Spring has arrived! Please read our 2016 spring
edition of Structural Equation Modeling SIG newsletter! This issue features an
interview with Deborah Bandalos, who is our 2016 SEM SIG Service award
winner. Professor Bandalos has been an
active member and leader in the SIG for more than two decades. Thank you Professor
Bandalos! We will honor her at the annual SIG Business meeting at AERA. Our
speaker for the meeting will be Professor Greg Hancock, who will be speaking
about the “Seven Dirty Secrets of SEM”. I am certain this will be informative
and entertaining. Certainly a talk not to miss! I hope you will join us for the
Business meeting and invited address on Sunday, April 10th from 6:30-8:00 pm in
the Marriott Marquis, Level 4, Independence Salon G.
I am also pleased to announce the results of our SEM SIG
elections. Our new Program Chair elect
is Dr. Keenan Pituch from The University of Texas at Austin. With our current
leadership of Dr. Holmes Finch as Chair and Dr. Debbie Hahs-Vaughn, Secretary,
from University of Central Florida for 2016-2017, our SIG is in very capable
hands. I encourage folks to continue to
be involved in the SIG. With over 170 members, we have much talent that can
help the group be creative and develop as the field of SEM does the same.
Please do consider being an active member, consider running for office next
year, or simply asking how you can help. The easiest way to begin your
involvement is attending the business meeting and reviewing proposals. Please visit the AERA website and volunteer
today. It is so important that we have many strong reviewers to ensure the
quality of your program. And a Big Thank You to our session chairs and
discussants this year.
I thank those who helped me this year. A huge thank
you to Holmes Finch, who helped with the assembly of the program and running
the meeting, and to Debbie Hahs-Vaughn, our SIG secretary, for her duties with
the service award. And thanks to Betsy McCoach for her guidance. Finally, I
thank my graduate assistant, Latisha Sternod, who assisted with the newsletter
and conducted the interview with Dr. Bandalos. It is a privilege to serve my
community. I look forward to continuing to be involved and the conversations to
come with many of you.
Brian F. French
Washington State University
W. Holmes Finch
Ball State University
University of Central Florida
The Quant SIG Social will occur Monday, April 11th, 2016 from
8:00pm to 1:00am at Del Campo, 777 I Street NW, Washington DC, 20001.