STP Civic Engagement Award

The Society for The Teaching of Psychology (Division Two of APA) is pleased to announce the STP Civic Engagement Award.  Consistent with APA's Citizen Psychologist initiative, this award recognizes leadership and engagement in applying psychological science to make a difference in communities at the local, national, or global level. This could be done directly through community involvement or indirectly by incorporating civic-engagement pedagogies (e.g., service-learning) into teaching.

Call for Applications

Inaugural Award Recipient

Fanli Jia, Chair, Civic Engagement Award Committee, is pleased to announce that the inaugural recipient of STP’s 2020 Civic Engagement Award is Bethany Fleck Dillen, PhD., Professor of Psychological Sciences at Metropolitan State University. The committee was impressed by Dr. Fleck Dillen’s contributions to civic engagement pedagogy, working in the community on their self-identified needs, and knowledge sharing. Her accomplishments include cultivating relationships with organizations in the community, such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and Reading Partners; developing the Campus Compact Civic Action Plan; and chairing the American Democracy Project in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Please join us in celebrating her accomplishments at the awards ceremony this October at STP’s Annual Conference on Teaching.

Call for Applications

Applications will be reviewed by STP’s Civic Engagement Award Committee. Each awardee will receive a plaque, a monetary award of US$1,500, and up to US$1,500 to attend STP's Annual Conference on Teaching  if they do not have travel funds from other sources. The award is open only to STP members. Nominations and self-nominations are welcome.  STP reserves the right not to make an award if the STP Awards Committee believes no applicant is qualified in a particular year.

The deadline for nominations is February 10 of the award year. Applicants will receive notification of award decisions no later than March 1st of the award year. The award recipient will be invited to receive the award during STP’s Annual Conference on Teaching of the award year (typically held in October each year).

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Required documents for nominations/self-nominations:

  • A 2 pages cover letter describing the applicant's contributions and impacts to psychological teaching, advocacy, research, and/or practice which directly benefits the local, national, or global community via civic engagement.
  • A current C.V.
  • Two letters of support that exemplify the applicant's contributions to civic engagement.
All materials must elaborate on perspectives and values added through their civic engagement, and letters of support need to complement the applicant’s contribution. 

Examples of Significant Contributions.

Please note that this is a list of examples, and it is not intended to be exhaustive.

  • Nominees should be able to show their impact on students and/or their community, reflecting a significant commitment to the needs of the local, national and/or global community and/or a long-term commitment to incorporating civic engagement pedagogies (e.g., service learning) into coursework or curriculum.

  • Nominees should have experience working in their community and should have engaged in civic learning in the field through coursework or a degree program both in and out of the classroom.

  • Nominees should have experience with meaningful community partnerships and knowledge-sharing. They should have documented records on the partnership’s impact and be able to share how new information from the partnership can be used for teaching and or scholarship.

For further instructions on how to apply, click here (requires login).

Please contact the Chair of the Committee on Civic Engagement Award (Dr. Fanli Jia) with questions at civic-award@teachpsych.org 

Civic Engagement Award Committee

Fanli Jia (Chair), Seton Hall University, New Jersey

Leah Gensheimer, Avila University, Missouri

Karen Longest, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma

Maria Mouratidis, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Maryland

Casey Swanson, Plymouth High School, Michigan


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