A scientist and two departments receive 2012 APA Culture of Service Awards
The Board of Scientific Affairs of the American Psychological Association has selected one psychological scientist and two departments to receive the 2012 “culture of service” awards. The awardees are Jacquelynne S. Eccles of the University of Michigan and the departments of psychology at Bates College and the University of California, Santa Cruz.
The Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to psychological science through their commitment to a culture of service. Such service may include participating on boards and committees of psychological associations, editing journals, reviewing grant proposals, mentoring students and colleagues, advocating for psychological science with state and federal lawmakers and promoting the value of psychological science to the public.
The Departmental Award for Culture of Service in the Psychological Sciences recognizes departments that consistently support service by faculty at all levels, encourages students to engage in service and demonstrate a commitment to service in the psychological sciences.
The citations for each of the 2012 awards are shown below.
Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science
Jacquelynne S. Eccles, University of Michigan
“For her record of extraordinary leadership and dedication to psychological science. Jacquelynne S. Eccles’s service to psychology has been broad and significant. Her contributions include serving as editor of the Journal of Research on Adolescence and Developmental Psychology. She has served in leadership and administrative roles within the University of Michigan as well as in leadership positions in professional societies, including as president of the Society for Research on Adolescence and as a member of the governing councils of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the National Academy of Education and APA Division 15. She has served on multiple panels and boards for the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences and the MacArthur Network. Dr. Eccles has an exceptional record of teaching and mentoring students from the U.S. and abroad. Through the LIFE (The Life Course: Evolutionary and Ontogenetic Dynamics) program, she has shaped the careers of many accomplished scholars. Her service and research has helped to bring the best of psychological science to bear on education policy and practice.”
Departmental Awards for Culture of Service in the Psychological Sciences
Bates College, Department of Psychology
“For an inspiring record of service to the discipline. The Department of Psychology at Bates College has a long tradition of service to the discipline through its support of faculty taking leadership roles in professional organizations, editing journals, reviewing research proposals, mentoring students and colleagues, advocating for psychological science’s best interests in public policy and promoting the value of psychological science in the public eye. The Department’s commitment to student research, collaborative study, career guidance and nurturing a culture of reflection on psychological science is impressive. The Department of Psychology at Bates College is an outstanding model of scholarship, mentoring, teaching and service to its students and surrounding community.”
University of California at Santa Cruz, Department of Psychology
“For an impressive record of service to the discipline of psychology. The Department of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz exemplifies what a culture of service to the discipline should be through its support of faculty serving on national boards and committees, editing journals, reviewing research proposals, mentoring students, participating on university committees, becoming involved in the local community and promoting the value of psychological science in the public eye. Service to the discipline is a core departmental value that is recognized and rewarded. The Department of Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz instills a commitment to service among its students by providing faculty role models and treating a culture of service as a valued part of academic activity.”
Nominations for the 2013 awards are being accepted now until April 1, 2013. For additional information, see the Distinguished Service Award and Departmental Award webpages. Individual awardees receive an honorarium of $1,000. Departmental awardees receive $5,000 to be used to support departmental activities.
Winners are selected by the APA Board of Scientific Affairs. (BSA members who have close connections with individual or department nominees do not participate in the selection process.)
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