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

37th Annual NITOP

January 3–6, 2015
(Saturday through Tuesday)

The TradeWinds Island Grand Resort
St. Pete Beach, Florida

Handouts for presentations are available for download as password-protected Adobe PDF files. The password was distributed with nametags at registration. Access individual handouts through the schedule page, abstracts page, or download the complete handout set through the link below.

Handouts List of Registrants


Join psychology teachers from universities, two-year and four-year colleges, and high schools at NITOP 2015 to explore new ideas that will enhance and broaden your teaching skills. Over 30 distinguished speakers from a wide variety of course content areas will guide you in learning innovative teaching techniques and course content updates at:

  • Five in-depth 90-minute workshops 
  • Eight one-hour sessions, each including four presentations by distinguished psychology faculty addressing a wide range of content areas and teaching strategies.
  • Five general sessions on cutting-edge research and practice, featuring talks by: Scott Lilienfeld, Henry (Roddy) Roediger, Sian Beilock, Tod Heatherton, and Bill Buskist
  • Second Annual Teaching Slam: a fast-paced, dynamic session, in which eight speakers share their best teaching tip, assessment idea, or class activity
  • Demo Demo: four 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

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

Exploring Resources

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

Mark your calendar! Register early!

The conference program includes five workshops, general and concurrent sessions, multiple presentation sessions including teaching tips and demonstrations, three poster sessions, three participant idea exchanges, social hours, book and software displays, and over 30 featured speakers, well-known for their excellence in teaching psychology. For the full program, see SCHEDULE. 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 (online access to about 200 pages of handouts), breakfasts and lunches, refreshments at coffee breaks and poster sessions, and receptions and social hours. The conference hotel is the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach. Florida, and the special NITOP room rate is $133. Airport transportation direct to the TradeWinds is available for $25/person. Poster Session and Participant Idea Exchange 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 instructions at PROPOSALS. For information about the poster competition award winners in January 2014, go to AWARDS. For general information about NITOP, see the brochure for NITOP 2015 at NITOP JANUARY 2015 and elsewhere on this website. For further information, 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

With Supporting Grants From:

  • APA Education Directorate
  • APA Science Directorate
  • College Board
  • W.W. Norton Publishing Company
  • Pearson Education
  • Sinauer Associates, Inc.
  • Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
  • Worth Publishing Company