TOP Conference 2014



The Farmingdale State College Teaching of Psychology Conference is one of the longest continuously-run annual, regional, teaching of psychology conferences in the United States.  Our conference, now in its 28th year, is a wonderful, intimate venue for undergraduate faculty to share their research and experience with colleagues from across the region.  Over its rich history, conference presenters have shared unique classroom experiments, innovative courses, techniques for improving student engagement, and the latest research on learning and assessment.  Each year, the conference strives to help hundreds of faculty meet the ever-evolving educational needs of their students.  Please click on the above link to review last year's program of events. 


Conference Theme for 2014: Infusing Issues of Racial, Religious, and Sexuality Diversity Across the Undergraduate Curriculum

Keynote Speaker: Regan A. R. Gurung
Models, Modalities, and the Means to Address Diversity in the Curriculum

Dates: April 4 - 5, 2014


Location: DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton, Tarrytown, NY

Registration:  Registration Portal NOW OPEN

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Discounted registration until March 21, 2014
Support is available to student presenters. See below for details.



Extended Deadline for Undergraduate Poster Session Submissions and Student Discussion Panel on Diversity:
March 1, 2014

Student Poster Session

We will be hosting our 5th annual undergraduate student poster session, a 60-minute joint session designed to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to display and present their research to professionals in the field. Students are encouraged to submit proposals describing their research in any area of psychology.  While the research need not be completed at the time of submission, results must be available by the date of presentation.  Each student research project will be evaluated by two professional psychologists and the top-rated project will be acknowledged with an award sponsored by the Westchester County Psychological Association. 

Research on this years conference theme is especially encouraged.  The top-rated project in the area of diversity will be acknowledged with an award sponsored by the SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

Submit your Proposal:

Student Discussion Panel on Diversity

Undergraduate students are encouraged to join a discussion panel and share their experiences with inclusion of religious, racial, and sexuality diversity in their college curriculum and/or their college experience.  This 60-minute forum will allow students to share their experiences with faculty and students from other institutions.  Students interested in joining the panel are asked to submit a proposal describing their experiences with diversity at their institution. 

The session will be moderated by a member of the Psychology Department at Farmingdale State College. Each student presenter will have approximately five to 10 minutes to share their unique experiences with diversity at their institutions. Students may present details of how their college fosters diversity (such as an intervention implemented to address diversity on campus), how diversity is incorporated into course curriculum (for example, how a positive classroom experience helped students to understand diversity in a new way), or a personal experience with diversity on campus (perhaps through a club, organization, or campus government). Students may also present ideas on how to better foster diversity on campus or incorporate diversity into their course curriculum, such as ideas for a new intervention.

Students interested in participating in this panel discussion should send a brief summary describing the content of their proposed presentation including (1) information about their institution (size, public or private, location, etc.), (2) estimates of the diversity of their campus, (3) a summary of their experience with diversity, and (4) contact information – student name, institution, email address, and faculty contact.




Proposals for the panel discussion can be sent to conference co-chairs at  Please type "Student Panel Discussion" in the subject line. and

Support for Student Presenters

Partial support for conference registration fees is available for student presenters.  Preference will be given to students presenting their independent research at the student poster session or contributing to the student discussion panel.  This support is funded through a grant awarded by the SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

For additional information, please contact conference co-chairs:
Dr. Marya Howell-Carter:
Dr. Jennifer Gonder:
Conference program will be posted in February 2014


We invite you to submit your proposals for the 2014 conference. Presentations can cover any topic related to the teaching of psychology. Those related to this year's theme are especially encouraged. Other topics may include active learning, pedagogical innovations, curriculum design, classroom technology, distance learning, mentoring, program assessment, or evaluation. Proposals for oral presentations, workshops and discussion forums (descriptions below) will be considered.

Submissions can be submitted electronically, through the link below.  You will be asked to provide the following information: contact information for all presenters, a presentation title, format, a brief abstract (50 - 100 words) to be printed in the conference program, and a summary of the presentation (750 - 1000 words).

Submit your Proposal:

Support for Presenters

Partial support for conference registration fees is available for presenters who submit accepted proposals directly related to the conference theme of infusing diversity into the psychology curriculum.  This support is funded through a grant awarded by the SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

Session Format Options

[30- or 60-minute sessions]

Oral Presentation - Theory / Experience Driven: A session in which one or more speakers present information that is based on theory, personal experience, and/or anecdotal evidence.

Oral Presentation - Research / Data Driven:
A session in which one or more speakers present information that is based on the results of an empirical research project.  Results of the research must be available at the time of the presentation. 

A session designed to teach skills and practical applications of theory and/or research findings. Facilitators must employ a hands-on presentation style in which learning objectives are achieved through active (not passive) involvement of participants.

Discussion Forum:
An informal discussion / exchange of ideas on a focal topic between the audience and presenters. Facilitators should make opening remarks on the focal topic and should introduce discussion questions. The audience is then free to ask questions and discuss relevant issues in more detail.