SETOP Conference is Discontinued

September 15, 2017

Dear past SETOP participants:

It has been my pleasure to serve as Conference Coordinator for the Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology (SETOP), a conference that my mentor, Bill Hill, inaugurated three decades ago and that my colleague, Amy Buddie, coordinated for several years after Bill’s retirement.  Now that Amy has assumed greater responsibilities for stewarding undergraduate research initiatives at KSU and that I have decided to retire, my colleagues and I at Kennesaw State University’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) have made the difficult decision to discontinue hosting SETOP effective immediately. 

One of our motivations for hosting SETOP in conjunction with the Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) in 2017 was to assess whether teaching-related programming could be included in future SEPA programming to fill the gap once SETOP ended.  During that meeting, we met with the SEPA Executive Committee to discuss possibilities of incorporating more programming related to teaching of psychology into SEPA.  I am pleased to announce that the SEPA Executive Committee agreed to strengthen SEPA’s offerings to teachers of psychology, who comprise a significant portion of SEPA’s annual meeting attendees.  During their summer meeting, the SEPA Executive Committee voted to create a “Teaching of Psychology” category for submissions and reviewers.  SEPA’s President, Rosemary Phelps, a regular presenter and attendee at SETOP, encourages past SETOP participants to send submissions on the teaching of psychology to SEPA. 

Next year’s SEPA will occur Tuesday, March 6 through Friday, March 9, 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina.  The call for submissions is currently open and will close on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time.  If you were planning to submit to SETOP next year, please consider submitting your proposal to SEPA.  Visit

We also invite you to participate in the International Consortium for Educational; Development (ICED) that CETL will sponsor on June 5-8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.  ICED promotes educational and academic development in higher education world-wide.  Please share this news with your colleagues in psychology and other disciplines interested in educational development.  For more information, visit

For those of you who are involved in undergraduate research, I am pleased to announce that Amy Buddie will coordinate the National Conference on Undergraduate Research on the Kennesaw campus in April 7-9, 2019.  Look for future announcements about this opportunity.

I thank all of you for your past support of SETOP.  We appreciate the contributions you have made to the teaching of psychology through your involvement with SETOP, and we look forward to your continued contributions at SEPA and other venues.


Thomas P. Pusateri, Ph.D.

Associate Director for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Professor of Psychology

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

SETOP Has Been Discontinued