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SIOP San Diego 2012:
A Welcome From Your Conference Chair
April 26-28 (preconference activities on April 25)

Lisa M. Finkelstein
Northern Illinois University

SIOP’s 27th annual conference will be a tremendous event to showcase the IMPACT (Adrienne Colella’s presidential year theme) that we I-O psychologists make on the world, and to give us all an opportunity to learn and connect so we can continue to increase that impact in the future.

Our San Diego conference is destined to be one of the best yet, thanks to the incredible dedication of hundreds of volunteers and our stellar Administrative Office staff, headed up by our Executive Director Dave Nershi (aka Superman). Are you ready to start planning for San Diego? Here’s a little roadmap of what you need to know…

Immediately (as in, Right Now. Really!)
If you have not yet done so, make your hotel reservations. The Manchester Grand Hyatt is a gorgeous two-tower hotel just minutes from the airport, overlooking the bay, and within walking distance of many nightlife options. What more could you ask for? Staying at the conference hotel provides you with the utmost convenience for all of our conference events. You can book online using the convenient link on the SIOP Web site conference hotel information page, or you can call the hotel directly at 619-232-1234 (and mention that you are coming for the SIOP conference). As you’ll see below, we have many great preconference events planned for Wednesday, and we have a full day of programming on Saturday capped off with a not-to-be-missed closing plenary and party on Saturday evening. So, book your trip accordingly!

If you have not yet done so, register for the conference and preconference activities.  To get the best conference registration rate and to receive your program book in the mail (great airplane reading!), you will need to register by February 28. The registration process is entirely online.  And, as the workshops preconference events, and Friday Seminars are all first come, first served, you’ll want to get on this right away!  If you do register after February 28, you can pick up a copy of the program book at the conference registration desk while supplies last.  Or, for quicker access to information, use the online program and conference scheduler to make your own personalized schedule.

Preconference  (Wednesday, April 25)
Preconference tours.  The local arrangements team, headed by Mark Ehrhart, has put together a few preconference tour options for SIOP members.  The first is a visit to Petco Park baseball stadium, home of the San Diego Padres. Padres staff will take participants throughout the stadium and will follow up with an overview and Q&A covering a number of personnel-related issues related to the team and stadium.

The second tour will focus on issues of sustainability and organizational change with a visit to San Diego Gas & Electric’s Energy Innovation Center, which highlights the future of energy efficiency and green technology.  After the tour, participants will hear from two SDG&E representatives about I-O’s role in sustainability and preparing the utility workforce for new skills as technology changes jobs. 

The third tour will include a talk and Q&A from retired Rear Admiral Leendert “Len” Hering Sr. focusing on leadership in the navy, followed by a tour of the retired aircraft carrier, the USS Midway. 

If you can’t make the tours, there is still plenty to do in the San Diego area before, during, and after the conference, and the local arrangements team will make sure you are well prepared with a summary of ideas that you will receive in your conference bag.

Workshops. Mark your calendars! The Workshop Committee, headed by Liberty Munson, has prepared 12 outstanding workshops for the 2012 conference. These professional development opportunities include a diverse selection of innovative topics designed to meet the many different needs of our SIOP members. Check out Liberty’s article in this issue of TIP for an overview of the extraordinary panel of nationally and internationally recognized experts from both inside and outside of I-O who will be leading this year’s workshops. Be sure to register early to ensure your first choices. Never been to a workshop before? Maybe this is the year to start!

Placement. The Placement Center continues to be a one-of-a-kind resource to connect employers with I-O psychologists seeking new employment opportunities. Employers and job seekers get access to a networking database with more functionality than ever, helping employers and seekers make matches before, during, and after the conference. Employers can meet with seekers in our center or use the center to arrange an off-site interview. The center is equipped with IT resources, and is specifically reserved for placement center registrants. Adam Hilliard and Matt O’Connell manage this year’s placement activities, with registration and preconference matching opening prior to the conference and on-site services provided from April 26–28.

Student volunteers. Student volunteers are needed to help the conference run smoothly. Volunteers assist in a variety of ways, such as helping with registration, assembling materials as signs, and serving as direction and information providers. Interested students should indicate their wish to volunteer when the register for the conference. Any questions should be directed to Tori Culberson (satoris@ksu.edu), Volunteer Coordinator, who will be in touch with volunteer assignments as the conference approaches.

Master’s Consortium. The Master’s Student Consortium will be making its sixth appearance this year. The consortium is designed for students enrolled in master’s programs in I-O psychology and OB/HRM. The program includes an impressive lineup of speakers who graduated from master’s programs and have excelled as managers and consultants. This year’s speakers include Laura Fields (Fields Consulting Group, Radford University alumna), Nate Studebaker (Wells Fargo, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis alumnus), Natalie Johnson (Google, Columbia University alumna), and Kevin Richie (St. Joseph Health System, Xavier University alumnus). Each master’s program may nominate two students per program to attend the consortium. Students will attend two workshops and a Q&A roundtable. Nomination forms were sent in November to each university’s program chair. If you have questions about the consortium, please contact Alison Cooper (acooper@ti.com).

27th Annual Lee Hakel Doctoral Consortium. The Lee Hakel Doctoral Consortium is designed for upper-level graduate students in I-O psychology and OB/HRM nearing completion of their doctorates: third year students or above who have completed most or all coursework and are working on their dissertations. The consortium will feature an impressive lineup of speakers, both academics and practitioners, chosen for their outstanding contributions to the field and unique perspectives on the opportunities and challenges faced by I-O psychologists at different stages of their careers. Nomination forms will be sent via e-mail in January to each program’s director; enrollment is limited to one student per program, up to a maximum of 40 participants. For further information on the 2012 consortium, please contact Linda Shanock (lshanock@uncc.edu).

Junior Faculty Consortium. The Seventh Annual Junior Faculty Consortium (JFC) is designed to assist the untenured faculty members of SIOP to develop and hone the skills needed to meet their career objectives. It has also served as a “realistic job preview” for participants considering entering academics. This year the JFC will start earlier and provide more varied experiences for the participants. This year there will be concurrent sessions on topics and areas that have been requested by previous JFC participants. The JFC sessions tend to involve lively discussions and will cover topics such as research, teaching, funding, do’s and don’ts regarding the tenure process, and advice on publishing and serving as a journal reviewer. As always, the JFC will include an impressive line-up of speakers and provide a forum for participants and speakers to interact and networking. The JFC changes from year to year and participants have found value in attending multiple SIOP JFCs. Whether you would be a first-time JFC participants or one of our JFC regulars, please join us for an informative, supportive, and enlightening event. Sign up early because seating is limited. For more information, please contact Mark Frame (MFrame@mtsu.edu).

SIOP Conference Ambassador Program. In an effort to welcome first-time attendees to the SIOP Annual Conference, we are looking for participants for the Conference Ambassador program. This program will allow new professional SIOP conference attendees (“Newcomers”) to select seasoned SIOP conference attendees (“Ambassadors”). The goal is to help the newcomer network with fellow professionals and provide a better overall conference experience for all.

Participation as an Ambassador involves only minimal effort, including:

1. Connect with the Newcomer at least once before the annual conference via e-mail or phone.
2. Meet with the Newcomer at least once on-site at the conference (coffee, a drink, whatever you prefer).
3. Help the Newcomer network at the conference by introducing him or her to some of your colleagues.

It is as simple as that! You can sign up to be an Ambassador (SIOP member, associate member, or international affiliate and 2 or more years attending SIOP conferences) or a Newcomer (first time attending the conference) through the general conference registration process.

New member/new attendee/ambassador reception. Program Chair Deborah Rupp and Membership Chair Kim Smith-Jentsch invite all new SIOP members, first time conference attendees, and Ambassador–Newcomer pairs to attend this reception, with a short presentation entitled “How to Get the Most From the SIOP Conference.” This session is held at 5:00. It will start with a short introduction to the conference with many helpful tips and pointers, and will be followed with some great networking and mingling opportunities (accompanied by some appetizers and cocktails!). This is an excellent way to meet some other new people at the start of your SIOP conference adventure as well as to meet some seasoned SIOP leaders who will be there to welcome you.

All-conference welcome reception. Be sure to kick off the eve of your 2012 conference right at the all-conference welcome reception. Reunite with your conference pals and make some new ones. We have a few surprises in store for those who would like some more structured networking opportunities (but don’t worry, no structured activities for those who want to just hang out and “make the rounds.”).

The Main Event: Conference Programming (April 26-28)
Opening Plenary. The conference officially begins with the all-conference opening plenary session on Thursday morning. After a brief welcome message from your conference chair (that’s me), the announcement of award winners (Awards Chair Leaetta Hough) and the new Fellows (Fellows Chair Wally Borman), SIOP’s president-elect Doug Reynolds will introduce our SIOP President Adrienne Colella. Adrienne’s presidential address is sure to inspire us as we kick-off our 27th conference.

The incredible main program. Of course, much of what makes the conference great is our main program, comprised largely of symposia, panels, and posters submitted by our members and others in our field. In addition to the vast number of submitted, peer-reviewed sessions, our Program Chair Deborah Rupp and her many subcommittees have put together an amazing array of special sessions. Please check out Deborah’s article in this issue of TIP for the full scoop. A few of the key highlights include:
• Thursday Theme Track: Science and Practice Perspectives on Discrimination
• Special invited speakers and panels
• Four Friday Seminars with CE Credit (check out Ashley Walvoord’s TIP article for details)
• 12 Community of Interest (COI) Sessions

Fun run. Join race director Paul Sackett and local coordinator Kevin Reindl early on Saturday, April 28th, for the Frank Landy 5K Fun Run. The race course, just a short walk from the conference hotel, will take you through beautiful Seaport Village along San Diego’s embarcadero. Participants will meet in the lobby of the hotel at 6:15 and will walk to the starting line for a 7:00 AM start.

Networking and social events. As always, the program has been designed to afford multiple networking/socializing opportunities for all conference attendees. Please take advantage of them! These include sponsored coffee breaks, general receptions, and the International, CEMA, and LGBT and Allies receptions. There will also be a Wi-Fi lounge, multiple sitting areas, and bay-view balconies for meeting up with friends and colleagues.

Closing Plenary. It is a great honor and privilege to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Albert Bandura. Although I am quite certain Dr. Bandura needs no introduction, he is widely considered one of the most influential psychologists in the world. Dr. Bandura is the David Starr Jordan Professor of Social Science in Psychology (Emeritus) at Stanford University, where he has been since joining the faculty in 1953. Dr. Bandura has received dozens of honorary degrees and awards throughout his career, including many lifetime achievement awards, and has changed the face of psychology through his seminal work on social learning theory, social cognitive theory, and self-efficacy. Needless to say, you will not want to miss the thrill of Dr. Bandura addressing our society.

Closing reception. As I put the finishing touches on this article, it is November 1, I am in the Chicago area, and I am dreading the impending winter. The thought of a beach-themed party at the end of April in Southern California sounds pretty perfect right now! All are welcome and encouraged to attend this party to end this conference right. I’ll be looking for you on the dance floor….

Post Conference
Conference evaluation. Shortly after you have returned home filled with ideas and memories from your great experience in San Diego, expect a post-conference survey from our Conference Evaluation Chair Lynn McFarland. Next year’s Conference Committee, headed by now Conference Chair-in-Training Robin Cohen, will use this feedback in their plans for our next amazing conference in Houston in 2013.

I hope after reading this you are getting as excited as I am for SIOP 2012! I look forward to seeing you there.