AERA Room Change: Sat. 8:15 a.m. session on motivation theory

We are writing to inform you of an important room change for an AERA Motivation SIG/Division C session Saturday from 8:15-10:15 a.m. entitled, “Motivation Theory Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Reflections of Founders and Descendants” (session ID 1174946) featuring Bernard Weiner, Dale Schunk, Edward Deci, Jacque Eccles, Chris Hulleman, Tim Urdan, Sandra Graham, Allan Wigfield, and Alison Koenka. 

Due to the high level of interest in this session, AERA has moved the session to a larger venue. 

New location: Convention Center Room 5, River Level (on the Bridge Hall side, downstairs near The Grotto)

We look forward to seeing you there.

Ellen Usher & Hadley Solomon, Motivation in Education SIG
Barbara Greene & Jeff Greene, Division C

AERA17: MotSIG program and dinner tickets

Our final SIG program is now online here. Our SIG dinner social takes place on Sunday, April 30, at 8:15 at Rio Rio Cantina, 421 E Commerce St. Tickets ($35) are available via the AERA conference registration site (“Events” tab). At the time of this post, we have 23 dinner tickets still available (event is capped at 160). If you wish to purchase a ticket with cash, contact Marcus Johnson.

International Seminar on Social Cognitive Theory in Debate

The registration and abstract submissions to the “II International Seminar: Social Cognitive Theory in Debate” are now open. The conference will be held June 27-29, 2017 in Rio Claro, SP, Brazil. Click here to see the website and program.
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Important dates:
Abstract submissions are due April 7, 2017.
Discount registration ends April 30, 2017.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology

The Motivation, Metacognition, and Learning (MML) Laboratory at Boston College, under the direction of Dr. David Miele, invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellowship in applied developmental and educational psychology, with a focus on student motivation and self-regulated learning. The position involves work on several research projects investigating the influence of students’ beliefs and motivation on their use of cognitive strategies in laboratory and classroom settings, as well as the influence of teachers’ motivation on their support of students’ strategy use. To apply for this position, please visit Please direct all inquiries to Dr. David Miele, You can view Dr. Miele’s home page at:

Call for Graduate Student Applications: University of South Dakota

The University of South Dakota program in Human Development and Educational Psychology is currently accepting applications for the M.A., Ed.S., and Ph.D. to begin in summer or fall 2017. For first consideration, applications should be received by April 15, but are accepted year round. You may apply directly to the Ph.D. program and earn a master’s degree along the way. We provide training with a multidisciplinary focus, aimed at developing student competency in human development, cognition and motivation and research and statistics. Program website: Online application: Please contact Dr. Gabrielle Strouse,

Graduate Student AERA Announcements-April

Joint Graduate Student Social Event – Please  join us for our annual AERA joint social event with Division C and E colleagues on Saturday, April 29, at the Davenport Lounge in San Antonio (203 North Presa St). Join us anytime between 9:00-10:30pm for a free drink and great company!

Lunch with a Motivation Researcher – There are still a few hours left to sign up for the “Lunch with a Motivation Researcher Program” at AERA! This popular program is a great opportunity to have lunch with one of our distinguished researchers: Bernard Weiner, Judith Harackiewicz, Akane Zusho, Mimi Bong, Reinhard Pekrun, and Julianne Turner. Please click  here to sign up for the program before the end of the day today.

Got a burning question for a panel of motivation theorists? 

Here’s your chance to ask. We have a landmark session planned for AERA that will bring together a panel of motivation theorists including Ed Deci, Jacque Eccles, Chris Hulleman, Dale Schunk, Tim Urdan, and Bernie Weiner. Alison Koenka will facilitate the conversation, and Sandra Graham will offer remarks as a moderator. The session, “Motivation Theory Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Reflections of Founders and Descendants,” takes place Saturday, April 29, 8:15 a.m., Henry B. Gonzalez Convention, Center, Meeting Room Level, Room 211. Alison invites SIG members to submit your questions in advance of the panel here:

Motivation SIG dinner social event at Rio Rio Cantina

Join us for the Motivation SIG dinner social event at Rio Rio Cantina (421 E Commerce St., ). Cost is $35.00. This annual SIG light dinner and social is a great way for junior and senior researchers to talk informally with each other. To register, visit the AERA registration portal (same place you registered) and simply look for our MotSIG dinner under the “Events” tab on the registration page. This is a popular event, and space is limited. We’ve counted about 90 reservations thus far and can accept about 60 more.

Motivation SIG Business Meeting

The MotSIG Business Meeting will be Sunday, April 30, from 6:15-8:00 in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Ballroom Level, Room 301C. We’ll have some hors d’oeuvres  to enjoy along with a cash bar. One of the highlights of the meeting is giving this year’s student travel awards and the Paul R. Pintrich Memorial Award. We’ll hear from Marcus Johnson on our SIG’s finances and Hadley Solomon on program updates. We also discuss on some important matters, such as ideas for involving practitioners in the SIG and ways to continue supporting students. This meeting is open to all. Please come! Have something you want to see on the meeting agenda? Leave a comment!