UC Santa Cruz dean honored by social psychologists

Martin Chemers, a professor of psychology and dean of the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will be honored by the members of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) at their annual meeting on Feb. 6, 2003.

Chemers is being recognized for his service to the 3,700-member organization, the largest organization of social and personality psychologists in the world. He will receive one of two inaugural awards for service to the society in recognition of his contributions during the 1980s and 1990s.

Chemers served on the executive committee of SPSP for more than a decade, including stints as managing editor of the society's publications, as secretary-treasurer, and as a member of the publications committee. He founded Dialogue, the society's newsletter, in the early 1980s and was its first editor, and he was instrumental in the development of publishing contracts that improved the society's financial standing, according to James Blascovich, president of the society and chair of the Psychology Department at UC Santa Barbara.

The society supports research in personality and social psychology. The organization publishes two academic journals, hosts an annual conference, and works with science advocacy offices in the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society.

The 2003 SPSP conference will be held February 6-8 in Los Angeles.