Wednesday’s pre-conference activities include two doctoral consortia (chaired by Kelly Zellars and coordinated by Amy Henley,
and Tyge Payne) that are designed specifically for early (1st and 2nd year) and late program doctoral students, respectively. For
the first time, our pre-conference activities will include a consortium designed for students who have not begun doctoral studies.
This pre-doctoral consortium is co-chaired by Lucy Ford and Jonathon Halbesleben.
The conference program begins Thursday and runs through noon on Saturday. This year we received a record number of
submissions (500) across nine research tracks. We have more than 230 different sessions on the program, including paper
sessions, workshops, symposia, and panels, which cover a wide range of topics in the field. Also, throughout the program you’ll
find a number of methods and teaching workshops (organized by Tim Barnett). In short, there is something for everyone, and it
won’t be difficult to find sessions that are highly relevant to your particular areas of interest.
Of course, much of the excitement and value of the conference comes before, during, and after sessions, when you have the
opportunity to meet up with current colleagues and get to know new ones. We encourage you to attend Thursday morning's
networking breakfast and to take advantage of the various networking breaks during the conference. After a successful debut last
year, the research and teaching collaboration luncheon will return on Thursday. We also hope that you will attend the SMA
Business Meeting Thursday evening, where we will recognize this year's award winners, and the reception that follows, at which
we will recognize this year's winner of the Hunt Sustained Outstanding Service Award and the service of our SMA President.
There are receptions each evening, including the conference party on Friday night, which will have a food inspired by South
Florida and Cuba and include a Salsa Dance demonstration and instruction.