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Mark Your Calendar for Important Division 15 Meetings at APA 2015!

As we continue preparations for the 2015 APA Convention, we’d like to formally announce two important Division 15 receptions so those attending can mark them in their schedules:


Thursday, August 6, 4:00 – 5:50

This reception (which will include great food and a bar!) will be our “opening ceremonies” for the convention, allowing senior faculty, doctoral students, and early career faculty time to interact. Each of the following groups will be honored and thanked – and each person will get a unique “sticker” for that recognition to add to their badge: Past-Presidents, Doctoral Student Seminar Participants; Early Career Seminar Faculty, Committee Chairs and Members; and Award Recipients. All are invited to attend—including spouses, students, and nonmembers!


Saturday August 8th (Business Meeting at 4:00, Past President’s Address at 5:00, and Reception at 6:00)

In the business meeting, we engage with members to share important updates on the efforts and current status of our organization. This will be followed by a featured address FROM Past President Terri Thorkildsen, and conclude with our final reception, again featuring great food and a bar. In the Business Meeting, we’ll also honor our award recipients* by presenting them with their plaques:

  • The E.L. Thorndike Career Achievement Award – Stephen Ceci
  • The Richard E. Snow Award for Early Career Contributions – Krista Muis
  • The Paul R. Pintrich Outstanding Dissertation Award – Kate Snyder

*Note that recipients are honored one year in arrears so that they can prepare for individual presentations at the convention. Thus, those we honor this year are 2014’s named recipients.

We look forward to a wonderful convention! Be on the lookout for our official Division 15 program—and further details on this year’s event—over the coming months.

Call for Presenters & Mentors at the 2015 APA Convention

The objective of the 2015 Division 15 Seminars for Graduate students and Early Educational Psychologists is to provide participants with an opportunity to receive mentoring and advice from current faculty members and to begin developing professional relationships with current and future leaders within the field. We are looking for faculty members who are willing to serve as a mentor or panelist. If you are attending APA annual convention this year (8/6 ~ 8/9, Toronto, Canada) and interested in serving as either a mentor or a seminar panelist for the Seminars, please visit  https://bsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bmjuuzMuD1jCzK5 by May 15, 2015 and answer a few questions to help our planning. You will be asked to provide the following information:

  1. A general statement indicating the activities for which you would like to volunteer.
  2. A current CV.

A limited number of mentors and seminar panelists will be selected for participation based on the needs and research interests of the graduate students and the early career researchers participating in the seminar. Thank you for your willingness to support the development of budding scholars!


Ellen Usher & Serena Shim, Co-Chairs for Graduate Student Affairs Committee Co-Chair

Maria DiBenedetto & Dan Moos, Co-Chairs for the Development of Early Career Educational Psychologists

Nominations Requested for Division 15 Executive Roles

As the new year begins, Division 15 seeks nominations (self-nominations welcome!) for the following three-year Executive roles:

  • President-Elect (August 2015 – August 2018): Division 15’s President-Elect spends year one of his/her term as an Executive Committee officer working in concert with the current President and Past President. Primarily a “training” year, this officer will be groomed for his/her Presidential term of August 2016 – August 2017, followed by a year as Past President from August 2017 – August 2018. Those elected to this office join the likes of Nathaniel Gage, Robert Glaser, and E.L. Thorndike (see a full list of past Presidents here).

  • Treasurer-Elect (August 2015 – August 2018): As with Division 15’s President, this role comprises a year as Treasurer-Elect, Treasurer, and Past Treasurer (A full breakdown of duties for each year of the rotation may be found here.)

  • Member-At-Large (August 2015 – August 2018): Members-at-Large serve three-year terms within Division 15’s Executive Committee. These individuals are responsible for weighing important decisions facing our organization, and for supporting the work of a subset of committees to which they are assigned.

To nominate a suitable colleague or yourself for any of the roles above—or to request more information—please contact Terri Thorkildsen (thork@uic.edu) by no later than February 6th.

Call for Nominations: Master Lecturers and Distinguished Scientist Lecturers

The American Psychological Association’s (APA) Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) and Science Directorate are soliciting nominations for speakers for the 2016 Master Lecture Program and the 2016 Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program. 

The Master Lecture Program supports up to five psychological scientists to speak at the APA Annual Convention. A list of previously selected speakers can be found online. BSA has organized the lectures into ten core areas that reflect the range of research in the field. Each year, five of these areas are addressed by Master Lecturers. Speakers for the 2016 Convention, to be held in Denver, CO, Aug. 4-7, 2016, will be chosen to have expertise in the following areas:

  • developmental psychology
  • learning, behavior, and action
  • methodology
  • psychopathology and treatment
  • social and cultural psychology

The Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program supports up to three psychological scientists to speak at Regional Psychological Association meetings to be held in 2016. Speakers must be actively engaged in research, with expertise in any area. A list of previously selected speakers can be found online.

All nominees should be excellent public speakers. BSA will review all nominations at its 2015 spring meeting and then begin to contact potential speakers for these programs. Nominations may be for either the Master Lecture Program or Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program or both. Selected speakers receive an honorarium of $500 and reimbursement for travel expenses, up to $1,000.

Nominations should include name, institution, and research area of the nominee as well as a nomination letter and CV. Please send this information by email to Rachel Martin, APA Science Directorate (telephone: 202-336-5918). Nominations must be received by February 20, 2015.