Call for Volunteers and Papers now open!

To promote additional volunteer opportunities of engagement for SPA members interested in supporting our first-ever virtual annual convention, SPA is doing an open call for volunteers. The Program Committee and Engagement Team are integral groups that will assist the President-Elect, SPA Board of Trustees, and staff in producing the best convention for personality assessment. More information about the different groups and application process can be found in the following Google Form. If you cannot access Google, please visit this Microsoft Form. All applications, which include answering a few brief demographic questions, why you are interested in serving, and a CV, are due by October 11, 11:59pm (ET)

In addition, the SPA Call for Papers in now open and will close on October 25, 11:59 p.m. (ET). The 2021 SPA Virtual Convention will include live presentations and plenaries, pre-recorded presentations that you can watch at your leisure, as well as innovative networking and program formats that are still being developed. The live presentations will occur from Wednesday, March 17 through Saturday, March 20, from 2pm-6pm (ET), the best time frame to accommodate all of our attendees. Pre-recorded presentations will be made available for an extended period of time outside of the live convention dates, and networking will occur throughout the months of March and April. Please note that our workshops will occur throughout the 2021 calendar year, and more information about workshop timing, as well as registration rates for both the convention and workshops, should be available in November.

We need your assistance in creating the most dynamic and cutting edge convention, so please consider submitting interest in either of these opportunities above. 

Annual SPA Convention Goes Virtual in 2021!

As uncertainty surrounding the pandemic continues, the health, safety, and well-being of our members and future attendees remains paramount in the Society’s decision-making regarding future in-person events. To that end, the SPA Board of Trustees has decided to evolve the 2021 SPA Convention into an entirely virtual event. 

In addition to centering the health and safety of our attendees, our decision to move the conference to a virtual platform was based on concerns expressed by members regarding financial and travel constraints. Social distancing requirements would also severely restrict the number of attendees and raise the issue of who could and could not attend. But by deciding now to plan a virtual convention, the SPA staff and volunteers have more time to invest in crafting an innovative and powerful virtual experience. 

Without the constraints of travel or social distancing precautions, we are hopeful to attract and benefit from a broader audience, including across the global personality assessment community. In addition to the typical professional paper and poster presentations, we are also working to create innovative real-time virtual experiences for networking, engagement, and intrapersonal connection that enrich a convention experience. 

The survey is now closed, and we appreciate the responses we have received. 

Although we are all disappointed that we will not be able to gather in Boston, we are excited for the new opportunities and communities we may reach by offering a fully virtual experience. For those of you Boston lovers who are especially let down, don’t worry—we have contracted with the venue to host the 2023 SPA convention. So mark your calendars for March 15-19, 2023!

Be safe, and be well.

SPA Board of Trustees

More information about registration will be available in November. Please continue to check back to this page for more updates!

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