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 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  (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:, 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 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

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

     Smith, Adjunct Faculty Award
  • You will receive a confirmation email within 48 hours after your electronic submission.

  • Contact Krisztina Jakobsen with questions at (540) 568-4301 or

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.

Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award

Eligibility Criteria:

  • This award is intended to recognize sustained excellence in teaching psychology by individuals who teach part-time at academic institutions. Thus, eligible applicants, who are currently teaching, must be categorized by all institutions at which they teach as a part-time instructor/adjunct instructor who is paid on a per-course or percentage basis (from

  • As with other awards, 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. As a particular note for applicants for the adjunct award, if, after being held over for another year, applicants no longer fall in the adjunct category, they may choose to (a) withdraw their materials or (b) update their materials and re-submit them in the appropriate other category (e.g., Jane S. Halonen Award, Robert S. Daniel Award).

    Award Criteria

The award is based on the following four criteria. Each criterion is accompanied by suggestions for supporting evidence. Applicants must submit supporting materials for each category but will not be expected to have achieved recognition in all criteria. Applicants may be peer- or self-nominated.

  1. Effective teaching. This criterion involves the development of effective teaching methods, courses, and/or teaching materials that exemplify outstanding performance as a classroom educator. Documentation may include, but is not limited to:

    1. Examples/descriptions of implementation of innovative teaching methods, engaging or exceptionally effective syllabi, student assignments and/or evaluation methods

    2. Evidence of outstanding student evaluations

    3. Evaluations of teaching by supervisors and colleagues

    4. Evidence of prior teaching awards or other forms of recognition

  2. Stimulation of student interest/advancement in psychology. Documentation may include, but is not limited to evidence that the applicant:

  1. Stimulates student participation in discipline-related activities outside the classroom (e.g., provide service-learning opportunities, sponsoring or advising a student or community organization, mentor students in research)

  2. Supports student interest in studying psychology at the next level of education (e.g., provide pre-graduate school advising, encouraging students to major in psychology, write letters of recommendation for graduate school)

  3. Fosters student interest in pursuing psychology as a career (e.g., help students network with community organizations/professionals, provide career advising, and facilitate job search activities)

  4. Participates in community outreach projects or civic activities that heighten community awareness of the discipline of psychology and/or apply psychological principles to problem resolution

  5. Supports students who have received academic scholarships, honors, and grants for activities the adjunct instructor mentored”

  1. Demonstrate commitment to student learning and intellectual growth. Documentation may include, but is not limited to evidence that the applicant:

    1. Is accessible to students (e.g., maintains office hours, returns student

      emails/phone calls promptly)

    2. Maintains high standards for student performance (e.g., include assignments that

      incorporate application, evaluation, and synthesis)

    3. Models intellectual curiosity and passion for learning (e.g., integrate state-of-the-art research findings into the course, apply psychological/scientific information to help students understand current events, share with students what instructor learned at informal and formal continuing education experiences attended)

  2. Advancement of one’s professional identity as a teacher of psychology. Documentation may include, but is not limited to:

    1. Professional activity on or away from campus

    2. Publications or presentations on the teaching of psychology at local, regional, or

      national conferences

    3. Attendance at professional meetings relevant to the teaching of psychology

    4. 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 (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 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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