Society for the Teaching of Psychology

Division 2 of the American Psychological Association

Call for Nominations

Society for the Teaching of Psychology 2017 Teaching Awards

The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP; Division 2 of the American Psychological Association) announces its 2017 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 7 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 nominator and nominee, working together, must compile all documentation in support of the nomination. 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 (see specific instructions below). All materials must be received no later than January 15, 2017. 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:, CutePDF: ).

  • 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 nominee, 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

  • You will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours after your electronic submission.

  • Contact Eric Amsel with questions at (801) 626-6658 or

These awards are designed to recognize teachers all across the country. Nominees must be members of STP and may join STP at any time. Renominations and self-nominations are acceptable. STP reserves the right not to make an award presentation in a particular category if the STP Awards Committee believes no nominee is qualified in a particular year.

Jane S. Halonen Teaching Excellence Award


Because this award is for the first 7 years of teaching at any level, applicants will follow the criteria related to the category for which they are eligible (i.e., 4-year college, 2-year college, high school; see specific criteria below). They will, however, not be eligible for this award if they have been teaching full- time for more than 7 years.

As mentioned above, first-time applicants who do not receive an award will have their materials automatically held over for another year and may choose to update their materials. If, after being held over for another year, applicants no longer fall into the “first 7 years of teaching” category, they may choose to (a) withdraw their materials or (b) update their materials and re-submit them in the appropriate category. 

    Materials to be submitted (electronic copies of the following):

    1. Cover sheet that includes: 

    (a) nominee’s name, address, telephone number, and email address; 
    (b) category of award for which the person is nominated (e.g., 4-year college, 2-year college, high school);
    (c) nominator’s name, address, telephone number, and email address; and 
    (d) name and address of who (Department Head, Principal, Supervisor) should be informed if the nominee 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 nominee, 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 nominee in light of the appropriate criteria.

    4. Statement of teaching philosophy (a maximum of two double-spaced pages). 5. Evidence to illustrate award criteria.

    Send materials to:

    Eric Amsel 
    Professor of Psychology
    University Due Process Officer Chair,
    STP Teaching Excellence Committee
    Weber State University
    1299 Edvalson St. Department 1202
    Ogden UT 84408-1202

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