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NITOP LogoNational Institute on the Teaching of Psychology 

The National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology is an annual conference for teachers of psychology.  NITOP is an independent, nonprofit, educational organization.  The NITOP organizing committee invites distinguished speakers based on nominations from past participants, expertise in topics related to the teaching of psychology, and demonstrated skill in presenting.  Presentations include workshops, concurrent sessions, and general sessions on topics of interest to psychology teachers at all levels, from high school through university.  To assist these teachers in improving their effectiveness and enhancing their students' learning, the Institute program offers content updates, new instructional techniques, and engaging activities.


The PS sponsored keynote is a 50 minute talk (followed by Q&A) that should address a topic relevant to any aspect of teaching psychology or improving student success in psychology courses.  At least two kinds of PS sponsored keynotes are appropriate for NITOP:  (a) discussion of research aimed directly at improving instruction or student achievement (such as effective strategies for improving critical thinking or effective techniques for note taking), or (b) a widely-accessible overview of your research that focuses on a topic taught in psychology (e.g., attention, perception, memory, language, comprehension) that includes a discussion of ideas on how to effectively teach the topic to college students. 


42nd Annual NITOP Meeting
January 3-6, 2020 | St. Pete Beach, Florida

Donald J. Foss
University of Houston








41st Annual NITOP Meeting
January 3-6, 2019 | St. Pete Beach, Florida

Why Effective Techniques May not Help Students Achieve: Challenges for Implementing Cognitive Principles in College.

John Dunlosky
Kent State University, USA





NITOP Requirements

  • Present your work during a one hour session keynote session. Your room will most likely have 350-400 attendees in it.
  • Be a judge for the poster awards (attend each poster session)
  • Be actively engage with attendees at lunches.
  • Promote Psychonomics to audience with slide at end of talk.

Nomination Process
Deadline: March 1, 2020
The Psychonomic Society seeks nominees (self-nominations are permitted) for consideration as a sponsored-speaker for the 2021 NITOP Meeting. Your abstract (500 word limit) should focus on any aspect of your work that you feel would benefit teachers of psychology, and represent the Psychonomics universe.  The Executive Committee will review and select a candidate by March 31.

Submit or recommend a PS speaker for NITOP here.


NITOP is an independent, non-profit organization whose conference is co-sponsored by the Association for Psychological Science and the University of South Florida. NITOP brings together about 400 psychology faculty members. Its sessions update these participants on psychological science and provide them fresh ideas for updating their courses and improving their teaching. You can learn more about NITOP from their website: 

  2424 American Lane • Madison, WI 53704-3102 USA
Phone: +1 608-441-1070 • Fax: +1 608-443-2474 • Email:

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