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SMV Project | 2017 Conference

2017 Conference

2017 SMV Conference

June 22-25, 2017 | Norman, Oklahoma

The purpose of this third and final event sponsored by the Self, Motivation & Virtue Project was to enable the ten grant-funded research teams to present their research results, to provide a context for sharing ideas and fostering collaboration, and to allow the SMV Project Directors to assess the progress of each team.

View conference presentation videos on YouTube


Marriott Conference Center at NCED

2801 East State Hwy 9
Norman, Oklahoma 73071
Phone: 405-447-9000
Website: http://cc.nced.com/

The conference will be held at the Marriott Conference Center in Norman, Oklahoma, one of the largest hotel and conference centers in the state. Its amenities include a wide selection of complimentary indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities, including walking trails, sports courts and a 60,000 sq. ft. fitness center.

Rooms will be reserved in advance for all registered conference participants and direct-billed to the SMV Project. Participants will be personally liable for incidentals. Room check-in is at 3:00 PM; checkout is 12:00 PM.

Meals will be provided for all registered participants through the duration of the conference. Provided meals include: Thursday (6/22) reception and dinner, Friday (6/23) breakfast, lunch, reception and dinner, Saturday (6/24) breakfast lunch, reception and dinner, and Sunday (6/25) breakfast.

NCED Exterior with Pond_800px


Conference participants should arrange to fly into Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. The Marriott Conference Center at NCED provides shuttle transportation to and from Will Rogers World Airport for $32.00 per person, one-way. Participants whose travel expenses will be reimbursed by the SMV Project are asked to book their ground transportation with the Marriott Conference Center, as their shuttle fees will be direct-billed to the SMV Project.

Note to Research Team Members: Although the Marriott Conference Center shuttle fees will be direct-billed to the SMV Project, these fees are travel expenses, and thus will count against your total reimbursement allotment. Please plan accordingly.

Ground Transportation Booking Instructions

Please reserve your shuttle by calling the Marriott Conference Center front desk at (405) 447-9000 at least 48 hours prior to arrival. You will need to provide your last name and the event title, “2017 Self, Motivation & Virtue Project Conference.” Please wait to book your shuttle at least 14 days after registering. This will enable conference staff to enter your name into the Conference Center’s system.


Other Ground Transportation Options

If you do not use the Marriott Conference Center’s shuttle service, other options are below. Travelers are responsible to keep all receipts for reimbursement purposes.

Airport Express: 405-681-3311
The average fare from the airport to Norman is $38.00.

Oklahoma Shuttle / Lightning Express: 405-428-4441
The average fare from the airport to Norman is $ 33.00. Group Rates available.

AMC Taxi: 405-330-0707

Checker Cab: 405-239-7710

Independent Cab: 405-603-4222

Yellow Cab: 405-236-5551


The SMV Project will cover travel, meal and lodging expenses, on a reimbursement basis, for Core Project Team Members, invited guests, and up to two members of each research team, in accordance with the travel policies linked below.

Travel Reimbursement Policies for Presenters (PDF)

Travel Reimbursement Policies for Core Project Team and Invited Guests (PDF)

Travel Reimbursement Request Form & Expense Summary Report (XLSX)

Note: When you download and open this document you will see only the Travel Reimbursement Request Form. The Expense Summary Report is contained in another sheet in the same document. Look for the sheet tabs at the bottom of the Excel window.



Research teams should consult the Presentation Guidelines linked below for instructions on how to structure their presentations.

Presentation Guidelines (PDF)

Core Project Team members will provide feedback on each team’s presentation. The feedback on each team will be anonymized, compiled, and sent to each team after the conference.

Feedback Form for Core Project Team Members (DOCX)


  • April 15, 2017 – Registration deadline
  • May  1, 2017 – Send presentation title and 150-300 word abstract to Max Parish at smvproject@ou.edu
  • June 10, 2017 – Send handouts (if desired) to Max Parish at smvproject@ou.edu
  • July 15, 2017 – Mail Travel Reimbursement Packet

Schedule (tentative)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

12:00 PM – 5:00 PM  –  Arrival & check in (guest room check-in at 3:00 PM)

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM  –  Registration & Reception

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM  –  Dinner

Friday, June 23, 2017

5:30 AM – 9:00 AM  –  Breakfast

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM  –  Studies of Fairness: Experience Sampling & Experimental Evidence

Dr. Bradford Cokelet & Dr. Blaine Fowers

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM  –  Break

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM  –  Self-Distancing, Prudence, and Justice

Dr. Warren Herold & Dr. Walter Sowden

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM  –  Break

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM  –  Progress in Personal Projects as an Indicator of Well-being

Dr. Colin DeYoung & Dr. Valerie Tiberius

12:30 PM – 3:00 PM  –  Lunch & Networking

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM  – Shame, Pride, and Humility in the Politics of the Moral Self: Lessons from the Shame Experiences of LGBTI Conservative Christians and Their Allies

Dr. Dawne Moon & Dr. Theresa Tobin

4:00 PM – 4:15 PM  –  Break

4:15 PM – 5:15 PM  – Giving from the Heart: The Role of the Heart and the Brain in Virtuous Motivation and Integrity

Dr. Mark Alfano, Dr. Christina Karns & Mr. Gus Skorburg

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM  –  Interviews

5:30 PM – 9:00 PM  –  Reception & Dinner

Saturday, June 24, 2017

6:00 AM – 9:00 AM  –  Breakfast

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM  –  When “Life Gets in the Way”: Non-Idealized Paths of Virtuous Self-Development

Dr. Peggy DesAutels

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM  –  Break

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM  –  Everyday Exemplars & Motivating the Self to Virtue: The Contributions of Age, Nation, Faith & Wisdom

Hyeyoung Bang & Michel Ferrari

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM  –  Break

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM  –  Borders of the Moral Self

Mr. Javier Gomez-Lavin & Dr. Shaun Nichols

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM  –  Lunch

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM  – Humility in Loving Encounter

Dr. Robert Roberts & Dr. Michael Spezio

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM  –  Break

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM  – Building Stronger Ties Through Wisdom and Compassion

Dr. Paul Condon

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM  –  Break

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Group Reflections on Deep Integration

6:15 PM – 7:15 PM  –  Research Team Interviews

6:15 PM – 9:00 PM  –  Reception & Dinner

Sunday, June 25, 2017

6:00 AM – 10:00 AM  –  Breakfast

12:00 PM  –  Guest Room Check-out

This event is made possible by a generous grant from the Templeton Religion Trust,
and by support from The University of Oklahoma.