Ed Psych Announcements

Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Grant – Up to $10,000

Up to $10,000 for research and demonstration activities that promote the understanding of the relationship between self-identity and academic achievement with an emphasis on children in grade levels K-8.

The Kenneth B. and Mamie P. Clark Grant was established in 2003 to honor the Clarks and to perpetuate their work as pioneers in understanding the psychological underpinnings of race relations and in addressing social issues such as segregation and injustice.

The Clarks were the first and second African-Americans to receive PhDs from Columbia University. Their famous doll experiments, in which they asked children to express their likes and dislikes about brown-and white-skinned dolls, led the Clarks to conclude that the segregation in schools and society was psychologically damaging to the children. These studies are believed to be the first social science evidence considered as hard fact by the U.S. Supreme court, inBrown v. The Board of Education of Topeka.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a graduate student.
  • Have received IRB approval before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved.
  • Familiarity with the Clarks’ work is essential:
    1. Kenneth Bancroft Clark, Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Washington, D.C.
    2. Mamie Phipps Clark, Manuscripts Division, New York Public Library, New York.
    3. Markowitz, G. & Rosner, D. (1996). Children, Race and Power: Kenneth and Mamie Clark’s Northside Center. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia.

See our website for more information http://www.apa.org/apf/funding/clark-fund.aspx The deadline for applications is June 15, 2017.

Call for Proposals – Diversity Challenge

The Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College invites you to join us for the Institute’s 17th annual national conference in the suburbs of Boston, a city known for its struggles and efforts to address issues of racial and ethnic cultural diversity in U.S. society. The Institute was founded in 2000 at Boston College, under the direction of Dr. Janet E. Helms, to promote the assets and address the societal conflicts associated with race and culture in theory and research, mental health practice, education, business, and society at large. The Institute solicits, designs, and distributes effective interventions with a proactive, practical focus. Each year the Institute addresses a racial or cultural issue that could benefit from a pragmatic, scholarly, or grassroots focus through its Diversity Challenge conference.

Those interested will find more information here.

Division 15’s Endowment Fund

To better secure a long and impactful future for our organization, Division 15 recently established a dedicated “Endowment Fund” which accepts charitable contributions from members, institutions, and estates. These include tax-free IRA transfers, and are also possible for members who must take retirement distributions (are age 70.5 or older), and would like to offer a charitable deduction to Division 15.

Those interested may contact Holly Suwannakam (divacct@apa.org) at APA Central and state that donations should be made to Division 15; please also copy Finance Committee Chair Terri Thorkildsen (thork@uic.edu) for our organization’s internal tracking.

Call for Nominations – Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology

The Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP) of the American Psychological Association (APA) is soliciting nominations for the Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology Significant Contribution Award.

This award recognizes an APA member who has made a significant contribution to enhancing the lives of, as well as promoting the inclusion of, people with disabilities in society.

The nominator is asked to compile and submit the following materials:

  • A letter of nomination not to exceed 500 words (written by the nominator) describing the specific achievements and contributions to people with disabilities within society. Nominee contributions may be of a scientific, professional, educational, mentoring, leadership, and/or political nature.
  • A current curriculum vitae of the nominee
  • 2 letters of support

Nominations and all supporting materials must be received no later than May 5, 2017. Send nomination materials to: Office on Disability Issues, Public Interest Directorate, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002- 4242. You can also email them to Sue Houston at: shouston@apa.org.

The award will be presented by members of CDIP at the 2017 APA Annual Convention in Washington, DC.

Early Career Psychologists – Get Convention Travel Funds

The APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists is pleased to announce the achievement award program for early career members from all areas of psychology to attend APA’s Annual Convention this year, August 3-6 in Washington, DC.

At least five award recipients who are within 10 years of their doctoral degree who are members of APA (existing or brand-new) will receive reimbursement of up to $400 in convention-related expenses. This can cover travel, lodging, meals and/or convention registration fees. The program is designed to reduce barriers to early career members’ attendance at Convention and support their ability to make meaningful connections and engage in their own professional development.

CECP is pleased to thank the following allies who have made these awards possible:

  • National Register of Health Service Psychologists
  • APA Membership Office
  • APA Office on Early Career Psychologists

Appy online with your CV and one page statement of interest/achievement by May 2nd at 5pm Eastern at http://www.apa.org/about/awards/early-career-achievement.aspx.

Questions: earlycareer@apa.org

Nominate or Apply for APA Finance Committee

At its meeting in February, 2017, APA Council voted a change to the APA Finance Committee slates.  The Finance Committee is seeking nominations for SLATE 2, which shall be drawn from APA members who have demonstrated interest and expertise in organizational financial policies and operations.

Individuals with relevant interest and expertise are encouraged to submit nominations (including self-nominations).  The following are examples of experiences that may be considered relevant (including but not limited to):

  • Experience pertaining to personal, business, or practice financial and budgetary management.
  • Service on Finance Committee or Board of Directors of the APA or similar organizations
  • Served as Treasurer or in other financial capacity in a Division, APA Board or Committee, State Psychological Association or in another related organization.
  • Academic Administrator with financial/ budgetary oversight (Dept. Chair, Dean, Provost, Vice President, President, on University budget committee, etc.).
  • Healthcare, mental health or hospital administrator or director with financial/budgetary oversight.
  • CFO of an organization or consultant with financial or budgetary responsibilities.

Please submit nominations (including self-nominations), along with a short 1-page or less summary of your CV/Resume to Ricky Washington at rwashington@apa.org no later than April 14, 2017.  Nominations must include a statement that describes fit for the slate.

Workshop on Quasi-Experimental Designs

The Institute for Education Sciences announces a new two-week training workshop on better quasi-experimental designs. This two-week workshop will expose attendees to state-of-the-art quasi-experimental methods for evaluating education interventions. It will also offer participants opportunities to conduct hands-on analyses of quasi-experimental data that we will provide. Participants in past IES Quasi-Experimental workshops without hands-on training and who now want it are encouraged to apply. The format will consist of lectures, small group discussions, individual consultations, and small group hands-on experiences.

Dates: July 31 – August 11, 2017

Location: Northwestern University at Evanston, IL

Participants: The workshop is limited to 30 participants. It is intended for faculty who teach research methods; education researchers who use quasi-experimental methods, including university faculty and staff at contract research firms, government agencies, and/or school districts; and advanced graduate students and post-docs working on causal issues or quasi- experimental designs. Past participants of the QE workshop are welcome to apply.

Workshop Instructors:

Thomas D. Cook, Northwestern University Peter Steiner, University of Wisconsin, Madison Stephen West, Arizona State University
Coady Wing, Indiana University, Bloomington Vivian Wong, University of Virginia


Applications to attend the workshop should be submitted by April 20, 2017. Decisions will be made by May 1, 2017. The application process requires an application form, a vita, and a letter describing past, present, or future involvements with the conduct of quasi-experimental studies in education.

For further information and the application form, please view the workshop website: http://www.ipr.northwestern.edu/workshops/annual-summer-workshops/quasi-experimental- design-and-analysis/

Please contact Ms. Rebecca Morris at rebecca.morris@northwestern.edu with any questions not answered on the website.

Submit vita and the letter to rebecca.morris@northwestern.edu

2017 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

The ICPSR Summer Program provides in-depth, hands-on training in statistical techniques and research methodologies used across the social, behavioral, and medical sciences. The ICPSR Summer Program’s unique learning environment facilitates professional networking, encourages the exchange of ideas, and makes the experience of acquiring critical analytical skills enjoyable.

From May through August 2017, the Summer Program will offer more than 80 courses in cities across the US and around the world. Registration is now open for all 2017 courses. For more information, visit icpsr.umich.edu/sumprog or contact sumprog@icpsr.umich.edu or (734) 763-7400.


Held on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Summer Program’s First (June 26 – July 21, 2017) and Second (July 24 – August 18, 2017) Sessions contain more than 35 courses, including regression analysis, network analysis, longitudinal analysis, MLE, SEM, causal inference, and more. Participants in a four-week session are encouraged to take as many courses within that session as they wish. Scholarships are available for graduate students in child, developmental, and family psychology, education, public policy, and other disciplines. Additionally, new in 2017, the HENRY “HANK” HEITOWIT SCHOLARSHIP will be awarded to a past participant of the ICPSR Summer Program’s four-week sessions. All scholarship applications are due March 31, 2017.


For researchers needing to learn a specific methodological technique in just a few days, the ICPSR Summer Program offers more than 40 short workshops, ranging from introductory to advanced methods and cutting-edge techniques. Highlights of our short workshop schedule include:

  • Analyzing Intensive Longitudinal Data: A Guide to Diary, Experience Sampling, and Ecological Momentary Assessment Methods (June 5-9, Amherst)
  • Item Response Theory: Methods for the Analysis of Discrete Survey Response Data (June 5-9, Ann Arbor)
  • Hierarchical Linear Models I: Introduction (June 26-30, Amherst)
  • Egocentric Social Network Analysis (July 17-21, Bloomington)
  • Modern Causal Inference: Experiments, Matching, and Beyond (July 24-28, Boulder)

Call for Applications: Division 15 Graduate Student Ambassadors

Division 15’s Membership Committee is currently soliciting applications for its newly created Graduate Student Ambassador program. The purpose of this program is to create a community of graduate students who will serve as liaisons between Division 15 and their institution. Graduate students in Educational Psychology or related fields are eligible to apply. Ambassadors will typically serve two years (all terms will end no later than students’ graduation).

Responsibilities include:

  • Ambassadors will support general Division 15 awareness and growth within their programs and help disseminate D15’s most important messaging. For example, ambassadors will be asked to forward important messages from the division to other graduate students in their programs.
  • Ambassadors will also serve as the point person for graduate students who have questions regarding membership. They may also support recruitment efforts by sharing enrollment and renewal information among students in their graduate programs no more than twice per year.
  • Ambassadors will foster communications between graduate students in their program and the Division. For example, ambassadors will relay the concerns and needs of their fellow graduate students to relevant Division 15 committees (e.g., Graduate Student Affairs Committee, Membership Committee, Early Career Committee, etc.) via short annual reports.

Those interested may apply hereAmbassadors will be acknowledged on the Division 15 website, as well as at the annual Division 15 Business Meeting.  The deadline to apply is April 14, 2017. Applicants will be notified of a decision by the end of May, 2017.  If you have any questions about the program, please email any member of the Division 15 Membership Committee (contact information below).

Best regards,

The Division 15 Membership Committee

Julia Houston – jdhoust1@asu.edu
Carlo Panlilio – ccp15@psu.edu
Joshua Rosenberg – jmichaelrosenberg@gmail.com
Serena Shim – sshim@bsu.edu
Robin Tate – rhs111@engr.psu.edu
Jane Vogler – jane.vogler@okstate.edu

2017 Call for Applications – Claire Ellen Weinstein Annual Graduate Student Seminar

Division 15 (Educational Psychology) of APA invites doctoral students who are members of the Division to apply to participate in the Claire Ellen Weinstein Annual Graduate Student Seminar, to occur before and during the 2017 APA Annual Convention in Washington, D.C.

Seminar Description and Time Commitment

Selected students will meet with distinguished researchers, work with faculty to discuss their dissertation research and professional identity development, and socialize with distinguished faculty and soon-to-be colleagues. The seminar is free, and Division 15 will provide some meals and refreshments. Students will receive a small stipend intended to assist with the cost of travel and registration. Selected participants are expected to attend all seminar and specified Division 15 events beginning no earlier than 4 p.m. on August 2, 2017, and ending no later than 1 p.m. on August 6. The Convention dates are August 3-6, 2017.


Applicants must be full-time doctoral students who are in the preliminary stages of their dissertation study. Students from institutions large and small and from all domains relevant to educational psychology are encouraged to apply. The seminar will be limited to up to three students from the same institution. Applicants must be members or student affiliates of Division 15 at the time of the convention. For information on joining the Division, visit: http://www.apadiv15.org/. (Your first year of membership is free!)

When and How to Apply

The deadline for application is by 5 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 9, 2017. A completed application will require the following information. Please prepare these three items as separate documents and email them to Dr. Matthew Irvin (irvinmj@mailbox.sc.edu).


  1. A structured introduction
    • full contact information (name, institution and department, mailing address, email, phone number)
    • the name and email address of your dissertation chair
    • the working title of your dissertation
    • a 100-word abstract of the proposed dissertation study (be sure to include the type of methodology you intend to use)
    • dissertation timeline including proposal meeting date (month/year), data gathering period, and anticipated dissertation defense date (month/year)
    • a 100-word statement of your research interests
    • a 100-word statement of your career goals and job search timeline
  2. A vita that includes education, professional experience, publications, conference presentations, teaching, and service. The vita should not be longer than 5 pages. Please name this file according to the following convention: lastname_vita.
  3. Document for blind review with the two sections described below. Do not include personally identifying information in the body of this document. Please name this file according to the following convention: lastname_blind. We will change the file name when sending your file to reviewers. This document should contain the following:
    • A statement of interest in the seminar explaining how you can benefit from and contribute to the seminar (250-word limit).
    • A 3-5 double-spaced-page research proposal that describes your dissertation study. The proposal should include a working title, introduction, brief theoretical framework, problem statement, methodology, and analyses.


A letter of recommendation from your advisor describing your qualifications for this seminar. Please ask your advisor to send this letter directly to Dr. Matthew Irvin via email (filename: yourlastname_facultynomination).

All applications materials must be received no later than 5 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 9, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All submitted documents must reflect original work done by the applicant and should conform to ethical guidelines for research and reporting set forth by APA.

Evaluation Criteria

Selections will be based on the quality of the submitted work and fit with Division 15.

Questions should be directed to:

Sharon Zumbrunn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Educational Psychology
Virginia Commonwealth University
Email: skzumbrunn@vcu.edu
Phone: (804) 827-2625
Matthew Irvin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Educational Psychology and Research
University of South Carolina
Email: irvinmj@mailbox.sc.edu
Phone: (803) 777-3103