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Division 15 invites you to participate in the 2014 Advances in Educational Psychology Conference. During the course of this two-day event, all participants will actively participate in working group sessions on one of four strands, which will be guided by plenary speakers.

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Welcome, friends and colleagues, to the American Psychological Association’s flagship division for Educational Psychology. We think the resources you’ll find here will be both informative and enjoyable.

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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

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

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 ( and Mike Middleton ( 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 ( or phone (202-238-3225) if you have any questions regarding AERA’s program.

2014 Graduate Student Events – APA Convention

The Division 15 Graduate Student Affairs Committee invites all those attending APA to join us for the following three sessions:

Graduate Student Networking Reception
Thursday, August 7 from 4:00 PM ‐ 6:00 PM
Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Graduate Student Brekkie with Division 15 Past Presidents*
Featuring Dr. Eric Anderman & Dr. Judith Meece
Saturday, August 9 from 8:00 AM – 8:50 AM Marriott Marquis Washington DC Hotel, Mint Room

Publishing in Academia*
Featuring Dr. Avi Kaplan and Dr. Rob Klassen
Saturday, August 9 from 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Marriott Marquis Washington DC Hotel, Eastern Market Room

Those interested may find a downloadable invitation here. For more info, contact Mike Yough ( or Ellen Usher (

*Space is limited on these two events…arrive early!