Summer 2017

Greetings SCIPIE members and friends! We were pleased to see many of you at this year’s past AERA in San Antonio Texas. We hope that you had a chance to come by and socialize at our SCIPIE happy hour event or the Division C business meeting where we distributed “save the date” cards announcing our call for proposals for the 2017 conference and initial information on our new edited series.

Since our fantastic conference in Albuquerque, NM in 2015, the SCIPIE Board has been busy identifying and developing new initiatives to better serve our growing membership. In keeping with SCIPIE’s commitment to supporting innovative scholarship and our focus on our early career members, we outlined areas for growth that have been our focus during the past two years and will drive our organization moving forward. In the past two years, we have made considerable progress on the following goals:

  • Launching an online edited series, called SCIPIE Connections that will synthesize empirical research with practice in the field of educational psychology;

  • Finding ways to increase the visibility of SCIPIE; and

  • Determining how to better involve our institutional members during non-conference years.

Read on for highlights for some of these initiatives and for details about the call for proposals for the 2017 conference to be held in Las Vegas, NV on October 19-20. In other news, our wonderful technology coordinator Mete Akcaoglu, has been hard at work improving our web presence, including creating a new SCIPIE logo. Thank you, Mete!

2017 Conference Information

October 19-20, the Downtown Grand, Las Vegas, NV

UNLV is pleased to host the upcoming conference at the Downtown Grand in the historic Fremont Street area of Las Vegas. The theme of the 2017 conference is ”EXAMINING THE LANDSCAPE OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: CONTEXT AND CHANGE”. The focus for the 2017 conference will be exploring the role of context and change over time in educational psychological research. These two factors add complexity that is difficult to model and require new ways of thinking to adequately address. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Avi Kaplan, of Temple University, will lead attendees in considering how to reframe research to more appropriately consider critical issues in educational psychology related to the conference theme.


New Institutional Members

We are also thrilled to announce that since SCIPIE 2015, we have welcomed three new institutional members!

Georgia Southern University

The University of Memphis

Texas A&M University

The generous support of our institutional members keeps SCIPIE vibrant and healthy. In 2015, the membership approved a Bylaws change that allows for member institutions outside of the Southwest. The inclusion of these new member institutions represents a growing presence of SCIPIE on the national scene. Please continue to urge your own institutions to support SCIPIE through institutional membership!

SCIPIE Connections, a New Online Edited Series

SCIPIE Connections is a collection of ideas and essays that synthesize empirical research with practice in the field of educational psychology. We especially welcome essays by doctoral students and pre-tenure faculty. Each published work describes psychological theory and supporting literature and applies educational psychology and related innovations in practical contexts. This outlet is meant to help readers recognize the value of educational psychology and to disseminate new ideas in the field. The submission system is now open on our website with the first publication expected early in the fall of 2017.

Submissions to Connections will undergo a peer review process. The editorial board will be composed of graduate student members of SCIPIE, drawn primarily from our member institutions, acting in conjunction with a faculty liaison. The editorial process will be a collaborative conversation model between the reviewers and the author. Please contact Dr. Jonathan Hilpert at with questions about the series, or nominations for graduate student board members. Self-nominations are accepted.

Call for Nominations – SCIPIE Board Membership

If you love SCIPIE, consider getting involved as a board member! The following positions will be open as of November, 2017: President-elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Historian, and Member-at-Large (2 positions). A description of these positions may be found in the bylaws, which are located on our website.

Contact Gwen Marchand, current President at, for more information about the roles and expectations or to nominate yourself or someone else. Alternatively, please contact board members currently holding the position in which you are interested. Elections will take place via electronic ballot in September.

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