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

39th Annual NITOP

January 3–6, 2017
(Tuesday through Friday)

The TradeWinds Island Grand Hotel
St. Pete Beach, Florida


Why you should plan to attend NITOP ‘17


Join psychology teachers from universities, two-year and four-year colleges, and high schools at NITOP 2017 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

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

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

Teaching Slam

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


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.

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.

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 the same as for the 2016 NITOP - $135 single or double (children free) - if reservations are made by November 15, 2016 by calling 800-808-9833 (mention NITOP) or online at For more information on the hotel and recreational activities for families, visit

November 21, 2016: Registration for the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in January 2017 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 31, 2016: Proposals for presentations at NITOP 2017 are no longer being considered. We hope you will consider submitting your idea for NITOP 2018. For additional information on submission procedures, see PROPOSALS.

More information as it becomes available

For general information about NITOP, go to the full brochure for NITOP 2016 at NITOP JANUARY 2016, and for further information about NITOP in 2017 as it becomes 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 2016 NITOP

Poster Awards 2016

At the January 2016 NITOP, three participant posters were presented with awards at the closing session on January 6, 2016. The Frank Costin Memorial Award for Excellence for the poster judged by Institute faculty as best promoting quality teaching methods, was presented to Kristen T. Begosh for her poster entitled “Designing Lecture Slides and Assessment Questions to Maximize Student Performance.” 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 Kiesa Kelly and Kesha Patrice for their poster entitled “The Impact of Culturally-Relevant Content and Academic Self-Concept on African American Student Performance in a General Psychology Course.”

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 methdology 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 2016, this award was presented to Diana Elliott for her poster entitled “The Impact of Student Computers in the Classroom on Learning Outcomes.” See the abstracts of these winning posters at AWARDS.

Congratulations to the following winners of the TradeWinds participant drawings in 2016:

Video checkout winner of a certificate for 2 free nights and 3 free days at the TradeWinds sometime in the future: Elisabeth Ponce-Garcia.

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

Many thanks to the TradeWinds for these prizes!

Handouts from 2016 NITOP

NITOP 2016 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 2016 schedule page or the abstracts page, or this link, which includes the complete handout set.

Photos by Kaitlyn Breitenfeldt