Ed Psych Announcements

Reminder: AERA Proposals Due July 24 by Midnight

This is a friendly reminder that proposals for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2018 Annual Meeting are due by July 24th (11:59pm Pacific Time). Please see the AERA 2018 Annual Meeting Call for Submissions for details about submitting a proposal. AERA encourages you to consider a paper or session submission to a division, special interest group (SIG), or committee that best aligns with your research interests.

The 2018 Annual Meeting will be held on April 13-17, 2018 in New York City. The overall theme is “The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education.”

AERA hopes that you consider a submission in response to the Call. The last Annual Meeting in New York was in 2008. AERA is now returning after a decade looking across and beyond the boundaries of our field, our approaches, and our assumptions to create an annual meeting that attracts diverse participants worldwide.  The theme advanced by AERA President Deborah Ball and Co-Chairs Carla O’Connor and Suzanne Wilson presses us to consider the dreams and the possibilities. The time could not be more ripe for doing so as we draw upon the best of research and explore innovative opportunities.

Request for Proposals: Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training in Psychology II Task Force

The American Psychological Association (APA) Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training in Psychology II (CEMRRAT2) Task Force is pleased to announce its Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the 2017 APA CEMRRAT2 Task Force Implementation Grants Fund (IGF) for Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention, and Training in Psychology. As in previous years, the APA’s Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs (OEMA), housed within the Directorate, is tasked with the management and implementation of this and other Task Force related projects/activities. The five goals of APA’s CEMRRAT Plan are: (a) promote and improve multicultural training in psychology (b) increase ethnic minority faculty recruitment and retention in psychology, (c) increase ethnic minority student recruitment, retention and graduation in psychology, (d) provide national leadership for diversity and multiculturalism in education, science and human services, and (e) promote data collection, research, and evaluation on ethnic minority recruitment, retention, education, graduation and training.

Those interested may read the full call here.

IES Posts FY 2018 Research Funding Webinars

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is launching a series of on-demand webinars for those who are interested in Fiscal Year 2018 funding opportunities and learning more about IES. These pre-recorded webinars are hosted by staff from the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER) and the National Center for Education Research (NCER) and you can access them on the IES Webinar Series website.

In addition, questions may be submitted on or before July 31 and answers to frequently asked questions will be posted on the webinar website. Applicants are encouraged to e-mail questions specific to their individual project to the program officer for the relevant funding opportunity.

The following pre-recorded webinars are now available: 
• IES Basic Overview of Research Grants
• IES Application Process
• IES Grant Writing Workshop
• New Applicants to IES
• NCSER Research Training Programs in Special Education: Early Career Development and Mentoring
• NCSER Research Training Programs in Special Education: Postdoctoral Research Training in Special Education and Early Intervention
• Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships in Education Research Topic – Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy Grant Program
• Evaluation of State and Local Education Programs and Policies Topic – Partnerships and Collaborations Focused on Problems of Practice or Policy Grant Program
• Low-Cost, Short-Duration Evaluation of Education and Special Education Interventions

Additional Pre-Recorded Webinars will be available soon.
Visit the IES Funding Opportunities website for more information about these and other research programs. Follow IES on Twitter and Facebook to learn about other on-demand recordings, webinars, and training opportunities.

Committee on Children, Youth and Families: Call for Nominations

CYF Call for Nominations (2018-2020)

The Committee on Children, Youth, and Families (CYF) is anticipating two vacancies in 2018. CYF welcomes nominations from individuals interested in issues advancing psychology as a science and profession in the area of promoting the health and human welfare of children, youth and families.  The Committee is interested in candidates with substantial expertise and demonstrated experience in applying psychological knowledge to the well-being and optimal development of children, youth, and families. Candidates are sought who have particular expertise in contemporary issues facing children, youth, and families in the context of their socio-emotional and cognitive development and mental health. Additionally, candidates who have particular expertise in culturally and linguistically diverse, understudied, underserved and diverse populations are especially encouraged to apply. The Committee also strongly encourages candidates with expertise in partnering with community, professional, government, or other types of organizations to apply.

What Members Do

Members are expected to participate in targeted committee projects directly related to CYF’s work and mission and to APA as a whole. The current theme of Committee projects is “systems affecting families.” This focus includes consideration of multi-cultural concerns and approaches, and attention to the parent-child dyad/family as the unit of analysis and focus of services or programs. Recent projects include the translation of science related to mental health disparities experienced by children and youth of color into practitioner and policy resources. Candidates are encouraged to visit the CYF website (http://www.apa.org/pi/families/committee) to learn more about CYF’s mission.

The Committee places a priority on maintaining representation within the Committee’s membership that reflects the diversity of psychology and society (e.g., ethnicity, culture, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, geographic location, early career and those who are employed less than full time). The candidates selected to serve on the Committee will serve for three years and will be required to attend one or two Committee meetings a year in Washington, DC, with expenses reimbursed by APA, and to participate in monthly or bi-monthly video conference meetings. The Committee will meet March 2325, 2018in accordance with the consolidated governance meeting schedule. The 2019 and 2020 meeting dates are not yet available, but will be shared with Committee members as soon as possible. Attendance at all in-person and video conference meetings is mandatory and is a condition of Committee membership.  The successful candidate is also expected to attend, if possible, the informal CYF meeting held during the APA convention at the member’s own expense. In addition, members are expected to work on projects and Committee business between meetings.

How to Apply

Each candidate must submit:

  1. a letter indicating his/her willingness to serve;
  2. a brief statement describing the applicant’s expertise and interest in one or two contemporary issues facing children, adolescents and families that they would bring to the Committee;
  3. two letters supporting their nomination; and
  4. a current curriculum vita.

Nomination materials including a letter from the candidate indicating a willingness to serve, an issues statement, two letters supporting their nomination, and a current CV must be received by August 31, 2017.Nomination materials received after August 31 will be held for consideration the following year. Materials should be sent by email to Amani Chatman, achatman@apa.org.

Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award

The Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award recognizes significant career contributions of a psychologist who has a proven track record as an exceptional teacher of psychology.The recipient of this award will receive a $2,000 award, a $1,000 travel stipend and round-trip airfare to the 2018 APA convention, a plaque presented at the APA convention, and will be invited to give a special address at the APA convention.

Nominees should demonstrate and will be rated on the following dimensions:

  • Have demonstrated achievement related to the teaching of psychology
  • Exemplary performance as a classroom teacher
  • Development of innovative curricula and courses
  • Development of effective teaching methods and/or materials
  • Teaching of advanced research methods and practice in psychology
  • Administrative facilitation of teaching
  • Research on teaching
  • Training of teachers of psychology
  • Evidence of influence as a teacher of students who become psychologists

See our website for more information http://www.apa.org/apf/funding/brewer.aspx

Click here to apply for this grant: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=apa&

The deadline for applications is December 1, 2017.

Mid-Western Educational Researcher Call for Papers: Special Issue on Institutional Data and Research

The Institutional Research office plays a unique and important role in the higher education environment, especially with the increased focus on the use of student data in decision making. Most IR offices support a broad range of university planning initiatives, and assemble a variety of qualitative and quantitative reports to be used in decision making. These offices oftentimes also dually handle assessment of student learning, house university surveys, and provide vital research support to key stakeholders.

The Editorial staff of Mid-Western Educational Researcher, in collaboration with Guest Editor Tasha Almond-Dannenbring of the South Dakota Board of Regents, issues a call for manuscripts to be published in 2018 that will highlight Institutional Research and its role in higher education.

The Editors welcome manuscripts that explore an array of topics related, but not limited to, these themes or topics:

Research addressing:

  • Measurement and analysis of student-level data to inform policy and decision making in higher education.
  • Key institutional operating metrics used in planning, program review, or finance.

IR Office Practices:

  • Role of IR office in strategic planning.
  • Use of data visualization and business intelligence tools to translate data-heavy information into a manageable form.
  • Review of data warehousing/data marts – challenges and solutions for IR office.
  • Use of IR data and information to articulate strategic priorities and drive institutional change.
  • Use of data related to assessment of student learning to inform policy and decision making at the campus or system level (if multi-campus system).
  • Essays/commentaries on the evolution and practices of IR, and the IR office/position.
  • Use of mixed methods research to generate new information needed to inform policy and/or guide decision makers in planning.

Best Practices:

  • Best practices in IR for small, medium, and large colleges and start-up IR offices.
  • Best practices/examples of uses of Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data for benchmarking.
  • Best practices/use of data in measuring student learning outcomes, persistence, or retention.
  • Best practices and process in collection of student learning outcomes specifically related to assessment of general education.

Timeline and Submission Guidelines:
Proposal will be accepted on a rolling basis until the deadline of January 15, 2018

Interested authors should email a proposal to the Guest Editor that includes the following items:

  1. Author Information: Name(s), position(s), mailing address(es), phone number(s), and e-mail address(es). Please note the corresponding author for the submission.
  2. Title of proposed article.
  3. Proposal components:
  • relevance of the topic to IR in higher education
  • clearly stated contribution to knowledge base or understanding of IR in higher education
  • description of perspective and/or guiding framework (theoretical/conceptual/practical)
  • description of literature review
  • for empirical studies – clear description of research methods (participants, research questions/hypotheses, instruments, proposed analysis, etc.)
  • current status of proposed manuscript
  • explanation of significance, implications, relationship of conclusions to findings, generalizability, or usefulness
  1. A bio of less than 100 words for each author that includes relevant experience with topic.

Publication Timeline:
Proposals due by January 15, 2018
Authors informed of decision by February 15, 2018
Manuscript submission due by approximately May 1, 2018         
Peer review completed within 6-8 weeks                              
Revision and resubmission by August 1, 2018   
Publication in late 2018                              

All proposals should be emailed with the subject line: “MWER Special Issue – IR” to Tasha Dannenbring

Authors whose proposals are accepted will be expected to submit a final manuscript that is formatted in accordance with the Author Guidelines provided by MWER. Each submission will be peer reviewed and edited to meet the journal’s specifications for publication. Please note: positive review of a proposal and an invitation to submit a paper does not mean automatic acceptance of the full paper. The Guest Editor and MWER Editorial staff reserve the right not to publish papers if the full paper is not written to the journal’s standards and expectations.

APA Summit on High School Psychology Education: Keynote Addresses

The American Psychological Association and Weber State University, with generous support from many contributing sponsors, are pleased to host the first-ever APA Summit on High School Psychology Education in Ogden, Utah, July 9-14, 2017. The mission of the summit is to create the best future for high school psychology education. Please visit the summit website to read about the goals, objectives, and plans for this landmark event.

The keynote addresses for the summit will be live streamed through the summit website and we encourage anyone interested in learning more about high school psychology to join us online for these talks. Talk details are listed below.  Recordings of the keynotes will be available online following the summit if you cannot join us live.

High school psychology courses are the start of the pipeline into the discipline and help educate the public about psychological science. High school psychology is a popular course and enrollment in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate psychology courses in particular have increased over the past two decades. The summit steering committee believes that all of APA should have a vested interest in ensuring that the teaching of high school psychology is of high-quality and effective. Outcomes, deliverables, and action plans will be widely shared following the summit.

Details of live streamed talks:

Sunday, July 9, 2017, 7 p.m. ET

Opening Remarks
Randy Ernst, EdD, and Amy Fineburg, PhD, Steering Committee Co-Chairs
Arthur C. Evans, Jr., PhD, CEO, APA
Jim Diaz-Granados, PhD, Executive Director, APA Education Directorate
Antonio Puente, PhD, University of North Carolina Wilmington, APA Presi! dent

Sunday, July 9, 2017, 8:30 p.m. ET

Charlie Blair-Broeker, MAT, Hawkeye Community College
“High School Psychology: A Long and Winding Road”

Thursday, July 13, 7:30 p.m. ET

David Myers, PhD, Hope College
“Teaching Psychological Science in a Post-Truth Age”

Due to unforeseen circumstances, a third keynote address on “Introducing Diverse Perspectives in High School Psychology: Sources and Content” scheduled for Monday, July 10, may not be live streamed but we hope to record the talk to post online following the summit.

Please contact eleary@apa.org with any questions.

2017 Election Results

We’re pleased to announce the results of Division 15’s latest election:

  • President-Elect: Gale Sinatra
  • Vice President: Helenrose Fives
  • Secretary: Scott Marley
  • Treasurer-Elect: Sharon Tettegah
  • Council Representative: Sharon Nichols

The named individuals will begin their terms following the 2017 APA Convention in Washington, D.C. We had a fantastic batch of well-qualified candidates this year, and we thank all who ran for their willingness to serve Division 15. We also extend our appreciation to you, our members, for your votes.

Educational Psychologist Impact Factor

We’re pleased to announce that 2016 impact factors were released last week, and Educational Psychologist’s impact factor improved to 6.257 (the 5-year impact factor increased as well to 8.929). The journal also retained its number one ranking in Educational Research and Psychology, Educational sections of the index. Another wonderful year for the journal!

As always, we encourage you to consider Educational Psychologist as an outlet for your research. More information about how to submit articles may be found here.

Many thanks to all of you as readers! We’d also like to thank our fantastic authors and Editor, Kathryn Wentzel, for her hard work.

Take Action to Support Peer Review and Good Science Management

What makes U.S. science great? Surely the strong commitment of federal resources and budgets has made a big contribution. But the careful, creative and independent management of the enterprise by U.S. science agencies plays a big role as well.

The American Psychological Association (APA) and our scientific partner organizations want members of Congress to know that scientists in the U.S. support the strong peer review systems that ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent on high-quality research. That’s why we are asking you to sign the petition in support of good science stewardship.

The scientific advocacy societies that make up the Coalition to Promote Research and its partners will ensure that members of Congress know there is grassroots support for good scientific stewardship and peer review. If peer review systems should be attacked, or if government oversight should cross the line to micromanagement, the petition will be very helpful in advocacy for more effective science management.

We encourage you to read the petition, sign it, and share it with colleagues in other societies and departments. If you use Twitter, please share the petition link with the hashtag #Sign4Science.  Thank you for your support of the U.S. science enterprise!

Sign the petition.

Please contact Pat Kobor with any questions about the petition.