Organizations/Committees that Support the Teaching of Psychology

Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2)
The Society for the Teaching of Psychology represents the interests of psychologists in academic institutions from the secondary through the graduate level. It promotes teaching excellence, research on teaching, professional identity and development; sponsors and co-sponsors teaching-related programs at national and regional psychology conventions; publishes Teaching of Psychology; disseminates teaching and advising materials through the Office of Teaching Resources in Psychology; and administers annual Excellence in Teaching Awards and the G. Stanley Hall Lectures.

Association of Heads of Departments of Psychology (AHDP)
AHDP is a professional development organization for heads and chairs of academic departments of psychology. AHDP represents academic psychology programs of all types and addresses a broad range of educational concerns. The association hosts leadership training and professional development seminars at its annual meetings, typically held in the fall in Atlanta, Ga.

Council of Undergraduate Psychology Programs

The Council of Undergraduate Psychology Programs works toward the following goals: 

  1. To promote the development of undergraduate psychology by providing a forum for discussion of matters of interest and concern to undergraduate programs in psychology,

  2. To promote effective leadership of undergraduate psychology programs by providing a forum for undergraduate psychology chairpersons and program directors to exchange ideas, and

  3. To interact with and to make recommendations to appropriate officers, boards and committees of national and regional professional psychological associations, representatives of government agencies, foundations and other organizations and persons on topics relevant to the interest and activities of undergraduate programs in psychology.

APA Committee of Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges
There shall be an American Psychological Association Committee of Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges whose mission shall be to:

(a) represent community psychology teachers

(b) promote, within the 2-year college community, the highest professional standards for teaching of psychology as a scientific discipline with applications to a wide range of human concerns

(c) cultivate a professional identity with the discipline of psychology among psychology teachers at 2-year colleges

(d) develop leadership qualities among psychology teachers at 2-year colleges and increase their participation and representation in professional psychology activities and organizations

(e) establish and maintain communication with all groups involved in the teaching of psychology and with the greater psychological community

(f) encourage psychological research on teaching and learning at 2-year colleges for the purpose of giving students the best possible educational opportunities.

APA Committee of Teachers of Psychology at Secondary Schools
There shall be an American Psychological Association of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools Committee whose mission shall be to (a) promote the highest standards in the teaching of Psychology both as a science and a discipline; (b) promote professional development and lifelong learning for high school teachers of psychology; (c) increase professional identity and promote leadership for high school teachers of psychology; (d) facilitate networking, including the formation of both horizontal and vertical linkages, among teachers from all teaching levels of psychology; (e) encourage recruitment and retention of students, particularly minorities, in the field of psychology; (f) enhance the visibility and legitimacy of high school psychology within the American Psychological Association; (g) enhance the visibility and legitimacy of high school psychology with other members of the psychological community; and (h) recommend the appropriate response advocacy, education policy, and certification issues that impact on the quality or viability of teaching of high school psychology.

Psi Chi
Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology.

Psi Beta
Psi Beta is the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges. The mission of Psi Beta is professional development of psychology students in two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research and community service.

Supporting Organizations

Council of Undergraduate Research
The mission of the Council on Undergraduate Research is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.

Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL)
PKAL is an informal national alliance working to build strong learning environments for undergraduate students in mathematics, engineering and the various fields of science.