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Annual Convention Legacy Program

The Society for Personality and Social Psychology is pleased to announce Alice Eagly as the 2018 Annual Convention Legacy honoree. This program is designed to honor legacy figures in social and personality psychology. 

At Northwestern University, Alice Eagly is Professor of Psychology, James Padilla Chair of Arts and Sciences, Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research, and Professor of Management and Organizations. She has also held faculty positions at Michigan State University, University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and Purdue University.

Eagly received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard/Radcliffe and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She is a social psychologist with research interests in many topics, including gender, feminism, attitudes, prejudice, stereotyping, and leadership. Her work encompasses many meta-analyses as well as primary research. She is the author of over 200 articles and chapters in edited books. Among her several books are The Psychology of Attitudes, written with Shelley Chaiken and Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders, written with Linda Carli.

Alice Eagly has received numerous awards for her contributions, including the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation, and the Eminent Leadership Scholar Award from the Network of Leadership Scholars of the Academy of Management. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The theme of Legacy program is to trace the impact of the senior scholar’s seminal contribution (or body of work) to contemporary work through a series of events as follows:

1. Legacy Symposium

This will be a symposium that pairs the honored figure with two active researchers whose work builds upon the legacy’s work. The legacy will have the opportunity to address the audience in whatever format they would like for half of the symposium’s allotted time. The rest of the symposium time would be devoted to presentations by the two contemporary researchers who would present more traditional research talks that highlight how their work can be traced back to the honored guest’s seminal contribution(s).

2. Legacy Lunch

Directly following the symposium, the Legacy will host a lunch for his or her academic legacies (e.g., students and students’ students, etc.), major contributors to the research area as appropriate, and other guests as selected by the honoree. 

3. Legacy Posters

Posters accepted for the SPSP convention that can trace back to the Legacy (through a self-nomination process) will have the option to pick up a Legacy Badge onsite at the convention. Displaying this badge on their poster will signify all the work the legacy continues to touch. 

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