2018-2019 Awards Call

SCRA Awards Call

SCRA 2018-2019 AWARDS CALL

DEADLINE FOR ALL AWARD NOMINATIONS is December 1, 2018

SCRA encourages nominations that represent our diversity as a community psychology principle and value and that implement diversity in practice. We are especially looking to include the perspectives and backgrounds of people, groups, and organizations from traditionally underrepresented groups based on ethnicity/race, immigrant/refugee status, cultural minority, sexual orientation, disability, or socio-economic status. For more information on SCRA's diversity statement, see http://scra27.org/who-we-are/

Please Note: All nominees must be current member of SCRA and have been a member for the past one (1) membership renewal year unless otherwise stated in the call. 

AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTIONS TO THEORY AND RESEARCH IN COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY

The Award for Distinguished Contribution to Theory and Research in Community Psychology is presented annually to an individual whose career of high quality and innovative research and scholarship has resulted in a significant contribution to the body of knowledge in Community Psychology. This award was initiated in 1974.

Criteria for the award:

  1. Demonstrated positive impact on the quality of community theory and research;
  2. Innovation in community theory and/or research. That is, scholarship of a path-breaking quality that introduces important new ideas and new findings. Such distinguished work often challenges prevailing conceptual frameworks, research approaches, and/or empirical results; and
  3. A major single contribution or series of significant contributions with an enduring influence on community theory, research and/or action over time.

Nomination Process: Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by an SCRA member. Nominations consist of the following items submitted electronically to awards@scra27.org by the Dec. 1 deadline.

  1. The name and contact information of the nominee.
  2. A 250-500 word summary of the rationale for nomination.
  3. A vita or summary of accomplishments that is no longer than 6 single-spaced pages.
  4. A letter of recommendation that is no longer than 4 typed double-spaced pages.
  5. One work sample may be submitted in PDF format so that it can be shared with all committee members. This work sample may be submitted in the language of the nominee’s choice.
  6. Those nominees whose work is primarily in a non-English language or context may submit a second letter of recommendation that can clarify the work sample or further inform the committee about the nature of the nominee’s contribution.

Note: Committee members are free to seek out additional information about nominees, and second letter may be helpful if a candidate's body of work may not be accessible to many committee members because of language differences or the nature of the work not being represented in typical publication or internet outlets.  Submitting a second letter is at the discretion of the nominator/nominee.

Evaluation process: Nominations will be reviewed by an award committee constituted by the SCRA President-Elect.

Award recipient receives: A plaque awarded at the SCRA convention in 2019, an invited address at the SCRA convention, and an invitation to publish their address (or a related work) in AJCP. 

 

AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTIONS TO PRACTICE IN COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY 

The Award for Distinguished Contributions to Practice in Community Psychology is presented annually to an individual whose career of high quality and innovative applications of psychological principles has demonstrated positive impact on, or significant illumination of the ecology of, communities or community settings, and has significantly benefited the practice of community psychology. The person receiving this award will have demonstrated innovation and leadership in one or more of the following roles:

  1. community service provider or manager/administrator of service programs;
  2. trainer or manager of training programs for service providers;
  3. developer and/or implementer of public policy;
  4. developer and/or implementer of interventions in the media (including cyberspace) to promote community psychology goals and priorities;
  5. developer, implementer, and/or evaluator of ongoing preventive/service programs in community settings;
  6. who has developed and applied knowledge and methods to understand and improve the functioning of communities and community settings; or
  7. other innovative roles. 

Criteria for the award:

The criteria for the award include the following. The first criterion applies in all cases; one or more of the remaining criterion must be present:

  1. Engaged at least 75% time, for a minimum of 10 years, in settings such as government, business or industry, community or human service programs, or educational settings in the practice of high quality and innovative applications of psychological principles that have significantly benefited the practice of community psychology; past winners cannot be nominated. Full-time, tenure and tenure-track university faculty and/or those with traditional teaching/research/service responsibilities, would rarely be eligible for this award, AND
  2. Demonstrated positive impact on the natural ecology of community life resulting from the application of psychological principles; or
  3. Challenge to the status quo or prevailing conceptual models and applied methods; or
  4. Demonstrated personal success in exercising leadership based on applied practice.

Nomination Process: Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by an SCRA member. Nominations consist of the following items submitted electronically to awards@scra27.org by the Dec. 1 deadline.

  1. The name and contact information of the nominee.
  2. A statement, which can be from the nominee, that documents clearly specify his or her eligibility for this award by describing how he or she “engaged at least 75% of the time, for a minimum of 10 years, in settings such as government, business or industry, community or human service programs, or educational settings in the practice of high quality and innovative applications of psychological principles that have significantly benefited the practice of community psychology.” This statement can consist of a brief list of the years, the settings, and the activities, but it should be sufficiently detailed so that there is no doubt about the eligibility.
  3. A vita or summary of accomplishments that is no longer than 6 single-spaced pages.
  4. A letter of recommendation that is no longer than 4 typed double-spaced pages.
  5. One work sample may be submitted in pdf format so that it can be shared with all committee members. This work sample may be submitted in the language of the nominee’s choice.
  6. Those nominees whose work is primarily in a non-English language or context may submit a second letter of recommendation that can clarify the work sample or further inform the committee about the nature of the nominee’s contribution.

Note: Committee members are free to seek out additional information about nominees, and a second letter may be helpful if a candidate’s body of work may not be accessible to many committee members because of language differences or the nature of the work not being represented in typical publication or internet outlets. Submitting a second letter is at the discretion or the nominator/nominee.

Evaluation process: Nominations will be reviewed by an award committee constituted by the SCRA President-Elect composed of prior recipients and Practice Council members.

Award recipient receives: A plaque awarded at the 2019 SCRA biennial conference, an invited address at the SCRA biennial, and an invitation to publish their address (or a related work) in AJCP.

  

COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY DISSERTATION OF THE YEAR AWARD

The purpose of the Society for Community Research and Action annual dissertation award is to identify the best doctoral dissertation on a topic relevant to the field of community psychology completed between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2018 — any dissertation completed within these dates may be submitted. The completion date for the dissertation refers to the date of acceptance of the dissertation by the granting university's designate officer (e.g., the graduate officer), not the graduation date. Last year's nominees (excluding the winner) may resubmit dissertations if the dates are still within the specified timeframe.

Criteria for the award:

  1. Relevance of the study to community psychology, with particular emphasis on important and emerging trends in the field;
  2. Scholarly excellence;
  3. Innovation and implications for theory, research and action; and
  4. Methodological appropriateness.

Nomination materials required: Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by a member of SCRA. A cover letter and a detailed dissertation abstract should be submitted electronically to awards@scra27.org by the Dec. 1 deadline. The nomination cover letter should include the name, graduate school affiliation and thesis advisor, current address, phone number, and email address of the nominee. The abstract should present a statement of the problem, methods, findings, and conclusions. The abstract should be clear about the relevance of the study to community psychology, with particular emphasis on important and emerging trends in the field; scholarly excellence; innovation and implications for theory, research and action; and methodological appropriateness. Abstracts typically range from 5-8 pages and may not exceed 10 double spaced pages, including tables and figures. Identifying information should be omitted from the abstract.

Evaluation process: All abstracts will be reviewed by the dissertation award committee. Finalists will be selected and may be asked to submit full or partial dissertation electronically.

Award recipient receives: An award plaque and $100; a one year complimentary membership in SCRA; and up to $300 in reimbursement for travel expenses in order to receive the award at the APA convention or SCRA biennial in 2019.

 

EMORY L. COWEN DISSERTATION AWARD FOR THE PROMOTION OF WELLNESS

This award will honor the best dissertation of the year in the area of promotion of wellness. Wellness is defined consistent with the conceptualization developed by Emory Cowen, to include the promotion of positive well-being and the prevention of dysfunction. Dissertations are considered eligible that deal with a range of topics relevant to the promotion of wellness, including: a) promoting positive attachments between infant and parent, b) development of age appropriate cognitive and interpersonal competencies, c) developing settings such as families and schools that favor wellness outcomes, d) having the empowering sense of being in control of one's fate, and e) coping effectively with stress. The dissertation must be completed between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2018 — any dissertation completed within these dates may be submitted.

Criteria for the award:

  1. Relevance to the promotion of wellness, including but not restricted to: a) promoting positive attachments between infant and parent; b) development of age-appropriate cognitive and interpersonal competencies; c) developing settings such as families and schools that favor wellness outcomes; d) having the empowering sense of being in control of one’s fate; and e) coping effectively with stress, with particular emphasis on important and emerging trends in the field;
  2. Scholarly excellence.

Nomination materials required: Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by a member of SCRA. A nomination cover letter and a detailed dissertation abstract should be submitted electronically to awards@scra27.org by the Dec. 1 deadline.

  1. The nomination cover letter should include the name, graduate school affiliation and thesis advisor, current address, phone number, and email address of the nominee.
  2. The abstract should present a statement of the problem, methods, findings, and conclusions. The abstract should be clear about the relevance of the study to community psychology, with particular emphasis on important and emerging trends in the field; scholarly excellence; innovation and implications for theory, research and action; and methodological appropriateness. Abstracts typically range from 5-8 pages and may not exceed 10 double spaced pages, including tables and figures. Identifying information should be omitted from the abstract.

Evaluation process: All abstracts will be reviewed by the dissertation award committee. Finalists will be selected and may be asked to submit full or partial dissertation electronically.

Award recipient receives: An award plaque and $100; a one year complimentary membership in SCRA; and up to $300 in reimbursement for travel expenses in order to receive the award at the APA convention or SCRA biennial in 2019.

 

EARLY CAREER AWARD 

The purpose of the SCRA Early Career Award is to recognize community psychologists who are making a significant contribution to the field of community psychology and to APA Division 27, Society for Community Research and Action.

Criteria for the award:

  1. The candidate must be 8 years or less from receiving their terminal degree.
  2. Made an important contribution to community psychology. Examples include a research paper, community organizing, or policy change at the local, state or national level.
  3. Be an active member of SCRA.

Nomination materials required: Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by a member of SCRA. Nominations consist of letters of support and a statement of significant contribution submitted electronically to awards@scra27.org by the Dec. 1 deadline.

  1. Two letters of support should outline the merits of the nominee in the criteria, above
  2. A statement of significant contribution should highlight the nominees significant contributions in the areas of: a) contribution to the field of community psychology and SCRA, b) how work relates to community psychology, c) nominees plan to continue work within the field of community psychology

Evaluation process: An awards committee consisting of early career as well as more senior SCRA members will review nominations.

Award recipient receives: A plaque and a fee waiver in order to receive the award at the 2019 SCRA biennial conference.

 

THE ETHNIC MINORITY MENTORSHIP AWARD

The purpose of SCRA's annual Ethnic Minority Mentorship Award is to recognize an SCRA member who has made exemplary contributions to the mentorship of ethnic minority persons. Mentorship may be provided in various forms. The goal of the award is to acknowledge the importance of encouraging ethnic diversity within community psychology and supporting the efforts of groups of individuals who have been historically more limited in their access to higher education within our field.

Criteria for the award: Two or more of the following:

  1. Consistent, high quality mentorship and contributions to the professional development of one or more ethnic minority students and/or recent graduates involved in community research and action;
  2. Contribution to fostering a climate in their setting that is supportive of issues relevant to racial/ethnic diversity and conducive to the growth of ethnic minority students and/or beginning level graduates; 
  3. A history of involvement in efforts to increase the representation of ethnic minority persons either in their own institutions, research programs, or within SCRA; and
  4. Consistent contributions to the structure and process of training in psychology related to cultural diversity, particularly in, but not limited to community programs.

Nomination Process: Individuals may nominate themselves or be nominated by a student or colleague. Nominations consist of a nominations letter, letter(s) of support and a CV submitted electronically to awards@scra27.org by the Dec. 1 deadline.

  1. A nomination letter (no more than 3 pages long) summarizing the contributions of the nominee to the mentorship of ethnic minority persons;
  2. Name and contact information (address, telephone, email) of at least one additional reference (two if a self-nomination) who can speak to the contributions the nominee has made to the mentorship of ethnic minority persons (see above criteria)--at least one reference must be from an ethnic minority person who was mentored
  3. A curriculum vita of the nominee. Collaborative work with ethnic minority mentees, as well as other activities or publications relevant to the criteria indicated above, should be highlighted.

Evaluation process: All nominations will be reviewed by an award committee constituted by the Council on Cultural, Ethnic, and Racial Affairs.

Award recipient receives: A plaque awarded at the 2019 SCRA biennial conference. 

             

THE SEYMOUR B. SARASON AWARD FOR COMMUNTY RESEARCH AND ACTION

This award was established in 1993 to recognize individuals working in the conceptually demanding, creative, and groundbreaking tradition of Seymour B. Sarason. 

The criteria include:

  1. novel and critical rethinking, reframing, and reworking of basic assumptions, approaches, and issues in the human services, education, psychology, mental retardation and other areas of community research and action,
  2. major books and other scholarship that reflect these new approaches within the context of historical wisdom, and
  3. action-research and other action efforts that reflect these new approaches.

Those working both in academia and applied settings, including government, are eligible for this award, given biennially. The award winner is invited to present a major address at the Society for Community Research and Action biennial conference which takes place every other June. The address is published in the American Journal of Community Psychology.

Submission Deadline: Submit an electronic copy of the cover letter and award materials to the awards@scra27.org  by the Dec. 1 deadline.

  

AWARD FOR SPECIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO PUBLIC POLICY

The purpose of SCRA's Award for Special Contributions to Public Policy is to recognize individuals or organizations that have made exemplary contributions in the public policy arena. Those whose work contributes to public policy, whether from community agencies, academia, or non-government agencies, both national and international, are eligible for consideration. Priority will be given to a living member of SCRA, an allied discipline, or an organization involving individuals who have made important contributions to public policy, broadly defined.

Nomination Process: Both self-nominations and nominations by SCRA students or colleagues will be accepted. Those submitting nominations should send: 

  • For an individual: CV or resume (full or abbreviated), statement (maximum of four pages) regarding major social policy contributions of the individual, and up to three letters of support.
  • For an organization: CV or resume for organization head or key individual, organization description/mission statement, statement (maximum of four pages) regarding major social policy contributions of the organization, and up to three letters of support.

Submission Deadline: Submit an electronic copy of the cover letter and award materials to awards@scra27.org by the Dec. 1 deadline.

 

OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR AWARD 

The purpose of the Outstanding Educator Award is to recognize an SCRA member who has made exemplary and innovative contributions to the education of students about community psychology and community research and action. This award will be made biannually, in the years in which a Biennial Meeting of SCRA is held.

Specific criteria for the award includes two or more of the following: (1) Promotion of innovative strategies in education that integrate community psychology theory and action; (2) significant contributions to the structure and process of education in community psychology, research, and action (3) consistent, high quality teaching and mentorship contributing to the professional development of students and/or recent graduates involved in community research and action; and (4) contribution to fostering a positive climate that supports undergraduate and graduate students in their setting. Collaborative work with students, activities, publications, and curricula relevant to the criteria indicated above, should be highlighted.

Nomination Process: Both self-nominations and nominations by SCRA students or colleagues will be accepted. Those submitting nominations should send:

A nomination letter (no more than 3 pages long) summarizing the innovative educational strategies promoted by the nominee, and how they contribute to the education of community psychologists and the development of the field of community research and action (and speak to the criteria listed above);

  1. One letter of reference (2 letters if the nomination is a self-nomination);
  2. Course evaluations and other types of evaluations from students/recent grads; and
  3. A curriculum vita of the nominee.

Submission Deadline: Submit an electronic copy of the cover letter and award materials to awards@scra27.org  by the Dec. 1 deadline.


EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION PROGRAM AWARD 

The purpose of the Award for Excellence in Education Programs is to recognize an exemplary undergraduate and/or graduate program at the M.A. or Ph.D. level that has innovative structures, strategies, and curricula that promote development of the field of community psychology and community research and action.

Specific criteria for the award includes two or more of the following: (1) Promotion of innovative strategies in education that integrate community psychology theory and action; (2) significant contributions to the structure and process of education in community psychology, research, and action (3) consistent, high quality teaching and mentorship contributing to the professional development of students and/or recent graduates involved in community research and action; (4) contribution to fostering a positive climate that supports undergraduate and graduate students in their setting. Collaborative work with students, activities, publications, and curricula relevant to the criteria indicated above, should be highlighted.

Nomination Process: Both self-nominations and nominations by individuals or organizations outside the program will be accepted. Those submitting nominations should send: 

  1. A nomination letter (no more than 4 pages long) should describe the basis of the recommendation and summarize the features of the program that would qualify it for the award (in relation to criteria specified above). The nomination letter should also include a listing of the program faculty and other resources (e.g., community-based organizations, community expertise), relevant publications, and the ways in which they contribute to the education of undergraduate and/or graduate students; and
  2. One letter of reference (2 letters if the nomination is a self-nomination). Reference letters should come from individuals outside the program, and may include representatives of community agencies/organizations with whom the program is associated, graduates of the program (out for at least 3 years), or colleagues in other programs in the college/university or outside the college/university.

Submission Deadline: Submit an electronic copy of the cover letter and award materials to awards@scra27.org  by the Dec 1 deadline.


JOHN KALAFAT AWARDS 

John Kalafat’s life work integrated the principles and research of community psychology with their practical applications. John left a rich legacy in the published literature and in the many communities he helped strengthen. To continue his vision, two annual awards have been created in his honor.

The Community Program Award

This award will honor programs or initiatives that demonstrate a positive impact on groups or communities as validated by program evaluation; build foundational bridges between theory, research, and improving the world, and/or demonstrate excellence in integrating training and program development in crisis intervention.

Nomination Process: Self-nominations and nominations by SCRA students or colleagues will be accepted. Those submitting nominations should send the CV or resume for the organization head or key individual, organization description/mission statement, statement (maximum of four pages) regarding major social policy contributions of the organization, and up to three letters of support.

Submission Deadline: Submit an electronic copy of the cover letter and award materials to awards@scra27.org  by the Dec. 1 deadline.

The Practitioner Award

This award will honor an SCRA individual who exemplifies John’s unique characteristics as mentor, teacher, and advocate, and especially his passion in making the benefits of community psychology accessible to all.

Nomination Process: Both self-nominations and nominations by SCRA students or colleagues will be accepted. Those submitting nominations should send the nominee’s CV or resume (full or abbreviated), statement (maximum of four pages) regarding major social policy contributions of the individual, and up to three letters of support.

Submission Deadline: Submit an electronic copy of the cover letter and award materials to awards@scra27.org by the Dec. 1 deadline.


DON KLEIN PUBLICATION AWARD TO ADVANCE COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICE

The Don Klein Publication Award to Advance Community Psychology Practice is awarded biennially at the SCRA Biennial. The purpose of the award is to encourage and acknowledge excellence in promoting the field and practice of community psychology through publications with strong dissemination potential across disciplinary lines.  The award will be presented biennially to recognize the publication that best exemplifies the practice of community psychology.

The criteria for the award shall include:

  1. A publication whose authorship includes at least one SCRA member. Authors may be researchers, faculty, students or practitioners or any combination thereof, from any field, from any country.
  2. Publications may include books, handbooks, videos, periodicals, tools, journals, practice manuals, evaluation tools, video productions and web based presentations and reference resources.

Nomination Procedures: Initial nominations should be sent to awards@scra27.org by the Dec. 1 deadline and include:

  1. The title and full citation of the nominated publication and the names and contact information of all authors.
  2. A description, not to exceed one to three double-spaced pages, as to how the publication promotes exemplary community practice, and is consistent with, or promotes, the values of the field.

Award: Any member of SCRA may nominate and self-nominations are permitted.  A $500 cash award will be presented to the authors of the winning publication at the Biennial. The first author will receive complementary registration to the Biennial.

Submission Deadline: Submit an electronic copy of the cover letter and award materials to awards@scra27.org by the Dec. 1 deadline.

 

SCRA FELLOWS

What is a SCRA Fellow? SCRA seeks to recognize a variety of exceptional contributions that significantly advance the field of community research and action including, but not limited to, theory development, research, evaluation, teaching, intervention, policy development and implementation, advocacy, consultation, program development, administration and service. A SCRA Fellow is someone who provides evidence of “unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in community research and action.” Fellows show evidence of (a) sustained productivity in community research and action over a period of a minimum of five years; (b) distinctive contributions to knowledge and/or practice in community psychology that are recognized by others as excellent; and (c) impact beyond the immediate setting in which the Fellow works.

If you are planning on applying for Fellow status please review the SCRA Fellows Criteria.

Applications for Initial Fellow status must include the following materials

  1. A 2-page Uniform Fellow Application (available at http://scra27.org/members1/member-awards/scra-fellows/and completed by the nominee);
  2. 3 to 5 endorsement letters written by current Fellows,
  3. Supporting materials, including a vita with refereed publications marked with an “R,” and
  4. A nominee’s self-statement setting forth her/his accomplishments that warrant nomination to Fellow Status.

SCRA members who are Fellows of other APA divisions should also apply for SCRA Fellow status if they have made outstanding contributions to community research and action. Fellows of other APA divisions should send to the Chair of the Fellows Committee ( fellow@scra27.org) a statement detailing their contributions to community research and action, 3-6 letters of support, and a vita.

It is highly recommended that applicants for Fellows status receive mentoring in the development of their application package from someone familiar with the SCRA Fellows review process. 

Nomination Process: Complete nominations should be submitted electronically by December 1, 2018 to fellows@scra27.org.