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SIOP Annual Conference 2006
The Adams Mark Hotel

Dallas, Texas
May 57, 2006

Preconference Workshops and Special Events May 4

Welcome from the Conference Chairs

Donald Truxillo
Portland State University

S. Douglas Pugh
University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Welcome to the 21st Annual SIOP Conference and workshops! For 2006, we have another great set of conference activitiesexcellent preconference workshops, a strong program involving even more special events, outstanding Sunday sessions, and lots of opportunities to network and connect with friends. As you read through this booklet, youll find articles that provide a more in-depth description of all of our major conference activities. And Dallas is a terrific place for the SIOP conference. The Adams Mark is near the arts district and fine dining, with much nightlife just a brief cab or train ride away from the hotel. 

Here are some highlights.


We have an outstanding program this year thanks to Julie Olson-Buchanan and the volunteers working with her on the Program Committee. There will be many great symposia, panel discussions, roundtables, and invited addresses. Weve also arranged the posters so that there will be plenty of room to facilitate conversation. We have several new and exciting sessions and formats. Highlights of the SIOP program include: 

  • A new venue for poster presentations in Dallas. The top 20 rated posters will be featured at the Friday evening all-conference reception. 
  • A cross-disciplinary session on executive coaching. Coaches from different backgrounds (including external speakers) will provide their perspectives on important questions concerning executive coaching. 
  • A thought-provoking session on ethics in I-O psychology. This session will feature outside experts in ethics in psychology and will be highly interactive. 
  • A terrific set of Sunday theme sessions entitled Crossing Disciplinary Borders. These sessions will kick off with an invited session featuring outside speakers whose research crosses into areas studied by I-O psychologists. Following this session there will be a number of sessions featuring the interdisciplinary endeavors of I-O psychologists. 


The Workshop Committee headed by Joan Brannick has prepared 14 exceptional workshops for SIOP 2006 in Dallas on Thursday, May 4, 2006. These professional development opportunities have been planned with the generous input and feedback from many of you. The workshops are being carefully designed to bring you the most up-to-date thinking and practice in our field. Check out the extraordinary panel of nationally and internationally recognized expertsboth from inside and outside of I-Owho will lead this years workshops. Be sure to register early to ensure your first choices!

Sunday Seminars

Tammy Allen 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 diverseinterdisciplinary research, internet-based data collection, teams research, and counterproductive work behaviorso there is something (or many things) for everyone.

Placement Center

Liberty Munson and Mindy Bergman are managing the Placement Center. The Placement Center will once again operate completely online. Those who register with the Placement Center will have access to resums and/or job descriptions on the Web site before, during, and after the conference. Register early to allow job seekers/employers sufficient time to search the database and print out your job descriptions/resumes.

Junior Faculty Consortium

Wendy Becker, Joyce Bono, and Jim Farr have assembled a group of renowned researchers for SIOPs First Annual Junior Faculty Consortium. Starting at noon on Thursday, May 4, the consortium will provide a forum for discussion of topics of interest to junior faculty. Sign up early, as registration is limited to 40 participants. 


Michelle Collins has arranged this years tour of Texas Instruments Digital Light Processing display center on Thursday, May 4. DLP is the worlds only all-digital display chip and is a key ingredient in many digital projectors available today. In addition to the tour, a Texas Instruments leader will describe the history of the technology and the need to reshape the culture in bringing a highly innovative product to market. There will also be brief presentation about how Texas Instruments has used assessment to help in the development of future DLP leaders and to help in the transition of the culture from a highly technical/scientific one to a more market-facing culture.

SIOpen Golf Tournament

Dan Sachau is in charge of the Annual SIOpen golf tournament, which will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 4th at Tour 18-Dallas. Tour 18 is an extraordinary course comprised of replicas of the 18 best golf holes in America. The course includes surprisingly authentic reproductions of holes from Sawgrass, Pine Valley, Muirfield, Medinah, Wingedfoot, and most notably, holes 11, 12, and 13 at Augustathe infamous Amen Corner. The tournament fee is $80 and includes golf, cart, prizes, range balls, refreshments, and transportation to and from the course.

Fun Run

Long-time SIOP 5K organizer Kevin Williams joins Paul and Pat Sackett in planning this years Fun Run. Get up bright and early on Saturday, May 6, and well bus you to the event for a 7 a.m. start.Come for the exercise, come for the t-shirt, or come to see a lot of psychologists sweating even harder than during their PhD oral examination!

As we noted, theres a lot more information about the workshops, the Sunday Seminars, the Placement Center, Junior Faculty Consortium, DLP Tour, SIOpen, and Fun Run in this booklet. Read up and get registered!

Finally, wed like to offer special thanks to all the people involved in helping to ensure that our conference in Dallas will be a success. Dave Nershi 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. They are an incredible group of people, and they deserve our thanks. 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. And lastly, thank you to all of you, our SIOP members, who volunteer your time and participation in the conference. Involvement of the membership is 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, organize the Placement Center, and manage special events like the tour and the Fun Run. And of course the workshops, Sunday Sessions, 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 2006 SIOP conference will be another outstanding success!

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


Conference registration: You have two registration options. First, you can register online. All of you who have supplied an e-mail alias to SIOP will receive instructions 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 inthe conference itself, workshops, the preconference tour, the SIOpen Golf Tournament, the Fun Run, and the Sunday Seminars.

Conference registrants who cancel their registration on or before April 14, 2006 will receive a refund of the conference registration fee, less a $80 administrative fee. Please refer to SIOPs cancellation policy for workshops and cancellation policy for tutorials in the workshop and tutorial articles in this publication.

Hotel reservations: We are once again expecting at least 3,000 conference attendees. 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 Adams Mark, Dallas. There are several museums, a concert hall (described as acoustically perfect), and dining nearby. Additional dining and nightlife are also easily accessible via a short cab ride or the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) train, which stops adjacent to the hotel.

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 at the conference hotel. Weve negotiated the lowest rate in years, and youll find it very convenient for participating in conference events. SIOP must book blocks of rooms for its annual conference years in advance. Furthermore, if the room block is not used, SIOP can become liable for the unbooked rooms, a standard practice in the industry; in other words the cost of unrented rooms is 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 hotels rooms of that quality. 

Travel: American Airlines is the official airline of the 2006 SIOP conference. You or your travel agent can receive 5% off the lowest published fare by calling 1-800-433-1790. Make sure you refer to authorization number A3746AE. 

SIOP also has negotiated reduced rates for both shuttle service and rental cars for our conference attendees. Yellow Checker Shuttle is providing airport shuttle service for $11 each way and airport Lincoln Town Car service for $59 each way. Use the shuttle reservation link on the conference page on our Web site. For those attendees who prefer to rent a car, Avis is offering discounts of 5% to 25%. The Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number for this offer is J907322. Be sure to use this number when making your reservations. The Avis direct reservation line is 1-800-331-1600, or use online reservations.

Nightlife. The Adams Mark is within walking distance of many attractions. Dining and nightlife are also easily accessible via a short cab ride or the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) train, which stops in front of the hotel! 
Conference information: The SIOP Web site will be updated frequently with conference information, hotel information, and links to other sites of interest. Be sure to check http://www.siop.org/Conferences/ regularly for conference news and updates. If you have questions that are not answered on the Web site or in this booklet, look on the inside cover of this booklet for the names and contact information of people who can be of help. Please feel free to contact me at truxillod@pdx.edu.

For your convenience, you will be able to access a personal conference planner on our conference Web site. This will enable you to plan and print your schedule. (The planner will not, however, guarantee you a place in any session nor register you for the workshops.)

As a final note, dont forget that this year we will continue to have LCD projectors in every room! In order to use this equipment, you will be required to bring your own laptop.We also highly recommend that you load the presentations onto one computer before the sessions begin. In addition, in case technology throws you a curve ball, be sure to bring overheads as a backup. Overhead projectors will be available in every room.

See you in Dallas!

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