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SPSP elections set to begin

The following candidates will appear on the 2015 SPSP Leadership Ballot. Ballots will be mailed to voting members the week of April 27.

Candidates

President
Diane Mackie
Michael Zarate
Treasurer
Wendy Berry Mendes
Cynthia Pickett
Member at Large #1
Julia Garcia
Elizabeth Haines
Member at Large #2
Julie Norem
Linda Skitka

 

President

Candidate Biography Statement

Diane Mackie

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Education:
BA/MA University of Auckland, New Zealand
Ma/PhD, Princeton University, USA
 
Positions:  
Junior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Auckland
Swiss Confederation Research Scholar, Université de Genève, Switzerland
Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, UCSB, USA
 
Honors:
Being trained by Graham Vaughan in Auckland, Willem Doise in Geneva, and Joel Cooper at Princeton; being a member of the Social Program at UCSB for more than 30 years; benefiting from long-term collaborations with Eliot Smith, Teresa Garcia-Marques, and Heather Claypool.
 
SPSP Service:
Publication Committee (member then Chair), 2011-2013 and 1990-1992; SPSP Taskforce on Ethical Publishing, 2011-2013; Carol and Ed Diener Award Selection Committee, 2015; SPSP Student Publication Award (member then Chair), 2011-2013; Student Travel Award Committee, 1990-1992.
 
Other Professional Committees and Service:
With SESP: Mid-Career Trajectory Award Selection Committee, 2007; Executive Committee, 1994-1996; Dissertation Award Committee, 1994-1996; Distinguished Scientist Award Panel, 1995-1996.  With SPISSI: Elections Committee, 2004-2005:  Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize Committee, 1992. External Advisory Board, Princeton University, 2003-2007.  Ad hoc reviewer NSF; SSHR, Canada; ARC, Australia; University of Leuven Research Council; Israeli Science Foundation.
 
Editorial Positions:
Associate Editor, Personality and Social Psychology Review, 2001-2003; Associate Editor, Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin, 1991-1993; Associate Editor, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 1997-2001; Associate Editor, Journal of Consumer Research, 2005-2008
 
Professional Affiliations:
SPSP, SESP, SPISSI, APS, AAAS
 
Teaching and Research Interests:
Evaluations, Emotions, Attitudes, and Norms in Intergroup Relations and in Social Influence; Director, UCSB Certificate in College and University Teaching

Any incoming president would be lucky to inherit the progress that SPSP has made toward our society’s dual goals of facilitating the production and dissemination of high quality personality and social psychology for the public good and promoting the ability of personality and social psychologists at every level to do so.  In the face of rapid change, SPSP has already set in motion procedures to evaluate possible changes in our funding, research practices, publication models, and more recently, our signature conference. The results of these wait to be implemented.

In concert with these efforts, I’d like to see SPSP further facilitate interaction with other disciplines and exploration of other methodologies and technologies, not for their own sakes, but because of the hard questions they might help us answer. We ask inherently interdisciplinary questions and relevant data can now be collected in very different ways and from larger and more varied populations than ever before. We need to do whatever it takes to get the answers to the hard questions right, to secure “high quality personality and social psychology for the public good.

I’d also like SPSP to double its efforts to promote national and international diversity of identities and viewpoints in the discipline and the society, a diversity crucial to the generation and evaluation of sound ideas.  In addition to increasing the measures the society is already taking, I’d like us to provide more opportunities for intellectual and professional interaction with social and personality psychologists who work in settings other than large academic ones, and on continents other than our own. 

Because of the rapid changes we face, I’d also suggest that the society ask the membership if we’d like to put even more resources into (re)training and (re)development opportunities for graduate student, early career, and mid career members. Smart people adapt quickly, and that ‘s what will ensure the longevity and vigor of social and personality psychology, whatever it looks like 30 years from now.

Michael Zarate

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Education:
BA from University of California at Santa Barbara
Ph.D. from Purdue University
 
Positions:
2003- present, Professor, University of Texas at El Paso
1996-2003, Associate Professor, University of Texas at El Paso
1990-1996, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at El Paso
 
Honors and Professional Affiliations:
Fellow, Association for Psychological Science, American Psychological Association, Society for Experimental Social Psychology; Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.  Member, Society of Personality and Social Psychology.
 
SPSP Service:
Executive Council Member at large.  2013-2015; SPSP Theoretical Innovation Prize Panel, 2012; 2003-2005, SPSP Diversity committee member; Chair, 2004;
 
Other Professional Committees and Service:
American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Advisory Panel. 2001 to 2008; 2012 APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration; Council member, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues – 2007-2009; 2000-2002 Committee member of the Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award - SPSSI Chair, 2003; 1997 Committee member of the Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award – SPSSI; 1999/2000.  Member, Minority Involvement and Membership Recruitment committee for SPSSI. Panelist for at least 11 NIH panels.
 
Editorial Positions: 
Editor, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.  2010-1014; Incoming editor, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. 2009; Consulting Editor, The Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies.  2012-present; Associate Editor, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 2004-2009; Consulting editor, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 1994-2001 and 2009-2013; Consulting Editor, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2002-2008; National Science Foundation Social Psychology review panel. 1999-2002; Ad-hoc Action Editor, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 2014; Division 45 Book Series editorial board; ad-hoc reviewer for at least 11 other journals.
 
Teaching and Research Interests:
Social Psychology, Intergroup relations, social cognition, religion and terrorism.

As President, I would have two distinct goals. One goal is to continue the development of grant programs at SPSP.  SPSP is in good financial shape for a non-profit organization and at this point, SPSP should be revenue neutral. The current leadership is developing grants-in-aid programs that need to be further developed.  SPSP has a great conference, but researchers, teachers, and those working in non-academic settings need more than one conference to continue their membership in SPSP. My goal would be to help develop programs for members at a variety of career stages and for a variety of needs. Potential programs that may already be developed by the time this president takes over are small grants for dissertations and small research projects, conference funds, small (2 to 5k) targeted research funds, and other membership initiated proposals. These new grant programs need to be fully initiated. Leadership is already working on these, and they need to become a normal perk of membership. 

Another equally important goal is to expand our membership beyond the US and Canada to Mexico and South America. SPSP needs to look south to make sure our membership continues to expand. More importantly, professional and intellectual diversity help to broaden our questions and collaborations. SPSP membership includes a small (too small) amount of European and Asian colleagues, but our membership has strikingly few Mexican and South American colleagues. It would be mutually beneficial for SPSP to expand to include our southern colleagues. My hope is to foster exciting new collaborations that produce new answers and new questions. Given their proximity to the US, it seems to me that it is our duty to integrate and coordinate our efforts. 

 

Treasurer

Candidate Biography Statement

Wendy Berry Mendes

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Education:
University of California Santa Barbara, PhD, 2003
University of California San Francisco, Post-doc in Psychology & Medicine 
 
Positions:
Assistant to Associate Professor, 2004 – 2010, Harvard University
Associate Professor, 2010-present, University of California San Francisco
 
Honors:
Gordon Allport award for best intergroup paper, 2007; SAGE young scholar award from SPSP, 2009; Spence Award for transformative early career from APS, 2011; One of Harvard undergraduates “Favorite Professors” five consecutive years, 2006 – 2010; Sarlo-Ekman Endowed Chair in the Study of Human Emotion, UCSF, 2010 – present. 
 
SPSP Service:
Program Co-Chair with Andy Elliot, 2010; Summer Institute in Social Personality Psychology (SISPP) committee member and chair, 2011 – 2015; Board member and Treasurer of the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology (FPSP) 2011 – 2016; Committee Member: Program, 2008; Career Personality Award, 2010; Fellows, 2014.
Other Professional Committees and Service: Society for Experimental Social Psychology, Elected Executive Member, 2011 – 2014; Association of Psychological Science, Elected Member-at-large , 2012 – 2015, APS Program Committee Chair, 2014; Society for Affective Science (SAS) Board Member, 2013 – present, Program Chair, 2014 & 2015, President, 2015 – 2016. 
 
Editorial Positions:
Senior Editor at Psychological Science, 2013 – present; Associate Editor at Emotion Review, 2011 – present; Associate Editor at Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: PPID, 2009 – 2015; Associate Editor at Psychological Science, 2013; Current editorial board member: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology; Psychological Bulletin; Journal of Experimental Psychology: General; Motivation Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: PPID. 
 
Professional Affiliations:
Fellow of SPSP, APA, and APS. Member of SESP, Society for Psychophysiological Research, and Society for Affective Science. 
 
Teaching and Research Interests:
Emotion, Stigma & Discrimination, Status and Hierarchies, Aging disorders, Coping and Stress, Social Psychophysiology and Neuroscience, Psychoneuroendocrinology 

I attended the first SPSP meeting as a graduate student in 2000 and was thrilled that this “new” society promised an alternative to SESP by offering a more student-friendly and inclusive membership. Fast-forward 16 years and boasting more than 6,000 members, a formal executive office, a healthy balance sheet, and thriving revenue streams from society-owned publications, the promise of SPSP has far exceeded the most optimistic expectations. But rather than congratulating ourselves on the successful society we built, the membership should be asking “now what?” What can SPSP do to advance social and personality psychology in terms of advocating funding, communicating our work to policy makers, leading the charge on best practices, and maintaining focus on research that is theoretically and/or practically important? In short, SPSP can and should do more.

I would be honored to be part of the SPSP board and think I bring a valuable perspective to the board. I am an interdisciplinary researcher who benefits and collaborates not simply across areas in psychology (social, personality, developmental, clinical), but also across areas in social and biological sciences (public health, biological sciences, medicine). It is important to have diverse perspectives on the board.

Observing the current landscape, one could easily conclude that we are in the best of times, and the worst of times. On one hand, these are exciting times where we can examine behavior from neurons to neighborhoods, cells to society, and bench-side to bed-side. However, we should be concerned about the crisis of faith that is emerging regarding the replication of our results, the integrity of our data, and the importance of our findings. These are critical issues that cannot be ignored. SPSP needs to be a leader in tackling the hardest problems in the hardest science. 

 

Cynthia Pickett

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Education:
B.A., 1994, Stanford University;
M.A., 1996 Ohio State University;
Ph.D., 1999, Ohio State University
 
Positions:
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1999-2002;
Assistant Professor, University of Chicago, 2002-2004; Associate Professor, University of California, Davis, 2004-present
 
Honors:
Fellow, Society of Experimental Social Psychology; Rising Star, Association for Psychological Science
 
SPSP Service:
Instructor, SPSP Summer Institute in Social and Personality Psychology, 2013; Chair, SPSP Convention Committee, 2012-13; Member, SPSP Presidential Working Group on Conventions, 2011-12; Member, SPSP Convention Committee, 2010-12; Member, SPSP Theoretical Innovation Prize Committee, 2009; Chair, SPSP Student Travel Award Committee, 2010-11
 
Other Professional Committees and Service:
Co-Organizer, Society for Experimental Social Psychology Annual Meeting, 2008; Member, Society for Experimental Social Psychology Program Committee, 2008; NSF Site Visit Team Member – SILC Science of Learning Center, 2007-2009; NSF Site Visit Team Member – LIFE Science of Learning Center, 2009-2012; Co-Organizer, Self and Identity Preconference, 2006, 2007; Member, Selection Committee for the International Society for Self and Identity Early Career Award, 2007
 
Editorial Positions:
Associate Editor, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, IRGP (2005-2006); Current and Past Editorial Board Positions at: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, IRGP, Psychological Science, Social Psychological and Personality Science, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Basic and Applied Social Psychology, Social and Personality Psychology Compass.
 
Professional Affiliations:
SPSP, SESP, Society for Self and Identity, ISCON
 
Teaching and Research Interests:
Self and identity; intergroup relations, social rejection, social cognition
As an SPSP member, I have served on various SPSP award committees, chaired the SPSP Convention Committee, and most recently served as an instructor for the 2013 Summer Institute in Social and Personality Psychology. I have enjoyed working with colleagues, students, and the Society’s administrative staff and feel that I can continue to contribute to the Society as Secretary-Treasurer.  My primary goal as Secretary-Treasurer would be to work with the rest of the Executive Committee to examine ways that the Society can better serve the needs of its members. I believe that the SPSP Executive Committee should play a strong leadership role for the Society particularly when there are critical issues facing the field. I also believe that the Society can become even more forward-thinking. As Secretary-Treasurer, I would take a proactive approach and try to anticipate changes to come so that, as a Society, we can actively shape the future for ourselves and others. Because one of our most valuable assets is each other, I would work to create improved communication between SPSP members and between SPSP members and the SPSP Executive Committee. There is a particular need for modes of communication that allow for real-time discussions that are integrated with sites and apps that members regularly use (e.g., Facebook) and for there to be active participation from the full spectrum of the SPSP membership. Last, but not least, I feel that is critical to remove barriers that may prevent some SPSP members from fully participating in the Society’s activities. As Chair of the SPSP Convention Committee, I worked to implement on-site childcare at the annual meetings in San Diego and New Orleans to facilitate conference attendance for SPSP members with young children. As Secretary-Treasurer, I would continue to explore ways to make the Society’s professional activities accessible to all members of the Society.

 

Member at Large #1

Candidate Biography Statement

Julia Garcia

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Education:
B.A., 1996, California State University, San Bernardino,
Ph.D., 2005, University of Michigan 
 
Positions:
2005-2007 Post-doctoral Fellow, Stanford University
2007-2011, Assistant Professor, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
2011-Present, Associate Professor, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
 
Honors:
2012, Cal Poly College of Liberal of Arts Richard K. Simon Outstanding Scholarship Award, 2011 Cal Poly California Faculty Association Distinguished Educator Award
 
SPSP Service:
Reviewer, SPSP Diversity Awards 2014 Conference
 
Other Professional Committees and Service:
2005-2009, Diversity Committee, SPSSI, National Science Foundation review panel
 
Editorial Positions:
CDEMP editorial board (2015)
 
Professional Affiliations:
SPSP, SPSSI, APA
 
Teaching and Research Interests:  
Self and identity, prejudice and stereotyping, intergroup relationships 

My research, teaching, and service activities reflect a common theme— supporting people who are often marginalized and underserved by illuminating their unique experiences. For example, some of my research explores how university and professors’ lay theories of intelligence may contribute to the under-representation of women and people of color in STEM fields with my colleagues Sabrina Zirkel and Mary Murphy and support from The National Science Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation. I also teach courses on the psychological underpinnings of prejudice and discrimination at a predominately teaching college. Additionally, I have had the privilege of serving on the steering committee that formed the first LGBT faculty and staff association on our campus and I have served as the president of our Chicana Latino faculty and staff association for the past two and a half years. As a scholar at a predominantly teaching college, I can provide a voice for faculty who are currently underrepresented in the leadership of our organization. I plan to advocate for conference programming and support for the needs of faculty at predominantly teaching organizations. I would be honored to serve on the SPSP Executive Committee and strongly believe that I could bring a unique perspective to the committee. 

 

Elizabeth Haines

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Education:
B.A., 1993, University of Delaware;  
Ph.D.,  C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center, 1999.  
 
Positions:
Assistant to Full Professor, 2002-2015, William Paterson University;  
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow 2000-2001, University of Washington;  
Instructor 1996-2000, Montclair State University;  
Adjunct Professor, Hunter College, CUNY, &  Montclair State University 1994-1996.   
 
Honors:
William Paterson Excellence in Teaching Award,   Stanley Milgram Award (CUNY) , APA Geis Memorial Award
     
SPSP Service:
Chair, Teaching Task Force SPSP, 2015 – ongoing.  
 
Other professional Committees and Service:
Social Cognition Editorial Board,  APA Geis Memorial Award Committee, EPA Poster Reviewer 
 
Teaching and Research Interests:
Stereotyping and Prejudice, Implicit Measurement, Social Cognition, Sexism. 
 
Professional Affiliations:
SPSP,  SPSSI,  APA Division 35, SIOP, MPA , EPA , APS 
As the SPSP Executive Committee’s at-large representative  for faculty at teaching institutions, I would  be honored to serve as a voice and support for the large percentage of SPSP members who are focused on undergraduate teaching and mentoring. With over twenty years of experience in predominately teaching institutions (PTIs), I understand the diversity within PTI faculty (from regional public universities to small liberal arts schools) and the unique challenges they face in balancing their competing professional goals. 
 
My mission is to strengthen SPSP's ties to PTI faculty and to guide our organization’s efforts to meet the needs of these faculty. To this end, there are several practical steps (building on the progress we’ve made so far ) to continue  our move forward:
 
assessing  PTI faculty  
disseminating  PTI relevant information
helping  PTI faculty  integrate undergraduates into  SPSP activities
tracking  graduate student interest in becoming PTI faculty to provide effective career guidance 
providing support for  PTI scholars through networking, best practices, and new symposia  
 
Ultimately, I believe all membership will benefit by broader inclusion and greater support for PTI faculty. Having chaired a task force that examined how SPSP can better meet the needs of PTI faculty, I have experience with these issues that will allow me to serve effectively as a member of the SPSP board.
 

 

Member at Large #2

Candidate Biography Statement

Julie Norem

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Education:
A.B. University of Chicago, 1982
Ph.D. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1987
 
Positions:
Margaret Hamm Professor of Psychology
 
SPSP Service:
2008, Block Award in Personality Committee Chair, Society for Personality and Social Psychology; 2007-08, Publication Task Force, Society for Personality and Social Psychology; 2007, Chair, Convention Committee, Society for Personality and Social Psychology; 2005-07, Convention Committee, Society for Personality and Social Psychology; 2001, Member, SPSP Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Personality Selection Committee; 1999 - 2000, Organizer, "Personality 2000" meeting, Feb. 3, Nashville, TN (an SPSP pre-conference); 1999 - 2000, Member, Convention Committee, First Annual Conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology; 1995-1997, Member-at-large,  Executive Committee of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP); 1995, Senior Member, Convention Committee, SPSP; 1993-94, Chair, Convention Committee, SPSP; 1993, Program Chair, 1993 Program for Div. 8 (Society for Personality and Social Psychology) of the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, CA.
 
Other Professional Committees and Service: 
2015-2018, Elected, Member-at-Large, Association for Research in Personality; 2010-2013, International Advisory Board, Personality Psychology Foundation; 2009-2010, Past-President, Association for Research in Personality; 2009, Elections Chair, Association for Research in Personality; 2006-08, President, Association for Research in Personality; 2003, Member, Program Committee, Association for Research in Personality; 2002, Chair of Nominations Committee for 2002 Association for Research in Personality officer elections; 1999 - 2002, Founding Member & Steering Committee Member for the Association for Research in Personality; 1999 - 2000, Reviewer for APA Student Travel Awards; 1996 - 1998, Tanaka Dissertation Award Committee
 
Editorial Positions: 
1998 - 2000, Associate Editor, Personality and Social Psychology Review; 1993 - 1996, Associate Editor, Journal of Research in Personality
 
Professional Affiliations:
SPSP, APS, ARP, ISSI, SSM
 
Teaching and Research Interests:
Introductory psychology, personality and motivation, varieties of optimism and pessimism, research methods, defensive processes, and gender.

As member-at-large for SPSP, I would seek feedback from and work to represent the many SPSP members who do not work at research universities with traditional social psychology graduate programs.  As part of that effort, I would advocate for additional convention programming that focuses on the needs, interests and priorities of these constituencies.  I am also interested in promoting exploration of new ways for SPSP members to interact in ongoing discussions that may start at conventions or similar venues, but have the potential to continue in more expansive ways than possible in traditional publications.  Bringing as many interested people into these discussions as possible, and providing a way to connect for those without geographically close colleagues would both be high priorities.

 

Linda Skitka

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Education:
B.A., 1983, University of Michigan
Ph.D., 1989, University of California, Berkeley
 
Positions:
Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 1989- 1994; 
Assistant to Associate Professor, 1994- 1996; 
Associate to Full Professor, 1996- present, University of Illinois at Chicago
 
Honors and Professional Affiliations: Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science; American Psychological Association ((SPSP), Society for Experimental Social Psychology; Founding Member of the Consortium for the Advancement of Social and Personality Science.
 
Professional Service: Chair of the Consortium for the Advancement of Social and Personality Science, which launched and serves as the governing board for the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2008-2012; 2013-present; Executive Committee Member SESP, 2007-2010; 2012-2015; SESP Distinguished Scientist Award Committee, 2014; 2015 (Chair); SESP Scientific Impact Award Committee (Chair), 2013; SESP Publication Committee, 2008-2010 (Chair); 2014-present; Committee of Visitors, National Science Foundation, DRMS, 2010; U. S. Regional Representative, Asian Association for Social Psychology, 2011- present.
 
Editorial Positions: Associate Editor, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Attitudes and Social Cognition, 2011- present; Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 2008 – 2010; Social Justice Research, 2003 – 2006; Advisory Editor, Psychological Social Science, 2010-2012; Guest Editor, Personality and Social Psychology Review, 2003; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2014; Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Personality and Individual Differences, 2014; and on the Editorial Boards for Archives of Scientific Psychology, Basic and Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Social and Political Psychology, Personality and Social Psychological Bulletin, Personality and Social Psychological Review, Political Psychology, Routledge Studies in Political Psychology, and  Social Psychological and Personality Science.
 
Professional Affiliations: Academy of Management, Asian Association for Social Psychology, Association for Psychological Science, International Society for Justice Research, International Society for Political Psychology, Midwestern Psychological Association, Society for Experimental and Social Psychology, Society for Personality and Social Psychology
 
Teaching and Research Interests: Moral conviction; everyday morality; political psychology; distributive, retributive, and procedural fairness; attributional models of helping; social psychological consequences of terrorism; science denial
My goals in becoming a member at large of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology executive committee would be to work collaboratively to facilitate the major goals of the society including to (a) continue to enhance the field’s ability to produce and disseminate knowledge and to explore new opportunities for doing so  in an age of social media, (b) encourage and potentially develop or refine research practices that increase confidence in the validity of the social and personality psychology corpus of knowledge, (c) promote career opportunities for social and personality psychologists, including alternatives to the traditional academic career path, and (d) support and create new efforts to increase the diversity of the field.

 

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