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The 10th Annual Teaching Introductory Psychology, Northwest will take place, in person, on April 26, 2024
at the Four Points Sheraton, Seattle Airport South

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Building Bridges: Psychology's Role in a Connected World

Introductory Psychology is the first, and perhaps only
opportunity to engage and inspire students with psychology. 
Join us in highlighting how psychology is connected to everyday life

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- This year’s conference theme -

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We know your time is valuable.

The steering committee for TIP Northwest 2024 is committed to presenting an inclusive and collaborative program that continues in our longstanding tradition of offering practical pedagogy from our community and beyond.



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Melissa Beers, The Ohio State University

Melissa (Missy) Beers is a social psychologist who has taught at Ohio State for 24 years. She directed Introductory Psychology, one of the university’s largest GE courses, for 16 years, and trained and mentored new graduate student teachers. She was a core member of the APA’s Introductory Psychology Initiative and co-directed the team focused on Teacher Training and Development. Missy has a strong history of service at Ohio State and nationally. Her work in curriculum, assessment, and teaching development have been recognized with the OSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Honors Award, the College of Arts and Sciences’ Distinguished Staff Award, The Ohio State University Distinguished Staff Award (including the inaugural Dr. Michael V. Drake President’s Award distinction), and a national award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology for the mentorship of teachers.


She now serves as senior director for the General Education (GE Bookends) and helped establish a new Department of General Education at Ohio State.  The Bookends are two novel courses all Ohio State students complete as part of the GE Curriculum, a Launch Seminar students complete within their first three semesters and a Reflection Seminar students complete prior to graduation. As senior director, Missy oversees curriculum and assessment and supports a diverse instructional team staffing these courses, impacting all undergraduate students at Ohio State.

Submit a Proposal to TIP Northwest 2024

Submission Deadline: March 8, 2024

TIP Northwest encourages applications from colleagues who are from
underrepresented groups and have diverse backgrounds and experiences.
We especially welcome submissions from our High School teaching colleagues.


"Bring Your Best" (BYoB) Pedagogical Demonstrations


We are accepting up to 10 proposals for two sessions of pedagogical demonstrations. Submissions should demonstrate an activity, a method of assessment, or a teaching idea you find effective in your classroom. For teaching demonstrations, you should treat the audience as your students and have them engage the same way you would your students. Presentations can use PowerPoint slides, but should be a maximum of 10 slides and no longer than 10 minutes. Priority will be given to demonstrations that align with our conference theme, Psychology's Role in a Connected World.

To submit a proposal for one of our BYoB sessions, please email the following information to

  1. Name and Institution

  2. A title AND a 200-400 word abstract that explains your presentation. 

  3. An acknowledgment that you will stay within the guidelines of the presentation (i.e., 10 slides, 10 minutes)

We will start reviewing proposals on Feb 2, 2024 but will continue to accept submissions as space permits until Mar. 8 2024. 



Friday April 26: - TIP Northwest


8.00am  -  Arrival and Social Hour, with Coffee & Pastries

9.00am  -  Welcome

9.15am  -  Invited Talk: Melissa Beers 

10.00am - Round Table Discussions

10.30am - Break w/ coffee & snacks

10.45am - Bring Your Best Presentations (I)

11.45am - Lunch

12.45pm - Annual TIP Northwest Carousel 

2.15pm - Break w/ coffee & snacks

2.30pm - Bring Your Best Presentations (II) 

3.30pm - Closing Remarks

4.00pm - Social Hour (at Kanishka restaurant within the hotel)

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Psychology is popular. Around two million students take an Introductory Psychology course each year - often by choice. This gives teachers of General Psychology a unique opportunity to broadly share our discipline, with all of its benefits and applications to students’ lives. 

The Intro Psych course is challenging for all of us to teach, balancing its old theories with its new research, utilizing its relevance in student development, and managing its breadth with the classroom time we are allotted. So, once a year, we gather together in the Pacific Northwest to collaborate, learn, and support.


TIP Northwest presents the leading national and regional voices in the teaching of psychology, provides a format for attendees to collaborate and connect, and creates an environment where the voices of all psychology teachers are valued. We hope you’ll join us!

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TIP Northwest 2024 

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TIP Northwest 2024 will take place at the
Four Points Sheraton, Seattle Airport South
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22406 Pacific Hwy S
Des Moines, WA 98198

The conference rate for TIP Northwest attendees is $127 per night plus taxes and fees. This conference rate is valid until April 5, 2024. Please click here to make your hotel reservation.

Parking is free for all conference attendees.

The hotel offers a free shuttle to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Please contact the hotel to arrange transportation.





TIP Northwest is a non-profit organization that exists to support teachers of Introductory Psychology. Through local collaboration and by hearing leading voices on the teaching of psychology, we aim to bring fresh perspectives, strategies, and inspiration to General Psychology teachers.

The TIP Northwest conference steering committee is:

Garth Neufeld, Cascadia College (Founder)
Janet Peters, Washington State University (Chair)

Louise Chim, University of Victoria (Member)

Jhotisha Mugon, University of Victoria (Member)

Staci Simmelink, Walla Walla Community College (Member)



Janet Peters​

Washington State University

Chair, TIP Northwest

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