Society for the Teaching of Psychology
Division 2 of the American Psychological Association

STP is excited to announce the Early Career Psychologists Committee (ECPs). The committee is charged with spearheading activities and opportunities to aid Early Career Professionals through education, training and networking, as well as representing ECP interests in division matters. Our goal is to help serve the needs of new faculty members as they develop their courses and research programs. Specifically we want to assist ECPs with faculty development issues while focusing on the importance of pedagogy and facilitating the scholarship of teaching and learning. 

STP defines an Early Career Psychologist as a member who is within ten years of beginning teaching of psychology and who is not a student. Any STP member who meets this definition qualifies for the ECP resources described below.

Early Career Psychologists

STP ECP Communications

We have an STP listserv specifically designed to announce information relevant to ECPs! The primary purpose of the listserv will be to announce upcoming conferences, awards, travel funding, and other opportunities for ECPs, but discussion of ECP-related topics is also encouraged. If you’d like to subscribe, click on "Subscribe" under "Options" on this page.   Please note that you can unsubscribe at any time.

Check us out on FaceBook!  Stay connected, get news updates, and chat with other ECPs.

ECP Resources

  • The ECP Committee just published a brand new eBook: A Compendium of Scales for Use in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  The compendium is divided into two sections, 1) choosing, using, developing, and validating scales, and 2) scales for use in SoTL including a broad range of topics such as critical thinking, learning and self-efficacy, professor-student relationships, well-being, service learning, and student perceptions of learning and teaching. We are thrilled to share this resource with you!
  • The ECP Committee gave two presentations at the Annual Conference for Teaching (ACT) in October 2015. Here are the two presentation files (Powerpoint's): Advice for Early Career Faculty: Job Market, and Advice for Early Career Faculty Members and Graduate Students on SoTL
  • In 2013 the ECP Committee released a eBook called "So you landed a job – What’s next? Advice for early career psychologists from early career psychologists." This book is specifically written for Early Career Psychologist and is a great resource!
  • Do you have to teach the introductory psychology course for the very first time and have a finite and limited amount of time to do so? How do you begin? What do you need? Check out the ECPs "Introductory Psychology Teaching Primer: A Guide for New Teachers of Psyc 101."  The primer is designed to answer these questions! If you are a graduate student or new faculty member approaching this course for the very first time, we have something for you.
  • If you are a senior faculty or a department chair who works with ECPs, check out our recently published article in Teaching of Psychology, Supporting our junior faculty: Assessing the concerns and needs of early career psychologistsThe article presents the results of a nationwide survey of ECPs who reported the challenges and stressors they faced as early career folks. If you were a participant – thanks!
  • We want to remind readers about our listserv specifically designed to publicize information relevant to ECPs. The primary purpose of the listserv is to announce upcoming conferences, awards, travel funding, and other opportunities for ECPs, but discussion of ECP-related topics is also encouraged. If you’d like to subscribe, please click here.   

ECP Awards

The ECP Committee gives various awards at conferences and via online submission and acceptance each year. You Could Win Next! Check back here for award announcements including conferences where awards will be given and instructions on how to submit your work for consideration.

Best SoTL Project Poster Award: 

Are you presenting a teaching poster at APA this year (2017)? The ECP Committee is excited to announce a poster award for the best SoTL project, emphasizing impact and quality of work! The winner will also receive $250 honorarium. Check back here during the summer of 2016 for more information. 

(Past winners) 

  • 2016: ECP Poster Award for the best SoTL project at the ACT Conference: Tom Hutcheon & Jana Hackathorn.
  • 2014: ECP Poster Award for the best SoTL project at the ACT Conference: Tabitha Kirkland Turowski and Deepti Karkhanis (Bellevue College).
  • 2013: ECP Poster Award for the best SoTL project at the APA Convention: Catherine Overson (University of New Hampshire).  
  • 2012: ECP Poster Award for the best SoTL project at the APA Convention: Jodi McKnight (Mid-Continent University). Best Practices Conference scholarships: (1) Kevin Conlon (Boise State University), "Best Practices Scholarship" and (2) Nathan Deichert (Mount Olive College), "Writing Workshop Scholarship"

Teaching Awards & Funding for ECPs: (Available awards exist now! Click the link!)

  • Jane S. Halonen Teaching Excellence Award (Early Career)
  • Faculty Development Small Grants Program
  • Sage Teaching Innovations & Professional Development Award
  • The Society for The Teaching of Psychology, Early Career Psychologist Travel Grant Program. The grant program is open only to STP members who are enrolled in a psychology Ph.D. program or otherwise meet the ECP definition below.  Grant funds can be used to defray the costs of attending psychology teaching conferences or conferences with a significant teaching of psychology component. We will fund approximately 20 grants, with a maximum award of $500 per grant, for conference attendance between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2015.  Deadline for proposals is *Monday, October* *19, 2015, 11:59 p.m*. Policies regarding STP grant programs can be found on the STP website ( Applications will be evaluated on the degree to which the proposed conference attendance can improve the applicant’s teaching of psychology. Priority will be given to first-time recipients. Regional conference attendance is encouraged. The average funding rate of applicants since tracking began in 2012 is 72.5%. Please submit your completed STP ECP Travel Grant application (available on the STP website) and CV electronically to Amy Hackney at  Applicants will receive notification of award decisions by early December, 2015.

Other Awards & Funding for ECPs

*Please note that this list is not exhaustive. If you become aware of other teaching awards for ECPs, or additional funding sources for ECPs, please e-mail

Committee Members

  • Heather Hussey (2017), NorthCentral University
  • Lyra Stein (Co-Chair) (2018), Rutgers University
  • Ho Phi Huynh (Co-Chair) (2018), Armstrong State University
  • Sara Branch (Hobart and William Smith Colleges)
  • Julie Lazzara (Paradise Valley Community College)

Emeritus Members

  • Jordan Troisi, The University of the South
  • Bethany Fleck, Metropolitan State College of Denver
  • Jennifer Stiegler-Balfour, University of New England 
  • Jared Keeley, Mississippi State University
  • Stephanie Afful, Lindenwood University
  • Jessica Good, Davidson College  
  • Sadie Lader, High Point University
  • Angela Legg (2016), Pace University
  • Rajiv Jhangiani (2016), Kwantlen Polytechnic University

How Can You Get More Involved? 

Please email for upcoming positions or options for involvement. 

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