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

Register for NITOP ’18


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

Concurrent Sessions

One-hour concurrent sessions, each including four presentations by distinguished psychology faculty addressing a wide range of content areas and teaching strategies

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


In-depth 90-minute workshops


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


Registration is limited to 375 participants. For the 2017 NITOP, this enrollment limit was reached by mid-November, 2016, so early registration is highly recommended. The conference registration fee 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.

The early registration deadline for the 2018 NITOP is November 15, 2017, and the fee for regular participants is $570 (only $15 more than this fee for 2017). After November 15, the registration fee for regular participants will be $620. For the full range of fees, see the table of fees here.

Deadline for Submissions

NITOP welcomes proposals from participants for Posters, Participant Idea Exchanges, and presentations in the Teachng Slam and Demo Demo sessions. The deadline for submitting a Teaching Slam or Demo Demo proposal is September 15, 2017. For Poster and Participant Idea Exchange proposals, the deadline is October 1, 2017. Later proposals will be considered if space remains available. Presenters of accepted proposals must register for the conference by November 15 to have their titles included in the conference program and posted on the NITOP website. For additional information on submission procedures, see PROPOSALS.

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

News from 2017 NITOP

Poster Awards 2017

At the January 2017 NITOP, three participant posters were presented with awards at the closing session on January 6, 2017. The Frank Costin Memorial Award for Excellence, for the poster judged by Institute faculty as best promoting quality teaching methods, was presented to Thomas P. Tibbett of Texas A&M University for his poster entitled “Making Statistics Psychology: Engaging Students with Relevant Applications.” 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 Cynthia L. Vance of Piedmont College for her poster entitled “Course Sharing: Using Monopoly to Teach Prejudice and Discrimination.” 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 methodology 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 2017, this award was presented to Christie Cathey, Danae Hudson, Michelle Visio, Brooke Whisenhunt, Taylor Smith, Jacob Tipton, Sidonia Grozav, and Charles Hoogland of Missouri State University for their poster entitled “Manipuating Social Proof to Encourage Midterm Meeting Attendance among Struggling Students.” See the abstracts of these winning posters at AWARDS.

Congratulations to the following winners of the TradeWinds participant drawings in 2017:

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

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

Many thanks to the TradeWinds for these prizes!

Congratulations to Sandy Goss Lucas for Her Many Years on the NITOP Organizing Committee!

Handouts from 2017 NITOP

NITOP 2017 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 2017 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 29th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science will be held May 25–28, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts, at the Sheraton Boston 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 24th Annual APS-STP Teaching Institute. The Institute will be held May 24 and 25, before the start of the APS 29th Annual Convention.

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

Photos by Kaitlyn Breitenfeldt