reflect the use of the American Psychological Association's National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula
4. Professional Development
(a) Participate in professional development that demonstrates growth as a teacher (b) Engage in activities that reflect currency in the field
Materials to be submitted (electronic copies of the following):
1. Cover sheet that includes:
(a) applicant’s name, address, telephone number, and email address;
(b) category of award for which the person is applying (e.g., 4-year college, 2-year college, high school);
(c) nominator’s name, address, telephone number, and email address (in the event of self-nominations, this is not necessary); and
(d) name and address of who (Department Head, Principal, Supervisor) should be informed if the applicant wins the STP Teaching Award;
(e) A short (1 to 2 pages) summary of the evidence being presented and its bearing on each criterion for the award.
2. Current curriculum vitae that includes educational history of applicant, professional work history, membership in professional organizations, previous recognition or awards, publications, and participation in professional development activities or conferences (e.g., as presenter or attendee).
3. Letters of recommendation from at least three (3), but not more than five (5), persons, each of whom can speak to the qualifications of the applic in light of the appropriate criteria.
4. Statement of teaching philosophy (a maximum of two double-spaced pages).
5. Evidence to illustrate award criteria.