Welcome to the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP)
April 15, 2018
Your Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) Executive Committee, in addition to our monthly video conference calls and regular email exchanges, meets twice a year in person for an intensive couple of days. Our fall meeting is held at STP’s Annual Conference on Teaching, which is also where we hold the official business meeting for our members. Our spring meeting is held at a location chosen by the STP president. I chose Seattle, my home city, where we met April 6 and 7. My wife found us a funky hotel for a reasonable price in the Belltown area, a few blocks from Pike Place Market and next door to Amazon and its 40,000 employees who are headquartered here. There was a Starbucks on either end of the block and another one a block over. And since spring in Seattle looks like winter in Seattle, we got drizzled on most of the weekend. It was a classic Seattle experience. (Pro tip: visit Seattle in July or August. You are more likely to experience sunshine and highs in the mid-70s F.)
Most of our meeting focused on what everyone is working on now. STP members can log in to find our meeting agenda book and minutes here; the minutes will be posted pending approval during our May conference call.
Back row, left to right: Susan Nolan (Vice President for Diversity and International Relations; Seton Hall University), Amy Fineburg(Vice President for Recognitions and Awards; Jefferson County Schools, AL), Tom Pusateri(Executive Director; Kennesaw State University), Bill Altman(Vice President for Resources; SUNY Broome County College), Meera Komarraju(Vice President for Membership; Southern Illinois University Carbondale), Angela Legg(Vice President for Programming; Pace University), Stephanie Afful(Secretary; Lindenwood University)
Front row, left to right: Sue Frantz(President; Highline College), Ken Keith(Past-President; University of San Diego), Rick Miller(President-Elect; Texas A&M University - Kingsville), Jeff Holmes(Treasurer; Ithaca College)
As you may have heard by now Charles Brewer(Furman University), a past president of STP and a long-time Teaching of Psychology (ToP)journal editor, passed away on March 30, 2018. Please read his Greenville News obituary. An obituary featuring his contributions to the teaching of psychology written by Furman University colleagues John Batsonand Gil Einsteinwill appear in the next issue of ToP. Look for it in your mailboxes in the middle of June. Shout out to ToPeditor, Drew Christopher(Albion College), and our people at Sage for their flexibility in being able to have the obituary appear so soon.
Five weeks before Charles’ death, Eric Landrum(Boise State University) and Garth Neufeld(Cascadia College) with financial support from STP interviewed Charles for their Psych Sessions podcast. You can find that interview and an interview with Bill McKeachie on this STP webpage.
As someone who teaches psychology, you understand the value of helping the public learn about psychology. Are you or your colleagues stepping outside of your classroom and bringing psychology into the community? If so, please “[n]ominate a colleague or yourself for a Presidential Citation as an exemplary Citizen Psychologist or an individual doing citizen psychology work.This is the highest honor from the APA president. Nominees must be APA members;” this includes affiliate and associate members.
If you’re not out in your community but would like to be, one of the STP task forces created by Janie Wilson(2016 STP president; Georgia Southern University) developed a Psychology in Communities wikicurrently edited by Clara Cheng(Carlow University) that has all the resources you need to get started.
If you’re a member of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, we are very happy to have you as part of our family! When you’re ready to get more involved, please check out the Get Involved page for new opportunities.
If you like what the Society for the Teaching of Psychology does, but are not yet a member, please join us. Only $25/year opens up professional development, professional service, and funding opportunities.
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