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Plans for the 2021 APA divisional meetings

Monday, May 4, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Erin Shepherd
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We hope you are doing well during this uncertain and challenging time. While there are many unknowns, APA leadership is continually looking toward the future of the association and the discipline. In particular, we are carefully considering plans for the 2021 APA divisional meetings. In order to prepare for situations that may affect future APA meetings, we have convened a working group composed of association and division leadership and staff. A major priority of this group is to provide APA members and meeting participants with up-to-date information on plans for future APA meetings.

Currently, all three APA divisions are planning to hold in-person meetings in 2021. Paper submissions for the 2021 Eastern Division meeting in New York City are currently being reviewed. Submissions for the Central Division meeting in New Orleans opened on May 1, and submissions for the Pacific Division meeting in Portland will open August 1. While it is our goal to hold in-person meetings in 2021, we are also considering alternative formats, such as virtual meetings, as contingencies in the case that our usual meeting format becomes impossible.

Though external forces like the ongoing pandemic affect and inform our plans, your participation is the most critical input for planning any meeting. We encourage you to submit a paper to the division of your choice when submissions open, or to sign up to comment or chair at an upcoming meeting. Regardless of meeting format, the APA is committed to providing the opportunities for intellectual engagement, scholarly collaboration, and professional development that our divisional meetings offer.

We will keep you informed as the situation develops and new information becomes available. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out if there are ways we at the APA can support you, your colleagues, and your students through this crisis.

Most importantly, we hope that you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy.

All the best,

Amy Ferrer, Executive Director
Rebecca Copenhaver, Pacific Division Secretary-Treasurer
Jeff Dunn, Eastern Division Secretary-Treasurer
Elyse Purcell, Central Division Secretary-Treasurer

P.S. APA Connect provides a space for you to share and discuss your thoughts, concerns, and ideas about teaching, scholarship, current events, or whatever is on your mind. If you have something you’d like APA member feedback on, we recommend starting there.

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