What an exciting time for me to put out my first SPSSI Forward as Editor. Here in the U.S., it is nearly summer and SPSSI’s Biennial Convention #9 is right around the corner. SPSSI’s convention always showcases exciting new research as well as new ways to become more engaged in studying social issues. Be sure to check out the programming highlights, including special international events and early career scholar events. And, just in case one SPSSI conference isn’t enough, we also have details on the fantastic programming planned under the SPSSI banner at APA’s summer convention in Orlando.
With this issue, I’m thrilled to report that—in the spirit of SPSSI’s environmental stance—we’re recycling some focus areas in the Forward. We are continuing to highlight SPSSI in academia with a column devoted to how members apply the SPSSI mission in the classroom with their students. This time we feature Tracie Stewart’s journey toward a mindful approach to teaching (pp. 13-15). We’re also putting a spotlight back on our international (i.e., non-North American) SPSSI members. We’ve designed a “brief” open-ended survey in which international members can share a little bit about their work and themselves. This issue kicks off with Anja Eller, whose work truly has a global reach–from the UK to Mexico.
Finally, we want to keep you apprised of SPSSI’s work both behind the scenes and around the town. Be sure to catch up with SPSSI’s executive director, policy coordinator, JSI editor, and ASAP editor, UN representative, and NY affiliate group.
If there’s anything else you’d like to see (including your own contribution) in future issues, I would love to hear from you.
-Janice R. Adelman
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