Salvador “Sal” Ruiz received his Ph.D. from Penn State University in 2018 where he worked with Dr. Richard Kubina. Upon graduation, he worked at Central Reach LLC, providing support to clinicians interested in using the Standard Celeration Chart in their practice. He is currently serving as the Academic Administrator for the Center of Behavior Analysis at the University of West Florida. He teaches courses in Measurement and Single Case Design, Concepts and Principles of Behavior Analysis, and Supervision and Personnel Management. Dr. Ruiz also provides remote independent field experience and PT trainings for organizations both nationally and internationally. He has published research in the areas of problem behavior, Precision Teaching, sex education curricula for students with disabilities, contingency contracts, component analysis, and trial based functional analysis. He has been a member of the Standard Celeration Society since 2012 and has been an active volunteer since 2014 serving in various roles including AVP of non-conference programming, conference volunteer, and in the Scientific and Academic Special Interest Group.
As a member of the SCS since 2012, I have seen the organization grow in numbers of members, conference attendance, and the number of conferences. With that, we have been able to maintain an inclusive community of students and professionals. I have been fortunate enough to have been involved with the SCS as a volunteer since 2014 and have seen leadership build off the work of previous board members and volunteers. As a board member, I would hope to positively contribute to the efforts made by others over the years and continue to grow in new ways. I plan to assist in accomplishing the organizations’ mission by supporting current projects, expanding on communities that have started, and working with members to provide support to better the understanding of the world through measurement.
First, the SCS has already established many wonderful communities that appeal to a wide range of members. For example, as a member of the Scientific and Academic Special Interest Group, we have begun efforts to support students interested in disseminating their work using the Standard Celeration Chart. As a board member, I hope to continue to support those that have an interest in using the SCC. Additionally, the SCS has also been successful in building a community outside of the United States. I have experience working with those outside the United States and providing guidance on how to chart and measure behavior.
Second, the membership of the SCS continues to be the most welcoming group of people I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know and work with. The first academic conference I attended was IPTC in 2012, and I was welcomed and felt comfortable immediately. Since that time, many folks have joined the organization and said the same thing. As a board member, I would hope to create an environment that continues to be inclusive and welcoming to all. Continuing to grow the community can only be accomplished through listening to the people who are a part of the community.
Third, I hope to contribute to creating avenues for new applications of the SCC. During my time as a graduate student, I explored and researched reducing problem behavior by using the SCC. Since then, I have learned from many members that use the chart for various applications. From gross and fine motor movement to teaching complex chaining skills the SCC continues to demonstrate how much one can learn by using it. As a board member, I hope to continue to support and learn from those using the chart for different applications.
The Standard Celeration Society is an amazing organization filled with a diverse membership group, interests, and goals. The leadership that came before us has taken the organization to where it is today. I hope to stand on the shoulders of others as we continue to grow and evolve as an organization.