ANNOUNCEMENT & APPLICATION
The Society for the Study of School Psychology (SSSP) is co-sponsoring the sixth biennial School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference (SPRCC). The SPRCC offers a means of enhancing the research efforts and skills of early career researchers who conduct psychological research relevant to the education and practice of psychology in the schools. The conference is designed to facilitate multi-site research by encouraging collaboration between early career researchers and senior scientists. SSSP recognizes that research on important educational and practice issues often requires large samples from diverse contexts to support the validity and applicability of findings across diverse populations and contexts. The goal of the SPRCC is to foster collaboration among conference attendees that will result in researchers being able to address complex and important problems relevant to education and the practice of psychology in the schools.
The principal attendees of the SPRCC will include: (1) early-career psychology and education researchers, (2) senior researchers interested in mentoring early-career researchers and serving as project consultants, and (3) researchers in school systems interested in collaborating on multi-site projects.
Anticipated outcomes of the SPRCC include the following; (1) fostering early-career researchers in obtaining collaborative and mentoring support for their research; (2) discussing important issues and ideas relevant to the application of psychological research to education and the practice of psychology in the schools; (3) developing friendships and working relationships across diverse networks of researchers, resulting in more individuals having a voice and an outlet for their research energies and talents; (4) engaging in constructive dialogue between researchers to establish and/or clarify research priorities; and (5) enhancing the quality of psychological research.
The 2013 SPRCC is a national conference, to occur on July 29-30, 2013 in Honolulu, Hawaii (beginning at 1:00 pm and ending at 5:30 pm the first day and 8:00 am – 12:00 pm the second day, prior to the American Psychological Association [APA] annual convention). The format will include special presentations and emphasize focused group discussions among those with related research interests.
The conference will involve approximately 75 individuals, of whom up to 50 will be Early Career Scholars, and other attendees as described above. The SSSP is currently seeking application materials from those interested in applying to attend the conference.
Early Career Scholars are defined as: pre-tenure scholars who have at least two peer-reviewed publications, professionals in their first seven years after receiving a doctorate, and post-tenure scholars within two years of receiving tenure. Pre-tenure applicants will receive first priority.
Each applicant is required to submit an electronic copy of the application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org (Include “2013 SPRCC Application” in the subject line; an email confirmation will be sent within 24 hours of receipt of the application).
1. Each applicant must provide a cover page indicating his or her name, current affiliation, mailing address, e-mail, fax and phone number.
2. A statement describing a Personal Research Agenda addressing his/her personal research interests and course of action during the next 3-5 years. The Personal Research Agenda should provide a broad overview of the applicant’s area(s) of interest, previous scholarly efforts in this area, specific questions to be addressed through the proposed research agenda, and specific implications for the practice of psychology in the schools. The personal research agenda must be double-spaced, 12-point font, with 1-inch margins, and must not exceed two (2) pages (if citations are included, references may appear on a third page).
3. A proposal of up to three (3) pages outlining the applicant’s Vision of a Collaborative Multi-site Research Program consistent with his/her Personal Research Agenda. Please identify the specific issue(s) and question(s) to be addressed, the necessary context and participants required to address the question(s), an estimate of the requisite number of participants, an estimate of the budget necessary to accomplish this research, and the relative advantages and challenges of a collaborative multi-site research program to address the question(s). This proposal must be double-spaced, 12-point font, with 1-inch margins, and may not exceed three (3) pages (references may appear on a fourth page). A brief abstract (no more than 300 words) of the proposal must be included on a separate page.
4. A letter of support from the department chair reflecting on the skills of the applicant and his/her potential for success in the research described in the Personal Research Agenda.
5. A Curriculum Vitae
The deadline for online submission of the above materials is midnight, November 1, 2012. Late applications will not be accepted. Early Career Scholars will be selected to participate from those submitting complete materials and notified on or before November 15, 2012. Early Career Scholar participants will be provided a $400 stipend to facilitate their travel to and attendance at SPRCC; Non-US and Non-Canadian applicants may submit a request for an additional supplement to the stipend, in the event of financial constraints.
Attendees will also have an opportunity to submit a proposal to the SSSP small grants program to secure research funds to develop a competitive proposal for a large scale-collaborative research project. Please direct questions regarding the conference to Dr. Craig Rush at email@example.com (Co-Chair). Directions for completing and submitting the application materials can be located at the SPRCC website www.education.ucsb.edu/sssp.sprcc.
The mission of the Society for the Study of School Psychology (SSSP) is to advance basic and applied scientific research in all aspects of school psychology; disseminate important research results to the general public, scientists, academicians, and practitioners concerning school psychology; and foster communication about the profession of school psychology. SSSP is the owner of the Journal of School Psychology, the first major research journal in school psychology. SSSP carries out its mission through several important activities, including the SSSP Early Career Grant competition, the School Psychology Research Collaboration Conference, a School Psychology Research Development Presentation Series, and liaisons to various inter-organizational groups.
Application materials are to be submitted electronically via e-mail to:
Craig Rush , Chair
University of Alabama
For information about participating in the conference, please read the application page
For detailed information on the SPRCC, including a list of participants, select the conferences link on the left.