IGEL’s presidential election result!

IGEL 2016 was a great success! The membership and board would like to thank vice-president Joe Magliano and his team for organizing this fine event in downtown Chicago!

At the general assembly meeting in Chicago on 9 July, the new IGEL president was elected. Votes were collected on site as well as by email in the weeks prior to the meeting. And here is the result!

The IGEL membership elected… Don Kuiken (Department of Psychology, University of Alberta).

Congratulations! We are looking forward to his legislature, which will be effective from 1 January 2017.

The current president, Frank Hakemulder, will carry on until that date. IGEL membership and board are deeply grateful for Frank’s service to the community, which includes vision and humor!

Find here Don Kuiken‘s Presidential Candidate Vision Statement:

Since joining IGEL in 1992, I have observed—and perhaps modestly contributed to—the association’s interdisciplinary evolution. Several decisions (e.g., adding “…Media” to its title, initiating SSOL) mark the association’s continuing effort to establish a distinct identity within an amorphous scholarly milieu. I am especially intrigued by our opportunities for continuing that effort. Perhaps because I personally have found some of my most convivial and resourceful colleagues within the association’s membership, I would like to see IGEL support the development of identifiable “research coalitions” (individuals who regularly communicate and potentially collaborate). Opportunities for such support include (1) off-year IGEL conferences (as in Indiana Pennsylvania [2013], Göttingen Germany [2015]), (2) special issues of SSOL (as in SSOL 3.2 [2013], SSOL 6.1 [2016]); and (3) pre-conference institutes (as in Montréal Canada [2012]) and training programs (as in Frankfurt Germany [2016]). These initiatives are already an important part of IGEL infrastructure, and our membership knows how to make them work. However, the association could do more to integrate the components of this infrastructure through activity cycles in which each component is oriented toward a single research theme. I can also imagine (limited-access) web sites devoted to continued communication and resource sharing among theme-related “research coalitions.” Enhancement of this infrastructure—and consolidation of such coalitions—would be wonderful to see.