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Welcome from STP President Susan Nolan

June 4, 2021

Conferencing in a Pandemic: Spreading Our (Virtual) Wings!

As many of us enter a break from teaching, conferences beckon – with new and old friends, cutting-edge research, and exciting pedagogical ideas. Since widespread lockdowns in March of 2020, some conferences were canceled but many others were held virtually for the first time ever. Some live conferences are returning, such as STP’s Annual Conference on Teaching (ACT) in October which will have virtual components, but also live ones in Louisville, KY! But many conferences in upcoming months remain fully virtual. And many of us will experience the perhaps-unexpected benefits of remotely learning from and connecting with each other!

First, it’s exciting that geography need not constrain our conference-going. Depending on where you live, you may have to log on at odd hours to attend the fully virtual European Society for Psychology Learning and Teaching conference (ESPLAT) in early September, the fully virtual Australian Psychology Learning and Teaching conference (AusPLAT) conference in mid-September, or the virtual parts of the ACT in October. I plan to attend all three (and there will be panel discussions among leaders from all three organizations at all three conferences), but I could not possibly travel to Australia, Germany, and then Louisville over the course of a month and a half – unless someone wants to loan me their private jet. I’ll be at ACT in Louisville for sure, but am grateful for the virtual option for the others!...

To read the rest of this letter and past letters from the STP President, click here.

To read President-Elect Susan Nolan's initiatives for 2021 and the task force members for each initiative, click here.

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Thank you to STP members who voted in the 2021 elections, and special thanks to all of the candidates.  Here are the results of the election:

Diane L Finley, PhD

Vice-President for Diversity and International Relations
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