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SIOP Annual Conference 2008
Hilton San Francisco

San Francisco, California
April 10–12, 2008

Preconference Workshops and Special Events April 9

Welcome From the Conference Chair

S. Douglas Pugh
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Welcome to the 23rd Annual SIOP Conference and workshops held in beautiful San Francisco, California.  Our 2008 conference brings with it some big changes, as the conference now will begin on Thursday morning (with workshops on Wednesday) and run through Saturday evening.  As always, we have on tap this year an excellent set of preconference workshops, a strong program with a number of special events including our new theme tracks, cutting edge Friday seminars (formerly Sunday Seminars), and plenty of opportunities to learn, network, connect with old friends, and make some new ones.  And, you’ll be doing this in the heart of one of America’s best cities, San Francisco.  As you read through the registration materials, you will find in-depth descriptions of all of our major conference activities.  Here are some highlights:


We have an outstanding program this year thanks to Steven Rogelberg and the volunteers working with him on the Program Committee.  There will be many great symposia/forums, panel discussions, master tutorials (for CE credit), roundtables, and invited addresses.  A few highlights include:

  • Introduction of Thursday and Saturday theme tracks.  A theme track is almost a conference within a conference.    
  • A continuation of the interactive poster and community of interest sessions. 
  • Top posters will again be featured during an evening social. 
  • Friday seminars for CE credits (four seminars with two running concurrently in the morning and two concurrent in the afternoon).
  • Invited sessions on topics such as human capital metrics; emotional skills; innovation; I-O training; mergers and acquisitions; safety and health; team effectiveness; work motivation; organizational culture; employee happiness.


The Workshop Committee headed by Suzanne Tsacoumis has prepared 15 outstanding workshops for the 2008 conference on Wednesday, April 9.  These professional development opportunities have been planned with the generous input and feedback from many of you.  The workshops have been 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 experts—both from inside and outside of I-O—who will lead this year’s workshops.  Be sure to register early to ensure your first choices!

Theme Tracks

Thursday and Saturday will feature theme tracks of six sessions each.  These themes will appeal to individuals regardless of whether they work in an applied setting or academia and reflect a cutting-edge topic or trend.  They will represent one track in addition to 19 other sessions of our standard, varied, and excellent peer-reviewed content. Thursdays theme is Individual-Organizational Health; Saturday’s theme is Preparing For the Future: A Critical and Constructive Look at I-O Education.

Friday Seminars

You once knew them as Sunday Seminars, and now they’re on Friday. Lisa Penney and her subcommittee have created an interesting and informative set of seminars.  The Friday seminars offer a broad range of topics covering the latest in organizational research, practice, and quantitative research methods. Specific topics include work–life balance, diversity management, emotional labor, and the use of latent growth modeling to assess change over time. CE credits are offered for all four sessions. (You may register for up to two, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.) Seating is limited for each session, so please register early!

Job Placement

Larissa Linton and Mindy Bergman are managing the placement center.  The placement Center allows the opportunity for employers and job seekers to connect with each other before, during, and after the SIOP conference.  Employers can post job openings and screen potential candidates.  Job seekers can review the job openings and post their resumés for employers to view. The placement center operates completely online.  Register early to allow yourself enough time to search the database and follow up on job descriptions or resumés in which you are interested.

Junior Faculty Consortium

The Third Annual Junior Faculty Consortium (JFC) will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at the Hilton San Francisco. The JFC will again provide a forum for discussion of topics of mutual interest including starting and maintaining a high-impact line of research, some do’s and don’ts regarding the tenure process, and how to get undergraduates excited about I-O psychology. The consortium is designed for pretenure faculty from psychology departments, business schools, research and teaching institutions. Those just starting in new positions are welcome!

Master's Consortium

The Second Annual Master’s Consortium will be held on April 9.  The consortium is designed for students who are enrolled in master’s programs in I-O psychology, organizational behavior, or human resource management.  Speakers will meet with small groups of students and discuss issues related to finding, keeping, and getting promoted in I-O-related jobs. Participants will attend two workshops, a question & answer roundtable, and a social hour. Speakers include Genevieve Coleman, assistant vice president of Client Services, Global LEAD, Inc.; Mike Dolen, managing partner Global Survey Practice, Kenexa; C. J. Duvall, executive vice president of Human Resources, Alltel Corporation; and Warren Lindley, senior human resources business partner, Kellogg Company. (See page 14 for eligibility and registration information.)

Doctoral Consortium

Ken Yusko and Suzanne Hawes are organizing the Lee Hakel Industrial-Organizational Psychology Doctoral Consortium to be held on Wednesday, April 9.  Click here for more information.


Note: Motorcoaches for the tours, golf, and Fun Run will depart and return at the upper Taylor Street entrance of the hotel. This is the entrance on the side of the main lobby just behind the concierge desk.


Preconference Tour

Come learn about the unique history and culture of the world’s most iconic jeans maker, Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&CO.).  During this tour at their San Francisco headquarters, you will have the opportunity to meet the LS&CO. historian and visit their archives, which highlight the company’s 155-year legacy rooted in denim.  Next, SIOP’s own Dr. Yuca Hung, senior director, Worldwide Organization Development will share LS&CO.’s approach to instill clarity and organizational commitment among its leaders and employees on “The LS&CO. Way” through creative OD and culture building learning techniques implemented company wide.  Note: This tour is limited to 30 participants, so please register early.

New Event! Postconference Tour

Explore the wines and beauty of Napa Valley and leave the driving to us!  SIOP is sponsoring our first postconference tour, to be held on Sunday, April 13.  This all-day Sunday tour has been custom designed for SIOP members and will take you via luxury motorcoach through some of the best wineries in the area and provide you with time to explore the charming town of St. Helena where you will be able to have a leisurely lunch and explore the neighborhood.  You will return to the hotel by 5:00 p.m., so plan your return travel accordingly and join us for this not-to-be-missed event!

The Triumphant Return of the SIOPen Golf Tournament

After 1 year off, the SIOPen is back! Ron Landis is in charge of the annual SIOPen golf tournament, which will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 at StoneTree Golf Club in Novato, CA. StoneTree is a beautiful course nestled near the heart of Northern California’s wine country. Showcasing play through oak-forested hills and valleys and across lush meadowlands splashed with lakes and natural wetlands, StoneTree is designed for golfers of all skill levels. The tournament fee is $115 and includes golf, cart, prizes, range balls, and transportation to and from the course.

Fun Run

Paul and Pat Sackett and Kevin Williams return as organizers of the 5K Fun Run. Set your alarm early; they’ll bus you to the event for a 7 a.m. start on Saturday, April 12. This very scenic event will be run at the Presidio, with views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Closing Conference Address and Reception

We’re going to have our first 3-day conference end with a bang!  On Saturday afternoon, there will be an all-conference address by an invited guest speaker to close the conference. Details on the exact time, and the guest speaker, will be announced at a later date.  Immediately after this address we will have a particularly good closing reception with terrific food and drink and a unique theme.  Stay tuned for details!

As noted, there’s a lot more information about the workshops, the placement center, Friday seminars, golf, pre- and postconference tours, and the fun run in the registration booklet and online.  Read up and get registered!

Finally, I would like to offer special thanks to all the people involved in helping ensure that our conference in San Francisco will be a success.  The transition to the 3-day conference was planned and orchestrated by the Advance Taskforce, composed of Steven Rogelberg (chair), Tammy Allen, Ben Dowell, Julie Olson-Buchannan, Luis Parra, John Scott, Lois Tetrick, Janine Waclawski, Dave Nershi, and myself.  The amount of work that goes into putting on a conference for 4,000+ attendees is incredible, and Dave Nershi and the SIOP Administrative Office shoulder much of this burden.  Dave and the AO staff do the “heavy lifting” with regard to planning the conference logistics, including working on issues involving the hotels, decorators, exhibitors, room layouts, information technology, food and beverage, and local arrangements.  There is a tremendous amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to make sure that the conference is a success.  Indeed, when everything is running smoothly, you hardly notice the behind-the-scenes work, and that’s our goal!  Thanks Dave, and everyone at the office in Bowling Green, for making our conference a success year after year.  Another group that the conference could not be a success without is our exhibitors and sponsors.  Through our exhibitors, attendees are exposed to the latest developments in I-O research and practice, and the exhibitors and sponsors provide a significant amount of financial support for our conference.  Finally, deep and heartfelt thanks go out to you, the members of SIOP, who freely give of your time to participate in and support the conference.  The vast majority of our conference program comes directly from the hard work of our members: you plan our workshops, deliver our workshops, review conference submissions, deliver conference presentations, organize the placement center, and manage and run all of our special events like the fun run, SIOPen, tours, Friday seminars, and junior faculty, master’s, and doctoral consortia.  Our student volunteers stuff conference bags, move heavy boxes, make signs, and do countless other tasks.  SIOP is a conference by and for its members, and the thousands of hours you have invested in bringing this conference to fruition will ensure that our 2008 conference in San Francisco will be another outstanding success!

Here are some reminders to help you in planning for this year’s conference.


Conference registration.  You have two registration options.  First, you can register online (and this option is encouraged).  All of you who have supplied an e-mail address to SIOP will receive instructions from the SIOP Administrative Office when the registration site comes online.  Or you can fill in the registration form in this booklet and send it with your registration fees to the Administrative Office.  Be sure to indicate which conference activities you’ll be participating in—the conference itself, workshops, tours, fun run, Friday seminars. Only those registered by the early registration deadline of February 29, 2008 will be mailed programs.  All other attendees may pick their program up at the conference or use the online program and personal scheduler.

Conference registrants who cancel their registration on or before March 14, 2008, will receive a refund of the conference registration fee, less a $85 administrative fee.  Please refer to SIOP’s cancellation policy for workshops and cancellation policy for Friday seminars in their respective articles in this booklet.

Hotel reservations: Planning for the proper number of hotel rooms is always one of the more challenging aspects of running the conference, and early registration and hotel reservations make this job easier.  So, please be sure to make your hotel reservations as soon as you decide to attend.  We will be holding conference sessions in the main conference hotel, the Hilton San Francisco.  The Hilton San Francisco is a centrally located hotel near San Francisco’s famous cable cars, fabulous eating and shopping, the theater district, and many of San Francisco’s famous sites: Golden Gate Park, Chinatown, and Union Square.  We will maintain up-to-date information on hotel room availability on the SIOP Web site at http://www.siop.org/Conferences/HotelInfo.aspx.

We strongly encourage you to stay in the conference hotel.  Although San Francisco hotel rooms are not cheap, you’ll find the rate we’ve negotiated to be quite reasonable compared to similar high-quality hotels located nearby.  Staying in the conference hotel will provide you with the maximum convenience for participating in all conference events.  SIOP must book blocks of rooms for its annual conference years in advance.  Furthermore, if the room block is not used, SIOP is liable for the unbooked rooms, a standard practice in the industry.  In other words, the cost of the unused rooms is absorbed by the membership.  Obviously, then, it is very helpful if people stay in the conference hotel.


San Francisco is serviced by three airports: San Francisco International, Oakland International, and San José. 

Atlas World Travel.  Atlas World Travel is the official travel agancy of SIOP, and they can help you easily and cost effectively make airline reservations to the SIOP conference. This agency offers personal representative service Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST. You may reach Atlas World Travel by calling (800) 776-2852 during the specified hours mentioned above and stating you are with SIOP. You may also access the online reservation system to make your travel plans by following the appropriate links from the SIOP conference Web page.

Transportation from all three major airports is available via Super Shuttle, rail/subway, and taxi.  Limosine service is also available from San Francisco International and Oakland International.  Any discounts will be posted on the SIOP conference Web page as they become available.

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 news and updates.  If you have questions that are not answered on the Web site or in the registration materials, look on the last page of the registration booklet for the names and contact information of people who can be of help.  Please feel free to contact me at sdpugh@uncc.edu.

For your convenience, you will be able to access a personal conference planner again this year on the conference Web site.  This will enable you to plan and print your schedule.  The planner, will not, however, guarantee your place in any session nor register you for sessions that require special registration, such as workshops.

Finally, remember that there will be no overhead projectors in the rooms this year, so bring your presentations in electronic format.  You will need to provide a laptop to use the LCD projectors in our rooms.  Please arrive early to your session and load the presentations onto one computer before the sessions begin.

See you in San Francisco!

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