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

38th Annual NITOP

January 3–6, 2016
(Sunday through Wednesday)

The TradeWinds Island Grand Hotel
St. Pete Beach, Florida


Why you should plan to attend NITOP ‘16


Join psychology teachers from universities, two-year and four-year colleges, and high schools at NITOP 2016 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:


In-depth 90-minute workshops

General Sessions

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

Teaching Slam

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

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

Second 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, 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, 2015.

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 $135 single or double (children free), if reservations are made by November 15, 2015 by calling 800-808-9833 (mention NITOP) or online at, after online reservations open in the spring of 2015. For more information on the hotel and recreational activities for families, visit


Registration is limited to 375 participants; early registration is highly recommended. The conference registration fees for January 2016 will be the same as the registration fees for January 2015, for participants who register by November 15. For the full range of fees, click here. Registration includes admission to all sessions and other events, registration materials (about 200 pages of 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.

Deadline for Submissions: October 1, 2015

Proposals from participants for Posters, Participant Idea Exchanges, and presentations in the Teaching Slam and Demo Demo sessions should be received by October 1, 2015, although later submissions will be considered if space remains available. Presenters of accepted proposals must register for the conference before their titles can be included in the conference program and posted on the NITOP website. For information about submission of proposals, go to the 2015 instructions at PROPOSALS.

More information as it becomes available

For general information about NITOP, go to the full brochure for NITOP 2015 at NITOP JANUARY 2015, and for further information about NITOP in 2016 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 2015 NITOP

Poster Awards 2015

At the January 2015 NITOP, two participant posters were presented with awards at the closing session on January 6, 2015. The Frank Costin Memorial Award for Excellence for the poster judged by Institute faculty as best promoting quality teaching methods, was presented to Nicole Bies-Hernandez, Kris Gunawan, and David E. Copeland, for their poster entitled “Teaching Practices That Predict Performance in Undergraduate Psychology Courses.” The Doug Bernstein Award for the poster judged by the NITOP conference committee as the most humorous, creative, or original poster, was presented to R. Brooke Lea and David C. Matz for their poster entitled “Disseminating Science at a Science Museum.” See the abstracts of these winning posters at AWARDS.

Congratulations to the following winners of the TradeWinds participant drawings in 2015:

Video checkout winner of a certificate for 2 free nights and 3 free days at the TradeWinds sometime in the future: Ellen Furlong.

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

Many thanks to the TradeWinds for these prizes!

Handouts from 2015 NITOP

NITOP 2015 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 2015 schedule page or the abstracts page, or this link, which includes the complete handout set.

Announcement from a NITOP co-sponsor, the Association for Psychological Science:

The 27th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science will be held May 22–24, 2015 in New York City, at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel. The Annual Convention is the leading conference dedicated solely to scientific psychology, and is a forum that allows world-renowned speakers to present their latest research techniques, data, and findings to colleagues and students. The convention features invited and award addresses, cross-cutting symposia, hot topic talks, workshops, and poster sessions.

The Association for Psychological Science and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology are teaming up again to bring you the 23rd Annual APS-STP Teaching Institute. The Institute will be held May 20 and 21, before the start of the APS 27th Annual Convention.

More information and program highlights for the Convention and the Teaching Institute can be found on the APS website at