Get Involved in STP!

If you’re an STP member interested in becoming more involved in STP activities then you’ve come to the right place. STP is committed to providing opportunities to as many of its members as possible to participate in STP initiatives. Whenever there’s a vacancy on a committee, task force, or working group, this will be one of the places where the vacancy is announced. Vacancies will also be announced in the current issue of our online newsletter.  If you have a specific interest or question about any of our initiatives, please visit the STP Leadership page for email addresses of our executive committee members, committee chairs, editors, directors, and coordinators.  Even if there is no current vacancy, you should feel free to contact one or more of these individuals to express your interest in getting involved. 

If you are not a current member of STP, visit our Join page. We welcome anyone interested in the teaching of psychology. 

For all positions, STP encourages applications and nominations from colleagues who are from underrepresented groups and have diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Current Service Opportunities in STP (Deadline):

Steering Committee Members, Annual Conference on Teaching (February 28, 2021)

Board Member, Fund for Excellence (March 1, 2021)

Associate Editors, Teaching of Psychology Idea eXchange (ToPIX) (March 31, 2021)

Join STP's Tagging Project (March 31, 2021)

Call for Articles: Special Issue of ToP on Social Justice Pedagogy (April 15, 2021)

Director, Departmental Consulting Services (May 30, 2021)

Service Opportunities in APA (STP serves as APA Division 2)
Please note:  The links below will redirect you to pages on APA's website

Board of Educational Affairs Task Force on Revising the APA Principles for Quality Undergraduate Education in Psychology (February 8, 2021)

Call for nominations: Distinguished Scientist Lecturers to speak at regional psychological association meetings in 2022 (February 16, 2021)

Call for nominations: Master Lecturers to speak at APA 2022 (February 16, 2021)

Learn how to nominate yourself or a colleague for a position in APA leadership.

Full list of APA Boards and Committees

Current Service Opportunities



Steering Committee Members, Annual Conference on Teaching

Lindsay Masland, Director of STP’s Annual Conference on Teaching, seeks new members for the ACT Steering Committee.  The Steering Committee is typically comprised of the following:

  • 1-2 Coordinators of Conference Site and Conference Materials, 
  • 1-2 Coordinators of Marketing and Recruitment 
  • 1-2 Coordinators of Audio/Video, Web Content, and IT

We are seeking 1-3 new members to join existing members on the team.  At least one of these new members should be local to Louisville, KY or surrounding—this individual will serve a 1-year term and will play a critical role as a local liaison for the 2021 ACT in Louisville. The remaining new committee members will serve 3-year terms.  Members of the steering committee receive waived registration to the Annual Conference on Teaching. 

Position Duties and Responsibilities

All committee members:

  • Assist in developing call for proposals.
  • Review proposals using an established rubric.
  • Provide input on recruitment of invited speakers. 
  • Assist in developing the final program of sessions.
  • Attend the conference and assist in onsite hosting.
  • Provide perspective and feedback to the ACT Director about ACT programming and content.

Depending on position and experience, some committee members:

  • Collect information from potential publishers and vendors who may attend ACT.
  • Design and maintain some aspects of the conference website.
  • Provide on-site technical assistance for audio/visual needs.
  • Collect information of nearby schools that may send attendees to ACT.

Qualifications

Ideal applicants will:

  • Be a member of STP.
  • Be able to attend all days of all ACT conferences during their term. (The conference usually runs Thursday-Saturday of a week in October).
  • Be a good steward of the mission and values of STP.
  • Work well in teams.
  • Commit to timely and thorough completion of tasks denoted on annual ACT timeline (see p. 56 of the Policies and Procedures manual).
  • Have a welcoming, enthusiastic, and service-oriented disposition.

To Apply:

Please send a CV and a cover letter that addresses your interest in this position. Your cover letter should introduce yourself and answer the following questions:

  • What, if any, experiences do you have that are relevant to this position?
  • What past engagement do you have with ACT?
  • What past engagement do you have with STP? 

Please consider applying and encouraging applications from colleagues whom you believe have the experience, commitment, and motivation to contribute to the success of the Annual Conference on Teaching. STP encourages applications and nominations from colleagues who are from underrepresented groups and have diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Please send inquiries and applications to Lindsay Masland, Director of the Annual Conference on Teaching, at annual-conference@teachpsych.org. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2021.


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Board Member, Fund for Excellence

STP seeks a member for the Board of the Fund for Excellence for a four-year term to begin in 2021 and end on December 31, 2024. The Fund for Excellence is an endowment fund that devotes its earnings to supporting the STP Excellence in Teaching Awards and other awards and grants programs. More information on the Board appears in Article X (page 6) of STP’s bylaws . Submit an application [cover letter expressing interest and qualifications for the position along with a curriculum vitae] to the Chair of the Elections and Appointments Committee at elections@teachpsych.org by March 1, 2021.


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Associate Editors, Teaching of Psychology Idea eXchange

STP is seeking three volunteer Associate Editors for ToPIX. Associate Editors assist the Editor with maintaining the wiki, soliciting new material for posting, publicizing the wiki, answering user inquiries, and helping instructors post their materials.

If you’re interested, please submit a current CV and a cover letter explaining your interest in this position and your relevant qualifications to Danae Hudson, Director of Teaching Resources at teaching-resources@teachpsych.org by March 31, 2021.

STP encourages applications from colleagues who are from underrepresented groups and have diverse backgrounds and experiences.

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Do You Like Classifying Stuff? STP’s Tagging Project Needs You!

Ever wish that you could find all of STP’s resources on a given topic in one easy, unified way? So do we! That’s why we’ve been working on a project to tag our resources (teaching materials, eBooks, syllabi, blog posts, you name it) with common words such as “statistics”, “development”, “social”, and of course, “engagement”! If you’re inclined to help us, your role would be to simply review a resource (e.g., a quick glance), determine the tags that best fit, and add them. We’d provide the list of items to tag, starting with our teaching resources, and a schedule so that this big task can be chunked up into manageable pieces. Sound like something you’re interested in for a little bit of “service to discipline” credit or just because you’re an obsessive organizer? Then drop a line and your CV by March 31, 2021 to Jon Westfall, STP Internet Editor, at ie@teachpsych.org.

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Call for Articles: Special Issue of ToP on Social Justice Pedagogy

Special Issue on Social Justice Pedagogy:  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Teaching of Psychology 

Guest Editors:

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) have become increasingly central to our understanding of the human experience. While awareness and scholarship about the importance of DEI has grown, expertise involving the most effective pedagogies for integrating DEI into teaching of psychology has not been widely disseminated. Teaching of Psychology (ToP) invites submissions for a special issue on the Social Justice Pedagogy: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Teaching of Psychology. Submissions that engage with DEI content and process including, but not limited to, learning objectives, teaching tools and techniques, assessments, managing difficult classroom dynamics, and/or curriculum considerations, as they relate to the following themes, are especially welcome:
  1. Social justice models and evidence-based practices for incorporating diversity and multicultural topics across the psychology curriculum
  2. Inclusive pedagogy that is sensitive to systematically marginalized students including innovative approaches to assessment of learning
  3. Racial healing and trauma in the context of teaching and learning in psychology
  4. Effective strategies on how to increase the representation of underrepresented faculty and teachers of psychology (e.g., people of color or LGBTQIA+) in higher education and other professional activities
  5. Teaching methods that may illuminate the psychological underpinnings of racial, sexual-orientation, and other biases, bigotry, and prejudices
  6. Provide innovative and thought-provoking paradigm shifts in improving educational equity in psychology (e.g., Liberation-based psychology; andragogy, etc.) 
  7. Decolonization of psychology and the teaching of psychology at all training levels from high school to graduate level training
  8. Promotion of increasing diverse population representation in the educational processes related to teaching, learning and training of psychology and related career paths (e.g., teaching assistant mentoring) .

Note: For all of these topics, we are inviting papers that explicitly discuss these ideas relative to teaching.

Manuscripts submissions are due April 15, 2021. All manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the ToP submission portal (https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/top). As part of the submission process, please indicate the corner to which you are submitting the manuscript (Proof of Concept, Replication, Science of Teaching and Learning, Scholarly Teacher). Additional details about manuscript corners are available at https://journals.sagepub.com/author-instructions/TOP#1). Each manuscript will undergo the double-blind peer review process. Please email any of the guest editors if you have any questions or require additional information. You may also contact ToP editor, Aaron S. Richmond at top@teachpsych.org. Finally, please share this call-for-proposals widely. 

About Teaching of Psychology

ToP is an indispensable journal for anyone interested in the teaching of psychology. ToP includes an array of manuscript types, from conceptual to empirical, that address the broad range of pedagogical issues in psychology. For more information see, https://journals.sagepub.com/home/top


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Director, Departmental Consulting Services

The Departmental Consulting Service (DCS) is offered to psychology departments through the joint efforts of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) and the APA Education Directorate. Developed in response to an increasing need for evaluations, the consultant service provides departments of psychology with a list of qualified consultants who will provide valuable program feedback. The DCS maintains a database of faculty consultants with expertise in a broad range of areas, such as curriculum, faculty, advising, research facilities, and departmental assessment.

The Director provides recommendations of consultants to Psychology departments for curriculum (evaluation, development, designing/improving special programs or courses, fieldwork or honors); faculty (writing grant proposals, developing funding sources, writing for publication, promoting professional development, enhancing/evaluating teacher effectiveness); advising (student advising for career planning, graduate school preparation, changing enrollments, minority recruitment and retention); research facilities (designing psychology labs, designing teaching facilities, computer applications for courses, labs, or administration); and departmental program evaluation (self-assessments, program evaluation, department evaluation. The Director is also responsible for advertising services by posting to email lists, STP blog, and other publications; reviewing applications for new consultants and submitting nominated individuals to the APA Board of Educational Affairs for approval; maintaining a database of approved consultants; reviewing consultant evaluation forms submitted by departments; and submitting an annual report to the Vice President for Resources.

Training for the individual selected for the position will be provided by the current Director during the final months of 2021.

Please send applications or nominations to Bill Altman, Vice President for Resources, at vp-resources@teachpsych.org by May 30, or contact Bill Altman for more information.



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