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Call for nominations for the APF Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award

The award recognizes significant career contributions of a psychologist who has a proven track record as an exceptional teacher of psychology

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come. Since 1953, APF has supported a broad range of scholarships and grants for students and early career psychologists as well as research and program grants that use psychology to improve people’s lives. APF encourages applications from individuals who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability and sexual orientation.

The Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award recognizes significant career contributions of a psychologist who has a proven track record as an exceptional teacher of psychology. 


  • $2,000 award, all-expense paid round trip and plaque presented at the APA convention
  • Awardees are invited to give a special address at the APA convention

Eligibility requirements & evaluation criteria

Nominees should demonstrate and will be rated on the following dimensions:

  • Have demonstrated achievement related to the teaching of psychology
  • Exemplary performance as a classroom teacher
  • Development of innovative curricula and courses
  • Development of effective teaching methods and/or materials
  • Teaching of advanced research methods and practice in psychology
  • Administrative facilitation of teaching
  • Research on teaching
  • Training of teachers of psychology
  • Evidence of influence as a teacher of students who become psychologists 

Nomination requirements

  • Nomination cover letter outlining the nominee’s contributions to the teaching of psychology
  • Current CV and bibliography
  • Up to 10 supporting letters from colleagues, administrators, and former students
  • An appendix of no more than two to three supporting documents
  • A one- to three-page statement of teaching philosophy from the nominee
  • (All nomination materials should be submitted or forwarded to APF in one package)

Submission process and deadline 

Submit a completed application online or mail to:

American Psychological Foundation
Distinguished Teaching Awards
750 First St, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242 

Deadline: Dec. 1, 2012

Please be advised that APF does not provide feedback to grant applicants or award nominees on their proposals or nominations.

Questions about this program should be directed to Parie Kadir, Program Officer.