Call for nominations: Committee on Socioeconomic Status

It’s not too late to serve; terms begin on Jan. 1, 2014.

By The Office on Socioeconomic Status

Terms Beginning in 2014

The Committee on Socioeconomic Status (CSES) is pleased to invite nominations for membership on the committee. CSES anticipates two membership vacancies and are seeking qualified candidates to serve three-year terms commencing January 2014. Nominations can originate from individuals, APA committees, boards and divisions, as well as self-nominations. 

The mission of CSES is to further the major purpose of APA “to advance psychology as a science and a profession and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare” by ensuring that issues of socioeconomic status (SES) receive the full attention of the association. The committee identifies and acts as a catalyst in the association’s efforts to address issues of SES and promote appropriate attention to SES in psychological research and practice. In this regard, the committee shall: 

  1. collect information and documentation concerning SES;

  2. promote scientific understanding of the roles of poverty and SES in health, education, and human welfare;

  3. develop approaches to the application of psychology that take into account the effects of SES on psychological development and well-being;

  4. advocate for social policy that will alleviate or reduce the disparities between SES groups.

Nominees are being sought who have expertise in psychological issues related to social class and SES inequalities; have conducted research that aided in the scientific understanding of the roles of SES/social class in psychology and have developed approaches to the application of psychology taking into account the effects of SES on psychological development and well-being. CSES has a strong commitment to full diversity in representation (e.g., ethnicity, culture, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, geographic location, early career, retired and individuals who are employed less than full time).

CSES members are required to attend two committee meetings each year in Washington, D.C., with expenses reimbursed by APA. Nominees should expect to attend all committee meetings. In 2013, the meetings are scheduled for March 21-23 and Sept. 19-21. Committee members also work on CSES priorities between meetings and will be expected to participate in regular committee conference calls and listserv discussions. In addition, CSES members are encouraged to attend CSES related symposia and events at the APA Annual Convention if possible, though expenses cannot be reimbursed.

Each nomination packet must include the following information: 

  • A current Curriculum Vitae of nominee.

  • A letter of intent from the nominee describing his/her willingness to serve and advance the mission of CSES. 

  • A brief description of the nominee’s qualifications, specifically highlighting the nominee’s interests and focus. 

  • Letters of recommendation are not required. However, up to two letters of recommendation will be accepted per nominee.

Nomination applications must be received in their entirety by Aug. 23, 2013, and should be sent via email.

Failure to adhere to this requirement may jeopardize the acceptance of your submission for review. For additional information about the application process, please contact the APA Office on Socioeconomic Status at (202) 216-7601.