Assistant Professor Sara McClelland has been selected as a winner of the 2014 Michele Alexander Early Career Award from the Society of Psychological Study of Social Issues.

Excerpt from the award letter:

"Your record is impressive and much aligned with the intent of this honor.  The committee feels that your work has significant impact and is impressive for an early career scholar, and is congruent with SPSSI aims – an example is your amicus brief to the Supreme Court which was cited in the court’s opinion.  Your record of scholarship, teaching, and service was described by the committee as the embodiment of this honor.  This year’s applications were outstanding, and each truly reflected the spirit of SPSSI."

The Michele Alexander Early Career Award for Scholarship and Service (Alexander Award) award was established in 2005 to recognize early career excellence in scholarship as well as in service. For this award, scholarship is defined in terms of substantive academic (theoretical, empirical, or applied) contributions to the psychological study of social issues, while service is defined as professional and/or community service.

This award is inspired in memory of Dr. Michele Alexander, a talented scholar and dedicated teacher who brought exceptional insight, passion, and commitment to social issues research. Dr. Alexander also gave generously to students, colleagues, and communities through voluntary service.