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SIOP Annual Conference 2005
Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites
Los Angeles, California

April 15-17, 2005
Preconference Workshops April 14

Welcome from the Conference Chair

Donald Truxillo
Portland State University

Welcome to the 20th Annual SIOP Conference and workshops! Los Angeles is a terrific place for SIOP, and it marks the 20th anniversary of the original conference in Chicago in 1986. Few of the people involved in that original meeting could have imagined how the conference would grow in terms of attendance and the variety of sessions and activities offered.

For 2005, we have another great set of conference activities: excellent preconference workshops, a strong program involving even more interactive sessions and special events, outstanding Sunday sessions, and lots of opportunities to network and connect with friends. As you read through the conference information, youll find articles that provide a more in-depth description of all of our major conference activities. Here are some particularly important highlights:

The Continuing Education and Workshop Committee headed by Luis Parra has prepared 14 exceptional preconference workshops for Los Angeles. These professional development opportunities have been planned with the generous input and feedback from many of you and are being carefully designed to bring you the most up-to-date thinking and practice in our discipline. Check out the extraordinary panel of nationally and internationally recognized expertsboth from inside and outside the field of I-Owho will be leading this years workshops. Be sure to register early to ensure your first choices!

We have an outstanding program this year thanks to Lisa Finkelstein and the volunteers working with her on the Program Committee. There will be many great symposia, panel discussions, master tutorials (for CE credit), roundtables, and invited addresses. We also will have several new and exciting sessions and formats. These include: 

  • A thought-provoking Sunday morning theme entitled The Future of I-O Psychology Research, Teaching, and Practice: What Lies Ahead for the Next 20 Years? This will include two invited sessions as well as several sessions submitted by our members
  • A special Then and Now session featuring SIOP presidents reflecting on our past, present, and future
  • An informative session on obtaining funding and grants for research by those who have track records of success
  • A continuation of the well-received interactive sessions introduced in the last couple of years, including Interactive Poster sessions and Communities of Interest sessions
  • Two new types of sessions! The AcademicPractitioner Collaborative Forum will highlight research completed by academic/practitioner teams and promote the successful development of more of these collaborations, and the Theoretical Advancement sessions will showcase exciting new directions in theory

As always, the conference will run through mid-day Sunday, with some very strong sessions planned for Sunday morning. So please plan to attend these intriguing Sunday sessions.

Julie Olson-Buchanan and her subcommittee have created an interesting and informative set of Sunday Seminars. These sessions (formerly called Expanded Tutorials) have become a SIOP favorite because they provide the opportunity to bring us up to speed on cutting-edge research topics and methodological issues. This years topics are quite diverseIRT, experience method sampling, workfamily perspectives, and grant writingso there is something (or many things) for everyone!

Liberty Munson and Irene Sasaki will manage the Placement Center for the 2005 conference. The Placement Center will once again operate completely online. Those who register with the Placement Center will have access to resumes and job descriptions on the Web site before, during, and after the conference. As we did in Chicago, computers and printers will be available on site to use to search for jobs and candidates. These resources are limited to Placement Center users only. An interview room will also be available in Los Angeles. If youre in the market for a new job or looking for candidates to fill your opening, register for the Placement Center early!

Dan Sachau is in charge of the SIOpen golf tournament, which will be held on Thursday, April 14 at the Industry Hills Golf Club. The tournament will be played on the Eisenhower course, which has been named by Golf Digest as one of the 25 best public courses in America. The course has also been the host to the U.S. Amateur, many U.S. Open Qualifying tournaments, and a number of LPGA tour events. However, the courses real claim to fame may be its role in the films Caddyshack and Falling Down. 

As I noted, theres a lot more information about the Workshops, the Sunday Seminars, the Placement Center, and SIOpen in this publication. Read up and get registered!

Finally, Id like to offer special thanks to all the people involved in helping to ensure that our conference in Los Angeles will be a success. Lee Hakel and the SIOP Administrative Office staff do the heavy lifting with regard to planning conference logistics and ensuring that the facilities are up to snuff. This is a group that works very hard behind the scenes to make the conference come off so smoothly. This is a truly amazing group of people, and I thank them sincerely. Another group that provides an important service to our conference is our exhibitors and sponsors. Our exhibitors help us stay current on the latest trends in I-O theory and practice, and our exhibitors and sponsors both provide significant financial support for the conference. Finally, thank you to all of you, our SIOP members, who volunteer your time and participation in the conference. Member involvement is the key to the success of any professional conference, and no professional society gets more support from its members than SIOP. Members plan workshops, review conference submissions, and organize the Placement Center. And of course, the workshops, Sunday Seminars, and the sessions that make up the program are provided primarily by members. All of this volunteer work and support helps ensure that the conference is well tailored to our membership. Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers and the thousands of volunteer hours invested, the 2005 SIOP Conference will be another outstanding success!

Here are some reminders to help you in planning for this years conference.

Reminders

Conference registration: You have two registration options. First, you can register online. All of you who have supplied an e-mail address to SIOP will receive an e-mailed announcement from the SIOP Administrative Office when the registration site comes online. Alternately, you can fill in the registration form in this publication and send it with your registration fees to the Administrative Office. Be sure to indicate which conference activities youll be participating in: the conference itself, workshops, the SIOpen Golf Tournament, and the Sunday Seminars.

Conference registrants who cancel their registration on or before March 31, 2005, will receive a refund of the conference registration fee, less a $70 administrative fee. Please refer to SIOPs Cancellation Policy for Workshops and Cancellation Policy for Sunday Seminars in the workshop and Sunday seminar articles in this publication.

Hotel reservations: We are once again expecting about 3,000 conference attendees (or more). So please be sure to make your hotel reservations as soon as you decide to attend the conference. We will be holding conference sessions in our conference headquarters hotel, the Westin Bonaventure. We also have rooms blocked for conference attendees at the Marriott, which is just across the street. Well maintain up-to-date information about the availability of hotel rooms on our SIOP Web site at http://www.siop.org/Conferences//HOTELINFO.aspx

We encourage you to stay in one of these hotels where we have rooms blocked. We have negotiated very competitive rates at these hotels and youll find them very convenient for participating in conference events. SIOP must book blocks of rooms for its annual conference many years in advance. Furthermore, if the room block is not used, SIOP is liable for the unused rooms, a standard practice in the industry; in other words, the cost of unrented rooms must be absorbed by the membership. Obviously, then, it is helpful if people stay in one of the conference hotels. In addition, the room rates should be the lowest in the area, particularly for hotel rooms of that quality. 

Travel: United Airlines is the official airline of the 2005 SIOP Conference. You or your travel agent can call to receive a 5% discount off the lowest applicable discount fare, including first class, or a 10% discount off full-fare unrestricted coach fares, purchased 7 days in advance, by calling 1-800-521-4041. An additional 5% discount applies when tickets are purchased at least 30 days in advance of your travel date. Discounts also apply to Shuttle by United and United Express. Make sure you refer to Meeting ID Number 529CC. 

Transportation is available to and from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The shuttle service is $15.00 each way ($13.00 with the coupon found at www.supershuttle.com/coupons/LAX/SIOP.pdf) and taxi service is available for about $38 each way. Public transportation is also available.

Los Angeles nightlife: Los Angeles offers world-class entertainment and dininggreat restaurants, great theatre, great music, and of course, great shopping. Online city guides are available from the L.A. Convention and Visitors Bureau (http://www.visitlosangeles.info/index.jsp) and Citysearch (http://losangeles.citysearch.com/) to help you plan your evenings activities. In addition, the conference hotel is located in the heart of the citys performing arts district, including the new Walt Disney Concert Hall designed by Frank Gehry; more information can be obtained at http://www.musiccenter.org/. Other areas of the city are easily reached via taxi or the new subway line.

Conference information: If you have questions that are not answered on the Web site or in this booklet, look for the names and contact information of people who can be of help. Please feel free to contact me or the SIOP Administrative Office at (419) 353-0032. 

See you in L.A.!


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