Job post: College Board Research Scientist

The College Board is accepting applications for an open rank Research Scientist position. We are looking for candidates with expertise in assessment and interventions related to motivation and other noncognitive constructs. Feel free to email Rory Lazowski at with any questions. For more information:

Cast your vote for 2018-2020 SIG leaders

AERA voting will remain open through March 19, 2018. All members should have received an email invitation to cast your vote. I would like to thank those who are running for 2018-2020 SIG office:

a.       Chair candidates: Marcus Johnson, Erika Patall, Akane Zusho

b.       Program Chair candidates: Nir Madjar, Katerina Schenke, Jennifer Schmidt

c.       Treasurer candidates: Carlton Fong, Suzanne Jones, Sarah Pennington

Remembering Marty Covington

Dr. Martin V. Covington, a longstanding SIG member and major contributor to the field of achievement motivation passed away last month. Dr. Covington was Professor Emeritus of the Graduate School in psychology at UC Berkeley. His pioneering work on self-worth theory and intrinsic motivation helped shape our field. Dr. Covington’s most recent book, Life Beyond Grades: Designing College Courses to Promote Intrinsic Motivation, co-authored with Linda von Hoene and Dominic Voge, was published this past summer ( Marty was recognized an a distinguished teacher and an expert on how courses might be better designed to enhance student motivation. He served as the Presidential Chair in Undergraduate Education at Berkeley. View the obituary from UC Berkeley.

Special Online Meetup Invitation for Early Career Scholars

From Alison Koenka and Emily Rosenzweig, Early Career Scholars Committee Co-Chairs

Dear Early-Career SIG Members – Thanks to so many of you for completing the introductory survey we circulated last month!  We learned a lot from your responses, particularly that a lot of early-career researchers are interested in getting to know each other.  To this end, we’ve scheduled a few small-group, virtual meetings in advance of this year’s AERA meeting in New York City, with one of us (Alison or Emily) facilitating each of them.  The goals of these meetings are twofold.  First, we hope these small-group meetings will present an opportunity to meet some other early-career motivation researchers and learn more about each other, including (but not limited to!) our research interests and professional goals.  Second, we hope to learn more about your needs as early-career researchers, and how our new committee could most effectively facilitate them.  The conversations will be very casual, will last for no longer than an hour, and absolutely no preparation is needed to participate.  If you have earned your Ph.D. in the last five years or expect to do so in 2018, please feel free to sign up using the following link: Thanks for your time in considering this!

Grad Student AERA News

 From Carly Champagne and Peter McPartlan (Grad Committee Co-Chairs)

“Conversation with a Motivation Researcher” Event – Dear SIG Graduate Students – We are grateful to have the following senior researchers hosting small-group “conversations” with graduate students over breakfast or lunch in NYC: Jennifer Fredericks, Erika Patall, David Yeager, Chris Hulleman, Johnmarshall Reeve, Ann Renninger, and Kenn Barron. We hope you will enter your name for one of these highly sought-after events. To sign up, complete this survey by ranking your preferences by researcher, date, and time: Thank you!

Motivation Mentor Program Sign-Up: Are you new to the Motivation SIG, or do you know someone who is? Are you a grad student (or recent grad) SIG veteran who wants to help others learn the ropes of AERA? Each year the Motivation SIG gives new students an opportunity to connect with other students who have previously attended AERA to get helpful tips navigating the conference and to build relationships with other students. Students are paired primarily based on research interests and will touch base before, during, and after the conference at their convenience. Guidelines will be provided to both mentors and mentees to guide your meetings. The program does not require a large time commitment, just a willingness to meet someone new! If you’re interested in being a mentor OR mentee, please fill out this survey and you’ll be notified of your match by April. We hope you’ll consider participating.  Mentor Program Sign-up:

AERA 2018 Program

Image result for scheduleOur program chair, Hadley Solomon, has once again put together a quick guide to Motivation SIG programming here: Links in this document will take you to presenter information. Please note the special invited session in which early career scholars will raise critical questions for our field on Saturday at 2:15! Most SIG events will be held at the Millennium Broadway Hotel, 145 W 44th St.  Poster sessions will be held at the Hilton Midtown, 1334 6th Ave.

SIG Business Meeting and Student Awards

Our annual business meeting, which precedes the social event, will be held from 6:15-7:45 p.m. (Saturday, April 14) at the Marriott Marquis hotel (a 285-foot walk to Bowlmor Times Square). Despite its boring name, our business meeting is actually a place to acknowledge our student members, our SIG activities, our newly-elected SIG leaders, and the activities of our SIG members. To that end, if you have something to announce that would be of interest to the SIG (e.g., book, conference, other), please let me know, so that we can work that into our business meeting. ALL ARE WELCOME and encouraged to attend.

AERA 2018 MotSIG Dinner Registration Now Open!

We are excited to announce that our annual SIG Dinner/Social will be held on Saturday, April 14, from 8:00-10:00 p.m. at Bowlmor Times Square (222 W. 44th St). The cost for the event is $42. Our SIG leadership team worked very hard to find an affordable venue for this year’s social, and we are thrilled with the outcome (our last dinner in NY was twice this price). Our event will take place in a private lounge that accommodates 200 people. The lounge includes our own bar and buffet, fireplaces, sofas, billiards table, and 11 private bowling lanes. We want our senior scholars and students to come enjoy this important social event. Please consider covering the cost of at least one person who might need financial support.

To register for the SIG dinner, simply login to the AERA 2018 registration site and click on “Events (ALL).” Or see the step-by-step sign-up instructions below.

If you have questions, please contact Marcus Johnson (




Conversation with a Motivation Researcher Event

Hello grad students, it’s time to sign up for the Conversation with a Motivation Researcher Event! This year, we have the following researchers hosting conversations over breakfast or lunch in NYC: Jennifer Fredericks, Erika Patall, David Yeager, Chris Hulleman, Johnmarshall Reeve, Ann Renninger, and Kenn Barron. Please use the survey below to view the specific dates and times, and to indicate your ranked preferences. Thank you!

Request for Studies for Meta-Analysis on LASSI (Learning and Study Strategies Inventory)

Hello Colleagues,

My team is currently conducting a meta-analysis on the relationship between LASSI (Learning and Study Strategies Inventory) and student achievement outcomes. We are interested in any and all studies that investigate this relationship, primarily in correlational studies. For example, we are interested in studies that naturalistically assess the relationship between students’ LASSI scores and outcomes such as GPA, grades, test scores, and persistence. While it is quite easy to locate published studies, unpublished reports are much more difficult to find. If you have or know of any such studies and are willing to share them, we would very much appreciate hearing from you. These types of documents include conference presentations, unpublished dissertations, or in press manuscripts.

Although we can offer little more than our gratitude for your assistance, we will formally cite all viable data we receive in our comprehensive meta-analysis. Please do not hesitate to send us anything you think we might be interested in. If you feel uncertain about the relevance of a study you have, just send it to us. We are happy to screen through all potentially relevant documents. Any information that you may be able to provide will be quite helpful for this study. I will send you a copy of our final report if you respond. Please feel free to circulate this post to your colleagues.

To share any studies/work, or if you have any questions, please email by April 1, 2018.

Thank you so much,
Carlton Fong