2017-2018 Awards Call

SCRA Awards Call

DEADLINE FOR ALL AWARD NOMINATIONS is December 1, 2017

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. 

DISSERTATION AWARDS

Best Dissertation on a Topic Relevant to Community Psychology:

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, 2015 and August 31, 2017 — 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.

  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 2018 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, 2015 and August 31, 2017 — 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 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 2018 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: All applications will be reviewed by the early career award committee.

Award recipient receives: A plaque and a fee waiver in order to receive the award at the 2018 APA Convention.

THE ETHNIC MINORITY MENTORSHIP AWARD

The purpose of SCRA's annual Ethnic Minority Mentorship Award is to recognize a 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 psychology-relevant work;
  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 recent graduates involved in community psychology-relevant work; 
  3. A history of involvement in efforts to increase the representation of ethnic minority persons either in their own institutions, research programs, practice-based settings, or within SCRA; and
  4. Consistent contributions to the structure and process of training in psychology related to cultural diversity and inclusiveness, 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 the ethnic minority mentoring award committee constituted by the Committee on Cultural, Ethnic, and Racial Affairs.

Award recipient receives: A plaque awarded at the APA convention in 2018. 

DISTINGUISHED AWARDS

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.

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 APA convention in 2018, an invited address at the APA convention, and an invitation to publish their address (or a related work) in AJCP.

Award for Distinguished Contribution 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: community service provider or manager/ administrator of service programs; trainer or manager of training programs for service providers; developer and/or implementer of public policy; developer and/or implementer of interventions in the media (including cyberspace) to promote community psychology goals and priorities; developer, implementer, and/or evaluator of ongoing preventive/service programs in community settings; or other innovative roles.

Criteria for the award:  The first criterion as well as one or more of the remaining criteria 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, 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;
  2. Demonstrated positive impact on the natural ecology of community life resulting from the application of psychological principles;
  3. Challenged the status quo or prevailing conceptual models and applied methods; and
  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, 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 predominately of prior recipients and Practice Council members.

Award recipient receives: A plaque awarded at the APA convention in 2018, an invited address at the APA convention, and an invitation to publish their address (or a related work) in AJCP.

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.

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 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.

Nomination Process: Complete nominations should be submitted electronically by December 1, 2017 to fellows@scra27.org