Looking for a new way to connect with other SPSP members? Join a Free-Form Friday session. These small, virtual meeting rooms (generally maximum 15 attendees) are hosted by members for a variety of activities, including: Sharing career advice, pondering big picture questions together, meeting members with a similar background, brainstorming sessions, and more. Take advantage of this unique opportunity!
Have an idea to host a Free-Form Friday session? Apply to host a future session (submit a meeting name, host, description, and preferred dates/times).
Sign-ups for January open December 20.
January Free-Form Schedule
All Times U.S. Eastern Time Zone
We are seeing an increase in more diverse scholars from different cultural/ethnic backgrounds obtain training and seeking jobs in the field of social/personality psychology. One potential challenge that many of these scholars face may be how they are perceived by others due to the nature of their names. That is, many scholars have non-Anglicized names (e.g., Chinese first and last names). Would admission or hiring committees have conscious or unconscious biases about these applicants/scholars on the basis of their name? For instance, would a scholar with a Chinese first and last name be judged as someone who may be less fitting with North American culture, or have their English language proficiency called into question? The purpose of this session is to explore some of these questions, to see what challenges other scholars with non-Anglicized names may face, and potentially figure out how as a field, we can be more welcoming to scholars of all backgrounds.
Host: Xiaowen Xu (College of William & Mary)
Are you considering a career outside academia? Or curious about industry research? In this session we will chat about the benefits and downsides of the different careers, including how they relate to data access, scientific rigor, ethics, and any other topics you'd like to discuss.
This session is primarily for early career researchers who are considering a switch, as well as any career stage researchers who may want to collaborate with industry researchers.
Host: Maarten Bos (Snap Inc.)