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Jack Dovidio and Faye Crosby Receive Awards
By Susan Opotow, SPSSI Past President

In October 2009, two of our members received significant honors. Professor John (Jack) Dovidio, SPSSI’s 1999-2000 president, was selected as a recipient of the 2009 American Psychological Association Board of Scientific Affairs Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science. This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to psychological science through their commitments to governance, editing, mentoring, advocating for psychological science’s best interests with policy makers, and promoting the value of psychological science in the public eye.

Professor Faye Crosby, SPSSI’s 1991-1992 president, was named as the fourth recipient of the Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in Social Justice, Diplomacy and Tolerance. The award letter stated that she is a “scholar, author, and citizen who, in her work, exemplifies the delivery of social justice, diplomacy and Tolerance in the diverse local and global society. As such she is a role model and inspiration for students, faculty, and the larger community.” The Spendlove Prize comes with a $10,000 award, which Faye Crosby has generously donated to SPSSI. 

Jack Dovidio


Faye Crosby

Both Jack Dovidio and Faye Crosby have been active SPSSI members for decades and served as officers, on committees, and on various initiatives. Currently, Jack Dovidio is founding co-editor (with Vicki Esses) of SPSSI’s Social Issues and Policy Review. Faye Crosby is Chair of SPSSI’s Kurt Lewin Award Committee that selected Mark Zanna as the 2010 awardee.

Both these awards are much-deserved personal honors. In addition, both emphasize the importance of the psychological studies of social issues within the field and in the larger society, reflecting well on SPSSI. Congratulations, Jack and Faye!


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