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Executive Director’s Corner Spring 2018

Posted by Lucas Czarnecki •

As you are aware, registration for our 2018 Annual Meeting is open.  If you submitted a proposal that was accepted for presentation (paper, poster, panel, roundtable), please make certain that you register by the 8 April 2018 deadline to remain on the program.  Regardless of whether or not you are presenting, we hope you will join us – as the seventh-largest city in the U.S., San Antonio has plenty to see and do and is considered a major culinary destination with numerous restaurants by well-known chefs and a recognized culinary institute.  There will be even more to see and do than usual while ISPP is in town, with celebrations for the city’s 300th anniversary and the U.S.’s Independence Day.  Registration prices will increase after 8 April, so make sure to register before then.  You can access the registration web site HERE.  

More information and details about the conference can be viewed on ISPP’s Meetings web page at www.ispp.org/meetings and on our conference web site at https://ispp.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/2018-ispp/event-site.  

The Central Office is continuing to address any errors/problems stemming from transition to new membership/submission/registration software with the software company’s tech support personnel.  Please let us know of any errors or problems that arise so that we can take care of them; screen shots of the errors and what you see are most helpful.  We apologize for any inconveniences, but once we address these things, the same errors should not arise again.

The Central Office – and the software company – have also been preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by the EU that goes into effect later this year.  Regardless of whether or not you are in an EU country and this regulation will apply to you, all of our ISPP members, past and present, and conference attendees have the right to control the information ISPP has about them.  So what information do we have, and how is it used?

  • Familiarize yourself with ISPP’s Privacy Policy (http://www.ispp.org/privacy)
    • In short, we collect certain information from you in order to provide you with member benefits if you are a member.  An e-mail address and current membership is needed to log into our Member Portal and access the Teacher’s Corner, for example.

    • We share select elements of your information with certain agents, again to provide you benefits/services/events for which you register.  We provide e-mail and mailing addresses to our journal publisher, Wiley-Blackwell, for our members to have online access to the journal, and to receive hard copies of the journal via postal mail (if applicable).  The name and billing address for a payment card is required by our card authorization service to verify the validity of a card for online payments (for membership, conference registration, etc.).

    • We do not disseminate information about our members to any third parties other than those necessary to provide member or attendee benefits (as in the above).  We do not sell our members’ or attendees’ contact information for any marketing lists.  And your data is kept secure within our online software (Events Air) and within the ISPP Central Office.

    • The only contact information we disseminate other than as noted above is that of people who have indicated that they wish to be contacted by the media for news and other stories/articles.  By indicating that you wish to be contacted by the media, you give ISPP permission to provide your name, contact information, and area(s) of study/expertise to members of the media.  This list is kept within the Central Office, and is available upon request only.

  • The Central Office uses geographical, gender, discipline, and self-identifying information you provide to generate overall statistics about our membership and conference attendees to report to ISPP’s leadership.  There is no personally-identifying information with this: it is to see where on the globe we have members, or from where our attendees have come for a given conference; how many student and early career scholar members/attendees we have; how many members in political science vs. psychology vs. social psychology; and similar statistics.

  • We use the data we have for historical comparisons.  For example, we might look at the number of years members have been with ISPP to inform us of membership patterns, and conference attendance numbers and attendee geography to inform future conference attendance in various locations.  These data help us plan for a variety of activities, budgeting and cash flow, and the like.  Like above, there is no personally-identifying information with these data.

  • You have visibility and control over your data in our new system.  You can log into the Member Portal and change and update your information at any time.  But please consider your member benefits before hitting “delete”: realize that if you delete your mailing address, for example, we will no longer be able to send you hard copies of the journal.

  • You can contact the ISPP Central Office at any time for assistance with the information we have on you.

If anyone has any problems with any aspect of their membership or renewal, conference registration, or receiving the journal or online access, please do not hesitate to contact Heather Schlabach or me in the Central Office (info@ispp.org).  Thank you all for your membership and patience with our software transition this year, and we will see you in San Antonio in a few months!

 

Sev 

Severine Bennett, PMP

Executive Director, ISPP

 

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