The National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology

An annual conference for teachers of psychology at two- and four-year colleges, universities, and high schools, who wish to explore new ideas that will enhance and broaden their teaching skills.

2014 Poster Awards

The Frank Costin Memorial Award for Excellence, for the poster judged by Institute faculty as best promoting quality teaching methods, was presented to Bridgette Martin Hard, Shannon T. Brady, and James J. Gross, for their poster entitled “Does Coaching Students to Reappraise Arousal Enhance Performance on Midterms?” The Doug Bernstein Award, for the poster judged by the NITOP conference committee as the most humorous, creative, or original poster, was presented to W.L. Isaac et al. for their poster entitled “Teaching Neuroanatomy Using Student-Generated Comic Books as Class Projects.” The Society for the Teaching of Psychology Award, for the poster judged by Institute faculty as best incorporating new or innovative content into psychology courses, was presented to Andrew Gallup and Stuart Levine for their poster entitled “Integrating First-Person Narratives of Eminent Psychologists in an Introductory Course.” The Society for the Teaching of Psychology also supported the STP Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award, which was presented to Bethany K.B. Flect for her poster entitled “Assessing the Impact of Service Learning in a Research Methods Course”. For more information, click on AWARDS.

2014 Drawing Winners

Congratulations to the following winners of the TradeWinds participant drawings in 2014:

Video checkout winner of a certificate for 2 free nights and 3 free days at the TradeWinds sometime in the future: Will Wattles.

Comment card drawing for a certificate for 2 free nights and 3 free days at the TradeWinds sometime in the future: Chris Creecy.

Many thanks to the TradeWinds for these prizes!

37th Annual NITOP

January 3–6 (Saturday through Tuesday), 2015

The TradeWinds Island Grand Hotel
St. Pete Beach, Florida

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Cosponsored by:

Mark your calendar! Register early!

Learn innovative teaching techniques and course updates from over 30 distinguished speakers. Explore computer software and other new instructional resources. Enhance your effectiveness and broaden your skills by participating in specialized workshops.

Share ideas with colleagues at:

  • Three poster sessions
  • Three participant idea exchanges
  • Informal networking sessions

And much more.

The preliminary conference program includes several morning workshops on the first day, general and concurrent sessions, three poster sessions, three participant idea exchanges, social hours, book and software displays, and about 30 featured speakers, well-known for their excellence in teaching psychology. Additional program details will be available after May 1, 2014. Registration is limited to 375 participants; early registration is highly recommended. The conference registration fee is $545, which includes admission to all sessions and other events, registration materials (about 200 pages of handouts), buffet breakfasts and lunches, refreshments at coffee breaks and poster sessions, and receptions and social hours. Poster session proposals should be received by October 1, 2014 to guarantee space in the program, although later submissions will be considered if poster space remains available. For information about submission of proposals, go to the 2014 instructions at PROPOSALS. For information about the poster competition award winners in January 2014, go to AWARDS. For general information about NITOP, go to the full brochure for NITOP 2014 at NITOP JANUARY 2014, and for further information about NITOP in 2015, contact Joanne Fetzner, National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, 27236 Edenfield Drive, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544, or by phone at 813-973-6969 or email at

Comments from past NITOP participants

Announcement from a NITOP co-sponsor, the Association for Psychological Science:

The 26th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science will be held May 22–25, 2014 in San Francisco, California, at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel. The Annual Convention is the leading conference dedicated solely to scientific psychology, and is a forum that allows world-renowned speakers to present their latest research techniques, data, and findings to colleagues and students. The convention features invited and award addresses, cross-cutting symposia, hot topic talks, workshops, and poster sessions. The Association for Psychological Science and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology are teaming up again to bring you the 21st Annual APS-STP Teaching Institute. The Institute will be held May 21–22, before the start of the APS 26th Annual Convention. More information and program highlights for the Convention and the Teaching Institute can be found on the APS website.