A call for nominations for the Newman-Proshansky Award and an opening for an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Goucher College

Call for Nominations: 2013 Newman-Proshansky Award

We are now soliciting nominations for the 2013 Newman-Proshansky Award. The award is the Division’s professional achievement award for career contributions. When it is bestowed to an environmental psychologist, it is called the “Proshansky-Newman award,” and it is the “Newman-Proshansky award” when conferred to a population psychologist. This year, we are looking to make the award to someone who has made a contribution to the population psychology part of the division. Nominees need not be current members of the Division, but their body of work should reflect substantive contributions to population psychology. The award consists of a certificate and an opportunity to present an invited address at the APA convention in the year following the award.

Nominations should include the candidate’s curriculum vitae along with a detailed statement indicating why the nominee is a worthy candidate for the award and supporting letters from others who endorse the nomination.

Send your nominations to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Jennifer Veitch, by email. The deadline for receipt is Monday, January 7, 2013.

The review panel will include the committee members and a selection of recent award recipients.

About the Newman-Proshansky Award

The award is named after Sidney H. Newman and Harold M. Proshansky, both early leaders in the establishment of environmental and population psychology. Past recipients of the Newman-Proshansky Award are Toni L. Falbo (2007), Joseph L. Rodgers (2009), and Nancy E. Adler (2011). Past recipients of the Proshansky-Newman Award are Irwin Altman (2006), Robert Sommer (2008), Gary W. Evans (2010), and Paul C. Stern (2012).

Sidney Newman was active in the APA Task Force on Psychology, Family Planning, and Population Policy established in 1969 that brought population and human reproductive issues to broader attention in American psychology and eventually led to the formation of the Division, having edited an influential monograph together with Vaida Thompson in 1976. Among other positions, Newman served in the U.S. Public Health Service and in the Center for Population Research at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Harold M. Proshansky helped give definition to the field of environmental psychology when his Environmental Psychology in the Real World was published in 1976. Proshansky abandoned his earlier laboratory research because he saw the methods, rather than the problem, as driving the research and sought to pursue psychological research on problems of poverty, prejudice, and group conflict. Proshansky became provost and then president of the Graduate School and the University Center of the City University of New York.

Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies

Job Description

Goucher College invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position beginning Fall of 2013 at the rank of assistant professor in Environmental Studies, with an emphasis on solutions to human-environmental interactions.  The new hire must be able to mentor students, perform scholarly research, have a strong commitment to teaching within the context of the liberal arts, and provide service to the Environmental Studies Program and the college.  Teaching duties include introductory, intermediate, and advanced environmental studies courses.


Applicants must have a PhD in the social sciences (environmental studies, political science, sociology, sustainability, geography, anthropology, or a related field) and experience integrating knowledge from multiple disciplines to propose and/or implement solutions to environmental issues.  Preferred candidates will have teaching experience and demonstrated expertise using diverse perspectives and methodologies in one or more of the following areas: environmental policy, urban sustainability, environmental justice, and/or urban agriculture.  Ability to take advantage of (1) the College’s location through place-based learning and (2) the College’s distinctive attributes, including community service and international perspective, is a plus.

Additional Information

Goucher College is a selective liberal arts college located in Towson, Maryland, twenty minutes north of Baltimore. The college’s strategic plan emphasizes environmental sustainability and international and intercultural experiences.  There are opportunities for faculty to develop courses and experiences with an international focus.  Goucher College is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and encourages applicants that will fulfill that mission. 

Application Instructions

Interested applicants must apply online by December 1, 2012 by submitting (1) a CV, (2) a cover letter, and (3) statements of scholarly and teaching interests, areas of expertise, and teaching philosophy.  In addition, three letters of recommendation and official graduate transcripts should be forwarded separately to Provost’s Office, Goucher
College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD 21204-2794. Goucher College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.