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

Instructional Resource Awards

Next award deadline:  February 1, 2019

View Previous Instructional Resource Award Recipients

2018 Recipients Announced

The recipients of this year's Instructional Resource Awards are:

  • Manyu Li, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    Development of R-programming Teaching Resources that are Specific to the Context of Psychology

  • Barbara B. Oswald, Miami University
    Authentic Assessments for Introductory Biopsychology

  • Nicole M. Rosa, Worcester State University, Kathleen Bogart, Oregon State University, Dana S. Dunn, Moravian College, & Kathryn Becker-Blease, Oregon State University
    Increasing Inclusiveness and Awareness; Disability in Introductory Psychology

  • Julie Spencer-Rodgers, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
    Health Psychology Course Curriculum Project

  • Thomas J. Tomcho, Salisbury University, Mark Walter, Salisbury University, & Rob Foels, Rutgers University
    Cataloging and Meta-synthesizing Learning Activities: A multidimensional Analysis of Underlying Experiential Clusters


Up to five awards of $1,500 each will be presented annually to enable recipients to complete substantive instructional research projects related to the teaching of psychology suitable for posting on the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) website as a teaching resource. Or, if the project is an empirical study, for publication in Teaching of Psychology or another SoTL journal. Proposals may be general in focus or specific to a particular psychology course or student population. Research may be empirical (e.g., an investigation to determine which strategies are most successful in preventing cheating), experiential (e.g. a critical summary and evaluation of time-tested methods of assessing learning in child development courses), or reviews of the literature on new topics in psychology  (e.g., producing an annotated bibliography of readings or Internet resources in cross-cultural psychology). Proposals to create internet sites will not be funded unless the posted resource captures the same information in a print-friendly file (.doc, .pdf, .rtf); given its mission to provide readers with high quality, peer-reviewed materials, teaching resources should not link to outside Internet sources because they cannot be monitored continuously. The average IRA funding rate in the last 5 years is 38%.


The purpose of the Instructional Resource Awards is twofold: (1) to stimulate the development of teaching resource materials, and (2) to encourage instructional research relevant to the teaching of psychology at the university, college, community college, or high school level, either of which can be subsequently posted as a Teaching Resource on the STP website for interested teachers of psychology, or published in Teaching of Psychology or similar SoTL journal.


Any member of APA Division 2: Society for the Teaching of Psychology is eligible to apply for an STP Instructional Resource Award. Current members of the Society’s Executive Committee and the IRA Committee are ineligible to apply.


All proposals must be electronically submitted by February 1, annually, to Elizabeth Mazur, Chair of the Instructional Resources Award committee, at  Proposals will be reviewed by IRA subcommittee members appointed by the STP Grants Committee. Proposals are scored on the following six qualities: Pedagogical Value, Potential Value, Originality, Feasibility, Generalizability, and Adherence to Guidelines. Decisions will be announced by March 31, and projects may commence immediately thereafter. Each award will comprise one $1500 check from the Society, payable to the principal investigator (or nonprofit foundation designated by the principal investigator), who is responsible for all expenses of the project. By July 15 of the same year, the investigator will provide the Director of Teaching Resources with a progress report.  By December 31 of the same year, the investigator will provide the Director of Teaching Resources with the project results. If deemed an appropriate outlet, the authors will also submit the teaching resource suitable for duplication and distribution by STP.

Reports from award-winning proposals will receive the normal peer-review process before posting or publication. As a condition for the award, recipients of Instructional Resource Awards will be asked to sign a publication agreement that grants authors the copyright and STP a license to distribute authors’ documents in both paper and electronic versions for four years. After four years, STP, at its discretion, can distribute and post the resource unless the author(s) request that the resource be withdrawn.


Submit a proposal that includes:

  1. A brief cover letter with name and contact information
  2. A summary of the proposed project (up to 200 words)
  3. A statement of the project purposes and the specific procedures to be used (up to two pages)
  4. The relevance, general or course-specific, of the project to the teaching of psychology (up to one page)
  5. A description of the teaching resource that will be produced at the conclusion of the project (one page)
  6. A resume of the principal investigator (one page), including information about any accomplishments relevant to instructional research

The entire proposal should be approximately six double-spaced, typed pages.

Submit your proposal electronically to with the heading "STP IRA" by February 1, annually.

If you have any questions or need further clarification, contact Elizabeth Mazur, IRA Committee Chair, at  or by phone: 412.675.9186.

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