The Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring award was designed to recognize excellence in teaching and mentoring among faculty at colleges and universities that do not have Ph.D. programs in social and/or personality psychology. The award is open to faculty at community colleges and those whose teaching is primarily online.

Recipients receive $500 and a plaque, which is presented at the Awards Ceremony held at the SPSP Annual Convention, as well as a complimentary one-year SPSP membership.


  • Self-nominations are encouraged.
  • Recipients should have shown excellence in teaching and mentoring at an institution without a Ph.D. program in social and/or personality psychology.
  • This award is open to faculty who have been teaching and mentoring students full-time for five years since receiving their doctoral degree.
  • Recipients may teach at a 4-year or 2-year institution.

Application Requirements

  • Documentation of mentoring excellence such as student mentored projects, conference presentations, student mentored publications, student success in the field  (1 page cover letter)
  • Three letters of support (at least one from a current or former student)
  • Teaching Statement including courses and teaching philosophy  (1 page)
  • The nominee’s current vita in electronic format (maximum of 3 pages) 
  • Summarized Student evaluation data (1 page)

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