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Each year, Division 15 provides up to $50,000 in grants and awards. We encourage all members to review upcoming opportunities, and to apply for opportunities to receive recognition for outstanding scholarship.

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Important News

APA Collaborative Programming for the 2015 APA Convention

2015 APA Convention to be held Aug. 6-9, 2015 in Toronto, Canada

APA Division 15 wants to alert all its members to a new, exciting opportunity for the annual convention. Starting at the 2014 convention, APA launched their new collaborative programming. The goal of collaborative programming is to present work that cuts across multiple APA divisions. These submissions must include at least two divisions and address current issues in psychology through an innovative, creative, and scientific approach. These submissions are due earlier than the regular deadline. Collaborative submissions are due at 5PM (EST) on October 15th, 2014 at www.apa.org/convention.

The deadline for regular (non-divisional collaboration) proposals is at 5PM (EST) December 1st, 2014. In the event that a proposal submitted by the October deadline is not accepted for the new collaborative programming, it will be returned to the divisions for consideration under the traditional division programming process.

Special consideration will be given to proposals consistent with the following 2015 APA Convention themes:

  • Competencies at the Intersections of Diversities
  • The Promises and Pitfalls of Technology
  • Disparities in Health, Wellness, Justice, and Education
  • The Psychology of Work and Group Dynamics
  • Emerging Areas of Science, Practice, and Education: Lifelong Training for Psychologists
  • Violence, Bullying, Victimization, and Trauma
  • Embracing Interdisciplinarity: Reaching Out Beyond Psychology

Your ideas and questions are welcome! Please contact the APA Division 15 Program co-chairs, Scott C. Marley (Scott.Marley@asu.edu) or Martin Jones (martinjones@unm.edu), if you have any questions.

We will send a separate flyer with information about the regular division 15 submissions in early September.

General Information for All Submissions:

  • Any one individual may submit a total of two proposals for the convention.
  • Limit titles to 90 characters including spaces, or 10 words or fewer.
  • Time limits: 50 minutes or 1 hour 50 minutes.

Division 15 Welcomes New Fellows

Division 15 is pleased to announce its two newest Fellows: Julianne C. Turner (Associate Professor at Notre Dame) and Frank Worrell (Professor at Berkeley).

Dr. Turner was put forward for this honor by Division 15 due to her innovative use of multiple methodologies and her ability to ground her work in classroom practice.  Thus, she has significantly impacted both psychological theory and educational practice.

Dr. Worrell is also currently a Fellow of Divisions 5, 16, 45, and 52. His prodigious research portfolio has relevance to Division 15 based on examinations of psychosocial factors related to academic success and failure in several groups, including at-risk youth, youth in other cultural contexts, and gifted and talented youth.  One subset of this body of work has applied findings to educational practice, changing how professionals in education and psychology work with children and adolescents in a variety of educational contexts.

About Fellow Status

In order to attain initial Fellow Status in APA, a candidate must submit a CV, self-statement, and endorsements from 3 current Fellows (2 must be Division 15 members).  The Fellows Committee members independently review all of the materials submitted.  At this point, committee members have the opportunity, via email to the committee co-chairs, to raise any questions or concerns about a particular candidate’s eligibility, credentials, or accomplishments.  Finally, each committee member must submit a final vote for each candidate via email to the committee co-chairs, who subsequently compile, record, and report results to the full committee.

For those who are already a Fellow in other Divisions, a letter of application is sufficient.  After each committee member independently reviews the applicant’s letter, a majority vote of approval by the Division Committee is sufficient for designation as a Fellow.  Information on the candidate and the vote is submitted to the Members’ Office (Sonja B. Wiggins).

For initial Fellows, if the Committee votes in the majority to forward the name, the Division Committee Chair then writes a letter summarizing the Candidate’s case.  The letter and application materials are forwarded to the APA Fellows Committee, which also reviews materials and makes a recommendation to the APA Council.  The final step is a vote of approval by Council.

AEPC Final Reminder

With our Advances in Educational Psychology Conference (AEPC) just around the corner, we wanted to issue a reminder that final registration is due September 1. To complete your registration today, please click here or visit www.aepc2014.com.

Of special note:

  • Student RegistrationA new class of registration is now available for doctoral students who wish to attend AEPC ($100 total). This option will be limited to the first 20 paid registrants, and attendees will be asked to serve in formal roles throughout the event (administration, note taking during strands, multimedia support, etc.). Students who wish to attend but not provide service are welcome—and encouraged—to do so at the $370 fee.
  • Reduced Rate AccommodationsDivision 15 has negotiated for a reduced room rate of $99/night. Those who plan to stay may click hereto make reservations, or call 1-800-228-9290 and ask for the Advances in Educational Psychology room block. Again, space for this rate is extremely limited, so please make reservations as soon as possible.
  • All Meals Provided - Registration fees include five full meals across two days. For a full schedule of the event, please click here.
  • Poster Space Still Available – Those interested in presenting research may apply to do so. Find full details (and proposal forms) here.

About AEPC

Using a small-group model, conferees will come together to engage in direct dialogue about some of the central concerns that both bind and divide us as Educational Psychologists. We are asking participants to come ready to discuss and debate important concepts, procedures, and theoretical tensions in the topical strand of their choice. Session facilitators are charged with hosting small group conversations with the goal of improving synergy among scholars who may not otherwise have an opportunity to directly interact. When strong synergies are already grounded in evidence, it will be possible to strengthen the messages in our journals, newsletters, and social media sites. New directions are also likely to emerge at this event—directions that will require scholars to form new design teams, seek funding, and conduct new research.

Please contact AEPC Co-Chairs, Heather Davis (hdavisbauer@mail.sdsu.edu) and Mike Middleton (michael.middleton@umb.edu) with questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

2014 AERA Grants Program

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) Grants Program is currently accepting applications for both Dissertation and Research Grants until September 4, 2014.

Now in its 23rd year, the AERA Grants Program, with support from the National Science Foundation, provides small grants for conducting studies of education policy and practice using federally-funded, large-scale data sets. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics. For a list of previously funded Dissertation Grant and Research Grant topics, please visit our website.

  • AERA Dissertation Grants. AERA provides dissertation support for advanced doctoral students to undertake doctoral dissertations using data from the large-scale national or international data sets supported by the NCES, NSF, and/or other federal agencies. The selection process is competitive. AERA Dissertation Grants are awarded for one-year for an amount of up to $20,000. The next application deadline is Thursday, September 4, 2014.
  • AERA Research Grants. AERA provides small grants for faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars to undertake quantitative research using data from the large-scale national or international data sets supported by the NCES, NSF, and/or other federal agencies. The selection process is competitive. AERA Research Grants are awarded for one or two years, for an amount of up to $35,000. The next application deadline is Thursday, September 4, 2014.

Please contact George L. Wimberly by email (grantsprogram@aera.net) or phone (202-238-3225) if you have any questions regarding AERA’s program.