Brief teaching survey for courses on romantic relationships/human sexuality

Dear colleagues,

Please participate in this very brief survey (< 5 minutes) on college-level teaching practices for courses on romantic relationships and/or human sexuality. The survey assesses what units of material are covered in such courses, with additional questions about a particular area of research focusing on consensual non-monogamy. The survey will take no more than 5 minutes of your time, and will assist with our knowledge of teaching practices for members of IARR. Anyone who has previously taught a course in these areas (relationships/sexuality), or is currently teaching such a course, or plans to teach one in the near future, is eligible to participate. This is not limited to psychologists—anyone in a related field (e.g., communication, sociology) is also eligible, so please feel free to forward this to any interested colleagues. The survey is anonymous (no names/personal identification collected). This project was approved by the University of Maryland IRB [649501-1]. The link to the survey is here: and you can contact me ( if you have any questions or concerns.


Dylan Faulkner Selterman, Ph.D.  
Department of Psychology, University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


Close Relationships Preconference seeking Relationship Researchers

Eligible SPSP preconference seeks companions for a day of mutual intellectual stimulation.

About me: I’ve been playing this field for 15 years, so I’m experienced, and I boast an illustrious past. As the Close Relationships Preconference, I know just how to sweep you off your feet.

Our perfect date: I’ll regale you with talks from esteemed relationship scientists including Rena Repetti, Ron Rogge, and Carol Ryff. I’ll give you a glimpse of the rising stars in our field as we listen to an address from the recipient of the Caryl E. Rusbult Early Career Award, and recognize the recipient of the Graduate Student Research Paper Award. I’ll wine and dine you with a continental breakfast and a hot buffet lunch. I’ll listen responsively as you talk about your exciting new work during the data blitz (now accepting submissions here: Together we’ll end our enchanting adventure with an interactive special session on methodological and replication issues in relationship science.

Will you take a chance on all I have to offer? To find out more about me, and lock in our date, take a closer look at my profile:

Can’t wait to meet up in Long Beach! ;)


Job Announcement for Bloomsburg University of PA

Permanent, Full Time, Assistant Professor, Tenure Track Position
Two Positions - Fall, 2015
AA # 25-4-064 and AA # 25-4-065

The Department of Communication Studies at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania seeks outstanding applicants for two tenure-track positions:

Position 1 (AA # 25-4-064): For this position, we seek applicants with research and teaching expertise in the area of Interpersonal Communication. Candidates will teach courses in Conflict Management and Resolution and other courses in their area of specialty.

Position 2 (AA # 25-4-065): For this position we are particularly interested in individuals who are qualified to teach the Communication Research Methods course and who specialize in area(s) that address the needs of our students, enhance our curriculum, complement the current Communication Studies faculty, and reflect trends in our discipline.

The successful applicants for both positions will teach Public Speaking and/or Interpersonal Communication as part of her or his regular load, and will be encouraged to contribute to and develop additional courses in her or his area(s) of expertise. The successful candidates will demonstrate ongoing excellence in teaching, research, and service. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations preferred. Instructional delivery may occur through traditional, alternative, and online instructional methods, and may occur on the main campus or off-site educational locations. Voluntary summer and winter session contracts may be available.

Finalists for the positions must communicate well and successfully complete an interview process, a teaching demonstration, and a brief research presentation to be viewed by the department faculty.

Applicants with ABD status will be considered; however, applicants should have their Ph.D. in Communication Studies or closely related field by August 21, 2015.

Permanent, Full-Time, Tenure Track beginning Fall 2015.

Beginning Fall 2015

Competitive salary and excellent benefits packages are offered.

For full consideration, applications should be received by October 24, 2014 . Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  Submit an application packet by uploading a letter of application addressing your qualifications and experiences for the position, a curriculum vita, evidence of teaching effectiveness, unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts, three professional letters of recommendation, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers for three professional references to the Bloomsburg University electronic application system.  Go to, select the appropriate position and click the "Apply" button above the position description. Letters of recommendation may also be e-mailed in PDF format directly by the recommenders to or by mail to Dr. David S. Heineman, Search Committee Chair, Dept. of Communication Studies, Bloomsburg University of PA, 400 E. 2nd Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815. A recommendation by the majority of the regular, full-time department faculty is required for hire. Prior to a final offer of employment the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check, including but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verifications and criminal background check. Completing this search is contingent upon available funding.

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is committed to equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to race, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status. This institution offers benefits to same-sex and different sex domestic partners. Information regarding employee benefits is available at

Bloomsburg University is located in a picturesque small town in beautiful central Pennsylvania approximately 50 miles southwest of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and 30 miles west of the Pocono Mountains. The town of Bloomsburg boasts excellent public schools with affordable cost-of-living
and abundant lifestyle opportunities. New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Baltimore/Washington D.C. metro centers are within a few hours' drive.

The University is recognized as an outstanding educational institution, having been ranked as one of the "10 Best Public Colleges and Universities in the Northeast" by the U.S. News and World Report. There are 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students in four colleges: Business, Education, Liberal Arts, and Science and Technology.  The Department of Communication Studies consists of 14 full-time faculty members and more than 300 majors. Additional information about the department is available at


PhD program in Health Psychology and Clinical Science at CUNY

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to tell you about our new Ph.D. program in Health Psychology and Clinical Science at the City University of New York (CUNY). Our first class was enrolled in 2013 and we are requesting that you tell your most promising students who are applying for graduate study for Fall 2015.
We are excited to be offering a curriculum that provides a true commitment to elucidating the interaction between physical and mental health from a rigorously empirical biopsychosocial perspective. Students will receive a thorough grounding in both clinical science and health psychology, including current theoretical perspectives, the conduct and evaluation of scientific research methods, understanding of the behavioral and biological mechanisms of psychopathology and physical illness, the conduct of prevention and intervention trials across diverse populations and in diverse settings, and addressing health disparities in a sociocultural context.
Our faculty include Cheryl Carmichael, Tracy Dennis, Joel Erblich, Sarit Golub, Renee Goodwin, Michael Hoyt, Doug Mennin, Regina Miranda, Jeff Parsons, Laura Reigada, Tracey Revenson, Margie Rosario, Deborah Walder, and Mariann Weierich.  Research areas cover a wide range of topics in clinical science and health, some of which are listed on this e-flyer: Further, these faculty have formal and informal relationships at premiere medical and public health institutions throughout New York City that offer collaborative opportunities for research and externship.
We will be admitting a small group of highly qualified predoctoral students for Fall 2015.  We ask your help in guiding your top students who are interested in clinical science and/or health psychology to our program. Details are available at or at our more detailed companion site,  But, anyone who has specific questions may contact us directly. Admitted students are supported by multi-year packages that include stipends, tuition waivers, and health insurance.  The program will be seeking accreditation with APA-CoA and, in time, PCSAS.
The deadline for Fall applications is December 1st.  We would be most grateful if you were to print, post, and share the linked e-flyer. We look forward to receiving applications your best and brightest students.
Doug Mennin and Tracey Revenson, Co-Directors, Health Psychology and Clinical Science Program


Faculty Position Social Psychology UMass-Amherst

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is inviting applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in its Social Psychology Division, starting in Fall, 2015.  We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

Job Description:
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Social Psychology or a related discipline, an excellent record of research with a productive, federally-funded research program or evidence of the ability to establish one, a strong record of publishing in high impact peer-reviewed journals, and a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.   Applicants who work on affect and cognition, especially those who focus on affective and motivational processes (e.g., emotion regulation, self-regulation) and use a multi-method approach, are encouraged to apply.  The multi-method approach might include behavioral and physiological methods (e.g., cardiovascular, EEG, fMRI, or hormonal measures).

Ph.D. in Social Psychology or a related discipline, an excellent record of research with a productive, federally-funded research program or evidence of the ability to establish one, a strong record of publishing in high impact peer-reviewed journals, and a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education

Additional Information:
The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body.  The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.  Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

Application Instructions:
Applications should include a cover letter, statement of research interests and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, sample publications and the names and contact information of at least three references. Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of October 31, 2014 in order to ensure consideration.
To apply, see:



The Relationship Researchers Interest Group (RRIG) within the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) presents an annual award to a graduate student who has published an empirical manuscript that makes original and important contributions to relationship science. The recipient of this award will be honored and presented with the award at the 2015 SPSP Close Relationships Preconference.

Eligibility: The primary selection criterion is that the publication must be an outstanding empirical contribution in the general area of close relationships. The graduate student must have been first author on the publication, it must have been published within the past year (that is, official acceptance for publication or in print between September 1, 2013, and September, 1, 2014), and the nominee must be a current graduate student. A paper may only be submitted for consideration once.

Submission materials:  To be considered for this award, please send the following:

(1) The empirical manuscript.

(2) A brief statement of how this work contributes to the broader literature in close relationships more generally.

(3) If not obvious from the manuscript, evidence that it meets award criteria (i.e., that the first author was and is a graduate student, time of publication).

Self-nominations will be accepted.

Please send materials electronically to Brooke Feeney, chair of the 2015 RRIG Graduate Student Research Award Committee, at

The deadline for nominations is September 30, 2014.  The award recipient will be notified in early November.



The Relationship Researchers Interest Group (RRIG) within the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) presents an annual award to a new investigator who has made original and important contributions to relationship science. The recipient of this award will be invited to give an award address at the 2015 SPSP Close Relationships Preconference.

Eligibility: The primary selection criterion is an outstanding record of original research in the general area of close relationships. Because this award recognizes a new investigator, nominees will typically have received their Ph.D. within the past 8 years.

Submission materials: To be considered for this award, please send the following:

(1) A 1-2 page letter that provides a summary of your major research contributions and a brief description of the general topic that you would likely present in your address at the Preconference.

(2) A recent CV.

(3) Pdf files of 2 representative publications.

(4) A letter of recommendation from a scholar in the close relationships field who is familiar with your work. (S/he can send the letter separately.)

Please send materials electronically to Benjamin Karney, chair of the 2015 RRIG Early Career Awards Committee, at

The deadline for nominations is September 30, 2014. The award recipient will be notified in early November.


Assistant Professor, Evolutionary Psychology - UCSB


The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in evolutionary psychology broadly defined, beginning July 1, 2015.  Candidates from all areas of the psychological, behavioral, and brain sciences who take an evolutionary approach to their topic are encouraged to apply. PhD required at time of appointment. Successful applicants are expected to have a strong research program. Responsibilities include supervising students in research and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in area of expertise and, more generally, in psychological and brain sciences.

Please visit to apply.

Review of applicant credentials will commence on September 15, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by law, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.


Call for Chapter Proposals: SAGE Handbook of Questiopnnaire Design

The book “SAGE Handbook of Questionnaire Design” is intended to be a comprehensive, authoritative volume that will eventually operate as the Benchmark work in the field of survey design. There is definitely a need for an up-to-date handbook on questionnaire design. Many books have been published on the topic, but most of those books are greatly outdated. There have been many developments in questionnaire design in general during the past several years, and some interesting development in specific fields of research, so a handbook that can provide a more updated account and be a one-stop source would be very helpful for researchers. 

The proposed book will be divided in two parts. The first part will focus on issues in basic research using questionnaire design. The second part will focus on issues in applied research using questionnaire design. Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Theory-driven versus theory-seeking approaches to survey design
  • Use of English versus other languages in survey design
  • How questions frame answers in survey design
  • User-computer interactions issues in survey design
  • Cross-cultural differences in participants’ responses to surveys
  • Statistical issues in survey design
  • Ethical issues in survey design
  • Surveys within public versus private domains



  • Book chapter’s proposals (300-500 words, due May 31 June 30) should be submitted to


Please include:

  • Author(s) information (name, affiliation, contact details)
  • Provisional book chapter title
  • Summary of chapter including main idea, preliminary conclusions, other main points
  • The chapter proposal doesn’t have to be very detailed. It just should give an idea what the chapter will be about, so that we could assess its fit and suitability for the book.


Important dates:

  • Submission deadline for chapter proposals (provisional title and 300-500 words abstract): May 31 June 30, 2014
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection of chapter proposals: July 15, 2014
  • Deadline for full chapter draft (5,000-10,000 words): November 22, 2014
  • November 22-December 31: chapter draft revisions based on the feedback from the editorial team, work with authors towards bringing their chapters up to the expectations
  • Final notification of acceptance/rejection of chapter proposals, suggestions for further improvement: December 31, 2014
  • Deadline for submission of final chapters revised per feedback from the editorial team: February 15, 2015


Accepted chapters will be compiled in a book, which will be published by SAGE.

Book Editors and contact details:

  • Dr. Stanley O. Gaines, Jr., Brunel University, United Kingdom (
  • Dr. Vasyl Taras, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, United States (

"Virtual Brownbag" on Close Relationships and Health

Message: On Thursday, May 15 from 1-2pm EST, three top relationshisp esearchers will discuss cutting edge theory and research addressing close relationship processes and their implications for health. The panelists will be Dr. Paula Pietromonaco (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), Dr. Christine Dunkel Schetter (UCLA), and Dr. Bert Uchino (University of Utah), and the discussion will center around a paper they published in a special issue of Health Psychology last May.

This is a "virtual brownbag" put on by the Social Personality and Health Network ( but will likely be of interest to members of IARR.

Interested people can register at

John Updegraff & Kate Sweeny
Organizers, SPHN Virtual Brownbag Series


ICPSR Summer Program Workshop on Dyadic Intensive Longitudinal Data

Analyzing Intensive Longitudinal Data: A Guide to Diary, Experience Sampling, and Ecological Momentary Assessment Methods 

Dates: June 24–27, 2014

Location: Amherst, MA

Instructors: Niall Bolger, Columbia University, and Jean-Philippe Laurenceau, University of Delaware

This four-day statistical workshop will provide training in the analysis of intensive longitudinal data using the multilevel or mixed-effects model. The multilevel model is a flexible tool that can take into account the data analytic challenges stemming from intensive longitudinal data, including multiple levels of analysis and temporal dependencies in the data. Course topics include the history of intensive longitudinal methods and designs, time course analysis, within-person causal processes, dyadic intensive longitudinal data, and the psychometrics of intensive longitudinal data, among others. 

For more information, including fees, registration, and prerequisites, visit the course description page:


Announcements about Future Conferences

The IARR Future Conference Committee is pleased to announce the location for two mini-conferences in 2015 and the location of the main conference in 2016. Plan ahead to attend these conferences! 

In chronological order (by date) of the conferences, they are:

Mini-conference, June 19-21, 2015, at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ, USA)

We are excited to announce that Rutgers University will be hosting an IARR mini-conference and new scholars pre-conference on June 19-21, 2015. The theme for the mini-conference is Relationships, Health, and Wellness, but we welcome submissions on any topics that are of interest to IARR scholars.

Health and wellness have significant implications for people’s close relationships as both an antecedent and an outcome of relationship functioning. Thus, the conference theme will encompass research on the ways in which the features of close personal relationships can be influential in shaping individuals’ health and wellness, as well as the ways in which health or illness can affect the quality of relationships. At a broad level, this conference theme can also encompass research focused on the qualities and dynamics that promote general relationship well-being. Wellness can encompass any issues related to a rich and satisfying quality of life and the stability and quality of people’s relationships can be a significant factor in promoting individual and relational well-being. Given the inclusiveness of this theme, we believe the conference will be of interest to scholars from a variety of disciplinary and methodological backgrounds. Thus, we look forward to a rich and diverse program of scholarship on various topics in close relationships.

The new scholars pre-conference will be a full day workshop for graduate students and new scholars in the field. The workshop will include panel discussions by senior scholars in the field about such topics as publishing, navigating the job market, getting grants, and maintaining a positive work/life balance. The new scholars who attend the workshop will also have the opportunity to present their own research and interact with senior faculty in an intimate setting.

The new scholars pre-conference will be held on campus at Rutgers University. The mini-conference will be held at the Heldrich Hotel and Conference Center in New Brunswick, NJ. Details about the submission deadline and registration rates will be forthcoming. Summer is a lovely time of year in New Jersey and we hope that conference attendees will extend their stay beyond the conference to take in the beautiful beaches at the Jersey Shore or the bustling sites of the nearby Big Apple. We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful state and our vibrant campus.

Jennifer Theiss and Kathryn Greene

Local Arrangements Co-Chairs


Mini-conference, July 9-11, 2015, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 

We are delighted to announce our IARR minisymposium on “Self-regulation and Close Relationships” scheduled for July 9-11, 2015 held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The mini-symposium is a student-friendly event created to stimulate scientist-to-scientist dialogue about cutting-edge research on interpersonal relationships. 

In recent decades, the science of self-regulation received increasing attention from relationship researchers, leading to a host of new knowledge on this theme. Because self-regulatory processes in relationships are relevant to multiple domains of research, it received attention from researchers in different areas of research, including psychology, sociology, family studies, communication, anthropology, and neuroscience. Research on this topic combines different methodologies and includes a variety of populations (e.g., friendships, romantic relationships, parent-child relationships).

The mini-symposium will cover an umbrella of topics addressing how self-regulatory processes affect close relationships and how close relationships affect self-regulatory processes. Invited speakers are Nikola Overall (University of Auckland), Eli Finkel (Northwestern University), Guy Bodenmann (Universität Zürich), and Johan Karremans (Radboud University Nijmegen). Participants and invited speakers will draw on a wide variety of topics and methods to address exciting questions relevant to the theme of the symposium:

  • How do relationship partners influence individuals’ goal pursuit and, conversely, how does individuals’ goal pursuit affect their relationship?
  • In which ways does self-control, including executive functioning and self-regulation, affect close relationship dynamics?
  • What is the role of regulatory processes (e.g., approach/avoidance orientation, regulatory focus, dyadic coping, partner regulation) in close relationship processes?
  • How do interpersonal motives (e.g., self-protection vs. connectedness, risk-taking, autonomy) affect relationships?
  • How does self-regulation affect relationship functioning, and what is the role of relationships in shaping self-regulation?

The number of participants is limited to 100. Information about registration and further details about submissions to the mini-symposium will follow soon. But save the date, we are already looking forward to welcoming you in Amsterdam!

Catrin Finkenauer, Francesca Righetti and Tila Pronk


Main Conference, July 20-24, 2016, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The Local Organizing Committee co-chaired by Geoff MacDonald, Emily Impett, and SiSi Tran is excited to announce that the 2016 Biennial Conference of the International Association for Relationship Research will be held July 20 - 24 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Popularly known as the “City within a Park,” Toronto is internationally renowned for its safety (the Mercer survey on global livability has ranked Toronto as the best city in the Western hemisphere for personal safety), the cleanliness of its streets and public spaces, the friendliness of its inhabitants (Reader’s Digest has rated Toronto as the world’s third most polite city), its greenness (Toronto has over 1,600 named parks comprised of over 8,000 hectares of land), and the vibrancy of its arts and culture scene (Foreign Policy magazine’s Global Cities Index has ranked Toronto one of the top four cultural experience cities in the world). A truly cosmopolitan destination, Toronto is one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities with roughly half of its population born outside of Canada. We look forward to sharing our city with you!


Chair, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Sciences 


Texas Tech University invites nominations and applications for the Chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies position within the College of Human Sciences.

The Chairperson reports to the Dean of the College of Human Sciences and is responsible for the department’s academic programs (including curriculum), governance, faculty recruitment, planning, and financial affairs.  The Chairperson acts as the department’s advocate to fulfill the missions of the department, college, and university and participates as a team member on the College of Human Sciences Administrative Committee.  The Chairperson also works with and leads the faculty in pursuit of grants and contracts, developing a flow of research from the department, and facilitating faculty participation in interdisciplinary and/or distance programs as appropriate.  She/he represents the department to the students, faculty, administration, and profession. 

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, Early Childhood, Psychology, or another closely related field and previous administrative experience. Preference will be given to those with previous department chair experience.

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies, enrolling approximately 1,000 students, is one of five departments in the College of Human Sciences at Texas Tech University.  The department’s undergraduate programs include Human Development and Family Studies and Early Childhood, which is a teacher certification program. The graduate program in Human Development and Family Studies offers master’s and doctoral degrees. The department mission is to apply contextual and systemic frameworks to the study of individual development and relationship processes across the life span through teaching, research, professional service, and outreach. The state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories, including the Barton Observation Research Suite, the Christine Devitt and Helen Jones Child Development Research Center, and Early Head Start facilities, are sites where discoveries are made related to optimal individual development and healthy relationships.  Both child care laboratories are accredited with the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as well as the Council for the Accreditation of Educational Preparation (CAEP).  The department has designation as an approved program for the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE).  Graduates of the doctoral program are equipped with methodological and statistical skills necessary to advance the field through empirical research.  

Texas Tech University is a state-designated national research university. Its 2010 strategic plan charts a course for Texas Tech becoming a great public research university by 2020. The university has characteristics of a Carnegie-classified doctoral granting university with very high research productivity and is ranked by both the National Science Foundation and the Center for Measuring University Performance amongst the top 150 research universities in the country with total research expenditures exceeding $125M, an endowment worth $430M, total Ph.D.s graduated well over 200, with undergraduate and graduate enrollments of 27,000 and 5,300, respectively and with faculty who are increasingly being recognized for their scholarship by NSF, the Welch Foundation and others. It is expected that Texas Tech will at least double the size of its research activity by 2020. TTU is presently actively engaged in strategic and cluster hiring to add capacity in critical areas tied to its strategic research themes (see here and here).

Confidential applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidate screening will begin immediately. For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided by April 7, 2014. An application will include a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position; current curriculum vitae and the names of five references with titles, mailing addresses, business/home telephone numbers and email addresses. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination, including the name, position, address, telephone number and e-mail address of the nominee. Greenwood/Asher & Associates, an executive search firm, is assisting Texas Tech University in the search.

Applications and letters of nominations should be submitted to:

Jan Greenwood, Betty Turner Asher, Partners
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
Texas Tech University-Chair, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206
Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272


 Additional information is available at, and


An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Employer.


Dyadic Data Analysis Workshop, June 23-27, 2014, at Michigan State University

The workshop will focus on analyses for data in which both members of a dyad are measured on the same set of variables. Topics to be addressed include the measurement of nonindependence, the Actor-Partner Interdependence Model, the analysis of distinguishable and indistinguishable dyads, and the analysis of over-time dyadic data (e.g., dyadic growth curve models). The software package used in the workshop will be SPSS. Although the workshop does not require any prior knowledge or experience with multilevel modeling, participants are expected to have a working knowledge of multiple regression and analysis of variance, as well as SPSS. Please see the website for more specific information and a link to the workshop registration (click here).


DePaul University College of Communication: Relational Communication – Tenure Track Assistant Professor

The College of Communication at DePaul University is seeking applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Interpersonal/Relational Communication to begin in the fall, 2014.  Candidates will be expected to contribute to our Relational Program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  At the undergraduate level, ideal candidates will be able to teach Introduction to Human Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Nonverbal Communication and develop specialized courses that complement our current offerings (which include Family Communication, Deceptive Communication, Dark Side of Communication, Close Relationships, and Evolution and Communication).  At the graduate level, successful candidates will be expected to develop courses that emphasize the practical application of interpersonal communication.  Candidates who can develop graduate courses in relational communication with an emphasis in health, social media, or training and development, as well as candidates with professional experience, are strongly encouraged to apply.


SPSP 2014 Close Relationships Preconference: Last Call!

This is the final call for registration for the 2014 SPSP Close Relationships Preconference! This year's schedule includes talks from Chris Fraley, Julianne Holt-Lunstad, and David Sbarra; a special session on gender differences in romantic relationships, with talks from Bobbi Carothers, Paul Eastwick, Norm Li, and Andrea Meltzer; the 2014 Caryl Rusbult Early Career Award winner; the Graduate Student Research Paper Award; and the ever-popular data blitz!

The official registration deadline is January 15, but we will accept late registrations until the event is full (the registration form can be found HERE). So if you've forgotten to mail yours, there's still time - but not much!!

Also, note that the call for data blitz participants will come out after registration closes. We'd love for you to share your hot-off-the-press findings! Be looking for the call for blitz presentations soon...

We look forward to seeing you in Austin!

Amy Canevello & Cheryl Carmichael

(On behalf of the Close Relationships Preconference planning committee of the SPSP Relationships Researchers Interest Group: Sara Algoe, Amy Canevello, Cheryl Carmichael, Brooke Feeney, Ben Karney, & Harry Reis)


Call for Chapters - Examining the Darkness of Family Communication: The Harmful, the Morally Suspect, and the Socially Inappropriate

Examining the Darkness of Family Communication: The Harmful, the Morally Suspect, and the Socially Inappropriate
(Peter Lang Publishing, Inc)

Edited by
Loreen N. Olson, Department of Communication Studies, and Mark A. Fine, Professor and Head
Human Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

The book is a part of the series:
Lifespan Communication: Children, Families, and Aging, edited by Thomas J. Socha

The family system is a key site where lives are formed, developed, and changed across time. For many, their lives are nurtured and sustained by their families, providing them with a source of security, comfort, and support. Unfortunately, however, many others may find that their family system is a site of much pain, suffering, stress, maltreatment, and perhaps even abuse. This dark side of family life—be it temporary or long-term—is the focus of our edited volume entitled Examining the Darkness of Family Communication: The Harmful, the Morally Suspect, and the Socially Inappropriate. The primary goal of this book is to advance theory and research by presenting original empirical studies and theoretical/methodological overviews on dark family communication processes.

We are seeking a variety of empirical explorations of dark family communication messages and processes. Specifically, we are looking for chapters that address the following aspects of dark family communication (DFC):

  1. DFC and Individual Traits, Characteristics, and Behaviors
  2. DFC and Dyadic Family Relationships and Interaction Patterns
  3. DFC and Family Level Patterns and Dynamics
  4. DFC and Social, Cultural, and Historical Structures and Processes
  5. DFC Through an Intercultural and International Lens
The chapters need to be original, data-based studies examining dark family communication. The first 3 chapters in this section will address the most proximal context—the individual. The subsequent chapters will address increasingly distal contexts, ranging from dyadic family dynamics, family processes as a whole, social and cultural structures, and, finally, at the most distal level, the intercultural and international context.

Please email ABSTRACTS of no more than 200 words, as well as a recent version of your vita, for initial consideration to Loreen Olson or Mark Fine by January 15, 2014.

Indicate in your email which section listed above you feel your study/chapter fits best
Contact Information:

Loreen N. Olson, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Department of Communication Studies, 107 Ferguson, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170; lnolson@uncg.edu336-334-5297.

Mark A. Fine, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 248B Stone Building, Greensboro, NC  27402; mafine@uncg.edu336-256-0134.


Open Tenure-Track Position in Communication - Western Connecticut State University

Assistant Professor Position - Communication Studies (tenure-track)
Western Connecticut State University
Department of Communication & Media Arts
Academic Year 2014-2015

The Department of Communication & Media Arts seeks a generalist for a tenure-track Assistant Professor. The Communication & Media Arts program provides education in communication skills, theory, and research designed to meet discipline standards as well as students’ interests and career objectives. The Department offers degrees in both Communication and Media Arts. Teaching load is 4/4. 

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability to teach basic communication skills classes, the ability to teach theory, research methods, and supervise undergraduate theses is required, as is the ability to teach in at least one specialty at intermediate and advanced undergraduate levels. Demonstrated teaching excellence (e.g., portfolio) is a must. Scholarship level appropriate to experience and field required, as well as documented evidence of a commitment to university/department/discipline service. Ph.D. in Communication is required. ABD will be considered. WCSU is a dynamic, diverse workplace and the ability to work with students, faculty and staff from various backgrounds and cultures is essential. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. 

Salary & Benefits: WCSU offers competitive salaries commensurate with candidates’ experience and a comprehensive benefit package. There are grant opportunities to support research and conference attendance. Additional information can be found on our website at

Application Process: Interested candidates must submit the following:

  • Curriculum vitae that highlights relevant teaching experience
  • Cover letter that addresses the candidate’s interest in working at a primarily teaching institution
  • Statement of teaching philosophy, experience and interests that includes evidence of teaching excellence (such as student evaluation summaries and peer observations)
  • Statement of research interest that addresses the how the candidate would integrate undergraduates in their research program
  • Contact information for 3 current references

All documents should be combined in a single PDF document and submitted electronically to (reference search 600-196 in the subject line). Complete applications must be received by 5:00PM, Friday, January 10, 2014.


A Call for Nominations for the IARR Young Scholar, Teaching & Mentoring, and Career Awards

This is a call for award nominations for the Young Scholar, Teaching & Mentoring, and Career Awards for the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR).  These awards focus on recognizing notable accomplishments at different points in relationship scholars’ career paths.  A complete list of the awards, and the materials required for a nomination, is located below.  Nominations for all of these awards are due February 17, 2014. Awards will be presented at the 2014 Conference in Melbourne, Australia, July 10-13.  

Please consider nominating a scholar whose work you admire for one of these IARR awards.  These awards allow IARR to recognize the critical and salient accomplishments of our members across our member’s career paths.  Nominations play a key role in this process. Self-nominations are welcome. Please note: All parties, excluding students, must be members of IARR in order for a nomination to be valid. Nominations and all supporting materials must be received by February 17, 2014. Questions about the nomination process can be directed to Scott Christopher, the Chair of the Awards Committee (see below).  Please address nomination materials (email submissions strongly preferred) to:

F. Scott Christopher, Chair
IARR Awards Committee
The T. Denny Sanford School of Social & Family Dynamics
Arizona State University
P.O. Box 873701
Tempe, AZ 85287-3701



Young Scholar Awards

Dissertation Award

This award honors an outstanding dissertation in the field of personal relationships that was defended between January 2011 and September 2013. A small cash prize is presented ($300). Nominations consist of:

  • A letter of nomination from the dissertation advisor, and
  • A summary (5 page maximum) of the dissertation.

Nominees advancing to a second round of evaluation will be asked to provide an electronic copy of either the full dissertation or a manuscript that reports the research. 

Steve Duck New Scholars Awards (2 awards)

These awards provide small grants ($500) to (1) a graduate student and to (2) a new scholar (within 3 years of receiving his or her Ph.D.) in support of their research on personal relationships.

Self-nominations are expected, and should include:

  • A proposal (5 page maximum) that outlines the relevant literature, the purpose and hypotheses of the research, the proposed design and methodology, and a budget that clearly indicates how the grant monies will be used to support the project,
  • The applicant's curriculum vitae, and
  • A letter of recommendation from an informed colleague.


Teaching & Mentoring Awards

Teaching Award

This award recognizes excellence in teaching in the field of personal relationships at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. Nominations should include:

  • A teaching portfolio that includes (a) a statement of teaching philosophy, (b) sample syllabi, and (c) summaries of course evaluations,
  • The nominee's curriculum vitae, and
  • Two letters of support from colleagues and two letters of support from current and/or former students.

Mentoring Award

This award recognizes an outstanding mentor in the field of personal relationships. Nominations should include:

  • A letter of nomination that describes the manner in which the mentoring relationship has advanced the professional development of those who were advised, supported, or sponsored by the mentor,
  • The nominee's curriculum vitae, and
  • Up to 3 additional letters of support from colleagues or current and/or former students.


Career Awards

Gerald R. Miller Award for Early Career Achievement

This award honors the distinguished scientific achievements of scholars who are still within 10 years of receiving their Ph.D. degrees.  Nominations should include:

  • A letter of nomination that describes the accomplishments of the nominee,
  • The nominee's curriculum vitae, and
  • Two additional letters supporting the nomination.

Berscheid-Hatfield Award for Distinguished Mid-Career Achievement

This award honors the distinguished scientific achievements of scholars who are in the middle stages of their careers, that is, between 10 and 25 years post-Ph.D. Nominations should include:

  • A letter of nomination that describes the accomplishments of the nominee,
  • The nominee's curriculum vitae, and
  • Two additional letters supporting the nomination.

Distinguished Career Award

This award recognizes a full career of eminent, notable contributions to research in, theories of, or the practice of relationship science.  The award is intended to acknowledge a long span of work that has enriched our understanding of personal relationships and contributed much to the field. Nominations should include:

  • A letter of nomination that describes the accomplishments of the nominee,
  • The nominee's curriculum vitae, and
  • Two additional letters supporting the nomination.

IARR Student Travel Awards for 2014 Melbourne Conference

A limited number of Student Travel Awards for the IARR conference in Melbourne are now available. The award (listed as a "scholarship" on the IARR conference website) covers the cost of your conference registration only. The eligibility criteria include: (1) providing evidence of your status as a student and (2) submitting and having an abstract accepted for the 2014 IARR conference. Priority will be given to students outside Australia and New Zealand. More details about how to apply to present at the conference and how to apply for this award are located on the IARR conference website.