2019-2020 Calls for Nominations

SCRA AWARDS CALL

DEADLINE FOR ALL AWARD NOMINATIONS is December 1, 2019

All nominees must be SCRA members and have been a member for the past membership renewal year. 

SCRA encourages nominations that represent our commitment to diversity as a community psychology principle and value. 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://www.scra27.org/who-we-are/.

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, 2017 and August 31, 2019 — 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 in 2020 or SCRA biennial in 2021.

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, 2017 and August 31, 2019 — 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 in 2020 or SCRA biennial in 2021.

SCRA CALL FOR FELLOW NOMINATIONS

Complete nominations should be submitted electronically by December 1, 2019 to fellows@scra27.org

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://www.scra27.org/members1/member-awards/scra-fellows/and completed by the nominee); 
2.   3 to 6 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.