Criteria for Fellowship in SIOP
Although the Mission and Core Values of SIOP provide a framework, it is important to emphasize that no single criterion or benchmark or index is sufficient for Fellowship. The Fellow selection process is not a mechanical one of adding up points or indexes—it is a judgment of the Fellowship Committee and the Executive Board of SIOP based on all the evidence presented.
Outstanding contributions or performance must be known to others in order to have the U.S. national and/or international impact that is recognized by Fellow status, however that recognition may have been achieved. Refereed publications has been the traditional method of becoming known and having impact—and may still be the deciding factor in the case of research-based nominations—but many other avenues are available today for one’s work to become nationally known in the U.S. or internationally known and have impact. The various elements of the nomination process (resume/CV, nominee self-statement, endorser letters) are designed to specify the Nominee’s contributions or performance and to demonstrate the impact.
The particular nomination and the primary area of impact of the Nominee will determine the appropriate evidence; many Nominees will have made contributions in more than one area, and the nomination should reflect that.
Here are general examples that illustrate the different types of impact and evidence:
Research-based nominations are typically supported by widely read, refereed publications that have defined new areas of research and theory or have significantly shaped the research and knowledge base in an area; although numbers of citations is important, there must be some explanation of how the publications have impacted thinking or practice in I-O psychology.
Practice-based nominations are more likely to include applications of I-O psychology and innovations, methods or best practices that have influenced large numbers of other I-O practitioners or organizations and the people in them; they reflect SIOP’s Value of Service, Excellence, and Integrity in improving organization effectiveness and the well-being of individuals in work settings.
Practice contributions in this area are more convincing when supported by evidence of widespread use and effectiveness within and across organizations; their use may have generated analysis, research, and widespread use. The contributions may be widely known through publications in organizations or trade associations, or publications in related areas, newspapers and business press outlets (e.g., Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, Harvard Business Review) and HR outlets (e.g., HR Executive, Personnel), participation in SIOP Workshops or programs, and in book chapters or books addressing a broader audience; research reports and endorsements by individuals in organizations familiar with these contributions should document how the contribution or performance has had impact and the extent of that impact.
Teaching or Education-based nominations will likely focus on such indicators as numbers of graduate students and their prominence, development of widely used teaching materials or textbooks, development of innovative teaching methods, or administrative positions in education that have provided widespread opportunities for advancing I-O psychology through education and educational activities.
Nominations based on Service to the Community may use impact evidence such as offices held in SIOP and APA and other organizations that share our mission and values, by writings and programs or workshops, practices and innovations that have helped SIOP maintain and develop a collegial, inclusive community with high levels of member involvement.
Administration-based nominations that take administration and/or management as their primary impact will demonstrate that the Nominee has held significant administrative positions in national organizations that have importantly impacted the field of I-O psychology; these may include organizations that specifically provide I-O-related products to their clients on a national or international level; they may employ/and or educate large numbers of I-O psychologists; these contributions must detail what the impact has been.
The Nominator must indicate the bases for the nomination of the candidate.
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