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Eye on Psi Chi: Summer 2020

Eye on Psi Chi

Summer 2020 | Volume 24 | Number 4

Faculty: If You Are Not a Psi Chi Member Already—Join!

Martha S. Zlokovich, PhD
Psi Chi Executive Director

https://doi.org/10.24839/2164-9812.Eye24.4.5

Confession: I did not join Psi Chi until I was a tenure-track faculty member. Furthermore, it is no exaggeration to say that I would not be where I am today if it were not for having joined Psi Chi—finally—as a faculty member. If you join Psi Chi as a faculty member, the course of your career may not change as much as mine did, but you will be able to both support the society’s many student members and to reap the benefits of being a member yourself.

But before I go on, just a reminder to faculty who did join Psi Chi as an undergraduate or graduate student; you are a lifetime member. You have access to many benefits for yourself and your students. If you’re not already doing so, you can obtain your username and password, update your profile, and subscribe for the latest news on accessing those benefits.

The more faculty in a department who are members of Psi Chi, the better equipped the department is to let students know about Psi Chi opportunities, including those available to nonmembers. Student members are eligible for research grants, scholarships, and awards, and can learn leadership skills as officers of the chapter. Nonmembers who work with member coauthors can submit research posters to most of the Psi Chi regional convention programs, submit for publication in our magazine, submit a manuscript with a Psi Chi member coauthor in our research journal, and attend chapter meetings. They can’t vote or serve as chapter officers, but they can participate in chapter events before they have the credits and/or grades to join.

As a faculty member, you have access to many Psi Chi opportunities even if you are not a member of Psi Chi, but more if you are. Benefits available to all faculty include being able to access free psychological measures for research purposes, participate in cross-cultural, crowdsourced research projects, and read and submit articles to both the Eye on Psi Chi magazine and Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research. Both of these publications, along with our blog and podcast series, provide excellent resources to enhance faculty teaching and professional development.

But what are the member benefits exclusively for faculty who are Psi Chi members? Like student Psi Chi members, faculty may post on our website seeking research participants. They are eligible to apply for research grants, $1,500 travel grants to present psychological research at any psychology convention in the world, and to serve as chapter advisors or coadvisors. Advisors and coadvisors are eligible for advisor regional and international awards.

We are developing more benefits for lifetime members all the time. New benefits in the works include reduced cost or free access to webinars, potentially some with CE credits available.

Although I was invited—multiple times—to join the University of Florida (UF) Psi Chi Chapter as a graduate student, I did not pursue it. Even though I had started my freshman year as a psychology major, I never heard anything about Psi Chi until after completing my sophomore year and transferring to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

UCLA, where I was accepted as a German major, was a much bigger campus than where I started. In addition to not starting there as a psychology major, I probably got lost in the transfer student shuffle and, well, ahem, let’s just say that the first couple of quarters were a big adjustment. But after graduating with a BA in psychology and concentration in German, I went on to study developmental psychology at UF. From there my first full-time teaching position was at Southeast Missouri State University as an ABD (all but dissertation) instructor.

Then came the life-altering conversation. After completing my doctorate and moving into a tenure-track position at Southeast Missouri, my department chair suggested that I become the faculty advisor for Psychology Club and Psi Chi. Psi Chi advisors have to be members, so I joined.

Regardless of whatever circuitous path led you to become a psychology faculty member who is not a member of Psi Chi, the only requirements to join now are an earned master’s or doctorate in psychology or a closely related field and to be working full time at a university with a Psi Chi chapter. Alternatively, if you graduated from a university that did not have a chapter when you were a student but does now, you can join that chapter as an alumni member. Either way, simply fill out the new member form online to join the chapter on your current or previous campus, then pay your fee. The cost is $55 (there are fee adjustments for low-income countries) for your lifetime membership.

If you are a member, encourage your nonmember colleagues to join us. If you’re not a member, join us! Visit https://www.psichi.org/page/become_member.


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