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


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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.


Kansas State University Family Studies & Human Services Associate or Professor/School Director

Kansas State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Director, School of Family Studies and Human Services in the College of Human Ecology. We seek a candidate who can provide collaborative leadership to a school that includes six units (Communication Sciences and Disorders, Early Childhood Education, Family Studies, Life-Span Human Development, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Personal Financial Planning) on multiple campuses, and Extension. The successful candidate must be a visionary leader who understands and values the School’s commitment to excellence in quality research, teaching, engagement, outreach, distance education, and service. The successful candidate must be a broad thinker; a strong advocate for the units, College, and University; a deliberate decision maker; and a responsible fiscal manager. This 12-month position has a proposed starting date of July 1, 2014 with initial review of applications beginning December 15, 2013. Inquiries should be directed to Bronwyn Fees, Ph.D., Chair, Director Search Committee; 785-532-5505. For complete position announcement go to:


New Doctoral Program in Basic & Applied Social Psychology at CUNY

Graduate Center of City University of New York (CUNY) is pleased to announce the new doctoral program in Social Psychology. The Basic and Applied Social Psychology (BASP) program at the CUNY Graduate Center brings together accomplished social psychology faculty from across the CUNY campuses, and is designed to produce rigorous, competent, and creative researchers who are well-versed in the traditional canon of social psychology. 

We hope you will encourage your students to apply to the BASP program. The deadline for Fall applications is December 1st. We ask for your help in spreading the word about this new and exciting Social Psychology program, and we encourage you to pass along a flyer (see attached) or the details of our program to promising students. For more information and details, please visit us at:  

If you have any questions or need more information about BASP at CUNY, please feel free to email Cheryl Carmichael (


Chair, Department of Psychology, University of New England

Position Description:
We seek a seasoned leader to be a steward of excellence in teaching and scholarship during an exciting time in the department’s development. The successful candidate will have experience in academic leadership (chair preferred), and a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, scholarship and administration/service. The Department Chair is responsible for the successful fulfillment of all department duties, collaborates with university partners, leads the department in setting strategic goals, and serves on the Dean’s leadership team. This is an excellent opportunity for an established teacher-scholar interested in leading an already successful department to greater achievement. UNE is a dynamic institution, grounded in the liberal arts and excelling in the health sciences. It is located on the Southern Maine coast and in the metropolitan area of Portland, listed by Forbes as the number one most “livable city” in the US.

Department Description:
As the second largest department in the College of Arts and Sciences, we house 3 undergraduate majors (psychology, animal behavior, neuroscience) enrolling about 200 students.  All of our programs are growing in student interest. We are a vibrant, collegial, and relatively young department, accomplished in teaching, scholarship and student advising/mentorship.

Preferred Qualifications:
Successful candidates will hold a Ph.D. in Psychology and be able to teach within the area of Developmental Psychology. Excellent organizational and intrapersonal skills are required. Experience working with interdisciplinary programs is desired.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Applications will only be accepted electronically and should include a cover letter, highlighting your experiences as a faculty member and administrator, curriculum vita, and three current letters of recommendation. Please direct all application materials to:  careers@une.eduwith “Chair Department of Psychology” in the subject line.  Please also cc your application to our administrative support person, Emily Sawyer:

For specific job inquiries, please contact the search committee chair: Dr. Glenn Stevenson

For more information about the college, please visit our website at UNE is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to excellence through diversity, and strongly encourages applications and nominations of persons of color, women, and members of other under-represented groups.


Graduate Program at UT Austin

If you have current or former undergraduate or Master’s students considering graduate study, please share with them that the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) at the University of Texas at Austin is accepting applications for its doctoral program until December 1, 2013.

Our faculty are nationally recognized experts who take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding development, relationships, and contextual influences and emphasize strong statistical methodology. Primary areas of expertise in HDFS include:

  • Interpersonal relationships through the lifespan
  • Parenting and family relationships
  • Development from infancy through aging
  • Health and behavioral processes
  • Cultural and social contexts of development

We have traditionally provided stipends and insurance benefits to all doctoral students for a full five years. Our Ph.D. program prepares students for research, teaching, and administrative positions in colleges and universities and for positions in government, policy-related research organizations, and other public and private settings. Plus, Austin is a great place to live, renowned for its vibrant music scene, fantastic restaurants, and emphasis on spending time outdoors.

Prospective applicants can find more information on our department and how to apply to the doctoral program at: Questions can be directed to our Graduate Coordinator at



Call for Nominations: The Close Relationships Graduate Student Research Paper, 2014

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 2014 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, 2012, and September, 1, 2013), 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 Benjamin Karney, chair of the 2014 RRIG Graduate Student Research Award Committee, at

The deadline for nominations is October 31, 2013.  The award recipient will be notified by mid- December.


Graduate program in Health Psychology & Clinical Science at CUNY

The new doctoral program in Health Psychology & Clinical Science at the CUNY graduate center adopts a focus on the interaction of physical and mental health, health disparities and the sociocultural context, and the advancement of health equity from a biopsychosocial perspective.

The Ph.D. program in Health Psychology and Clinical Science trains outstanding research scientists in the biopsychosocial determinants of physical and mental health of individuals, families, and communities. Doctoral students receive a thorough grounding in both health psychology and clinical science, including current theoretical perspectives, the conduct and evaluation of scientific research, and the implementation of prevention and intervention trials across diverse populations.

See here for more information.


Position Announcement: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin - Green Bay seeks a candidate for an Assistant Professor in Human Development. The successful candidate will teach a course load of 21 credits per academic year of undergraduate courses for Human Development, including but not limited to classes on the topics of family/parent/child policy, family and relationships, and/or parenting. In addition to teaching responsibilities the successful candidate will perform scholarly activities consistent with rank, advise students, perform institutional service, and contribute to the ongoing development of the department. They will be expected to display a demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship, commitment to undergraduate education, and possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with a diverse array of students and colleagues. A doctorate in Human Development, Human Development and Family Studies, or related field from an accredited institution is required. The University will consider ABD candidates with the expectation that the degree is completed by May 24, 2015. For further details about this exciting opportunity, please visit:

Applicant screening will begin on October 15, 2013.


Request for Contributions: IARR Milestones Project

IARR is in the process of creating a living archive of important documents and records to be hosted on the IARR website. As part of that archive, we would like to compile a record of IARR milestones. To facilitate this process, we invite members of IARR to contribute their recollections of IARR's history and origins. Submissions may be emailed to Susan Boon at


IARRC 2014 Is Coming...

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Open Positions at the University of Missouri

Three Openings for Assistant/Associate Professorship in Human Development and Family Studies

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Missouri, located in Columbia, Missouri has three (3) openings for tenure track positions that begin August 2014. These include two Assistant/Associate Professorships with a focus on family studies/relationships within families and one Assistant Professorship - State Extension Specialist position with a focus on youth or aging. Applicants should have a PhD in human development and family studies or a related field in hand by date of appointment.

Duties include conducting an active program of research in family and interpersonal relationships, youth development, or gerontology, publishing and securing extramural support for research from federal, state, or private organizations, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, advising students, and participating in service. One position will provide expertise and leadership in the development and implementation of youth or aging programming in addition to duties above, and support Extension county faculty who offer such programs.

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IARR Mini-Conference in Louisville: October 4-6 2013

The 2013 IARR mini-conference will be held at the University of Louisville (200 E Brandeis Ave, Louisville, KY, 40208 USA) on October 4-6, 2013. If you have questions, contact us at

Preliminary Conference Schedule

The Preliminary Conference Schedule has been posted. You will see an excellent New Scholars Pre-Conference covering a range of important topics. Some prospective New Scholars speakers are in the process of rearranging their schedules, so speaker information will be provided in a subsequent update.

The IARR Mini-Conference offers an outstanding line-up of keynote speakers, paper and roundtable sessions, and research posters. We are confident that you will find a great deal of intellectual stimulation during the first weekend in October!

Conference Registration

The IARR Conference registration site is now open at Oxford Abstracts! You will login using the email address and password that you used with during your proposal submission. All of the personal information is retained, so it should be easy and efficient for you to choose your member category, register and pay online using your Paypal account, or run your credit card through Paypal.

Conference registration includes the Friday night dinner, plus light breakfasts and ample lunches on Saturday and Sunday. The site will ask about your arrival and departure times, dietary restrictions and other special needs. 

Please note that there are separate fees for the IARR Conference and for the New Scholar’s Pre-Conference. The New Scholar’s Pre-Conference fee is just $35, includes lunch, and is listed as an Activity Fee.

Early registration rates are available from now until September 12 (rates are higher after 9/12).

>> Click here to register <<


There are separate registration fees IARR Members, IARR Student Members and Non-Members. If you are a Non-Member, we encourage you to join IARR by clicking here. 

Hotel Booking

The conference hotel is the Holiday Inn Louisville Airport Fair and Expo Center, located at 447 Farmington Ave, Louisville, Kentucky 40209 (Phone: 502-637-4500; Fax: 502-634-1900).

IARR has reserved a block of rooms for the nights Oct. 3-5. The low conference rate is just $99 per room per night (plus 6% state sales tax and 9.01% occupancy tax = $14.86). The hotel includes free WiFi and parking, and a full breakfast for $7.95 (continental breakfast will be available at the conference).

This low rate will be guaranteed until September 12. After that date, IARR will have to either release the unsold rooms or guarantee to pay for them ourselves. As a consequence, we urge you to book your room sooner rather than later!

Due to other conferences in town, arrival in Louisville prior to Oct. 3 is not advisable; the conference hotel is sold out for the night of Wed. Oct. 2. Space is available, at the conference rate, if you wish to stay over through the night of Sun. Oct. 6. Please note that this is a non-smoking hotel and a cleaning charge of $200 is imposed for guests who smoke in their room.

Guest may call 1-800- Holiday or the property direct at 502-637-4500 and ask for the IARR Block Rate or the Block Code IRA.  They may also book directly online using the link below:

>> Click here to book your hotel <<


We look forward to seeing you in Louisville this fall! 

Michael R. Cunningham, Ph.D.
Anita P. Barbee, Ph.D.
IARR Conference Co-Chairs


A Call for Nominations for the IARR Article and Book Awards

This is a call for award nominations for the Article and Book Awards for the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR).  A call for nominations for the professional IARR awards (i.e., Teacher and Career awards) will be sent in January of 2014. 

Nominations for the Article and Book Awards are due October 1, 2013. Awards will be presented at the 2014 Conference in Melbourne, Australia, July 10-13.

Article Award

This award honors an article published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships or Personal Relationships between January 2011 and September 2013 that has made a significant and original contribution to the study of personal relationships.  Nominations from all disciplines and areas of study that have been published within this timeline and from these two journals are welcome. The Awards Committee will review all the articles published in PR and JSPR for this time period, but letters of nomination that note the contributions of particular articles are welcome and can provide the committee with additional insights into an article’s contributions.

Book Award

 This award honors a scholarly book published by a member of IARR between January 2011 and September 2013 that has made a significant and original contribution to the study of personal relationships. Nominations from all disciplines and areas of study related to relationships that have been published within this timeline are welcome.  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.

Please consider nominating a scholarly or research effort you admire for one of these two IARR awards.  Nominating individuals for awards conferred by IARR helps us to recognize the critical and salient accomplishments of our members. Please consider nominating a deserving relationship scientist. Self-nominations are also 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 October 1, 2013. 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