Elliot Aronson wins 2012 Distinguished Social Sciences Emeriti Faculty Award

Professor Emeritus of Psychology wins the sixth annual award for his significant contributions to social psychology, on-going accomplishments in path-breaking research and numerous honors and accolades.

March 19, 2012


Elliot Aronson

UC Santa Cruz Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Elliot Aronson, is named the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Social Sciences Emeriti Faculty Award.

The Distinguished Social Sciences Emeriti Faculty Award is presented annually to an emeriti faculty member who has excelled not only in her or his scholarly, educational, or creative endeavors during her or his career and retirement, but who has continued to make noteworthy and meritorious contributions to UC Santa Cruz and the broader community.

With this award, the Division of Social Sciences honors Aronson's success and the enduring impact of his teaching, mentorship, and scholarship; his record of achievement, acclaim and skill as a scholar, author, and teacher; and his active engagement as an important member of the academic community. His commitment and vision merit special commendation and appreciation and embody the spirit of this prestigious award.

Aronson is the only person in the 120-year history of the American Psychological Association to have won all three of its major awards: Distinguished Teaching, Distinguished Research, and Distinguished Writing, and he was the first recipient of the UCSC Alumni Association's Distinguished Teaching Award. Since retiring, he has been awarded two important international awards: the Distinguished Research Award from the American Psychological Association (1999) and the William James Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Psychological Science (2007). He also won the University of California system-wide Panunzio Award (2011). Since retirement, Aronson has written four books, and he has updated his book, The Social Animal, now in its eleventh edition.

An award luncheon in Aronson's honor will be held on Friday, April 27. We hope you can join us!

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