Looking for a new way to connect with other SPSP members? Join a Free-Form Friday session. These small, virtual meeting rooms (generally maximum 15 attendees) are hosted by members for a variety of activities, including: Sharing career advice, pondering big picture questions together, meeting members with a similar background, brainstorming sessions, and more. Take advantage of this unique opportunity!
Have an idea to host a Free-Form Friday session? Apply to host a future session (submit a meeting name, host, description, and preferred dates/times). Submit your October session idea by September 13, 2021.
Changes for 2021–2022
To make participation more equitable and inclusive, the following changes will be implemented:
- Sessions may be recorded for inclusion in SPSP Learning Online
- Sign-up times will be spread out and with advanced notice
- Sign-ups for September 3rd and 10th will open Monday, August 23 at 12 pm ET
- Sign-ups for September 17th and 24th will open Tuesday, September 7 at 9 am ET
September Free-Form Schedule
All Times U.S. Eastern Time Zone
As an early career scholar, what are your top five values? What are the barriers to working towards those values? When do you stick to your values versus make compromises? How can you start working towards your values today? How will you work towards your values in the long-term? This session will be geared towards early career scholars (undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs). Bring a piece of paper and a pen!
Host: Olivia Atherton (firstname.lastname@example.org), Northwestern University
Social psychology is rooted in the study of behavior, but research on observed behavior is in decline. This informal discussion will revolve around the importance of studying how people act—what they do—along with what they think and feel. This free-form Friday welcomes researchers who study behavior and behavior change as well as those interested in doing so in the future. We will discuss why and how to reverse this trend by studying observable behavior in daily life, limits of self-reports and hypothetical scenarios, and methods of behavior assessment. We will ground the discussion in applications to business, health, and climate change.
Being on the job market is stressful enough without having to worry about what happens once you actually have a job offer in hand and need to think about money. How do you negotiate for salary effectively? What should you include in your startup? What are the racial and gender equity implications of these actions? We'll go over some basics of negotiation (why, when, and how), and compile a list of considerations for start-ups. We'll also talk about how institutions can increase transparency.
Host: Negin Toosi (email@example.com), California State University East Bay
How do you begin to build a relationship with a potential post-doc mentor? Building relationships with mentors early can make it much easier to make the transition from graduate student to post-doc. During this Free-Form Friday session, we will discuss things to consider when selecting a mentor, how to go about approaching mentors, and when best to do so. Please bring any and all questions!
Host: Kaitlyn Warner (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of Toronto
Part 2 of a three-part series covering actionable tips for students who are considering applying for graduate school. In this session, student committee members Fernanda Andrade (Duke University) and Katie Austin (University of Texas, Dallas) will discuss the materials typically submitted with graduate school applications. This session will focus on steps typically taken in early fall and on tips for writing strong statements of purpose and formatting CVs. There will be a time for Q&A at the end.
What's involved in writing a trade book? How do I get started? Do I need an agent? What are the highs and lows of the process? Catherine Sanderson (author of The Positive Shift and Why We Act) and Jessica Tracy (author of Take Pride) will describe their experiences in writing trade books and provide practical advice about the process.
Thinking about retirement, or being retired, presents different issues for different people yet some themes recur such as staying professionally involved or not (and how), self-concept, public image, and others. We invite you to share your questions, concerns, and experiences on Friday, September 17, at noon. At this session we will discuss issues around whether one wants to maintain some kind of professional commitment or visibility, and/or make continued use of one's skills—and if yes, how to achieve such a goal. Please also contact either co-host if you would like learn more about the new Retirement Affinity Group being formed among SPSP members.
* This is a two-hour session
Social and personality psychologists are increasingly flocking to R as their go-to environment for data analysis and visualization. However, while there is increasing opportunity to build community in psychology as an R user, opportunities to network as a developer for R--someone who builds the functions and/or packages—are more sporadic.
The purpose of this Free-Form Friday, therefore, is to provide an opportunity for those developing for R (with social and personality psychology users in mind) to come together. Beyond getting to network with others in the developer community, we can have an organic conversation which may include topics such as:
- Go-to resources and current best practices for function writing;
- Strategies for incorporating developer activities into a research program;
- Promoting inclusive function/package design and developer communities; and
- Strategies for increasing programming capacity in social and personality psychology.
Attendees of any level of experience who interested are welcomed to join!
Host: John Sakaluk (email@example.com), Western University
Scientific advancements are increasingly driven by collaborations among teams of varying size and composition, from small groups in a single laboratory to networks of hundreds from different academic disciplines. Team science provides many advantages over traditional approaches (e.g., leveraging diverse sets of domain expertise and methodologies) but also involves unique challenges (e.g., building a shared lexicon, coordinating highly interdependent tasks). Research on the science of team science draws heavily from group dynamics and research into collective effort in other arenas (e.g., military, sports, business) (National Academy of Sciences, 2005). I’m interested in connecting with other researchers interested in the science of team science (or related topics) to share thoughts, ideas, and key literature. If there’s enough interest, we can follow up with additional Free Form sessions or some other form of ongoing conversation about this topic.
Host: Joel Thurston (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of Virginia Biocomplexity Institute
Are you interested in writing about psychology for the non-academic public? If so, join us to chat about how public writing differs from academic writing, how to get started with an idea, how to locate venues that might be right for your writing, and how to persist in the face of rejection and failure.
Host: Michael McCullough (email@example.com), University of California San Diego
SPSP members are increasingly interested in applied Psychology careers in non-academic settings, as well collaborations with industry, government, and non-profit orgs via their academic positions. Ideally, such interests are supported throughout graduate school via special resources, courses, invited speakers, internship opportunities, etc. The session host (Dr. Eric Lang) is a longtime supporter and mentor in this area, and has been recruited by a major research university to help their Applied Social Science Task Force to better meet the needs of students and faculty with applied Psych interests. This session will be an opportunity hear some insights from the host about preparing for, and pursuing, Applied Psychology jobs and collaborations. There will be significant time to address your questions, which will also help the host in his ongoing roles on SPSP’s Applied Psychology committee and the university Task Force to understand and meet your needs in this important area.
Host: Eric Lang (Eric.L.Lang6.firstname.lastname@example.org) , Personnel & Security Research Center (PERSEREC)
This session will discuss developing and managing effective research collaborations, as well as tips for ending collaborations that are no longer working for you. We will discuss collaborations with both academic researchers as well as non-academic research partners. Feel free to join with specific questions about how to handle an ongoing research collaboration, or just to learn more about collaborating effectively in general. This session is geared toward grad students/postdocs, although all are welcome.
Host: Kate Turetsky (email@example.com), Barnard College, Columbia University