SPSPotlight: March 2015


Exciting New Trends in Social & Personality Psychology

By Your 2014-2015 GSC

We asked each member of the outgoing GSC to write about his or her favorite aspect of SPSP's 16th Annual Convention in Long Beach- from special sessions, to preconferences, to symposia. (more)

Job Market Memoirs

By William Dunlop, University of California, Riverside

This month, William Dunlop of UC Riverside discusses safety nets, letters of recommendation, research statements and more. Read more about his personal account of the job search process. (more)



GSC Year in Review

By Liz Keneski, Outgoing GSC President

Thank you to my wonderful fellow Graduate Student Committee members, Stefanie Tignor, Alexa Lord, Rebecca Friesdorf, Erica Schneid, and (next year’s President!) Nick Brown! Together, we worked hard to make sure that student programming at the 2015 Convention (and all year long) was as insightful, useful, and fun as possible. Although I was unsure how much change we would be able to affect as a graduate student group, I am proud to say that I have seen a number of things improve for SPSP’s student membership this year. I have witnessed first-hand how both faculty and students on SPSP’s Executive Committee are constantly striving to improve the training, opportunities, and lives of students in social and personality psychology!
This year’s convention was my favorite yet. I am so glad that so many of you attended our GSC Symposium on concrete steps to get an academic job, our preconference (in partnership with the SPSP Training Committee) on academic and nonacademic jobs, and our special session featuring successful women in academia. Our Mentor Lunches, Speed Data-ing event, Mentoring Match-Up Program, and Poster Check also enhanced my own convention experience; I hope they enhanced yours as well. It wasn’t just all business, though. We had a pretty great time at the GSC Social at The Federal Bar, as was evidenced by my crazy dancing! Further, I am so happy to have added convention programming specifically for undergraduates this year! It is my goal to assist Nick in continuing these types of endeavors next year, not only at the Annual Convention, but year-round as I work with the amazing SPSP Central Office to provide online resources and communities for students as Past President.
Please feel free to provide feedback about any of our events and programs to me at liz.keneski@utexas.edu. Thanks for a great year!

Your new GSC

By Nick Brown, Incoming GSC President

As the incoming President, I'm excited to present your 2015-2016 Graduate Student Committee! Your GSC works hard year-round to bring you professional development resources at every stage of your career. Next year, it will be our priority to help you stay connected to other students in personality and social psychology at the Annual Convention and beyond. Click here to learn more about your 2015-2016 GSC.

GSC Symposium Slides Now Available

Did you miss the GSC’s symposium, “Preparing for the Academic Job market: From Start to Finish”? Or maybe you were able to attend, but would like to review the large body of information presented now that the convention has ended? Either way, you are in luck! Now you can gain access to all the tips, tricks, and advice presented in Long Beach, without leaving the comfort of your own desk. Simply follow the link below, then search for any of our speakers’ names (Jeremy Jamieson, Danu Stinson, Serena Chen, or Paul Eastwick). Click here for access.

Blogging for SPSP

Are you interested in writing about your research, or discussing a study published recently in an academic journal? Was there a session at SPSP's Annual Convention that you'd like to write about?



Each issue we ask professors a question that provides useful information to students. What's one assumption that you made about being a faculty member that has since be proven false?

Click here to read their answers.



Your source for quick, useful advice for maintaining your sanity during the stressful experience that is graduate school.

In academia, work can seem endless and impossible to stay on top of. It's easy to feel like you're not good enough or not doing enough. Here are a few small, but helpful, ways to ease this feeling:
1. Have a physical indicator of your progress so that you can actually see how far you've come. For me, this means writing out my goals for the semester along a horizontal timeline and crossing them out as I go. I can literally see myself moving forward.
2. Use pencil (or dry-erase board), instead of pen, when making to-do lists. The fact that it's erasable helps you to be flexible and feel less like you're making a mistake when your plans change, which they inevitably will.
3. See the silver lining. The "not good enough" feeling may never go away, but maybe that's a good thing. It's helping you to rise to the challenge! 
-- Alexa Lord, Member-at-Large


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