Division 52 - Early Career Psychologists in action
The Division 52 (International Psychology) committee on Early Career Psychologists (ECP) was established in 2008 to assist ECPs to become more involved with the international psychology community. Division 52 defines early career psychologists as members within 10 years of receipt of their doctoral degree, as opposed to 7 years according to the APA. ECPs currently represent about 6% of our Division; whereas ECPs represent about 20% of APA members. In less than four years, ECPs have increased our visibility in the Division in several ways. We have established a continuing and strong dialogue with the Student Committee. Currently, we are working together with the student committee on a joint project to develop a resource book on international issues and the transition from graduate school to professional life. We have presented relevant programming at APA both in our Division program and in our Division’s Hospitality Suite specifically targeting Division 52 ECP members. In 2011, we developed a new list serve for ECP members of Division 52. Finally, last month, our executive board approved the proposal to dedicate one member-at-large position on the board to an ECP, and we successfully supported creating a new student position on the board that included voting privileges. These new seats are in addition to the one ECP member who is currently serving as an elected officer on the executive board. We have made quite a bit progress in our Division and feel very fortunate with the support we are receiving from our members.
One of our newest efforts is to increase collaboration between senior members and ECPs. In order to encourage this collaboration, we are currently launching a new Heritage Mentoring Project (HMP) initiated by our President-Elect, Neal Rubin. This new project will result in the publication of a series of articles in the International Psychology Bulletin consisting of brief biographies of luminaries in the field of International Psychology. The HMP will not only help us to celebrate contributions of pioneers in the field of International Psychology, but will also promote connections and scholarly, mentoring relationships between senior members of our field and ECPs.
Students and early career psychologists are the future of our profession. We strongly believe that by providing a voice for ECPs and creating opportunities that will support the professional development of ECPs, our Division will optimize our present and future contributions to the field of International Psychology. We hope you’ll share our enthusiasm and help our voice be heard. Please contact Ayse Ciftci if you want to get more information about any of our initiatives or to get involved in the Division!