An annual conference for teachers of psychology who wish to explore new ideas that will enhance and broaden their teaching skills.

38th Annual NITOP

January 3–6, 2016
(Sunday through Wednesday)

The TradeWinds Island Grand Hotel
St. Pete Beach, Florida


Why you should plan to attend NITOP ‘16


Join psychology teachers from universities, two-year and four-year colleges, and high schools at NITOP 2016 to explore new ideas that will enhance and broaden your teaching skills. Distinguished speakers from a wide variety of course content areas will guide you in learning innovative teaching techniques and course content updates at:


In-depth 90-minute workshops

General Sessions

General sessions on cutting-edge research and practice by distinguished speakers who are nationally known for their expertise in teaching psychology

Teaching Slam

Third Annual Teaching Slam: a fast-paced, dynamic session, in which multiple speakers share their best teaching tip, assessment idea, or class activity

Concurrent Sessions

One-hour concurrent sessions, each including four presentations by distinguished psychology faculty addressing a wide range of content areas and teaching strategies

Demo Demo

Second Annual Demo Demo: multiple demonstrations by great instructors of favorite class demonstrations—new ready-to-use demos and new versions of old favorites


You are encouraged to share ideas with colleagues at informal networking sessions,

Three poster sessions

Three participant idea exchanges

Exploring Resources

You will evaluate the newest psychology textbooks and discover fresh ways to use technology and instructional software to enhance your students’ learning

And much more. Mark your calendar! Register early!

The Program

The conference program includes four morning workshops on the first day, general and concurrent sessions, three poster sessions, three participant idea exchanges, book and software displays, and about 30 featured speakers, well-known for their excellence in teaching psychology. Plus the popular Teaching Slam and Demo Demo sessions during which multiple presenters will provide specific teaching tips and demonstrations which you will be able to use immediately in teaching your psychology classes.

The Conference Hotel

The TradeWinds Island Grand is an 18-acre, family-friendly and environmentally-friendly beach resort, which offers an abundance of recreational activities both on and off the beach. The specially discounted rate for NITOP participants is $135 single or double (children free), if reservations are made by November 15, 2015 by calling 800-808-9833 (mention NITOP) or online at For more information on the hotel and recreational activities for families, visit


November 17, 2015: Registration for NITOP ’16 is now closed. There will be NO onsite registration. We are sorry to disappoint you if you wanted to register this year, but we hope to see you at NITOP 2017!

More information as it becomes available

For general information about NITOP, see the full brochure here, and for further details as they become available, 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

News from 2015 NITOP

Poster Awards 2015

At the January 2015 NITOP, two participant posters were presented with awards at the closing session on January 6, 2015. The Frank Costin Memorial Award for Excellence for the poster judged by Institute faculty as best promoting quality teaching methods, was presented to Nicole Bies-Hernandez, Kris Gunawan, and David E. Copeland, for their poster entitled “Teaching Practices That Predict Performance in Undergraduate Psychology Courses.” The Doug Bernstein Award for the poster judged by the NITOP conference committee as the most humorous, creative, or original poster, was presented to R. Brooke Lea and David C. Matz for their poster entitled “Disseminating Science at a Science Museum.” See the abstracts of these winning posters at AWARDS.

Congratulations to the following winners of the TradeWinds participant drawings in 2015:

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

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

Many thanks to the TradeWinds for these prizes!

Handouts from 2015 NITOP

NITOP 2015 participants may download the handouts from the conference to assist them in improving their teaching of psychology courses. The files are available as password-protected Adobe PDF files and can be accessed using the password that was distributed at the conference, through the NITOP 2015 schedule page or the abstracts page, or this link, which includes the complete handout set.