February 26, 2020
The Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP) met for their annual meeting February 20 -23 in St. Petersburg, Florida, bringing together about 100 chairs of psychology departments from around the country. The theme of the meeting was “Leadership in an Inclusive Academy”.
The three days of interesting and informative sessions included evidence-based presentations on a range of topics facing department chairs in their leadership roles. The first keynote address was given by Robert Sellers, University of Michigan, on “Empowering Chairs to be Agents of Change for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Academy”. Chris Bourg, MIT Libraries and Greg Tanabaum, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), spoke about open access and their experience participating in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science. In addition, attendees had the opportunity to learn about resolving organizational conflicts and fostering teamwork, from the experts, and fellow COGDOP members, themselves.
At the conclusion of the meeting Michael Young, Kansas State University, assumed the role of chair of COGDOP and will start planning the meeting for next year.