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

40th Annual NITOP

January 3–6, 2018
(Wednesday through Saturday)

The TradeWinds Island Grand Hotel
St. Pete Beach, Florida


For People Attending NITOP 2018

Why you should plan to attend NITOP ‘18


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

The Annual Teaching Slam

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, 2017.

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 — $137 single or double (children free) — if reservations are made by November 15, 2017 by calling 800-808-9833 (mention NITOP) or online at, after online reservations open in the spring of 2017. For more information on the hotel and recreational activities for families, visit


December 1, 2017: Registration for the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in January 2018 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 Joanne Fetzner ( requesting placement on this waiting list.

Deadline for Submissions

October 25, 2017: Proposals for presentations at NITOP 2018 are no longer being considered. We hope you will consider submitting your idea for NITOP 2018.

Comments from past NITOP participants

More information as it becomes available

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

Announcement: The Biennial International Seminar on the Teaching of Psychological Science

The inaugural Biennial International Seminar on the Teaching of Psychological Science (BISTOPS) will take place on 9 through 13 July, 2018 in Paris, France. This English language event will accommodate about 20 participants who either have experience in conducting research on teaching psychology or have a strong interest in doing so. Main speakers include David Daniel, Douglas Bernstein, Sue Frantz, and Ingrid Snijders. The fifth day will feature participant research posters and 30-minute presentations by selected participants. The registration fee of 180 USD includes admission to the seminar, complimentary one-year memberships in the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and the Association for Psychological Science, and a certificate of participation. For further information, contact Douglas Bernstein at or visit The deadline for completed applications is January 15, 2018.

Photos by Kaitlyn Breitenfeldt