The Society for Personality and Social Psychology is a valuable professional resource for the dissemination of our science, the promotion of principles of diversity and inclusion, the advancement of the careers of our newest members, and the representation of the field’s contributions to policy makers and the public. If I were honored to serve as your Secretary-Treasurer, I would work toward preserving and maximizing our existing resources while also looking for new ways in which SPSP can enhance our professional lives. The strength of SPSP lies its membership; our members are undergraduates, graduate students, faculty members, and professionals; we do research, teach, write, and apply our science across various fields. SPSP members are diverse in our ideas and interests and yet united by the value we place on the scientific pursuit of knowledge.
My primary goals working with the Board would be toward findings ways in which we can harness the diverse perspectives and talents of our members, ensuring that many voices are heard and participation in the society continues to be both exciting and valued. I would accomplish this through ensuring that SPSP continue to exercise its mission responsibly, both fiscally and philosophically; and using our resources to face the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities that we face in the near future. These challenges and opportunities include addressing research funding challenges facing our discipline, continuing to contend with best practices approaches, contributing to discussions of the psychological implications of technology use and related privacy issues, adjusting to rapid shifts in scientific publishing, and communicating our science in meaningful ways that help solve real world problems. I previously served on the SPSP Board as a Member-at-Large and filled in as the Secretary-Treasurer due to an early term vacancy, and I would welcome the opportunity to work with our colleagues and the talented SPSP administrative professionals again.