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SPSSI Awards for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring

Call for Nominations for Awards for Year 2009

Deadline: March 31, 2009

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) confers two annual awards for outstanding teaching/mentoring in areas related to the psychological study of social issues. These awards recognize teaching excellence in a variety of contexts. One award will be given to a teacher/mentor from a program or department that grants masters or doctoral degrees. The other award will be given 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 your nomination materials via email to the Chair of the appropriate committee listed below. The materials should consist of no more than 15 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 31, 2009.

Recipients receive $400 and a plaque and will be invited to share their teaching/mentoring experiences at an upcoming SPSSI conference and in the newly created Teaching and Learning Newsletter Column.

Send nomination materials to the Chair of the appropriate committee:

For Nominees from Programs offering Graduate Degrees:
Professor Chris Crandall, University of Kansas

For Nominees from Undergraduate-Only Programs:
Professor Ronald Cohen, Bennington College

For questions, please contact Amy Marcus-Newhall, Chair of the SPSSI Teaching and Learning Committee, at

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