Society for the Teaching of Psychology
Division 2 of the American Psychological Association

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 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 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:jakobskv@jmu.edu (see specific instructions below). All materials must be received no later than January 15, 201. 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:jakobskv@jmu.edu

  • Name the email subject line with last name of the applicant, followed by the name of the award. For example:

    Smith, Wilbert J. McKeachie Award
  • You will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours after your electronic submission.

  • Contact Krisztina Jakobsen with questions at 540-568-4301 or mailto:jakobskv@jmu.edu

These awards are designed to recognize teachers all across the country. Applicants 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 applicant is qualified in a particular year.

Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award

Criteria
As mentioned above, first-time applicants who do not receive the 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 “graduate student” category, they may choose to (a) withdraw their materials or (b) update their materials and re-submit them in another category (e.g., Jane S. Halonen Award, Robert S. Daniel Award).


The Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award is based on the following four criteria: (a) demonstrated influence in interesting students in the field of psychology, (b) development of effective teaching methods and/or teaching materials, (c) outstanding performance as a classroom teacher, and (d) concerns with professional identity as a teacher of psychology. Each criterion is accompanied below with suggestions for supporting evidence. Applicants will not be expected to have achieved recognition in all four criteria.

1. Demonstrated influence in interesting students in the field of psychology:
(a) papers or projects completed by students;
(b) activities, both curricular and co-curricular, intended to increase student interest and
involvement in psychology;
(c) comments on student evaluations related to increased interest in the field of psychology

2. Development of effective teaching methods and/or teaching materials:
(a) description and sample of methods, materials, and course syllabi; (b) evidence of successful evaluation of (a)

3. Outstanding performance as a classroom teacher (either as instructor of record or teaching assistant): (a) student evaluations
(b) evaluative observations by faculty and/or peers
(c) teaching awards and/or other forms of prior recognition

4. Concerns with professional identity as a teacher of psychology:
(a) professional activity on or away from campus;
(b) publications or presentations on the teaching of psychology at local, regional, or national
conferences;
(c) attendance at professional meetings relevant to the teaching of psychology; 

(d) memberships and/or involvement in organizations related to teaching 

    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; 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 applicant in light of the appropriate criteria.

    4. Statement of teaching philosophy (a maximum of two double-spaced pages). 

     5. Evidence to illustrate award criteria.

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