Professor honoured by the Association for Psychological Science25 August 2009

UQ Business School Professor Neal Ashkanasy is the first Australian to be awarded Fellowship of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in Industrial and Organisational Psychology. Professor Neal Ashkanasy has been recognised internationally by the APS for his sustained and outstanding contribution to the advancement of psychological science. The first Australian psychologist to be awarded a Fellow of the APS in the area of Industrial Organisation, Professor Ashkanasy said he was surprised but flattered by the award. "It just arrived in the mail one day" "It's a great honour," Professor Ashkanasy said. In a letter signed by Walter Mischel, arguably the leading psychologist in the world, the selection by the APS was made outside the standard nomination process, on the basis of Professor Ashkanasy's significant accomplishments in the field. "Usually you need to nominate, get referees, there's a whole process" "I suppose they looked at my earlier election to Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and my overall profile to make the decision," he said. Professor Ashkanasy is Editor of the prestigious Journal of Organizational Behavior, based out of the USA and UK, as well as being the first Australian to be elected Fellow of two leading psychological associations. He also has a swath of influential academic publications to his name. Professor Ashkanasy came to UQ in 1986 after an 18-year career in engineering. He has been with UQ Business School since its establishments in 2002, and is now recognised as a leader in the fields of management and industrial and organisational psychology. He frequently travels to the USA, Asia, and Europe for his work, a culture UQBS fosters. "In order to be an international scholar you need to work internationally, the UQ Business School really encourages that," Professor Ashkanasy said. Professor Ashkanasy is in good company, with his election to Fellow status only enhancing the distinguished group of his peers who work out of institutions including Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Princeton, and Cambridge University. Professor Ashkanasy will be formally recognised in the September issue of the APS publication Observer.