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CEMRRAT GRANTS FY 2007 For Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training
The American Psychological Association's Public Interest Directorate has been allocated $100,000 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 to continue implementation of the CEMRRAT Plan as recommended by the APA Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training in Psychology (CEMRRAT). As in previous years, these funds will be used primarily to fund small grants. Eligible applicants for these grants are state psychological associations, APA divisions, departments/schools of psychology, APA boards and committees, other entities of organized psychology, and individuals. These small grants are intended to serve as “seed funds” to energize, empower, and support interested individuals, organizations, and educational institutions committed to enhancing ethnic minority recruitment, retention and training in psychology.
Emphasis will be placed on the funding of innovative start-up initiatives rather than the maintenance of on-going projects. It is anticipated that approximately two to four proposals will be funded under each of the five priority areas identified below. Applicants must be APA members at the time funds are awarded. So long as proposals are determined to be consistent with the identified funding priorities and the CEMRRAT Plan, they will be funded on a first-come first-served basis.
It is hoped that those activities that receive funding will serve as demonstration models. Consequently, progress reports will be expected to be submitted annually by December 1, and a final report must be submitted within 60 days of completion of the funded activity.
The established funding priorities for FY2007 are:
Training/Professional Development - Linguistic Minorities – For activities that promote development of training programs (and associated professional development of faculty) that improve services to linguistic minorities. Examples of such activities include: a) collecting, publishing and disseminating model programs that focus on training for services with linguistic minority populations, b) designing, documenting, and evaluating mental health services, research and professional psychology training programs focused on linguistic minorities, and (c) establishing practicum or mental health services research training in settings serving linguistic minorities. (Approximately $5,000 is available.)
Thematic: Preparing future psychology faculty for a diverse world- For activities that serve to increase the number of prospective and early career ethnic minority faculty committed to issues of diversity in research and scientific inquiry, and who will contribute to scientific educational experiences and role modeling in academic settings. We recognize that efforts to launch such activities may exceed available funding; therefore, highest consideration will be given to proposals that present a monetary match as part of the funding request. Please note: This funding category is not designed to support research projects, faculty salary supplements, to supplement post-doctoral fellowships, or dissertation research. (Approximately $10,000 is available.)
Faculty/Professional Development – For activities that serve to promote increased levels of multicultural competence in teaching, practice, and research among a program’s/department’s psychology faculty. Individual professional development will be considered only if applicant presents evidence of limited institutional support or resources for such activities. (Approximately $20,000 is available.)
Student Undergraduate/Graduate: Grants to Departments for Innovative Programs – For activities for undergraduate and graduate departments and professional schools related to developing innovative strategies for recruitment, retention and graduation of ethnic minority students in psychology. Applications that bear upon undergraduates and their matriculation to graduate programs in psychology are especially welcome. (Approximately $20,000 is available.)
Ethnic Minority Leadership Development – For activities that promote leadership skills and opportunities among ethnic minority psychologists. These funds are targeted to APA governance groups, divisions and their respective sections, and other organized entities of psychology that wish to undertake such leadership training and development activities. Applicants will be expected to provide matching funds equal to the amount requested. (Approximately $5,000 is available.)
There is no standard application form. The application (no more than five pages) should describe: (a) problem to be addressed and what is to be done (goals and activities), (b) how these goals are to be accomplished (procedures), (c) expected outcomes or findings, (d) a justified budget for the funding amount requested, and (e) rationales as to how the proposed effort is consistent with the CEMRRAT funding priorities and the provisions of the CEMRRAT Plan. [NOTE: In general, CEMRRAT funds may not be used to support travel, unless such travel is strongly justified and integral to project objectives.]
Questions should be directed to:
A working draft of the 2007 Progress Report of the APA Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training 2 Task Force (CEMRRAT2) is available on-line at http://www.apa.org/pi/oema/programs/cemrrat_report.html.
The report, A Portrait of Success and Challenge, 1997-2005, provides an update on the demographics of ethnic minorities in the United States, and the status of ethnic minorities within APA and throughout psychology's education pipeline. It also reviews the efforts of APA entities and affiliated associations that support the implementation of the APA/CEMRRAT Plan to strengthen the multicultural competence of psychology professionals, and increase the number of minorities studying, researching and practicing psychology.
CEMRRAT2 encourages your comments and feedback, especially those regarding the Report's findings, recommendations, and strategic actions. We also welcome information on additional activities that are consistent with the APA/CEMRRAT Plan's objectives and goals (See APPENDIX C for the current list of activities). In doing so, please identify the specific objective and goal addressed.
Please submit your comments and feedback to the APA Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs on or before April 10, 2007. These may be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to 202-336-6040.
The Task Force will review and incorporate suggested changes and modifications, as appropriate, into the next version of the Progress Report. The CEMRRAT2 Task Force expects to present its Progress Report, including comments or feedback received, to the APA Board of Directors in June 2007, and to the Council of Representatives in August 2007.
The APA Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) continues to strive for increased research that will promote a better understanding of the complex issues facing communities of color (i.e., African Americans/Blacks, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Hispanics/Latino(a)s). To this end, CEMA sponsors an award for the most outstanding dissertation in psychology which addresses concerns relevant to populations of color. The Jeffrey S. Tanaka Memorial Dissertation Award in Psychology is so designated in the memory of an outstanding scholar and psychologist of color whose career stressed the critical importance and relevance of the role of culture and ethnicity in the scientific understanding of behavior. Dr. Tanaka was actively involved in APA, where he was a Fellow of the Division of Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics, and Member of the Divisions of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues. He was chair-elect of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs at the time of his death on November 3, 1992. CEMA welcomes applications from ethnic minorities, as well as non-ethnic minority individuals who have filed their dissertations in 2005 and 2006, on research involving one or more of the following areas:
• Contribution which enhances the understanding of people of color
• Contribution to the enhancement of psychological service delivery systems to persons of color.
• Development of new concepts and/or theories relevant to populations of color.
• Development of new and creative methodological paradigms which promote more effective research on and for communities of color.
• Creative approach in methodology sensitive to the unique values, beliefs, and needs of communities of color.
Selection will be made by a CEMA appointed Dissertation Award Selection Sub-committee utilizing an anonymous review process. Evaluation of abstracts and dissertations submitted will be based on the following criteria: (a) Potential impact upon ethnic minority populations; (b) Completeness and clarity of abstract/dissertation; (c) Creativity of project; and (d) Effectiveness of research design.
Semi-finalists will be chosen from an initial review of all abstracts submitted and requested to provide copies of their entire dissertation for the final selection process. The author of the dissertation determined to be the most outstanding shall win a $500 cash prize, $300 travel award, and will be invited to present her/his work at the APA annual convention.
To apply, please send a total of five (5) copies of a 1000 word abstract [four (4) must be anonymous copies; only one copy should indicate author's name, current address, and daytime telephone number] to the APA, Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, (202) 336-6029. In addition, please ensure that the title of the dissertation appears on all copies of abstracts submitted.
SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY APRIL 1st
GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN PSYCHOLOGY WITH DEMONSTRATED EXCELLENCE IN THE RECRUITMENT & RETENTION OF ETHNIC MINORITY STUDENTS
The Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training (CEMRRAT2) Task Force is requesting that ethnic minority students nominate their doctoral programs in scientific (e.g., developmental, experimental, cognitive, social, psychobiology, etc.) or professional (e.g., clinical, counseling, school, etc.) psychology. The nominated programs should have demonstrated excellence in the recruitment, retention and graduation of ethnic minority students. Three Suinn Achievement Awards will be presented at the 115th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in San Francisco, August 17- 20, 2007.
The program and/or department chairperson should provide the following information regarding the specific nominated program/department:
2. Nominated program or department
3. Number and percentage of ethnic minority students currently enrolled:# %
4. Number and percentage of students enrolled full-time in the past five years by race/ethnicity:
African-American/Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian-American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino(a), Biracial/Other, European American/Caucasian, Foreign Students w/ F1 & J1 Visas
5. Number and percentage of students who earned a doctoral degree in the past five years by race/ethnicity:
Please briefly describe the various aspects of the nominated program that reflect an overall commitment to cultural diversity. This would include activities and efforts related to (a) funding of minority students, (b) integration of ethnic minority issues in the curriculum, (c) faculty and student collaboration related to ethnic minority concerns and research issues, (d) recruitment and retention programs and strategies, (e) mentoring and modeling, and (f) other similar activities.
Recruitment and Retention
Mentoring and Modeling
Nomination Submission Checklist:
□ The names of the institution and the specific nominated program in psychology;
□ The number and percentage of ethnic minority students currently enrolled in program/department;
□ The number and percentage of students who have enrolled or earned a doctoral degree during the past five years;
□ A brief description of the nominated program/department with regard to funding, curriculum, faculty/student collaborations, recruitment and retention, mentoring and modeling, and other related aspects or activities.
Please direct all inquiries and submit your nomination to Shannon Watts, via e-mail, fax, or mail using the information below. (Nominations by E-mails are strongly encouraged)
Special Projects Manager
Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
202/ 336-6029 Voice
202/ 336-6040 Fax
DEADLINE: April 15, 2007
Deadline: May 1, 2007
The University of Illinois Press seeks applicants for the position of editor or co-editors of the American Journal of Psychology (AJP). The official term for the new editor would commence in January 2008 (transition would start in June 2007) and is for a minimum of three years, with a possible reappointment of up to an additional three years.
Scope of AJP: AJP is published quarterly by the University of Illinois Press, a not-for-profit publisher. The American Journal of Psychology is the oldest psychology journal in the country. Founded in 1887 by G. Stanley Hall in the interest of general experimental psychology, it was edited in its early years by Edward Titchener, Edwin Boring, and Karl M. Dallenbach. AJP has published some of the most innovative and formative papers in the history of psychology. AJP explores the basic science of the mind, publishing reports of original research in experimental psychology, theoretical presentations, combined theoretical and experimental analyses, historical commentaries (edited by Alfred H. Fuchs, Bowdoin College), and in-depth reviews of significant books (edited by Dominic W. Massaro, University of California, Santa Cruz).
Qualification and requirements of candidates: Key qualities sought for the position of editor or co-editors: an established record of scholarship in the field of psychology; managerial skills to oversee the editorial cycle and meet deadlines; and the ability to attract respected experts to his or her editorial advisory board.
Major responsibilities of the future editor or co-editors of AJP include
Applicants should have recognized expertise in the field, possess editorial experience, and be able to lead an active editorial board in working effectively with publishing professionals. Applicants must have clear employer or institutional support for this activity for the duration of the three-year appointment, including release time as necessary and general office support.
Search procedure: Applicants will be reviewed by the Search Committee immediately after the deadline submission date.
The application packet should include:
Application packets (as described above) should be sent by May 1, 2007 to:
University of Illinois Press
1325 S. Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820
About the University of Illinois Press: The University of Illinois Press (www.press.uillinois.edu) was established in 1918 as a not-for-profit publisher dedicated to publishing and disseminating the very best scholarship. The Press is a founding member of the Association of American University Presses and a member of the Association of American Publishers. UIP publishes about 120 new books annually and 28 journals, four of which are electronic only. It is a founder and proprietor of The History Cooperative, a Web consortium of history journals that includes the two largest academic history organizations--the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians--and eighteen other journals (www.historycooperative.org).