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The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)
Division 9 of the American Psychological Association (APA)

APA Convention 2020


Call for Proposals - Deadline: December 2, 2019

Divisional Proposals (Due December 2) are reviewed by SPSSI members and will be accepted into the SPSSI program. We are accepting proposals for symposia, posters, panel discussions and skill-building sessions in ALL areas of psychology relevant to social issues. Early career faculty and graduate students are especially encouraged to submit proposals of their work.

We hope to have an excellent program with interdivisional appeal and strong representation from our division.

SYMPOSIA: A symposium is a focused session in which multiple participants present their views about a common theme, issue, or question. The views may or may not be adversarial and may or may not be supported by brief mention of relevant data. The symposium format usually consists of an introduction to the topic by the chairperson to provide the audience with background for the ensuing discussion. Participants then present their viewpoints, followed by exchange of ideas among participants and between the audience and participants. Often the symposium will end with an overview of the proceedings by the chairperson or a discussant. If you have a research project and looking to collaborate with other scholars on a symposium, use this Google spreadsheet.

CONVERSATION HOURS: A conversation hour is an opportunity for informal discussion and exchange of ideas between the audience and usually one or two presenters. Presenters are chosen for their expertise in a particular area of current interest to members. The audience can ask questions and discuss relevant issues in more detail than is usual in other types of sessions.

SKILL-BUILDING SESSIONS: Based on teaching direct skills and application of theory, skill-building sessions combine theoretical and experiential approaches. Leaders typically offer practical experience to help participants increase their understanding and skills in a particular area of current interest in psychology.

DATA-BLITZ: Fast-paced brief reports on hot topics, typically featuring six to eight individuals talking for no more than five minutes each on a variety of research areas, leaving 10 minutes for audience interaction. You can submit an individual presentation under this category and the program chairs will organize in individual presentations in 50-minute sessions.

Deadline: December 2, 2019
Proposals should be submitted online via the APA website.

It is not necessary to be a member of SPSSI to submit a proposal to Division 9.  APA non-members may submit proposals if an APA-member is a co-author or sponsors the proposal. Full details about the rules and procedures for submitting proposals can be found at APA’s website

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or ideas about proposals and programming.

Your APA Div 9 2019 Co-Chairs,

Sahana Mukherjee, Gettysburg College
David Buck, Elon University