Important News

Division 15 Reaffirms Its Commitment to Diversity and Inclusiveness

Division 15 of the American Psychological Association is today reaffirming its commitment to diversity of thought, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, physical ability, and nation of origin.
Our organization was designed to unite scholars from all walks of life toward a singular purpose: improving educational outcomes for all learners. We will continue to serve all learners to the best of our abilities, and we invite scholars and practitioners alike—both foreign and domestic—in this pursuit.
The Division 15 Executive Committee

In Memoriam: Dr. Martin (“Marty”) Maehr

We are very saddened to announce the passing of Dr. Martin Maehr in Ann Arbor, Michigan on January 10th, 2017.

Dr. Maehr, or Marty as most of us knew him, was a leading voice in the field of achievement motivation research for roughly five decades. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska, Marty served on the faculties of Concordia Senior College in Indiana and the University of Illinois. Marty moved to the University of Michigan in 1989 and was a leader in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology for over 25 years until he retired in 2005.

Marty’s research interests were broad and varied, but he is perhaps best known for work in three areas, all related to achievement motivation. First, he challenged the prevailing view of achievement motivation work of McClelland, Atkinson and others as being a needs-based, personality variable by proposing a social-cognitive alternative perspective with a strong emphasis on culture. His emphasis on the sociocultural influences on motivation was ahead of its time and remains influential today. Second, he developed a theory of personal investment that emphasized the motivational effects of goals that were personally meaningful to individuals. Finally, he was one of the early proponents of achievement goal theory. His work had direct applications to business, schools, and public policy. During the latter part of his career, Marty became particularly engaged with applying his research and knowledge toward improving school reform efforts. He truly wanted his work to make a difference in students’ and teachers’ lives.

Marty’s students will remember him as not only promoting but also protecting, their independence of thought and creativity in research. He will be greatly missed.

Nominate or Apply for Division 15 Leadership Roles

Division 15 seeks nominations (including self-nominations) for leadership roles within our organization. Nominations will be reviewed by the Nominations Committee in preparation for a Division-wide vote in the spring. Positions on this year’s ballot include:

  • President-Elect (3 year- term; 2017-2020)
  • Vice President (4 year-term; 2017-2021)
  • Secretary (3-year term; 2017-2020)
  • Treasurer-Elect (3-year term, 2017-2020)
  • Council Representative (3-year term, 2017-2020)

Noteworthy, for this cycle, is the addition of our new “Vice President” role with the expansion of our Presidential line to four years. And please remember that only those Division 15 members who are also members of APA are eligible to run for office and to vote in this election. If you would like to be involved in this process, be sure to renew your 2017 membership as soon as possible.

Please send nominations to Past President Nancy Perry ( no later than January 29, 2017. More information on Division 15 elections may be found under Article V of the Division’s By-Laws.

Nominate Editors for Handbook of Educational Psychology

Division 15’s Publications Committee is seeking nominations for editors for the fourth edition of the Division’s Handbook of Educational Psychology.

Although there are several educational psychology handbooks available, the Division 15 Handbook has long been considered the “go to” handbook in the field of educational psychology. To this effect, we are seeking nominations (including self-nominations) to serve as editors for the next edition. We seek applications both from individual scholars, as well as teams.

Responsibilities of the editors include the following:

  • Appointing an advisory board, and consulting with the board on potential chapters for the fourth edition.
  • Establishing a timeline for production of the Handbook.
  • Inviting leading scholars in the field to contribute chapters.
  • Obtaining critical developmental reviews for each chapter.
  • Providing extensive feedback to authors on initial drafts.
  • Providing subsequent feedback as authors produce final products.
  • Working closely with the publisher on production.

The Handbook will probably be published in 2025. As in the past, the Division seeks to appoint editors soon so that they can have time at the front end to assess developments in the field, and to seek appropriate chapters.

Potential editors are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and a CV to Eric Anderman, Chair of Division 15 Publications Committee, at Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2017. The new editor(s) will be appointed from 2017 through the publication of the 4th edition.