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Call for Nominations

SPSSI Awards for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) confers two annual awards for outstanding teaching in areas related to the psychological study of social issues.  These awards recognize teaching excellence in a variety of contexts.  SPSSI makes one award to a teacher/mentor from a program or department that grants masters or doctoral degrees and the other to a teacher/mentor from a program or department that is undergraduate-only (e.g., community colleges or small liberal arts colleges).

For both award categories, nominees should be persons who have made substantial contributions to students in the psychological study of social issues.  To be eligible, an individual must have been teaching and/or mentoring students for at least 10 years.  Nominees must be members of SPSSI.

To apply, send 4 copies of a nomination package consisting of no more than15 total pages including the following:

1).  Nominee’s statement (1-2 pages) of teaching/mentoring philosophy, goals, and accomplishments, especially as related to the psychological study of social issues.

2).  Abbreviated curriculum vitae (3 pages maximum).

3).  Summarized student evaluation data.

4).  At least one, but no more than three, supporting letters from colleagues or students.

5).  Other relevant documentation.  Examples include evidence of outstanding classroom teaching;  teaching in the community (e.g., presentations or workshops that bring the psychological study of social issues to non academic audiences);  descriptions of current and past student achievements;  evidence of one-on-one teaching and mentoring (e.g., research supervision, advising, clinical supervision);  teaching-related committee work or scholarship;  or the development of new curricula, courses, course materials, or instructional methods.

Self nominations are encouraged. The deadline for receipt of materials is March 10, 2008.

Recipients receive $400 and a plaque, and are invited to give a presentation on pedagogy at SPSSI’s biennial convention.

Send nomination packages to the Chair of the appropriate committee:

For Nominees from Programs offering Graduate Degrees:

Professor Chris Crandall
University of Washington
Department of Psychology
Box 351525
Seattle, WA 98195-1525

For Nominees from Undergraduate-Only Programs:

Professor Joan Ostrove
Department of Psychology
Chair, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN  55105