MPA Award for Outstanding Graduate Faculty in Psychology

Nomination Deadline for 2020: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is seeking nominations for the MPA Award for Outstanding Graduate Faculty in Psychology. This award recognizes a faculty member who brings a special quality or commitment to working with graduate students in psychology. The award will be presented at the MPA Annual Convention. The procedures and criteria for the award are outlined below.

CRITERIA: Nominations will be judged on the following criteria, although nominees will not be expected to have achieved recognition in all areas.

  • Excellence in instruction. Evidence might include student and colleague evaluations, teaching awards, or other forms of recognition as well as evidence of providing excellent training in research/practice/professional ethics.
  • Involvement of students in research, scholarship, and professional development activities. Evidence might include publications of students, awards to students, and a list of advisees and their accomplishments.
  • Development of programs for graduate students. This might include the development of special programs for graduate students relevant to teaching, practice, or research, or special programs of a more social nature.
  • Advising and mentoring of students. Evidence of being accessible to and supportive of students and their goals and ideas, responsive to students’ needs at different stages of development, and providing helpful feedback regarding students’ strengths and weaknesses. More objective criteria might include membership on graduate committees.
  • Professional identity as a teacher/mentor. Evidence might include publication of articles on teaching/mentoring, attendance at professional meetings relevant to teaching/mentoring, and effective mentoring of new faculty.

Nomination Instructions

Nominations of an outstanding graduate faculty member can be made by the head of the nominee’s program/department, a colleague, or former student. Nominees should have been at their current institution for at least five years, but the award can be for distinguished performance over many years or a single extraordinary contribution. Neither the nominee nor the nominator needs to be a member of MPA. The nomination packet should contain:

  1. The nominee’s vita, including his/her educational history (e.g., degrees, granting institutions, and years granted), professional work history, and membership in professional and honorary organizations.
  2. No more than three letters from current or former (within five years) graduate students.
  3. A letter (3 page maximum) from the nominator that addresses the criteria listed above.

Send the above requirements to [email protected].

Questions can be directed to Joan Ostrove at Macalester College ([email protected]).


Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.