Award for Excellence in Education Programs

Award for Excellence in Education Programs

Sponsored by SCRA Council of Education Programs (CEP)

Nomination Deadline:  February 1, 2011

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The purpose of the Award for Excellence in Education Programs is to recognize an exemplary undergraduate and/or graduate program that has innovative structures, strategies, and curricula that promote development of the field of community psychology and community research and action. This award will be made biannually, in the years in which a Biennial Meeting of SCRA is held.  A representative from the award winning program will make opening comments in a roundtable session on education at the biennial conference. 

Specific criteria for the award includes two or more of the following:  (1) Promotion of innovative strategies in education that integrate community psychology theory and action; (2) significant contributions to the structure and process of education in community psychology, research, and action (3) consistent, high quality teaching and mentorship contributing to the professional development of students and/or recent graduates involved in community research and action; and (4) contribution to fostering a positive climate that supports undergraduate and graduate students in their setting. Collaborative work with students, activities, publications, and curricula relevant to the criteria indicated above, should be highlighted.

The award will be presented at the Biennial conference. 

Procedure and Decision Making Process

Both self-nominations and nominations by individuals or organizations outside the program will be accepted.  Those submitting nominations should send:  1) A nomination letter (no more than 4 pages long) should describe the basis of the recommendation and summarize the features of the program that would qualify it for the award (in relation to criteria specified above).  The nomination letter should also include a listing of the program faculty and other resources (e.g., community-based organizations, community expertise), relevant publications, and the ways in which they contribute to the education of undergraduate and/or graduate students; and 2) One letter of reference (2 letters if the nomination is a self-nomination). Reference letters should come from individuals outside the program, and may include representatives of community agencies/organizations with whom the program is associated, graduates of the program (out for at least 3 years), or colleagues in other programs in the college/university or outside the college/university.

Electronic submission of all materials is required.

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