Ed Psych Announcements

Election Candidate Statements

Candidate: Gale M. Sinatra, PhD
Office: President-elect

“I have always embraced stewardship of the discipline as one of my primary objectives in my professional life. If elected, I would commit to continue the proud work of the Division and further enhance its influence. I am particularly committed to fostering the next generation of scholars, promoting diversity in our Division, showcasing the impact of educational psychology on practice, and enhancing our impact on education and public policy.

The need for psychological perspectives on learning, motivation, policy, and practice has never been more important for our future. As the intellectual home of educational psychology, Division 15 is well positioned to make a lasting impact on critical issues supporting a sustainable future.

I hold a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. I am currently Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Psychology and Education at Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California. I am currently serving APA as a member of the Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education, and I am a past editor of the Educational Psychologist. I would be honored to serve the Division.”

Candidate: Helenrose Fives, PhD
Office: Vice President

“I am a Professor of Educational Foundations at Montclair State University, New Jersey-US. My research agenda lies at the intersection of learning and teaching, with a particular emphasis on the role of teachers’ beliefs, namely epistemic cognition, and teachers’ classroom-level assessment practices. My research in classroom assessment has been supported by the Spencer Foundation and involved collaborating with practicing teachers in the field to identify practices of classroom level data use. I currently serve on the editorial boards of the Journal of Experimental Education, Theory into Practice, and Practical Assessment, Research and Evaluation.

I have been an active member of Division 15 since 2003 when I gave a talk to the students in the graduate student seminar on the academic job search. Since then, I have served as the Graduate Student Affairs Committee Co-Chair, as the Division Secretary, and most recently as Program Co-Chair. I would be honored to extend this service as the role of Vice President, a new division position that will prepare me to assume the position of Division 15 President in 2019-20. I believe I bring a sound understanding of the goals, processes, and history of the Division to this position. If elected, I will strive to continue the high quality work the Division currently undertakes and to expand our presence and influence when it comes to K-16 educational practices and policy communities.”

Candidate: Marcus Johnson, PhD
Office: Secretary

“Dear fellow Div. 15 Members, my name is Marcus Johnson (Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati), and I am seeking your vote for Div.15 secretary. I have previously served our Division, AERA’s Division C, and AERA’s MotSIG in varying capacities, including Treasurer for MotSIG, program section co-chair for Division C’s (Motivation & Cognitive Processes), as well as Faculty Mentor for Division 15 and Division C’s Graduate/Doctoral Student Seminars. During my tenure in the aforementioned positions I have proudly been a part of efforts to enhance member engagement/interaction, especially between our graduate student members and established scholars. As Division 15 secretary I would work alongside our Division’s Presidents (past, present, and elected), to organize efforts that continue our commitments to graduate students and the dissemination of Educational Psychology scholarship/research; as well as, maintain records and develop the agenda for Executive Committee meetings.”

Candidate: Scott C. Marley, PhD
Office: Secretary

“My name is Scott C. Marley. I am an associate professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. I am honored to have received a nomination to serve as secretary for Division 15. I am particularly well suited for this position as I have diverse interests in several areas of educational psychology. I have published on topics related to health psychology, school psychology and sport psychology as well as in my primary areas of expertise in educational psychology. My current research interests are in college student retention and achievement, learning strategies in applied contexts and methodological issues. I presently serve as an editorial board member for Educational Psychology Review, Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of Experimental Education and Learning and Instruction. I have been an active member of the American Psychological Association since 2006. In 2015 I served as the Division 15 co-chair for the annual meeting in Toronto, Canada. If selected for this position I will work hard to positively represent the field of educational psychology. Thank you for your consideration.”

Candidate: Sharon Tettegah, PhD
Office: Treasurer

“I am extremely appreciative to Division 15 for the nomination as treasurer. As a faculty and former Associate Dean for Research and Sponsored Projects at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and former Chair and faculty of a Program Area at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, I am very familiar with what it takes to support and foster fiscal growth in an organization while maintaining quality and sound financial decisions.

As a committed member of Division 15, I have served as the Chair of the Early Career Psychologists, Chair of the Social media ad hoc committee and former chair of APA’s Continuing Education Committee. These experiences provide the foundation and knowledge for the position as Treasurer.

As treasurer, I would work very hard to expand and maintain the solid fiscal foundation of Division 15, as well as, support future financial efforts of the division.”

Candidate: Akane Zusho, PhD
Office: Treasurer

“I am very pleased to have this opportunity to run for treasurer of Division 15. I have been a member of the Division since 1997. In 2012, I was honored to receive the Richard E. Snow Early Contributions Award. Throughout my career, my primary research interests have focused on examining the intersection of culture, achievement motivation, and self-regulated learning. I am currently working on developing a motivationally-supportive professional development program called All Learners Learning Every Day. My main contributions to the division to date has been in the form of publications and presentations. Thus, I look forward to this opportunity to serve the Division in a more formal capacity.”

Candidate: Sharon L. Nichols, PhD
Office: Council Representative

“As an active member in Division 15, I would be honored to serve as the division representative to the APA council. My affiliation to Division 15 began as a graduate student attendee at one of the first graduate student research seminars held in 2000. This experience provided a valuable introduction to the mission and goals of Division 15 and connected me with colleagues from around the nation. Later, I served a three-year term as treasurer (2010-2013) working with three different presidents and other executive committee members. In this role, I played a significant role in all division related activities as the point budget person. Not only was I responsible for overseeing a large annual budget, managing reimbursement requests and preparing quarterly reports summarizing the financial health of the division, but my understanding of the financials made me an important contributor to discussions on the division’s goals and priorities. I played a key role in reshaping and rebuilding the role of the treasurer during my tenure. With every successive term, the demands the needs of the division change, requiring officers with insight, initiative, and creativity to help establish new ways of thinking and operating that would meet these constantly moving demands. I believe these experiences have prepared me well to serve as a division representative to the APA council.”

Candidate: Sharon Zumbrunn, PhD
Office: Council Representative

“Sharon Zumbrunn is an associate professor in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a former K-12 teacher, her research focuses on the contexts that foster student success, and interventions to improve student motivation and self-regulation. Sharon serves as the director of the Educational Psychology Ph.D. track, as well as the director of the VCU Educational Motivation and Self-Regulation Research Lab. She also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Educational Psychology and Contemporary Educational Psychology.

She has been an active member of APA since beginning her graduate school career at the University of Nebraska in 2004. Within Division 15, Sharon currently serves as the co-chair of the Division 15 Graduate Student Affairs Committee.

It is my honor to be nominated for the position of Council Representative for Division 15. Educational psychologists have much to contribute at this time of change in education. We also have much to gain from increased collaboration with our colleagues across the broader APA community. I will ensure that Division members are informed about events occurring within APA that affect educational psychology at a national level and with respect to students, educators, schools, and the research that serves the stakeholders of our field. It would be my privilege to further my contribution to Division 15 and APA by serving on the APA Council.”

Interdivisional Grant Program

The Committee on Division/APA Relations (CODAPAR) of the American Psychological Association seeks proposals for collaborative projects sponsored by two or more APA divisions. The purpose of the program is to support joint activities that enhance the work, interests or goals of two or more divisions. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Furthering APA’s goals of working to advance psychology as a science, a profession and a means of promoting human welfare.
  • Projects that promote collaboration between the science and practice of psychology.
  • Fostering the recruitment of ethnic minorities into psychology, APA or division membership or APA governance.
  • Activities that focus on a currently unaddressed topic or area in psychology.

Those interested may find additional details (including eligibility and application instructions) here.

II International Seminar Social Cognitive Theory in Debate, Brazil

Research groups located in different educational institutions in Brazil have been putting an endeavor to develop the ideas from the perspective of social cognitive theory – SCT – proposed by Albert Bandura. As a result, the knowledge production about SCT in the national scenario and its insertion in the initial training courses have recently increased. At the international level, the extensive scientific and academic production from this psychological perspective is remarkable, which has recognized theoretical and scientific relevance, concrete implications in the training processes, and professional practices.

The II International Seminar: Social Cognitive Theory in Debate privileges the diffusion of the knowledge generated from the theory in the applied fields based on empirical research that can have resonance in the resolution of problems coming from practice. The continuity of this differentiated initiative in the country is justified by the collective effort to focus on the development and integration of researchers and professionals involved, or who are interested in this theoretical reference in order to promote an accurate reading, which is qualified and committed to the current reality.

The participation of researchers of recognized international settings will contribute to the participants to update and deepen their knowledge. It will also favor the dialogue with the scientific production of different countries. Contrastingly, the dissemination of national studies will allow the creation of collaborative networks involving different research groups and professionals interested in the topics addressed.

We have two great news in this year’s edition. One is the Oral Communication Sessions. The second it that we have prepared a basic training space called “Introductory Dialogues”. There, the basic concepts of SCT will be presented and discussed, so that participants can better enjoy each of the activities in the event.

We have put a major effort in order to provide access to the most recent scientific knowledge in SCT in a pleasant environment which yields much social interaction. So, save the date for June 27th to 29th, 2017 and join us in this brief and intense journey! Those interested may learn more here.

See you there!
The Organizing Committee.

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