To recognize outstanding achievement of scholars who are still in the early stage of their scientific careers.
Current members of NASPSPA who possess a distinguished early record of scholarship and who received the doctorate no more than eight years prior to the year of nomination. To help to clarify this latter criterion, the year of nomination is the calendar year in which the nomination is submitted. Hence, if you are being nominated in the calendar year 2017 (for receipt of the award in 2018), you must have received your doctorate no earlier than the calendar year 2010 (2017-2010+1=8 years). Eligibility may be extended in special circumstances with appropriate documentation submitted by the nominee to the President.
Nature of the Award
Recipients of the award will be given $1000, a one-time NASPSPA conference registration fee waiver, and a commemorative plaque. The award will be announced at the Annual conference and in the Fall Newsletter. The recipient of the award must attend the annual conference the year following award announcement and make a 45-minute (approximate) presentation at a general session to summarize his/her research activity for the years preceding the award. The plaque will be given following the recipient’s presentation. The abstract of this presentation will be published in the annual conference abstracts. The award will not necessarily be presented on an annual basis, and normally only one award will be awarded in any one year.
Method of Selection
- The selection of an appropriate individual will be the responsibility of the Distinguished Scholar Award Committee (hereafter, the Selection Committee) of NASPSPA (see Distinguished Scholar Award for a description of committee membership).
- An announcement requesting nominations will be made in the Fall Newsletter. Nominations will be made to the President by the date specified in that newsletter. The Past-Presidents’ Liaison will be responsible to send a reminder to the membership concerning this award two weeks prior to the deadline. Nominations may be made by any NASPSPA member and should consist of a comprehensive letter of nomination detailing the nominee’s qualifications for the award.
- The President will request each nominee to submit:
- a curriculum vitae;
- a 1 to 3-page summary of the nominee’s work, emphasizing the basic theoretical approach, impact, and importance;
- 3 to 5 publications;
- names of 3 individuals who could write letters of recommendation for the nominee (the President will request two letters from the individualsnamed; the nomination letter serves as a third letter of support).
- In all cases, the nomination(s) should be kept in strictest confidence.
- The Selection Committee will select the award recipient after reviewing the nominees’ credentials and qualifications no later than three months prior to the start of the annual conference. A simple majority vote is necessary for a recipient to be named.
- Should there be any nominees from the previous years that remain eligible, the President will contact nominators and ask if they would like to nominate the candidate again. An updated curriculum vitae for all eligible nominees will be requested.
Criteria for Selection
The recipient of the award should possess a record of scholarship that clearly establishes the recipient as a leading scholar among scientists at similar career stages. Evidence for this distinction might include the innovation of the person’s work, the impact the work has had on the field of research, or the impact the work has had on the application of knowledge. Productivity by itself does not necessarily lead to a distinguished record. Most important of all is that the record of scholarship has been subjected to the critical review of established scholars in the individual’s area of scholarship. In all cases the collected works of the individual should demonstrate excellence in scholarship. Finally, the individual must have been an active contributor to NASPSPA.
The additional guidelines presented at the end of the Distinguished Scholar Award also apply to the Early Career Distinguished Scholar Award.