Joseph M. Price, Kaplan Postdoc Administrator

In order to help define and establish the Kaplan Post Doctoral Fellowship, an ad hoc committee composed of Psychology Department Faculty and SDSU administrators was formed. This committee developed the policies and procedures governing the fellowship. The committee determined that the Kaplan fellowship would be a departmental fellowship with the objective of preparing the fellow for an academic position; that at the end of the two years the fellow would be prepared to conduct independent research, obtain extramural support, and teach.

Much of the mentoring responsibility will fall upon a single faculty member—the primary mentor—with relatively less support and participation by other faculty. (It is possible, of course, that two faculty members who have strong collaborative projects would provide appropriate primary mentorship.)  A three person Guidance Committee consisting of the primary mentor and two others will have oversight responsibilities. The Guidance Committee will provide critical evaluation of the fellow’s progress and provide whatever additional support he/she might need.

Appropriate Mentors

The primary mentor should:

·       be a tenured faculty member of the Department of Psychology,

·       have had adequate experience supervising postdoctoral fellows,

·       have a program of research related to some aspect of developmental science

·       have an active research program that is currently funded.

The other faculty members of the Fellow’s Guidance Committee will be selected by the fellow and primary mentor together as stated in 9) below.

Operating Procedures

1.)     All members of the departmental faculty will be notified and have the opportunity to declare an interest in becoming a primary mentor

2.)    Those who meet the criteria will be listed on the formal program announcement

3.)    The announcement will be widely distributed and ads placed in the APA Monitor and other appropriate locations and presented on our departmental web site

4.)    Potential applicants will be directed to contact potential mentors regarding their interest in working with them in the development of a proposal and in the provision of guidance during the  fellowship.  In the pursuit of intellectual diversity both for the program and the experience of Kaplan Fellows themselves, SDSU doctoral students and PhD recipients will not be eligible to apply.

5.)    Potential mentors will select no more than one applicant with whom to develop a proposal

6.)    A Selection Committee will be appointed by the Department Chair in consultation with the faculty to review applications

7.)    The Selection Committee will select one to three finalists from the available applicant.

8.)    Finalists will be invited to campus for final selection by the Selection Committee

9.)    The fellow and mentor will together select two additional faculty members to serve on the Guidance Committee

10.)   The Guidance Committee will meet quarterly to review the fellow’s progress

11.)   There will be a mandatory review at the end of the first year with the second year contingent upon a favorable review

12.)   The fellow will present a research colloquium in the second year

13.)   The fellow will teach a minimum of one course during the second year.

14.)   The fellow will complete and submit a research proposal during the second year (or sooner) with the goal of securing independent support for continuing work at SDSU or elsewhere.