Departmental Award for Culture of Service in the Psychological Sciences

This award recognizes departments that demonstrate a commitment to service in the psychological sciences.

Deadline: April 1, 2015

Sponsor: APA Board of Scientific Affairs

Description

This award recognizes departments that demonstrate a commitment to service in the psychological sciences. Departments selected for this award will show a pattern of support for service from faculty at all levels, including a demonstration that service to the discipline is rewarded in faculty tenure and promotion. Successful departments will also demonstrate that service to the profession is an integral part of training and mentoring.

Service to the discipline includes such activities as departmental release time for serving on boards and committees of psychological associations; editing journals; serving on a review panel; or chairing an IRB. Other culture of service activities that a department would encourage include mentoring students and colleagues; advocating for psychological science’s best interests with state and federal lawmakers; and promoting the value of psychological science in the public eye. The focus of this award is a department’s faculty service to the discipline and not their scholarly achievements.

Both undergraduate and graduate departments of psychology are eligible. Self-nominations are encouraged.

Each department selected will receive an award of $5,000 to be used for departmental activities.

Eligibility
Departments selected for this award will show a pattern of support for service from faculty at all levels, including a demonstration that service to the discipline is rewarded in faculty tenure and promotion. Successful departments will also demonstrate that service to the profession is an integral part of training and mentoring.
 
Service to the discipline includes such activities as:
  • Departmental release time for serving on boards and committees of psychological associations.
  • Editing journals.
  • Serving on a review panel.
  • Chairing an IRB.
A department would encourage:
  • Mentoring students and colleagues.
  • Advocating for psychological science’s best interests with state and federal lawmakers.
  • Promoting the value of psychological science in the public eye.
The focus of this award is a department’s faculty service to the discipline and not their scholarly achievements.
 
Both undergraduate and graduate departments of psychology are eligible. Self-nominations are encouraged.
How to Apply

To submit a nomination the following is required:

  • A letter that describes and illustrates the department’s commitment to a culture of service (e.g., nature of the department’s commitment, effect on tenure and promotion, mentoring, effect on current and/or former students’ activities as a result of the department’s focus on service, etc.). The letter should be no more than three pages long.

  • Three letters of support from individuals familiar with the department’s support for a culture of service. (These letters can be from current or past faculty members, a dean familiar with the department’s service program, etc.)

For more information, please contact Suzanne Wandersman.

Past Recipients
2013

Connecticut College, Department of Psychology; Morgan State University, Department of Psychology

2012

Bates College, Department of Psychology; University of California, Santa Cruz, Department of Psychology

2011

Bradley University, Department of Psychology; Temple University, Department of Psychology

2010

No award given.

2009

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Psychology; University of South Florida, Department of Psychology

2008

James Madison University, Department of Psychology; University of Miami, Department of Psychology

2007

George Mason University, Department of Psychology; University of Florida, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology

2006

Davidson College, Department of Psychology; University of Minnesota, Department of Psychology