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Committees

The Society is managed by a professional office staff, but the vision and goals of the organization are directed by its Board of Directors, various committees and task forces.

2019 Organizational Chart

For more information on each committee, see below.

To see the current members and contact info for each committee, please visit the Leadership page.


The SPSP Awards Committee appoints, oversees and works closely with the Award Nomination Panels, who nominate and select SPSP award recipients using various processes, criteria, and the spirit of the award. The Awards Committee also works to continuously improve and expand SPSP's awards program. Finally, the Awards Committee selects the annual "Service to the Field" award. Members are tasked with identifying individuals to serve on the Award Panels, overseeing the panels and sanctioning the selections, and identifying ways to improve and expand the awards program. Members of the committee are also asked to review nominations and select the recipients of the two Service awards.

Serving on the awards committee is a three-year commitment with less than 10 hours of work taking place throughout the year, most. During your third year of service, you must attend the Winter Board meeting of SPSP, as well (costs reimbursed). Most committee business is conducted via email, but with an occasional conference call. Committee members should be well-networked in order to staff the Awards Panels each year.

More information about SPSP awards is available here: http://spsp.org/awards



The Communications Advisory Board serves as advisors to SPSP staff on science involved in our communication and media relations efforts. General tasks include identifying subject matter experts in particular areas for specific media or policy requests, providing input on newsworthiness of new research, and alerting staff of opportunities to connect research to current news. Members of the CAB serve two-year roles and will be asked for input 2-3 times per month.



The Convention Committee organizes numerous aspects of SPSP's annual convention and preconferences. In addition to oversight of the whole convention, specific responsibilities include selecting convention locations, awarding convention travel funds, overseeing the Legacy program, etc.

Volunteers on the Convention Committee fall into one of the following categories:

Three-year committee members: These individuals make up the core of the committee and serve for thee years. Each year, a different task is assigned to individual. First year is oversight of the awards addresses, second year is oversight of the Legacy program, and third year is chair of the convention. Serving as a three-year committee member includes attending the Winter Board meeting during the second and third year of service (costs reimbursed). Previous experience with programming and/or convention management is preferred.

Two-year committee members: These individuals serve on the committee for two years. The first year is oversight of the Early Career Mentoring Happy Hour and the second year is Out of the Lab. After two years, this position rotates off and may apply for a three-year spot on the committee.

Science Program Reviews: Two members are assigned to this task for two years each. The first year, the pair is responsible for programming all single presenter sessions (posters, data blitzes, and single paper sessions). The second year, the pair manages symposia selection and the two invited sessions. Attendance at the Winter Board meeting prior to the second year is required (costs reimbursed).



The Diversity and Climate Committee monitors diversity in the organization and funds efforts to support the conference attendance of students who come from underrepresented groups (e.g., ethnic or racial minority students; first-generation college students; lesbian, gay, or bisexual students; transgender students; and/or students with a physical disability), in an effort to increase the diversity of personality and social psychology. Committee members regularly review SPSP diversity initiatives, conduct the climate survey, advise SPSP board and staff on diversity issues, review and select diversity-related award recipients (including travel awards and SPUR), and plan diversity events at the SPSP convention. Responsibilities may include diversity initiatives outside of the convention.

Committee members are expected to attend the annual convention each year (convention registration reimbursed) and participate in periodic phone meetings. Serving on the diversity and climate committee is a three-year commitment. During your third year of service, you must attend the Winter Board meeting of SPSP, as well (costs reimbursed). Time commitments to serve on this committee include regular emails and monthly phone calls; in the weeks leading up to the convention, this time increases. Those interested in serving on this committee should have some experience in coordinating diversity efforts in either academic or non-academic settings.



The Fellows Committee works to identify SPSP members with longstanding contribution to SPSP and the field of Personality and Social Psychology. Those selected by the Fellows committee then become SPSP fellows themselves. The Fellows Committee is responsible for promoting the Fellows program and reviewing/selecting new fellows.

Volunteers are needed to both assist in reviewing applications AND serving on the Fellows Committee. Reviewing takes place each May/June. Serving on the fellows committee is a three-year commitment with less than 10 hours of work taking place throughout the year, most. During your third year of service, you will chair the committee. Most committee business is conducted via email and happens mostly in May/June.



The SPSP Fundraising and Development Committee works to raise funds to support SPSP’s core areas of activity. Specific projects include the Heritage Wall of Fame, annual giving campaign, and working with individual donors who are interested in supporting SPSP and the field of social/personality psychology.



The Government Relations Committee provides advice and support to the SPSP staff and Board of Directors on advocacy for social and personality psychology. The Committee contributes to the specification of strategies, priorities, and mechanisms that can best permit SPSP to promote the field by engaging members to support the goals of the committee. The primary focus of the Committee’s attention is on national policy and the federal system of research and development (R&D), whether in the legislative, executive, or judicial branches of government.



The SPSP Grants Committee reviews nominations for SPSP's Small Research Grant and Small Conference Grant programs. The Committee has five review cycles per year and selects the winners for these grants. The Committee also works to streamline the process and ensure it runs effectively.



The SPSP International Committee seeks to make SPSP and the field of social and personality psychology more geographically diverse, both in terms of researchers and the populations they study. The committee works to continuously improve the ways that SPSP’s conferences, publications, programs, and website can become more internationally diverse.



Nominations Committee will solicit nominations for open positions (Boards and Committees), review nominations, and make recommendations to the SPSP Board of Directors that reflect the goals and values of the organization.



The purpose of the SPSP Professional Development Committee is to improve psychological science by supporting students, faculty, and professionals. We provide workshops, webinars, and professional development sessions. Training opportunities focus on innovative research methods, data analytic tools and best research practices. Development sessions provide resources that support advancement along career paths and trajectories within and outside of academia.

Committee members are expected to attend the annual convention each year (convention registration reimbursed) and participate in periodic phone meetings. Serving on the professional development committee is a three-year commitment. During your third year of service, you must attend the winter meeting of the SPSP Board of Directors (costs reimbursed). Time commitments to serve on this committee include roughly 20 hours over the summer reviewing proposals and periodic email communications supporting the development of online learning webinars.



The Publications Committee works to maintain and improve SPSP journals and discuss new initiatives of knowledge dissemination. Some tasks include finding editors, selecting Student Publication Award winners, assisting with challenges around publications and specific inquiries, etc.

Committee members are expected to attend the annual convention each year (convention registration reimbursed) and participate in periodic phone meetings. Serving on the publications committee is a three-year commitment. During your third year of service, you must also attend the winter meeting of the SPSP Board of Directors (costs reimbursed).



The Student Committee works to promote the interest of SPSP's student members. This includes producing helpful student content, organizing events for student members at the annual convention, and much more.

About the Student Committee



SPSP offers bi-annually (in odd-numbered years) a two-week, intensive summer experience for up to 100 pre-doctoral students in social and personality psychology. The SISPP committee works to select SISPP locations, candidates, faculty, and curates courses and workshops.

Committee members are expected to attend the annual convention each year (convention registration reimbursed) and participate in periodic email communications. Serving on the SISPP committee is a three-year commitment. Members of the committee review applications, select SISPP courses, recruit SISPP speakers, and participate in the updating/renewal of the NSF grant. During your third year of service, you will serve as chair and oversee either instructor selection (even-numbered years) or application review (odd-numbered years).

More information about SISPP is available here: http://spsp.org/events/summer-opportunities-for-students/sispp