AERA 2017 Annual Meeting-Graduate Student News

  1. Sign up to take part in the Lunch with a Motivation Researcher Program! Every year at AERA, the SIG gives graduate students an opportunity to have lunch with an experienced motivation researcher. This year, we have a great line-up of researchers who will host lunches: Bernard Weiner, Judith Harackiewicz, Reinhard Pekrun, Mimi Bong, Julie Turner, and Akane Zusho.

    This is a great opportunity for graduate to get to know researchers who have defined the field and to talk about shared interests in a fun, informal setting. Advisors, please send this information along to your doctoral students so they can take advantage of this awesome opportunity. Not all students are aware of the program, and we give preference to those who have never attended a lunch before.

    Interested students can click on this link to indicate their first, second, and third choices for lunch. The deadline to sign up for the program is April 3, 2017. Make sure to sign up by the deadline, because the program is very popular!

  2. Looking for more ways to get involved at AERA? There’s still time to sign up to be a mentors or mentees for the Motivation Mentors program! We pair first-time AERA attendees with returning SIG students who can help them navigate the conference. It’s a great chance for students to meet someone with shared research interests and get to know others in the SIG a lot better. Please spread the word to new students in your labs to sign up, and sign up yourself as a mentor OR to be mentored using this link.
  3. Visit http://aera.net to register to attend the Motivation SIG dinner social event. The annual SIG dinner social is a great way for graduate students to talk informally with fellow students and with established motivation researchers on Sunday, April 30, at 8 p.m. at Rio Rio Cantina, 421 E Commerce St, San Antonio (http://riorioriverwalk.com/ ). The cost of the dinner is $35.00. To register for the SIG dinner, 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, so please register early.
  4. We’ll be joining Div C & Div E on Saturday 4/29 from 9-10:30 pm at the Davenport (203 North Pressa St, San Antonio, TX 78205). All students will get 1 free drink (beer, martini, or cocktail) and can choose to purchase from a variety of food items. It’s about a 15 minute walk to the convention center.

Graduate Studies at 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. They provide training with a multidisciplinary focus, aimed at developing student competency in human development, cognition and motivation and research and statistics. They offer a strong, dynamic program, with close mentorship from the faculty. The program provides flexibility for self-directed students to develop expertise in any of the three core fields – human development, cognition and motivation and research and statistics. Human development explores the experiences that shape human growth. Cognition and motivation assesses the complexity of the forces that support learning and motivation. Research and statistics prepares students to evaluate existing research and to conduct their own studies. The program is flexible enough to allow for and encourage an interdisciplinary course of study. Students can tailor their program to their specific interests, strengths and goals.

Program website: http://www.usd.edu/cpe
Application: https://apps.usd.edu/academic/gradapp
Please contact Dr. Gabrielle Strouse: Gabrielle.Strouse@usd.edu.

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Education with Dr. Hunter Gehlbach

An opening is available for a post-doctoral scholar in the research group of Dr. Hunter Gehlbach in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California Santa Barbara. The primary research project will focus on leading a replication and extension of the Birds of a Feather study in middle schools. The post-doctoral fellow will take the primarily lead (in consultation with Gehlbach and with help from students in the lab group) for the design, execution, analysis, and resultant publications from this project. Full information is available on our web site: http://motsig.org/post-doctoral-fellowship-in-education-with-dr-hunter-gehlbach/

Graduate Student AERA News

Motivation Mentor Program Sign-Up
Are you new to the Motivation SIG, or do you know someone who is? Are you a 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. Survey Link- Click Here

Lunch with a Motivation Researcher … Is Coming!
It’s almost time to sign up for the very popular Lunch with a Motivation Researcher program! Every year at AERA, we give graduate students an opportunity to have lunch with an experienced motivation researcher, sponsored by the SIG. This year, the six illustrious researchers who will host lunches are: Bernie Weiner, Judith Harackiewicz, Reinhard Pekrun, Mimi Bong, Julie Turner, and Akane Zusho. We will send out a link to sign up for the lunches sometime this month, so please be on the lookout for that soon.

Post-doctoral Fellowship in Education with Dr. Hunter Gehlbach

Open date: February 13, 2017

Last review date: Review of applications will begin immediately.  Applications received by February 28, 2017 will receive full consideration.  Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position has been filled.

Final date: June 30th, 2017
Description

Post-doctoral Research Position: Education

An opening is available for a post-doctoral scholar in the research group of Dr. Hunter Gehlbach in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California Santa Barbara.

The primary research project will focus on leading a replication and extension of the Birds of a Feather study in middle schools. The post-doctoral fellow will take the primarily lead (in consultation with Gehlbach and with help from students in the lab group) for the design, execution, analysis, and resultant publications from this project.

As a secondary focus, the post-doctoral fellow will participate in additional studies investigating the potential for social psychological interventions to address environmental/climate challenges (particularly within educational settings).  For other research being pursued by the Social Psychology in Education & the Environment please visit the SPiEE Lab website.

The proposed projects provide unique opportunities for interdisciplinary research and training in applying social psychological concepts to an array of pressing problems.

Qualifications:  Candidates should have a PhD in Educational Psychology, Social Psychology or a closely related field. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience conducting field experiments in school settings
  • Strong expertise in quantitative research
  • A background in the social psychological and/or educational psychology literature that addresses social relationships (e.g., teacher-student relationships), motivation, and self-regulation
  • An interest in environmental education

The anticipated start date of the position is April 15, 2017 (this can be negotiable); the position should last for 15 months. The University of California Santa Barbara provides a rich multidisciplinary environment for conducting research.

Applicants can submit a curriculum vita, a statement of research, and arrange three letters of reference all to be sent directly to Dr. Gehlbach. The review of applications will begin immediately but all applications received before February 28, 2017 will receive full consideration.  After that, applications will be considered until the position is filled. Candidates with questions are also free to contact directly Dr. Gehlbach at gehlbach@ucsb.edu.

The Gevirtz Graduate School of Education is committed to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.  The school has particular strengths in statistical methods and psychometrics, which can serve to strengthen applicants’ methodological toolkits.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location
Santa Barbara, CA

Learn More
More information about the projects pursued in this lab: https://www.huntergehlbach.com/

Requirements
Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Research

References
3 letters of reference required

 

PhD Program in Educational Psychology and Program Evaluation at Old Dominion University

The PhD Program in Educational Psychology and Program Evaluation at Old Dominion University is now accepting applications. Students in the program develop the theoretical and technical skills required for research and evaluation oriented careers through coursework and by working collaboratively with faculty on research in both formal and informal learning environments.  Applications are considered for admission in the Fall, Spring, and Summer but applicants are encouraged to apply by February 15, 2017 to be eligible for possible funding opportunities. Please contact Dr. Tony Perez (educresearch@odu.edu) with any questions.

Program website: https://www.odu.edu/efl/academics/eppe#.WHfU-npT5mM
Online application: https://www.odu.edu/efl/academics/eppe/apply#.WHfWf3pT5mM

2017 Graduate Student Travel Award and the Paul R. Pintrich Memorial Award

Participation and support for graduate students has been a strong tradition of the Motivation in Education SIG. As such, the SIG sponsors two awards specifically for graduate student members of the SIG.

You qualify for a student travel award if you: (1) are a current graduate student, (2) are a member of the Motivation in Education SIG, (3) have an accepted presentation (of any kind—paper, poster, roundtable) as part of the Motivation in Education SIG program, and (4) are the first-author on that presentation. The amount of the student travel awards for this year has not been determined yet, but recent awards were around $100.  We hope to match that amount this year.

To apply for the student travel award, simply send an email to Dr. Ellen Usher (ellen.usher@uky.edu) with your name, mailing address, an attached copy of your AERA proposal, and an attached copy of all the reviews you received for your proposal. Award application due date: Friday, February 3, 2017.

The proposals and proposal reviews of Student Travel Award applicants will be reviewed to determine a group of finalists who will be considered for the Paul R. Pintrich Memorial Award. Those finalists will then have their proposals and reviews read by an ad hoc committee of senior SIG members. This committee will select the winner of the 2017 Pintrich Award.  All awards will be disbursed during the SIG business meeting, which all are encouraged to attend.  Please forward this message to students who may be eligible.

Ph.D. Specialization in Educational Psychology, University of South Florida

Accepting Applications Now!
Application Deadline: February 1, 2017

The Ph.D. Specialization in Educational Psychology is a mentorship model that prepares graduates to be researchers who apply the scientific method to real-world educational problems.

Primary goals are to:

  • Engage students in cutting-edge collaborative research
  • Provide a solid foundation that enables students to integrate theory, research, and practice and fosters a commitment to excellence in research and scholarship
  • Help students acquire a deep understanding of human development and learning for the preparation of future educational professionals in all contexts

Faculty Research Interests

  • Dr. Darlene DeMarie, Associate Professor: Memory development; children’s photography as a way to represent experiences; schools’ missions and achievement reflected in children’s photographs; early childhood curriculum, the impact of a preschool music program on children’s cognitive development, child care.
  • Dr. Sarah Kiefer, Associate Professor: Academic and social motivation, how it develops over time, and how it impacts early adolescents’ adjustment in elementary and middle school; the role of peers and contextual influences on adolescent motivation; help-seeking beliefs and behaviors in the classroom.
  • Dr. Lisa López, Associate Professor: Bilingual language and literacy development in young children; phonological awareness and cross-language transfer; school readiness development in young Latino children; parent involvement in young children’s education; cultural factors in the attitudes and expectations of immigrant parents towards education; home and classroom experiences on academic achievement in Head Start.
  • Dr. Tony Tan, Associate Professor: The post-adoption social and emotional adjustment of children adopted from China; the development of ethnic identity of Chinese adoptees.

Program website: http://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/departments/psf/EP/index.htm
Online application: http://www.grad.usf.edu/
Contact: Dr. Sarah Kiefer, edpsych@usf.edu, (813) 974-0155

AERA 2017-Graduate Student Lunch with a Motivation Researcher Program

SIG Graduate Students- Is there a motivation researcher you have always wanted to meet, or a topic you want to know more about from the experts? We are soliciting nominations for the annual Lunch with a Motivation Researcher Program to be held at AERA. Each year, the SIG Graduate Student Committee coordinates lunches between faculty members and graduate students so that they can meet and discuss mutual research interests. We choose faculty based on student votes, so please let us know whom you’d like us to invite! To submit a nomination, please take one minute to complete this very short nomination form.

If you don’t have a specific professor in mind, you can also submit ideas of topics you’d like to discuss at a lunch.

Please complete the survey by January 31. If you have any questions you can e-mail Emily Rosenzweig at eqrose@umd.edu.

PhD Scholarship: University of New South Wales

andrew-martin
Dr. Andrew Martin

The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia is offering Scientia PhD Scholarship in Educational Psychology (‘Exploring the Link between Explicit Instruction and Student Motivation and Engagement’) for a suitably qualified candidate to undertake research studies under Professor Andrew Martin leading to a PhD in education (educational psychology). The proposed PhD is a quantitative study of school students and investigates the links between two seminal areas of contemporary educational psychology: (a) academic motivation and engagement and (b) explicit instruction. This PhD will explore an integration of these two areas, with particular focus on key aspects of motivation and engagement (e.g., self-efficacy, self-regulation, anxiety etc.) and key dimensions of explicit instruction (e.g., structure, scaffolding, worked examples, deliberate practice etc.).Expression of Interest and CV are due November 11, 2016. More information is attached. To commence an application, visit (Fundamental and Enabling Sciences: Educational Psychology link) https://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/research/research-culture/scientia-fellowships-scholarships/2017-scientia-scholarships/