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Fellows Committee News Update
By Margaret Bull Kovera

The Fellows Committee reviewed eight applications for Fellow status (two new APA/SPSSI Fellows, four new SPSSI Fellows who are already APA Fellows, and two new SPSSI Fellows who are not APA members) and unanimously agreed that all eight candidates met SPSSI’s high standards for Fellow status. We are delighted to report that the following individuals have been granted Fellow status in SPSSI:

Joshua Aronson
Alexandra Rutherford
Linda Silka
Roxanne Silver
Janice Steil
Robert Vallerand
Colette Van Laar
Eileen Zurbriggen

APA also approved both of our candidates for APA Fellow (Linda Silka and Eileen Zurbriggen) at the August meeting of the APA Council of Representatives.  Please join us in congratulating all of these SPSSI members on their new Fellow status.

Application for Fellow Status (2010)
The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) invites nominations of Division 9 members for potential Fellow status in the American Psychological Association (APA) or in SPSSI independent of APA. Nominations may be made by any current SPSSI member or Fellow. Self-nominations are welcome.

The deadline for receipt of nominations was November 2, 2009. The deadline for receipt of all application materials (nominee’s materials and endorser letters) is January 4, 2010.  Please send all supporting materials both electronically (via e-mail to and in paper form (via post/express delivery).  Three hard copies of the application materials should be sent to:

Prof. Margaret Bull Kovera
Department of Psychology
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
City University of New York
445 W. 59th St.
New York, NY  10019 USA
[Telephone: 212-484-1112]

APA and SPSSI each have requirements for members to be elected as Fellows. The APA requires potential Fellows to meet all of the following requirements:

  • Member of APA for at least one year.
  • Five or more years of acceptable post-doctoral experience
  • Currently engaged in advancement of psychology
  • Evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of Psychology. (The APA Fellows Committee has usually interpreted “unusual and outstanding contributions” to mean those who have had demonstrable national impact.)

    SPSSI requires potential Fellows to meet the following requirements:
    o    Member of SPSSI/Division 9 for at least 5 years.
    o    Evidence of outstanding contributions or performance in at least one of the following areas:
    o    Application of the methods of psychology and social sciences to research on socially relevant issues
    o    Dissemination (including teaching) of relevant research information bearing on social issues
    o    Application of research results to the resolution of social issues
    o    Outstanding contribution to the resolution of social issues at the action level
    o    Major contributions to SPSSI as an organization.

    Based on these requirements, there are three different ways to become a Fellow of SPSSI.

    1.    SPSSI members who belong to APA but are not currently an APA Fellow can be considered for Fellow status if they meet both the APA and SPSSI requirements listed above.

    2.    SPSSI members who are already an APA Fellow through another division can be considered for SPSSI Fellow status if they meet the SPSSI requirements listed above.

    3.    SPSSI members who do not belong to APA can be considered for SPSSI Fellow status if they meet the SPSSI requirements listed above.

    For More Information
    Detailed information about the nomination and application procedures is available at:
    The SPSSI Fellows Committee consists of Margaret Bull Kovera (Chair), Susan Sorenson, and Daryl Wout.


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