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The Michele Alexander Early Career Award For Scholarship and Service

The Michele Alexander Early Career Award for Scholarship and Service (Alexander Award) award was established in 2005 to recognize early career excellence in scholarship as well as in service. For this award, scholarship is defined in terms of substantive academic (theoretical, empirical, or applied) contributions to the psychological study of social issues, while service is defined as professional and/or community service.

This award is inspired in memory of Dr. Michele Alexander, a talented scholar and dedicated teacher who brought exceptional insight, passion, and commitment to social issues research. Dr. Alexander also gave generously to students, colleagues, and communities through voluntary service.


Applicant should:
a) be a member of SPSSI;
b) must be a scholar who is within ten years of obtaining their doctoral degree.
c) be pre-tenure. 
d) Nominations and self-nominations are accepted.


The following should be submitted:
a) a 500-word statement outlining how the nominee combines scholarship and service. This statement need not be written by the intended recipient of the award him/herself (i.e., one person may nominate another).
b) the nominee’s current curriculum vitae.


Apply online now!  Online submissions are the preferred method.  Please limit the size and number of files uploaded when applying online. 


The award includes:
a) complimentary one-year SPSSI membership;
b) an honorary plaque;
c) the opportunity to attend a SPSSI-sponsored event alongside the President of the organization, thereby providing the recipient with opportunities for networking and mentorship - a special skill and commitment of Dr. Alexander’s.


This is an annual award.  Applications must be received by October 1st, annually. Decisions will be announced by November 30th, annually.  

Click here to view recent and previous Alexander Award Winners!