Psi Chi advisors help keep our Professional Organization alive and, to a large extent, determine the type of experience that members have with our Society. Advisors handle the day-to-day operation of their chapters such as recruiting new members, organizing activities, and encouraging members to participate in local and international Psi Chi opportunities.
Becoming an Advisor
Are passionate about mentoring students, education, and making a difference in your local community? Please consider becoming a primary advisor, coadvisor, or other faculty member at your local chapter. View the requirements. If you are already a member, you can become your chapter’s faculty advisor for free by following these instructions. And if Psi Chi isn’t located at your institution, here’s how to start a new chapter.
We can’t tell you how much we appreciate our advisors for sharing Psi Chi’s mission through their local chapters. In addition to lifetime membership benefits available to all, here are specific tools and opportunities to support our faculty.
Receive Financial Support
Psi Chi offers several awards and grants to faculty advisors to reward outstanding chapter service, and support research projects and travel to conventions.
Research Publication Opportunities
Faculty-level empirical manuscripts are welcome in Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research. Experience our rigorous fully PhD-peer-review process for yourself. Unique to most other journals, we also take our authors’ developmental level into consideration in order to provide supportive feedback to student authors; please encourage your undergrads and graduate students to submit their research studies as well. View our submission guidelines.
Advisor Networking at Conventions
Psi Chi offers unique programing at regional conventions to allow advisors to connect with each other and share advice about maintaining a successful chapter. We provide a free faculty appreciation meal or social for advisors at regional conventions as well, so keep your eye open for an e-mail invitation. From time to time, you will also be invited to help shape future conventions by (a) suggesting future programming to your regional VP or (b) applying to join our Psi Chi regional steering committees.
Review for Psi Chi Awards and Grants
Gain professional service hours by helping review our award and grants programs. Volunteers must have obtained PhDs in psychology or related fields. Your name will be entered to receive one of fifteen $50 gift cards as a reward for your on-time reviews. Apply now.
Journal Reviewers Are Always Welcome, Too
Doctoral-level faculty members are invited to join our Psi Chi Journal team dedicated to educating others on conducting and reporting quality empirical research. Also, did you know that our current Associate Editors and Editor all started out as reviewers? Maybe you could fulfill an Editorial Board position in the future, too! Learn more about becoming a reviewer.
For the past 20+ years, Eye on Psi Chi magazine has proven to be an effective place for advisors to publish nonempirical articles about career and graduate school advice, popular advancements in psychology, chapter success strategies, and much more. Submissions are open year round.
Materials for Your Classroom
Check often for new articles and tools for your classroom. Our magazine and journal regularly release new features and editorials about career and graduate school advice, research tips, and psychology trends that interest students and faculty. Search our articles by category or author today!
Become a Mentor
The brightest minds in all of psychology are located right there in your own institution. Being a Psi Chi faculty member gives you a special opportunity, outside of the classroom, to mentor future generations of dedicated psychology researchers and professionals. Make a difference in your members’ lives by encouraging them to participate in your research projects, run for chapter officer positions, and get involved in other chapter service events. Your students will thank you later!
Becoming an advisor is only the beginning of your journey to make a direct impact in the direction of Psi Chi! Many of our best advisors go on to become steering committee members, regional VPs, and even presidents of our entire Professional Organization. You can stay up to date on the latest of these opportunities by reading Psi Chi Advisor Digest e-mails.
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Why be a
Jessica Boyette-Davis, PhD
St. Edward's University (TX)
2017 Faculty Advisor Regional Travel Grant Winner
ignited an interest in science
and ultimately fueled my desire
to seek a PhD; the thought that
I might be contributing to that love of scientific interest in others is incredibly rewarding. I am very thankful to Psi Chi for providing me with the funds to engage in an experience that I would not have otherwise been able to participate in."
Agnes Scott College
"I like being a
faculty advisor because I get to know the top students in our psychology
department. I often ask them to work in my research lab and I offer
them internships that I find out about. They are wonderful students
to work with.”