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Joseph E. McGrath Award

for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Groups

INGRoup invites nominations for the Joseph E. McGrath Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Groups. INGRoup values and promotes diversity in theoretical and methodological perspectives for examining and understanding group processes and outcomes. This award will go to an individual or identifiable research team whose work has shown an enduring commitment to advancing the interdisciplinary science of team or small group behavior, dynamics, and outcomes.

The award recipient(s) will be granted a lifetime membership to INGRoup, be recognized at the INGRoup conferences, and receive a commemorative plaque. In addition, the recipient is invited to give an address that relates to his, her, or their contributions at the subsequent meeting of INGRoup. Conference registration is complimentary for the year in which the recipient gives the address.

Criteria & Eligibility for the Award



  • Nomination deadline: May 1
  • Committee decision announced to nominees: July 15
  • Committee decision made public at INGRoup conference

Guidelines for Nomination

  • Nominations may be submitted by any member of INGRoup. Self-nominations are also welcome.
  • A letter of nomination should outline the contributions made by the nominee(s) to knowledge about groups and teams. See the criteria for the award below.
  • A current vita of the nominee(s) should accompany the letter of nomination.
  • The nominator may also include a small set of materials that illustrate the contributions of the nominee(s) (e.g., no more than three representative articles).
  • Supporting letters may be included as part of the nomination packet. The number of supporting letters (not counting the nominating letter) for any given nomination should not exceed three.
  • Letters of nomination, vita, and all supporting letters and materials must be submitted by May 1 to Committee Chair Susannah Paletz ( with the subject header "INGRoup McGrath Award Nomination."


Criteria for the Award 

The letter of nomination and materials should address the following issues:

  • The general nature of the nominee’s contributions to the study of teams or small groups over time (i.e. minimum 20 years studying groups and teams).
  • The most important theoretical and/or empirical contributions.
  • The impact of the nominee’s contributions on the scholarly study of teams or small groups including the impact that his/her/their body of work has had on the work of students and colleagues.
  • The impact that the work has had across the various disciplines studying teams or small groups.
  • The status of their membership with INGRoup including a one year minimum of continuing membership prior to nomination.