Linda Skitka: Statement

Feature ImageI am very honored to be nominated for SPSP president. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work closely with the current leadership of the society on the executive board and with the central office in different capacities over the years (e.g., creating the consortium that launched Social Psychological and Personality Science, and working with SPSP to coordinate journal publicity and finances), experiences I believe provide me with the institutional knowledge to be able to effectively serve this in role well if elected.

My goals as president would be to build on the work so successfully initiated by the society in recent years, including the society’s commitment to increasing the diversity of its membership and the field more generally. And a commitment to providing something of value to all members of SPSP, whether they are undergraduates, graduate students, faculty who work in either research and teaching intensive settings, as well as our colleagues working in non-academic settings. My plan would be to continue to make SPSP a home that feels inclusive to all its members, and an organization that is responsive to each of its many constituencies’ professional needs.

I believe SPSP should also be where the field comes together for debate and discussion of the challenges we are collectively facing around a host of associated issues such as replication, transparency, on-line discourse and criticism, and a deeply competitive job market. We all care passionately about the future of social and personality psychology: SPSP provides one central forum for working together to discover the path forward for the best possible future of the field.