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

41st Annual NITOP

January 3–6, 2019
(Thursday through Sunday)

The TradeWinds Island Grand Hotel
St. Pete Beach, Florida


November 20, 2018: Registration for the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in January 2019 has reached its full enrollment and is now closed.

New registrations will be accepted only to replace cancellations if they are received. Anyone who wishes to be placed on a waiting list pending the receipt of cancellations may send an email message to the coordinator ( requesting placement on this waiting list.

Why you should plan to attend NITOP ‘19


Join psychology teachers from universities, two-year and four-year colleges, and high schools at NITOP 2018 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:

General Sessions

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

Mikki Hebl, January 2018

Concurrent Sessions

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


In-depth 90-minute workshops

The Annual Teaching Slam

Teaching Slam, January 2018

A fast-paced, dynamic session, in which multiple speakers share their best teaching tip, assessment idea, or class activity

The 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 preliminary conference program includes several 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 who are 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. Additional program details will be available after May 1, 2018.

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 only $2 more/night than last year — $139 single or double (children free) — if reservations are made by November 15, 2018 by calling 800-808-9833 (mention NITOP) or online at, after online reservations open in the spring of 2018. For more information on the hotel and recreational activities for families, visit


Registration is limited to 375 participants. For the 2018 NITOP, this enrollment limit was reached by mid-November, 2017, so early registration is highly recommended. The conference registration fee includes admission to all sessions and other events, registration materials (including speaker handouts, available online at the conference), buffet breakfasts and lunches, refreshments at coffee breaks and poster sessions, an evening buffet reception, and two social hours.

The early registration deadline for the 2019 NITOP is November 15, 2018, and the fee for regular participants is $585 (only $15 more than this fee for 2018). After November 15, the registration fee for regular participants will be $635. For the full range of fees, see the table of fees here.

Deadline for Submissions

NITOP welcomes proposals from participants for Posters, Participant Idea Exchanges, and presentations in the Teachng Slam and Demo Demo sessions. The deadline for submitting a Teaching Slam or Demo Demo proposal is September 15, 2018. For Poster and Participant Idea Exchange proposals, the deadline is October 1, 2018. Later proposals will be considered if space remains available. Presenters of accepted proposals must register for the conference by November 15 to have their titles included in the conference program and posted on the NITOP website. For additional information on submission procedures, see PROPOSALS.

Comments from past NITOP participants

More information as it becomes available

For general information about NITOP, go to the full brochure for NITOP 2019 at NITOP JANUARY 2018 or contact the NITOP coordinator at

News from NITOP 2018

Poster Awards 2018

At the January 2018 NITOP, three participant posters were presented with awards at the closing session on January 6, 2018. The Frank Costin Memorial Award for Excellence, for the poster judged by Institute faculty as best promoting quality teaching methods, was presented to Carolyn Brown-Kramer of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for her poster entitled "Learning How to Learn: Encouraging Students to Adopt Effective Learning Strategies Using an Empirical Paper Assignment in Introductory Psychology." The Doug Bernstein Award for the poster judged by the NITOP conference committee as the most humorous, creative, or original poster, or as making the strongest contribution to the teaching of introductory psychology, was presented to Kimberly Baker and Terry F. Pettijohn II for their poster entitled "The Effect of Physical or Psychological Pep Rallies on Introductory Psychology Test Scores." The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award was given for the poster judged to be the most outstanding in terms of (a) the importance of the research question addressed, (b) the soundness of the research methodology employed, (c) the use of appropriate qualitative and/or statistical analyses, and (d) the clarity with which the implications of the research findings for teaching and learning are expressed. In 2018, this award was presented to Laura Pickens of Thiel College for her poster entitled "When Is the Best Time to Give a Moodle Quiz? An Exploration of Quiz Timing Strategies and Their Impact on Student Success." See the abstracts of these winning posters at AWARDS.

Congratulations to the following winners of the TradeWinds participant drawings in 2018:

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

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

Many thanks to the TradeWinds for these prizes!

Handouts from NITOP 2018

NITOP 2018 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 2018 schedule page or the abstracts page, or this link, which includes the complete handout set.