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AERA 2018 News from Program Chair, Hadley Solomon

The Mot SIG program for AERA 2018 looks to be one of our most dynamic ever! As you may have heard, AERA received a record number of submissions this year and our SIG is no exception. Here are the most recent statistics that we have available on our average submissions:

As you can see, the figures for this upcoming conference are at record levels. AERA directs program chairs to form review panels in advance of the submission deadline based on averages from prior years. Divisions and SIGs are all scrambling now to add reviewers to their panels, as no one was prepared for these kinds of numbers. IF YOU DID NOT VOLUNTEER TO REVIEW FOR THE SIG, IT IS NOT TOO LATE. Just email me (hadley.solomon@unh.edu) to be added to our reviewer pool. We’re going to try to facilitate the review process in as timely a manner as possible, but frankly, it’s likely to take longer than expected. Please be patient with us as we wade through the seemingly endless number of (stellar!) submissions.

We are now also soliciting volunteers for the role of chair and discussant for the 2018 program in NYC. If you are interested in serving in either role, please log in at http://www.aera.net and follow the direction provided here.

You may be interested to know that AERA states that their highest ever attendance was in 2008, the last time the conference was held in NYC (17,855 people). The second highest attendance was in 2016 (16,182 in attendance). Given the conference is back in NYC this year and the level of submissions, it’s looking like it will be a huge year for AERA (and educational psychology!).

Motivation Monday Video Series-Dr. Dennis McInerney

Today we present the eighth installment of “Motivation Mondays,” our monthly video series in which we interview accomplished motivation researchers and consider their unique perspectives about the field. This month, our Monday Motivation Interview Series features Patrick Beymer and Dr. Akane Zusho on the sociocultural role in motivation. Can’t get enough? Check out the extended interview here.

From Graduate Student Senior Co-Chair Carly Champagne

Please join me in congratulating our newly-elected Grad Student Junior Co-Chair, Peter McPartlan. Peter McPartlan is a third-year student in Learning, Cognition, and Development at the University of California Irvine. His research focuses on how teenage students’ social lives can support or diminish their academic motivation. We want to thank all of the seven wonderful candidates we had this year – it’s great to be part of a such an impressive group that’s so eager to be involved. We look forward to working with Peter and with all who expressed willingness to help out the SIG. All graduate students who are interested in being more concretely involved in the SIG can reach out to me directly (carlyrchampagne@gmail.com) and I will provide information on additional opportunities.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Position-Université Laval

The Canada Research Chair on parenting and academic and vocational trajectories and the Canada research chair on academic motivation, persistence, and achievement are recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for a one-year position (renewable) starting in October 2017.  While Université Laval is a French-speaking institution, the fellow does not need to speak French to be admissible to the position. Click here to learn more about the position.

Motivation Monday Video Series-Dr. Dennis McInerney

Today we present the seventh installment of “Motivation Mondays,” our monthly video series in which we interview accomplished motivation researchers and consider their unique perspectives about the field. This month, our Monday Motivation Interview Series features Marissa Green and Dr. Dennis McInerney on the importance of culture in student motivation. Can’t get enough? Check out the extended interview here.

The Studying and Self-Regulated Learning SIG Newsletter

The SIG for Studying and Self-Regulated Learning (SSRL) has been kind enough to share with us their newsletter highlighting several items of interest from this year’s AERA. The featured sections include tributes to Dr. Martin Maehr and Claire Ellen Weinstein as well as innovations in task value intervention, self-regulation as a privileged construct, and cogitations on “Motivation Theory Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Reflections of Founders and Descendants.”  Check it out here.

 

 

 

Vote for new Graduate Student Junior Co-Chair (2017-2019)

Dear Motivation SIG Grad Students – It’s time to vote for your new Graduate Student Junior Co-Chair! We have seven great candidates from six universities. Please take the time to look over each candidate’s information before voting. To read each candidate’s statement and to cast your vote, click here (https://goo.gl/forms/TOK2nM9cWoACom8F3). The ballot will be open for two weeks (through Friday 6/23).

Thank you in advance for participating and best of luck to all the candidates! The new 2017-2019 Grad Co-Chair will be announced in next month’s Motivation SIG news and on our web site. Best, Carly Champagne (Senior Graduate Co-Chair, Motivation in Education SIG)

Message from Carly Champagne, Graduate Committee Co-Chair

Hello Motivation SIG Graduate Students! This is the last call for those interested in the Junior Co-Chair position of the Motivation SIG Graduate Committee. The Junior Co-Chair will serve a two-year term, becoming the Senior Co-Chair after AERA 2018. Duties include organizing AERA events such as the popular Lunch with a Motivation Researcher and the Motivation Mentors program, managing social networking for grad students in the SIG, and serving as a representative for graduate students to the Executive Committee of the Motivation SIG. If you are interested and have not already done so, please send the following materials to me (carlyrchampagne@gmail.com) by Thursday, JUNE 8, 2017.

 a.       A picture of yourself
b.       The name of your program and school
c.       The number of years you will have completed in your current program as of this summer
d.       A brief description of your research interests
e.       A statement of purpose (250-word max) describing why you would like to serve as Co-Chair and anything else you would like the voters to know about you in order to make an informed decision.

Fellow graduate students SIG members will vote on the next co-chair via a ballot on Friday, June 9, 2017 (look for this ballot on our web site, via email, and on our Facebook page).

Message from Hadley Solomon, SIG Program Chair

Congratulations on a fantastic annual meeting in San Antonio. Our program shaped up nicely, with over 400 in attendance for the session entitled “Motivation Theory Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Reflections of Founders and Descendants.” We are eagerly awaiting new submissions from you that will follow up with new theories, theorists, and ideas for the upcoming conference in NYC in 2018!

Additionally, as mentioned in the business meeting, we had a great panel of reviewers for last year’s meeting from six countries internationally. We encourage you to volunteer to review for our upcoming 2018 program in order to facilitate an even more dynamic program than we had last year. As of June 4, we currently have 50% more of you signed up to review than we did last year, and currently you represent viewpoints from 16 countries. That’s phenomenal, and you can still sign up to review for us through the end of the day today (June 5)!

The AERA 2018 proposal submission portal is open NOW, and will remain open through July 24. Details about program submissions can be found in the official call for submissions.

If you have any additional questions or comments please don’t hesitate to reach out (hadley.solomon@unh.edu). Looking forward to seeing your great and important work in the AERA submission portal!