The grade of Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society recognises a current Member who has made a substantial contribution to the APS over at least five years, and who has made a substantial and innovative contribution to the advancement of psychological knowledge, or the advancement of professional psychological practice whether through his or her own work or by organising and developing the work of others.

Existing Members must be nominated for the grade of Fellow. Fellows can display their membership status with the post-nominals FAPS, for Fellow of the APS. For example, Olive Azavedo FAPS.

Election of fellows - how to nominate

Fellow nominations for 2016 are closed.

Clause 8 of the Constitution states:

FELLOW 

(a) To qualify for election to the grade of Fellow a person must have been previously elected to the grade of Member and must satisfy the Board that:

(i) he or she has been engaged in psychological work or study for a period of not less than ten (10) years subsequent to being elected to the grade of Member or in exceptional circumstances, subsequent to attaining the qualifications necessary to become a Member; and

(ii) he or she has, in the opinion of the Board, made a substantial contribution to the activities of the Society extending over not less than five (5) years in total; and

(iii) he or she possesses an advanced knowledge of psychology in at least one (1) of its fields; and

(iv) he or she has, in the opinion of the Board, made:

(A) a substantial and innovative contribution to the advancement of psychological knowledge; and/or

(B) a substantial and innovative contribution to the education of psychologists; and/or

(C) a substantial and innovative contribution to professional psychological practice, whether through his or her own work or by organising and developing the work of others.

(b) Only in exceptional circumstances will a person who has not contributed substantially to the activities of the Society be elected as a Fellow.

Application assistance

The following Fellows have indicated their availability to assist Members in putting together a Fellow nomination, writing a support letter, or advising on how best to put together a relevant CV.

Name  State  Email  Phone 
Edward Helmes FAPS  Qld  edward.helmes@jcu.edu.au
 

 
Evelyn Field FAPS
 
Vic 
 
03 9523 0300
 
Jill Lawson FAPS
 
WA  lawsone@cygnus.uwa.edu.au
 
08 9388 6557  
Janet Williams FAPS
 
WA  janet@exix.com   08 93857026
 

 

For a full list of APS Fellows, click here

Standing Orders (Section 5.6) of the Board

Election to Fellow 

The Constitution sets out the requirements for eligibility for election to the grade of Fellow of the Society in clause 8. Further clarification of those requirements is set out here.

5.6.1 The grade of Fellow

The purpose of the grade of Fellow is to recognise the exemplary contribution by a Member of the Society to the Society and to the discipline and/or profession of psychology. Whilst the purpose is to acknowledge the contribution of the Member, it is envisaged that Fellows of the Society will actively support and promote the interests of the Society and encourage the development of the discipline and the profession.

5.6.2 To demonstrate eligibility for election to the grade of Fellow in accordance with clause 8(a)(iv) of the Constitution, an Applicant may submit evidence of any one or more of the following:

(a) An advanced knowledge of an area of psychology in at least one of its fields demonstrated by achievements in at least one or more of the areas listed below:

(i) further study and publication in an area of psychology, or in areas in which psychology has application;

(ii) teaching at undergraduate or postgraduate levels in psychology and/or training that contributes to continuing professional development;

(iii) experience and practice in an applied field of psychology.

(b) A substantial contribution to the Society extending over not less than five (5) years in total demonstrated by:

(i) active contributions such as editorial work for Society journals, writing submissions for the Society or invited contributions to specific projects; and/or

(ii) subsequent to being elected to the grade of Member, evidence of leadership at Branch, College, Interest Group, Board or other national committee level, which might normally be expected to extend over a period of not less than five years.

(c) A substantial and innovative contribution to the advancement of professional psychological practice and/or psychological knowledge, whether through his or her own work or by organising and developing the work of others, demonstrated by evidence in at least two of the following:

(i) excellence in research and its dissemination, by the clear application of the nominee’s psychological knowledge to theoretical or applied areas of psychology;

(ii) excellence in teaching, supervision or training and innovation in course/professional development in theoretical or applied psychology;

(iii) holding positions and undertaking leadership which has substantially encouraged other psychologists; in their psychological research or practice; and/or by administration and leadership eg, through honours and post-graduate or professional supervision or holding an organisational position which encourages the professional development of
others;

(iv) representing the profession or science of psychology as an ambassador to other professions or community groups, or in the public arena;

(v) excellence and innovative application of the nominee’s expertise in psychology.

5.6.3 Call for nominations for election to the grade of Fellow

(a) A call for nominations for election to the grade of Fellow will be made by the Executive Director in InPsych each year, typically in the December edition.

(b) The relevant provisions of the Constitution and the Standing Orders describing the requirements for the grade of Fellow will be available at the same time as any call for nominations for election to the grade of Fellow.

5.6.4 The Fellows Committee

(a) A Fellows Committee will be appointed by the Board each year to consider nominations for the grade of Fellow of the Society.

(b) The Fellows Committee will comprise a Director (as Chair) and at least three (3) Members who are not Directors, of whom at least two (2) will be Honorary Fellows or Fellows of the Society.

(c) The Fellows Committee will be formed with due regard to gender balance and geographical representation, as well as academic and practitioner balance.

(d) Members of the Fellows Committee shall not be nominators, proposers or seconders of nominee’s during their term of membership of the Fellows Committee.

(e) The Chair of the Fellows Committee is responsible for reporting the Committees recommendations to the Board.

5.6.5 Submitting a nomination for election to the grade of Fellow
(a) Nominations should be submitted in the form published by the Society each year, with all supporting documentation.

(b) Nominations should be addressed to the Fellows Committee at the address of the National Office.

(c) Nominations will be acknowledged upon receipt.

(d) Nominations close on 30 April each year. Late and/or incomplete nomination forms will not be accepted.

(e) Referees will be requested to provide reference letters by 1 June.

(f) If the Fellows Committee requires further information to support a nomination, the nominee will be notified and will have until 21 June of that year to submit further information. Any information received after 21 June will not be taken into consideration.

5.6.6 Supporting documentation

(a) To be eligible for consideration, nominations must be supported with evidence that satisfies all of the requirements of clause 8 of the Constitution.

(b) A current curriculum vitae of the nominee, which specifically addresses the criteria for being elected to the grade of Fellow, must be submitted with the nomination.

(c) The referees reports supporting the nomination should be submitted with the nomination. Referees comments may support any one or more of the requirements set out in clause 8 of the Constitution, provided that when read together, all requirements have been addressed in the referees reports.

(d) Referees should comment on the nominee’s suitability for the grade of Fellow, in particular on the significance of the nominee’s contribution to the Society and/or the significance of his or her contribution to the science and/or practice of psychology.

5.6.7 Procedures for Nominee’s, Nominators, Seconders and Referees

(a) Members must be nominated and seconded by a Fellow or Honorary Fellow with the support of three (3) referees. The nominator and seconder may also act as a referee.

(b) The nominator should know the nominee personally, but the seconder may support an application based on information provided by the nominee. The nominator and seconder must each sign the nomination form.

(c) A nominee for the grade of Fellow should not take part in any aspect of another nominee’s process of nomination for the grade of Fellow in the same year as they are nominated.

(d) Current Directors should generally not be involved in the process of nomination of Fellows as proposers, seconders or referees.

5.6.8 Additional Procedures for Nominators

Nominators play an important role in identifying and promoting worthy recipients of election to the grade of Fellow, and in ensuring that the nomination form is properly completed prior to being submitted.

(a) The nominator must complete and sign the nomination section of the nomination form.

(b) The nominator must also provide a covering letter that explicitly addresses how the nominee meets the criteria for election to the grade of Fellow as set out in section 5.6.2, with the properly completed nomination form.

5.6.9 Additional Procedures for Referees

(a) Referees should obtain a copy of the submitted curriculum vitae from the nominee or the nominator.

(b) Referees should comment on the nominee’s suitability for the grade of Fellow, in particular on the significance of the nominee’s contribution to the Society and/or the significance of his or her contribution to the science and/or practice of
psychology.

(c) The first referee will be a Member, Fellow or an Honorary Fellow of the Society.

(d) The second referee will be a Member, Fellow or Honorary Fellow of the Society and will hold or have held office in a Constituent Unit, and be in a position to comment on the nominee’s contribution to the Society.

(e) The third referee will be an expert on the nominee’s field of work (this referee does not necessarily have to be a member of the Society).

5.6.10 Consideration by the Board

(a) The Fellows Committee will include brief statements in support of election to the grade of Fellow with their recommendations to the Board.

(b) The Board will consider recommendations from the Fellows Committee annually, unless the Board resolves otherwise.

(c) The Board will elect Members to the grade of Fellow and announce such elections at the Society’s next annual general meeting.

(d) The names of unsuccessful nominee’s for election to the grade of Fellow will remain confidential within the Board.

5.6.11 Discretion to Refuse

In its absolute discretion and without the need to give any reason the Board, on the recommendation of the Chair of the Fellows Committee, may refuse to elect to the grade of Fellow a person whom it shall consider not to be a fit and proper person to be so elected, even if the nominee has fulfilled the prescribed conditions of such election.