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Call for Nominations - SPSP Elections

SPSP is seeking a diverse pool of candidates for the next election cycle of Board members (positions starting January 2019). Members of the SPSP Board help guide the future and vision of the organization and field. Please consider adding your name to the ballot or identifying a colleague whom you think would be a good candidate. No prior SPSP leadership experience is required.

The following positions will be on the ballot this spring:

  • Member at Large for Outreach/Advocacy – three year term (must be 8 years out of graduate school). This position is responsible for overseeing activities related to communication, media outreach, government relations/advocacy, and training for these areas.
  • Member at Large for Application - three year term (must be 8 years out of graduate school). This position is responsible for overseeing activities of SPSP related to supporting the application of research and members in non-academic settings.
  • Treasurer – three year term (must be 8 years out of graduate school)
  • President – three year term, including president-elect and past president (must be 15 years out of graduate school)
  • Division 8 Council Rep – three year terms serving on the APA Council as a representative for social/personality psychology (this role is not concurrently on the SPSP Board)

Additional information about each position may be found here.

“Taking on a leadership role in the society is a fantastic way to have a voice in what our society is and how to do our science better,” said Toni Schmader, who recently served on the Board. “Since serving on the board, I've also been inspired by so many people who volunteer their time build our community and share our work with each other and the broader world.”

In addition to leading current projects and guiding new ones, serving on the SPSP Board is a great opportunity to network with other colleagues and influence the future of the field and the organization.

To nominate yourself or a colleague, please complete this simple form here. Nominations should be completed by 5 pm, January 26. Under direction of the Past President, the full Board of Directors will seriously consider all nominations so that the slate of candidates for each position will contribute to the Board’s diversity of people and ideas. Being nominated does not guarantee that a nominee will appear on the ballot.

If you have questions about the election or nomination process, please contact 2018 Past President Diane Mackie ( or Executive Director Chad Rummel (


Diane Mackie, 2018 Elections Chair
Chad Rummel, Executive Director


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