If you have already voted in the ST&D Governing Board elections for 2013, thank you. If not, this is your final reminder. The voting closes at the end of the day on Wednesday, July 10. Once again, here is the original email with the ballot at the end.
Dear Members of the Society for Text & Discourse,
We are now prepared to conduct our formal elections for a new member of the Governing Board of the Society for Text & Discourse. There are three vacancies on the Board, and seven candidates have agreed to be considered for the vacancies. Here is your official ballot for the election of the incoming Governing Board member for ST&D. Everyone receiving this e-mail can vote, and we hope will do so!
According to the bylaws of the Society, voting is done using the Hare system. This means that each voter rank orders ALL of the candidates. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order. Because there are seven candidates, you should rank the candidates from 1 (highest priority) to 7 (lowest priority). Please do not rank order only a subset, but rank ALL of them, as it will help systematize our collating and tabulation of the votes.
Below we have listed each candidate, as well as a brief statement they have each prepared for your consideration. At the end of this list is the official ballot that you should return via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your ballot must be received via email by Wednesday, July 10, 2013. In order to protect the anonymity of your vote, please do not reply to this message. Please copy/paste the ballot with your rank ordering of all the candidates and send it to:
Society for Text & Discourse
Here are the candidates in alphabetical order by last name, followed by your ballot:
Catherine (Kate) Bohn-Gettler is an associate professor of Educational Psychology at Wichita State University. She completed her PhD in 2007 at the University of Minnesota. Her research examines the cognitive and emotional processes that underlie comprehension across development, with the goal of improving comprehension in applied educational settings. Catherine has published in a variety of books and journals, including Memory & Cognition, the Journal of Educational Psychology, the Journal of Research in Reading, and the Journal of Comparative Psychology. As a member of the governing board, Catherine would contribute to the society by encouraging the support of student research and mentorship, and by emphasizing connections between theory and practice.
Raquel Cerdan is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology at the University of Valencia, Spain. She obtained her PhD in 2005 with a thesis on the effects of tasks on the processing of multiple documents. Her main interests focus on the effects of different types of tasks on comprehension and learning, the comprehension of multiple documents, and the analysis of on-line and off-line comprehension processes. She has been an active member of the ST&D for many years now serving in various forms, including the organization of this year’s meeting in Valencia, Spain. She aims to contribute her experience, perspectives, and approaches to advance the Society and strengthen its presence in Europe by serving on the Governing Board.
Evelyn C. Ferstl
Evelyn Ferstl is professor for Cognitive Science and Gender Studies at the University in Freiburg, Germany. Her research on language comprehension in context integrates psychological, linguistic and – most importantly – neuroscientific viewpoints. Topics of interest include semantic integration, inferences across sentence boundaries and situation model building, dialect, and non-literal language, such as verbal humour. The results, particularly of neuroimaging and neuropsychological studies, make it more and more apparent that communication requires a close interplay of cognitive, emotional and social factors. The Society of Text and Discourse is an important forum for scientific exchange on these issues across disciplinary boundaries.
I am a docent and a university lecturer at the Department of Psychology at the University of Turku, Finland. I have received my PhD in psychology from the University of Turku. My research focuses on on-line processing of text — “on-line” referring to psychological processes that occur during reading. Some themes that I am currently interested in are 1) the influence of a reading goal or perspective on text comprehension, 2) the development of reading strategies, and 3) figurative language comprehension. The Society is an interdisciplinary, international forum where young researchers have an opportunity to interact with more experienced scientists. My goal for the Society would be to further develop the Society as a friendly and supportive international network of researchers from different disciplines.
Matt McCrudden earned his PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in 2005. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the School of Educational Psychology and Pedagogy Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. His research primarily focuses on how characteristics of tasks, readers, and texts are related to readers’ cognitive processes while they read and the mental products that result from reading. He serves on the editorial boards for Contemporary Educational Psychology, Learning and Instruction, Educational Psychology Review, the Journal of Experimental Education, and Educational Psychology. As a governing board member, he will aim to develop research networks within the Society and to connect those networks to other interdisciplinary researchers.
David N. Rapp is an Associate Professor in the Learning Sciences in the School of Education and Social Policy, and in the Department of Psychology, at Northwestern University. His research focuses on memory and comprehension, with particular interests in the underlying mechanisms responsible for successful discourse experiences. David has been an active member of the Society since his earliest graduate experiences: He received the Jason Albrecht Outstanding Young Research Award in 2002 and the Tom Trabasso Young Investigator Award in 2010 from the Society. He also served as Secretary for the organization from 2006 to 2011. He is currently an associate editor at Discourse Processes. David envisions the next few years in the Society as a critical transition and growth period, offering the opportunity to engage scholars around the world in the exciting and informative research being conducted by the membership. Doing so will necessitate active, strategic approaches towards enhancing the prestige and impact of the Society.
Eduardo Vidal-Abarca is a full professor of Educational Psychology and director of an interdisciplinary group of researchers on Reading at the University of Valencia (Spain). His main interest is the development of reading literacy skills at the school level, that is, the use of different types of texts and documents for understanding and learning. He and members of his group have developed technological tools to assess and train reading literacy skills. He might contribute to emphasize theoretical and practical aspects of reading literacy skills within the ST&D.
Here are the candidates listed in alphabetical order. Please rank order the candidates from 1 to 7, with 1 representing highest priority and 7 representing lowest priority. Feel free to simply copy and paste this information, adding your numbers after the “Rank:” designation. Email the ballot with your rankings to email@example.com.