Reminder – Governing Board ballot due 12/18

Dear Members of the Society for Text & Discourse,

This is a reminder if you have not already voted in the ST&D Governing Board election, there is still time. Ballots are due on or before Wednesday, December 18. Below is the original message I sent out a couple of weeks ago.

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 two vacancies on the Board, and six candidates have agreed to be considered for the vacancies. Here is your official ballot for the election of the incoming Governing Board members 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 six candidates, you should rank the candidates from 1 (highest priority) to 6 (lowest priority). Please do not rank order only a subset, but rank ALL of them.

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

Your ballot must be received via email by Wednesday, December 18, 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:

Michael Wolfe


Society for Text & Discourse


Here are the candidates in alphabetical order by last name, followed by your ballot:

  • Joseph Magliano – As many of you know, I study how people make sense of texts, films, and graphic narratives. Much of my research focuses on the processes that support the construction of mental models, which provide the basis for understanding. While trained as a cognitive psychologist, I have greatly valued an interdisciplinary approach to studying discourse comprehension had have sought out interdisciplinary collaborations throughout my career. As such, my program of research is well aligned with the mission of the society. Finally, I am intensely dedicated to the success of the Society for Text and Discourse as I now view it as the primary and premiere society for empirically-based discourse studies.


  •  Matthew McCrudden – Matthew T. McCrudden is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology Faculty of Education at Victoria University of Wellington. 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. Matt has published in a variety of journals in education and psychology. He currently serves on five editorial boards. His goals for the Society are to engage with scholars around the world and to develop the Society’s impact on theory and practice.


  •  Michael Mensink – Michael (Mike) Mensink is an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and an Affiliate Faculty member in the Center for Cognitive Sciences at the University of Minnesota. His research focuses on the cognitive processes and textual features that contribute to successful comprehension of informational and narrative text. Since 2006, Mike has been an active member of the Society; he was awarded with the Outstanding Student Paper Award (2009), the Jason Albrecht Outstanding Young Scientist Award (2011), has served as a reviewer and volunteer for several annual meetings, and is a regular reviewer for Discourse Processes. As a member of the governing board, Mike would seek to increase the appeal of the Society by strengthening our existing interdisciplinary connections, active recruitment of new members in related fields of research, and establishing enhanced mentoring opportunities for student members.


  •  Michael Schober – Michael Schober is a professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research in New York City, where he served as dean from 2006-2013. His research examines how people coordinate their actions, the mental processes underlying that coordination, and how new technologies mediate coordination; he has focused on arenas that allow clear measurement of conceptual alignment and accurate understanding: large-scale survey interviews that are used for social measurement, ensemble music performance, and spatial dialogue. As editor of Discourse Processes, he has attended meetings of the governing board of the Society for Text & Discourse in an ex officio capacity; as a member of the governing board, he would focus on enhancing our mission of cross-disciplinary conversation and on increasing the visibility of our members’ research in a changing academic environment.


  •  Eduardo Vidal-Abarca — Eduardo Vidal-Abarca is a professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Valencia. He leads an inter-university research group on Reading in Spain. He is particularly interested in reading literacy, that is, in how people use documents. In particular he is interested in how students use documents for learning purposes. He and his group have developed electronic tools to analyze texts (ETAT), to assess comprehension processes (Read&Answer), and now he is developing a new tool to examine how students react to different kinds of automatic feedback. He has published papers in the Journal of Educational Psychology, Learning and Instruction and Discourse Processes among others scientific journals. He has served as an expert for OECD international programs to assess reading literacy skills for adolescent and adults (PISA and PIAAC, respectively). He would emphasize the importance of reading literacy in general and in the educational system in particular if he is elected for the Board of the ST&D.


  •  Jennifer Wiley – Jennifer Wiley is a long-time member of the society. She earned her PhD in 1996 from the University of Pittsburgh, and then held a postdoctoral fellowship at UMass Amherst. She currently serves a professor of psychology, with a courtesy appointment in computer science, at UIC. Her research interests include exploring comprehension and metacomprehension for text in history and science, multiple document inquiry learning and learning from the internet/multimedia sources, and the role of individual differences in background, WMC and spatial ability in these processes. In recognition that one goal for governing board composition might be to have a mix of fresh voices and more seasoned members/former officers, she would be happy to serve on the board in the spirit of contributing continuity and support for our new officers and the society.


Here are the candidates listed in alphabetical order. Please rank order the candidates from 1 to 6, with 1 representing highest priority and 6 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

  • Joseph Magliano
  • Matthew McCrudden
  • Michael Mensink
  • Michael Schober
  • Eduardo Vidal-Abarca
  • Jennifer Wiley
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