Volume 47 Number 3 
Summer 2014

Early Career Interest Group

Written by Michèle Schlehofer , Salisbury University and Ashlee Lien, SUNY College at Old Westbury

We hope that by the time this column reaches you, you are enjoying warm, sunny summer weather. The Early Career Interest Group (ECIG) was formed last year to promote the concerns, interests, and issues unique to early career individuals within SCRA; opportunities for early career scholars to make contributions to or hold leadership positions within the SCRA community; and formalized opportunities for recognition of professional accomplishments by early career SCRA members. We have had a successful first year, and are looking forward to increasing our productivity as we enter our second year.

Upcoming Needs Assessment

Plans for a few new initiatives are in the works. First and foremost, to get a better sense of what types of activities people would most like to see offered, we are conducting a brief online needs assessment of the SCRA membership. The assessment is being finalized, and we expect to distribute a link to our needs assessment in the coming months. Please be on the lookout in The Community Psychologist and over the SCRA listserv for the needs assessment, and take a few minutes to provide us with some direction and feedback.


If you have not yet joined, please join the early career listserv. The list is open to anyone interested in early career development, regardless of whether or not you are still early career. To join the list, send an e-mail to LISTSERV@LISTS.APA.ORG. Leave the subject area blank, and in your message area type: SUBSCRIBE SCRA-ECP Your first name Your last name (e.g. Fred Smith).

Opportunities to Get Involved

We are currently looking for motivated people interested in taking a leadership or supporting role in the interest group. We would like to thank Susan Long (Lake Forrest University) and Chiara Sabina (Penn State Harrisburg) for serving as co-chairs this year. Both have now stepped off, leaving a need for new leadership. Michèle Schlehofer has taken on the role of lead co-chair, with Ashlee Lien serving as supporting co-chair. We welcome anyone with interest in getting involved to join our planning team. If you are interested in joining the planning team, please contact Michèle ( or Ashlee ( 

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