Thursday
Jun022016

Couples Coping with Stress

This is the first book that reviews both empirical and clinical applications of how couples jointly cope with stress - dyadic coping - around the globe. The Systemic-Transactional Stress Model (STM), developed by co-editor Guy Bodenmann, is used as a consistent framework so readers can better appreciate the contrasts and similarities across the fourteen cultures represented in the book. Written by scholars from the particular culture, each chapter provides a conceptual review of the dyadic coping research conducted in their specific cultures, and also provides empirical and clinical recommendations. Additional contributions include how to measure dyadic coping, so others can apply the STM model in other contexts. The latest treatment approaches for therapy and prevention are also highlighted, making this book ideal for professionals interested in expanding their cultural competence when working with couples from various backgrounds.

See here: https://www.routledge.com/Couples-Coping-with-Stress-A-Cross-Cultural-Perspective/Falconier-Randall-Bodenmann/p/book/9781138906655

Wednesday
Apr132016

IARR 2016 conference schedule and registration information

The full schedule for IARR 2016 is now available: http://iarr.psych.utoronto.ca/program.html. Specific room assignments will be added soon.

Please note that early bird registration rates have also been extended by one week. The deadline is now April 22. Register soon: http://iarr.psych.utoronto.ca/registration.html.

Monday
Mar072016

Dyadic Data Analysis Workshop, July 25-29, 2016, at Michigan State 

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: http://psychology.msu.edu/Workshops_Courses/dda.aspx

Sincerely,
Rob Ackerman

Monday
Feb012016

Call for proposals - The National Council on Family Relations 2016 Annual Conference

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is accepting proposals for its 2016 Annual Conference, planned for Nov. 2-5 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference theme is “Families and Human Rights: Promise and Vulnerability in the 21st Century.”

Using the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals as a framework, the purpose of this conference is to showcase research, teaching, and practices that address human rights and diverse families; provide networking opportunities for those with an interest in these topics; and engage and inspire conference attendees in the pursuit of equality and justice for all families. Possible formats include papers, posters, roundtables, symposia, workshops, poster symposia, and lightning paper sessions.

Submit your proposal online by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Find more details about the conference and proposal submission at https://www.ncfr.org/ncfr-2016.

With questions, please email info@ncfr.org or call NCFR at 888-781-9331.

Monday
Dec142015

Two year visiting professor of Communication Studies Message: Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, IA seeks applications for a two-year, non-tenure track, Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Studies beginning August, 2016. The successful candidate will be committed to excellence in teaching and advising undergraduate students, collaborative in approach to working with faculty/staff colleagues, able to teach a variety of Communication Studies courses, and possess outstanding organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. The typical teaching load includes eight courses per year with roughly half of the load serving the basic course, a hybrid Fundamentals of Communication Course required of all graduates. Ph.D. preferred. Review of applications begins January 27, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. BVU prepares students for lifelong success through transformational academic, professional and co-curricular programs. In addition, Buena Vista University offers an exceptional faculty development program and opportunities for international experiences. Buena Vista University’s main 60-acre campus is situated on the shores of beautiful Storm Lake, a 3,200-acre natural lake located in northwest Iowa. Storm Lake is one of Iowa's most diverse communities. It is one of Iowa's premier vacation spots, with an array of retail shopping and dining opportunities, and a vibrant arts and cultural environment. Businesses of various sizes ranging from small businesses to multinational corporations thrive in this Northwest Iowa city. Storm Lake residents enjoy a relatively low cost of living and a high quality of life. Please submit letter of application, graduate school transcripts (photocopies acceptable but official copies required for appointment), teaching evaluation summaries, teaching philosophy statement, and current vita with the names of 4-6 references (including title, address, e-mail address and telephone number) to Peter Steinfeld, Associate Dean of Faculty, Buena Vista University, 610 W. 4th St., Storm Lake, IA 50588 or email facultyhire@bvu.edu. A background check will be conducted on the final candidate. Buena Vista University is an Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act/Smoke-Free Employer.

Tuesday
Nov242015

Position announcement at Florida International University

Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes $9.8 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.

Florida International University’s Department of Communication Arts invites applications for four full-time, 9-month, permanent faculty members: two tenure track positions and two instructor positions. Begun in the August 2012, our young, growing Department invites new colleagues to join our scholarly community in an exciting college, dynamic university, and vibrant city. Our faculty members share common interests in conflict resolution and intercultural communication. We welcome opportunities for collaborative work.

Tenure-Track Positions: Assignments include teaching, research and publication consistent with FIU’s High Research status. Grant-writing and community engaged scholarship are strongly encouraged. Preference will be given to candidates with primary areas of specialization in Organizational Communication, Intercultural Communication, and/or Conflict Management. Candidates are expected to teach in primary and secondary areas of specialization. They should also be prepared to teach in a third area, ideally in one or more of the following: Communication Theory, Interpersonal Communication, Interviewing, Leadership, Persuasion, and/or Rhetoric. Course assignments depend on the scholar’s qualifications and departmental needs. Minimum qualifications include an earned PhD in Communication (formerly known as speech communication) or a closely related discipline from an accredited university and at least two years’ experience teaching undergraduate students. ABD candidates who will have the degree in hand by August 2016 will be considered. Please direct questions about the tenure-track positions to the Search Committee Chair, Lynne Webb at LWebb@FIU.edu. Job Opening ID 510567.

Instructor Positions: Candidates should be prepared to teach in a number of courses including Business and Professional Communication, Advanced Communication for Business, Intercultural Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Public Speaking, Advanced Public Speaking, and Rhetorical Communication. Course assignments depend on the instructor’s qualifications and departmental need. Minimum qualifications include an earned MA degree preferably in Communication (formerly known as speech communication) from an accredited university and at least two years’ experience teaching undergraduate students. Please direct questions about the instructor positions to Search Committee Chair Tom Steinfatt at TSteinfa@FIU.edu. Job Opening ID 510565.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply at facultycareers.fiu.edu to the specific Job Opening ID listed above and attach a letter of application addressing specific qualifications for the position. Candidates will be requested to provide names and contact information for at least three references who will be contacted as determined by the search committee, a curriculum vita with evidence of teaching performance. For either tenure-track positions, submit representative PDF of any published work. To receive full consideration, application materials should be received by December 31. If selected for telephone interviews, applicants will be asked to send letters of reference for a deadline as early as January 8th, 2016. Review will continue until position is filled. FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Monday
Nov092015

Awards Announcement

The Awards Committee is pleased to announce two new awards listed below. The introduction of Fellowships for IARR will begin this year (see below). The Fellowships Committee is composed of Harry Reis (chair), Anita Vangelisti, Chris Agnew, and Terri Orbuch. All other awards will be decided by the Awards Committee: Garth Fletcher (chair), Stanley Gaines, Pam Regan, Kory Floyd, Leanne Knobloch, Paul Eastwick, and Esther Kluwer.

International Scholar Award

This award honors the scientific and/or capacity building activities of IARR members who are non-native English speaking scholars with a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. The scholar needs to be a citizen in a developing or least developed country. For a listing of countries from which scholars are eligible to apply, please see the United Nations listing of developing and least developed countries at http://unstats.un.org/unsd/methods/m49/m49regin.htm#developed. Nominees will be judged on their accomplishments relative to their opportunities.

Nominations should include a statement that describes the accomplishments of the nominee in relation to the advancement of the science of relationships within their respective country and/or abroad through (1) the conduct of high quality research (including research outputs in language(s) other than English), and/or (2) the organization of capacity building activities for other non-English speaking relationship scholars. In addition, two additional letters supporting the nomination will be required.

Self or other nominations are welcome. All materials must be received by 1 February, 2016. Please email the nominating statement, current CV, and two supporting statements to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Garth Fletcher (email: Garth.Fletcher@vuw.ac.nz).

Note that all nominations and letters of support must be provided by current members of IARR (with the exception of students who may qualify).


Fellowship IARR

Fellow status will be awarded to IARR members who have made sustained, outstanding contributions to the field of scientific research into relationships, in the areas of research, teaching, service, and/or application. Candidates will only be considered after 10 years of postdoctoral contribution. Nomination materials will include a nomination letter, the nominee’s current CV, and two additional letters of support.

Self or other nominations are welcome. All materials must be received by 1 February, 2016. Please email the nominating statement, CV, and two supporting statements to the Chair of the IARR Fellowship Committee, Harry Reis (email: Harry.Reis@Rochester.edu)

Note that all nominations and letters of support must be provided by current members of IARR.

Existing Awards

Note that for all the awards listed below, all nominations and letters of support must be provided by current members of IARR (with the exception of students who may qualify).

Self or other nominations are welcome for all the awards listed below. All materials must be received by 1 February, 2016. All the relevant material should be emailed to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Garth Fletcher (email: Garth.Fletcher@vuw.ac.nz).

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 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.

 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 consist of:

 * 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 consist of:

 * 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 and theory in 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 consist of:

 * A letter of nomination that describes the accomplishments of the nominee,

 * The nominee's curriculum vitae, and

 * Two additional letters supporting the nomination.

Dissertation Award

 This award honors an outstanding dissertation in the field of personal relationships that was defended in the time period from 1st October, 2013 to 31st October, 2015. A small cash prize is presented ($300). Nominations consist of:

 * A letter of nomination from the dissertation advisor, and

 * A summary (3 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.

Friday
Nov062015

NIJ Social Science Analyst Position

The National Institute of Justice — the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice — is searching for a social science analyst. The incumbent for this position performs a variety of analytical research, evaluation, program development, and other professional tasks aimed at improving the response of justice systems and others to violence against women and related topics. Here is the full description:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/420222800

Please circulate widely. _________________________ Matthew D. Johnson, Ph.D. American Psychological Association Executive Branch Science Fellow National Institute of Justice United States Department of Justice 810 Seventh Street NW Room 6260 Washington, DC 20531 Matthew.Johnson@ojp.usdoj.gov | (202) 353-5567

Tuesday
Nov032015

OPEN RANK PROFESSOR POSITION DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES AUBURN UNIVERSITY

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) in the College of Human Sciences at Auburn University invites applications for a nine month, tenure-track position in the area of health disparities to begin August 16, 2016. Candidates with research programs taking a developmental, family, or community perspective on health and health disparities are encouraged to apply. Research programs that examine contextual influences on health, or within-person changes with respect to health as a function of social/demographic, familial, or environmental factors (separately or in combination) are of particular interest. Rank for this position is open, and while we expect it to fill at the associate professor level, exceptionally well-qualified assistant professor level applications are also encouraged. The successful candidate is expected to maintain or build a productive, externally funded research program in the area of health disparities and will have a distribution of research, instruction, and service responsibilities consistent with these expectations. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate for this position will be expected to participate actively in the Auburn University multidisciplinary Cluster Hires Initiative in the Health Disparities Cluster. New faculty with expertise in Human Development & Family Studies, Nutrition, Psychology, Nursing, and Pharmacy will complement the University’s considerable existing expertise in these areas to form the core of this innovative multidisciplinary initiative. Participation in the Health Disparities Cluster will be an important component in faculty annual reviews. For more information regarding the Cluster Hires please click on the following link: http://www.auburn.edu/academic/provost/strategic_hire.html

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department includes 25 faculty members (17 full-time, tenure-track), 300 undergraduates, and 45 graduate students and offers undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees. It also administers the Center for Health Ecology Research, the Center for Children, Youth, and Families; the Marriage and Family Therapy Center; the Auburn University Early Learning Center; and the Harris Early Learning Center of Birmingham, AL.

THE UNIVERSITY: Auburn University is a land-grant institution with a multicultural student enrollment of over 26,000. The University provides instruction in approximately 70 academic departments and maintains graduate research and public service programs. The University is located in the city of Auburn in east-central Alabama near several large metropolitan areas of Alabama and Georgia.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in human development and family studies, early childhood development, sociology, demography, population health sciences, or allied discipline. Applicants should have an ongoing health disparities research program, strong quantitative/ statistical skills, and technical familiarity with large datasets. A research background that includes expertise in epidemiology, population health sciences, or demography would also bring added value to the position. The candidate must be fluent in English, and must possess excellent written and interpersonal communication skills. The candidate selected for this position must also be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

APPLICATIONS: Please provide an application letter (containing research and teaching interests), a current CV, and samples of no more than three recent publications via the following link: http://aufacultypositions.peopleadmin.com/postings/1251. In addition, candidates must provide contact information for three professional references who will be contacted for a reference letter upon completion of the online application. For additional information about the position, please contact Dr. Donna Sollie, Search Committee Chair, at sollidl@auburn.edu. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. Auburn University is an EEO/Vet/Disability Employer.

Tuesday
Oct272015

IARR Main Conference in 2016 Submission Portal

The submission portal for abstracts for (a) individual oral presentations, (b) symposia on particular topics (comprising 3-4 individual presenters), and © poster presentations is now open. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words, and you will be asked to answer some additional questions about the methods and results of the research to be presented. Submissions will be received until January 15, 2016, and acceptance notifications will be emailed by March 2016. For more details on the submission process click here: http://iarr.psych.utoronto.ca/papers.html.

Tuesday
Oct272015

Social psychology PhD program at CUNY

Dear Colleagues,

Please encourage your students to apply to the Ph.D. program in social psychology at the Graduate Center of City University of New York (CUNY). The Basic and Applied Social Psychology (BASP) program at the CUNY Graduate Center is designed to produce rigorous, competent, and creative researchers who are well-versed in the traditional canon of social psychology, but who can apply this knowledge to engage with innovative questions and pursuits.

The BASP program brings together accomplished social psychology faculty from across the CUNY campuses. Core participating faculty include: Catherine Good, Jaihyun Park, Kristin Sommer and Steven Young (from Baruch College); Elisabeth Brauner, Chery Carmichael, Hanah Chapman, Curtis Hardin, and Glen Hass (from Brooklyn College); Margaret Rosario (from City College); Russ Clay (from CUNY Staten Island); Sarit Golub, Tracey Revenson, Jeff Parsons, and Viginia Valian (from Hunter College); Margaret Bull Kovera, Demis Glasford, Mike Leippe, and Daryl Wout (from John Jay College of Criminal Justice); Claudia Brumbaugh and Justin Storbeck (from Queens College).

More details about the program and faculty interests are available at: www.cunybasp.org. We will be admitting a small group of highly qualified students in the Fall of 2016.

The deadline for Fall applications is December 1st.

Thank you for your assistance, and we look forward to receiving applications from your students!

Monday
Sep142015

Announcements about 2015 Article and Book Awards

Article Award: IARR, 2016

This award honors an article published in Personal Relationships or Journal of Social and Personal Relationships during 2013 or 2014 that has made a significant and original contribution to the study of personal and relationships. The Awards Committee will review all the articles published in PR and JSPR during those years, but letters of nomination (self or from others) that note the contributions of particular articles are welcome. All parties, excluding students, must be current members of IARR. All nominations must be received by November 1, 2015. Please send any nominations to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Garth Fletcher (email: Garth.Fletcher@vuw.ac.nz).

 

Book Award: IARR, 2016

This award honors a book published by a member of IARR during 20013 or 2014 that has made a significant and original contribution to the study of personal relationships. Nominations should include:

 * A letter of nomination that describes the contributions of the book, and

 * Five copies of the book forwarded from the publisher, or online access to the book made available to the committee.

Self or other nominations are welcome. All parties, excluding students, must be current members of IARR. All books and nominating statements must be received by November 1, 2015. Please send both books and nominating statements to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Garth Fletcher (email: Garth.Fletcher@vuw.ac.nz). Address: Professor Garth Fletcher, School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140, New Zealand. (PH 64 4 4635233; extension 6789; (cell) 64 021 230 7439).

Friday
Apr102015

DEADLINE EXTENDED - Sex Roles Special Issue - Gender and the Transition to Parenthood

(see flyer here)

CALL FOR PAPERS - Deadline Extended!
Special Issue: Gender and the Transition to Parenthood
Guest Editors: Kristin D. Mickelson (Arizona State University) and
Susanne N. Biehle (DePauw University)
Sex Roles: A Journal of Research invites manuscripts for a Special Issue on “Gender and the Transition to Parenthood”

The transition to parenthood is an exciting and challenging time for new parents. This transition is characterized by adjustment to new experiences, changes in relationship expectations, as well as potential for self-expansion, relationship enhancement, and conflict. Academic literature has been filled with articles on how women cope with the transition to parenthood from a variety of perspectives, including a feminist perspective. However, much of this literature is dated and cannot account for how today’s gender roles in society (particularly those of fathers) may influence the transition to parenthood. For instance, the overwhelming majority of research on postpartum depression focuses solely on mothers. In a 2004 review, Goodman was only able to identify 20 research studies that included paternal postpartum depression. Given the dynamic nature of gender roles today and the increasing number of homosexual couples having children, research is needed on how gender and gender roles impact the transition to parenthood.

We invite manuscripts that address how men and/or women adjust to the transition to parenthood. Topics might include how gender roles influence relationship processes during the transition; how race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and/or extended family relations impact the transition similarly or differently for men and women; the transition to parenthood for LGBT samples (with or without comparison to heterosexual samples); transitioning to parenthood for single parents vs. couples; how media impacts the transition to parenthood for men and women; and, the role of work and societal institutions/policies on the transition. Ultimately, papers should address how gender roles inform the nature and context of the transition to parenthood.

Authors who plan to submit manuscripts are asked to do so by June 15, 2015 for guaranteed consideration for the special issue. Later submissions may also be considered. Original empirical work is preferred; review papers will be considered. Authors submitting qualitative investigations should consult the guidelines for publishing such work in the journal before doing so (http://www.springer.com/11199/). Manuscripts should be between 25 and 40 pages, double-spaced (including title page, abstract, tables, figures and references). All manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the editorial guidelines of Sex Roles (http://www.springer.com/11199/) and should be submitted via the online submission site (http://www.editorialmanager.com/sers/). Please select the article type “Sp. Iss. – Gender and the Transition to Parenthood” from the drop down menu, and indicate in the notes to the editorial office that the paper is to be considered as a contribution to the special issue “Gender and the Transition to Parenthood.” All papers will be peer reviewed. For further inquiries, please contact Kristin D. Mickelson at kmickel1@asu.edu or Susanne N. Biehle at susannebiehle@depauw.edu.

Goodman, J. H. (2004). Paternal postpartum depression, its relationship to maternal postpartum depression, and implications for family health. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 45, 26–35. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2648.2003.02857.x

Publisher’s Office: Springer Science + Business Media, Inc., 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013, USA
Phone: 212-460-1500 Email: journals-ny@springer.com
4-8-15

Monday
Mar232015

Dyadic Data Analysis Workshop, July 13-17, 2015, 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: http://psychology.msu.edu/Workshops_Courses/dda.aspx

Thursday
Mar052015

The Gender and Love Project: 5th Global Meeting

Sunday 20th September – Tuesday 22nd September 2015
Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Presentations:
The “Gender and Love” project calls for reflections on the interaction between gender and love and how this nexus of ideas pertains to self-perception, (dis-)ability, ethics, religion, kinship, bonding, nationality, globalization, environment, etc.  The project welcomes elaborations on gender and love in all forms, styles, and media, past or present. It invites not mere descriptions of, but attempts to grapple with inconsistencies and gaps in knowledge of how gender and love are constructed, mutually construct each other, and are culturally (re-)presented.

The project’s central questions are:

How do interactions of gender and love promote particular performances of gender and sexuality; conceptions of individual and collective identity; formations of community; notions of the human; and moral attitudes to other human beings, animals, the non- or post-human, and the environment?

Papers, performances, presentations, reports, works-in-progress, and workshops are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:

1. Love as a Disciplinary Force: Productions of Gender:
* Love, Gender, Essentialism and Ontology
* Love, Gender and Narrative
* Love, Gender and the Law
* Love, Gender and Religion

2. Norms, Normativity, Intimacy:
* Rituals and Rites
* Conventions, Commitments and Obligations
* Choices and Respect; Loyalty and Trust
* Transgressions and Taboos

3. Gendered Yearnings:
* Personhood and Identity
* Body Politics and Belonging
* Love and Gender Performativity
* Transgender Desires
* Queer Kinship Formations
* Queer Conceptualisations of the State
* Interpersonal attraction

4. Representations of Gender and Love:
* Aesthetics and Intelligibility
* Gendered Narrations of Love
* Media, Gender and Love

In 2015, and adding to our general issues, we are particularly interested in exploring and understanding gender and love from a global perspective. Does globalization affect transformations of intimacy; gendered yearnings, and bonding strategies? Do global concerns set new contexts for enacting the politics of gender and love, maybe leading to increased tolerance of sexual and kinship diversity? Or does globalization provoke local defense mechanisms to protect and impose heteronormative performances of gender and love? What do “glocal” negotiations of gender and love look like and how viable are they as culturally composite constructs?

The Steering Group welcomes the submission of proposals for short workshops, practitioner-based activities, performances, and pre-formed panels. We particularly welcome short film screenings; photographic essays; installations; interactive talks and alternative presentation styles that encourage engagement.

What to Send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 1st May 2015. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 3rd July 2015. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: GL5 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs:
Dikmen Yakalı-Çamoğlu: dyakali@yahoo.com
Rob Fisher: gl5@inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the ‘Gender and Sexualities ’ series of research projects run by ID.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and challenging. All proposals accepted for and presented at the conference must be in English and will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected proposals may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

Tuesday
Mar032015

IARR invites letters of intent to host conferences

IARR invites letters of intent to host a regional or thematic mini-conference to be held in 2017 or the organization’s main conference in 2018. Letters of intent are due in May 2015, and you can contact Sean Horan (SeanMHoran@gmail.com) with questions. Applicants are in charge of both local arrangements and developing the program, although these tasks could be divided among different individuals. In addition, assistance could be obtained from IARR members in nearby universities and related departments. Hosting a conference provides excellent international exposure for your Department, international visibility for the planners, and opportunities to work with relationship researchers from all over the world. Likewise, it offers a unique service experience and exposure for graduate students who may help faculty members plan the conference. Questions should be directed to Sean Horan of Texas State University, Chair of IARR’s Future Conference Committee (SeanMHoran@gmail.com). Click here for the 2017 mini-conference call for hosting, and click here for the 2018 main conference call for hosting.

Tuesday
Jan202015

Call for proposals - The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) 2015 Annual Conference

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is accepting proposals for its 2015 Annual Conference, planned for Nov. 11-14 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The conference theme is “Conflict, Violence and War: Family Risks and Resilience.” The conference committee seeks proposals to promote research, theory, practices, and policies that focus on the implications for families of these forces: conflict and connection; violence and empowerment; and war and peacemaking. Analysis at all levels — from dynamics within dyadic family relationships, to neighborhoods and communities, to cultures and societies — is welcome. Possible formats include papers, posters, roundtables, symposia, workshops, poster symposia, and lightning paper sessions.

Submit your proposal online by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Monday, March 2, 2015. Find more details about the conference and submitting a proposal at https://www.ncfr.org/ncfr-2015

With questions, please email info@ncfr.org or call NCFR at 888-781-9331.

Wednesday
Dec172014

Call for Papers Sex Roles - Gender and the Transition to Parenthood

Special Issue: Gender and the Transition to Parenthood
Guest Editors: Kristin D. Mickelson (Arizona State University) and Susanne N. Biehle (DePauw University)
Sex Roles: A Journal of Research invites manuscripts for a Special Issue on “Gender and the Transition to Parenthood”

The transition to parenthood is an exciting and challenging time for new parents.  This transition is characterized by adjustment to new experiences, changes in relationship expectations, as well as potential for self-expansion, relationship enhancement, and conflict. Academic literature has been filled with articles on how women cope with the transition to parenthood from a variety of perspectives, including a feminist perspective. However, much of this literature is dated and cannot account for how today’s gender roles in society (particularly those of fathers) may influence the transition to parenthood.  For instance, the overwhelming majority of research on postpartum depression focuses solely on mothers.  In a 2004 review, Goodman was only able to identify 20 research studies that included paternal postpartum depression.  Given the dynamic nature of gender roles today and the increasing number of homosexual couples having children, research is needed on how gender and gender roles impact the transition to parenthood.

We invite manuscripts that address how men and/or women adjust to the transition to parenthood. Topics might include how gender roles influence relationship processes during the transition; how race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and/or extended family relations impact the transition similarly or differently for men and women; the transition to parenthood for LGBT samples (with or without comparison to heterosexual samples); transitioning to parenthood for single parents vs. couples; how media impacts the transition to parenthood for men and women; and, the role of work and societal institutions/policies on the transition.  Ultimately, papers should address how gender roles inform the nature and context of the transition to parenthood.

Authors who plan to submit manuscripts are asked to do so by April 15, 2015 for guaranteed consideration for the special issue. Later submissions may also be considered. Original empirical work is preferred; review papers will be considered. Authors submitting qualitative investigations should consult the guidelines for publishing such work in the journal before doing so (http://www.springer.com/11199/). Manuscripts should be between 25 and 40 pages, double-spaced (including title page, abstract, tables, figures and references). All manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the editorial guidelines of Sex Roles (http://www.springer.com/11199/) and should be submitted via the online submission site (http://www.editorialmanager.com/sers/). Please select the article type “Sp. Iss. – Gender and the Transition to Parenthood” from the drop down menu, and indicate in the notes to the editorial office that the paper is to be considered as a contribution to the special issue “Gender and the Transition to Parenthood.” All papers will be peer reviewed. For further inquiries, please contact Kristin D. Mickelson at kmickel1@asu.edu or Susanne N. Biehle at susannebiehle@depauw.edu.

Goodman, J. H. (2004). Paternal postpartum depression, its relationship to maternal postpartum depression, and implications for family health. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 45, 26–35. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2648.2003.02857.x

Monday
Oct062014

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: https://umdsurvey.umd.edu/SE/?SID=SV_8raZafWBak8qg3b and you can contact me (dselter@umd.edu) if you have any questions or concerns.

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

Saturday
Oct042014

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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2015CRdatablitz). 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: http://www.spsp.org/default.asp?page=Precon_CloseRelation

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