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The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) Teaching Preconference will be held in conjunction with the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) annual conference in Atlanta, GA on March 1, 2018. We are excited to announce that this year’s STP Teaching Preconference will feature Keynote Addresses by Beth Morling and Joshua Aronson. We are also now welcoming attendees’ proposals for talks, teaching blitzes, posters, and small group discussions.
You are invited to propose a talk related to teaching social or personality psychology, as well as their affiliated subdivisions. Talks are typically 15-20 minutes in length and have historically addressed a wide variety of issues, including (but not limited to) describing empirical research on teaching and learning, describing effective tools and techniques for teaching these courses, or discussing broader issues related to curriculum or assessment.
Back by popular demand, the preconference will feature a “teaching blitz” – a fast-paced and lively discussion of directly applicable teaching techniques. Our challenge to you: describe your favorite or most effective demonstration, assignment, or other class activity in 4 minutes or less! Blitzers are encouraged to use minimal or no technological aids in their talks and to present a simple, concrete, and effective idea that attendees can implement in their own classes when they leave the conference.
A poster session will be included once again this year. Participants may choose to present posters on empirical or theoretical work, or they may opt to present work on practical teaching issues (e.g., class assignments, projects, course themes, other topics in which participants do not have quantitative data).
Small group discussions will occur during lunch this year. Topics in previous years have included pursuing a teaching-oriented career, balancing active-learning and content coverage in classes, teaching statistics and research methods courses, career development for early-career faculty, managing the student-faculty relationship, and identifying the most important big-picture/take-home ideas to address in a social or personality psych class. If you have expertise in one of these areas or have an idea for another discussion group topic, and would be interested in facilitating the discussion group, please be sure to indicate your interest in your submission email (see below).
Because of the successes of the Tips, Tricks, and Tools (TT&T) sessions the last two years, we will continue this conversation in 2018. Our TT&T session is a fast-paced discussion in which preconference attendees share tips, tricks, or tools they use that makes their jobs (of teaching, engaging in research, participating in service, and serving as an advisor) easier. Suggestions from years past included mobile apps for grading, suggestions for ways to keep track of tenure-related materials, and programs to monitor professional goals. Participation in the TT&T session is optional and does not require any advanced planning.
Submissions for talks, blitzes, posters, and discussion group leaders are sought from participants at all points in their careers, including graduate students, junior faculty, mid-career faculty, and senior faculty. We also encourage submissions from all types of teaching institutions, including high school, community/2-year colleges, 4-year undergraduate institutions, and graduate institutions. The Teaching Preconference prides itself on being inclusive of and supportive to all of its attendees.
If you are interested in proposing a talk, taking part in the teaching blitz, facilitating a discussion group, or presenting a poster, please complete the online form by Friday, November 17, 2017. Decisions and acceptance announcements will be made in late November or early December. Poster presentations will be reviewed and accepted on a space-available basis after the deadline. Questions can be emailed to Lauren Brewer at BrewerLE@sfasu.edu or Neil Lutsky at NLutsky@carleton.edu.
Looking forward to seeing you in Atlanta!
Lauren Brewer & Neil Lutsky
2018 Directors of STP Programming at SPSP
To be Announced.