Feature Article

Diverse program on tap for mile-high city

An overview of Div. 5 sessions at the upcoming APA convention in Denver.

By Kevin Grimm, Sonya Sterba, Phillipe Rast, and Pascal Deboeck
Proposal Submission and Review

Div. 5 is pleased to present an excellent program for the 2016 APA convention. The program includes a presidential address by Scott Hofer and two other addresses invited by the president. Remaining sessions underwent a review process. This year's program also features the Breakfast for the Assessment Community in its customary Friday morning slot.

The division received 72 individual proposals (posters and papers), which is a decrease from 82 from last year; we also received eight symposium proposals and two skill-building session proposals. Last year we received nine of the former and none of the latter.

Forty-seven reviewers were contacted from the email list available through the APA reviewing system or were recruited to provide specialized expertise on particular topics. Twenty-eight reviewers completed reviews. Each proposal was reviewed by a team of two reviewers; a given reviewer could be on more than one team, depending on expertise areas. Based on the results of these reviews, 55 posters and two skill-building sessions were accepted. Several individual proposals were combined thematically to form three new symposia; a total of 11 symposia were accepted. We greatly appreciate the reviewers' efforts. Their dedication enabled us to maintain the high standard of programming that has become synonymous with Div. 5.

The program committee wishes to recognize these reviewers: Razia Azen, A. Alexander Beaujean, Tim Brown, Gary L. Canivez, Bruce Carlson, Scott Churchill, David Conroy, Patrick Curran, Ralph De Ayala, Michael C. Edwards, Holmes Finch, Kevin Grimm, Herbert Hoijtink, Minjeong Jeon, Ruthellen Josselson, Kamiar Kouzekanani, Patricia A. Lowe, Andrew Maul, Kris Preacher, Philippe Rast, Jason Rights, Ji Hoon Ryoo, Sonya Sterba, Felix Thoemmes, Susana Urbina, Nathan Weed, Stephen West and Jackie Zhang.

General Program Information

Div. 5's convention program includes two poster sessions, 11 symposia, two invited talks, a presidential address, two business meetings, an awards presentation and several other events. Primary conference programming begins on Thursday, Aug. 4 at 8 a.m. and continues until Sunday, Aug. 7, at 1 p.m. The two business meetings are an invitation-only executive committee meeting (Wednesday evening) and a general open-business meeting (Friday Aug. 5 at 5 p.m.). The social events include a science social hour with multiple divisions (following the business meeting) and the aforementioned Assessment Breakfast (Friday morning).