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Recommendations for Endorsers of SIOP Fellow Nominees

  • Consider carefully before you agree to become an endorser.  Do you know the nominee and his/her work sufficiently well to provide the Fellowship Committee with information regarding the individual’s important contributions to the field of I-O psychology?  If you find that you must read the nominee’s self-statement to become aware of her/his work, you may not be the best endorser for that person.  Having met someone at a SIOP Conference may not be enough.  Have you read any of the nominee’s publications; have you worked with the nominee on projects, SIOP committees, or served with him/her in other organizations?  Can you independently from your own observations and experience describe the nominee’s outstanding work and sustained impact on the field of I-O?
  • Recognize that preparing an effective endorsement letter will require substantial effort on your part.  Evaluate that commitment before agreeing to take on multiple endorsement letters to ensure that you can provide an appropriate level of effort and the high quality needed to make a compelling case to the Fellowship Committee.
  • Present unusual and outstanding contributions to I-O psychology, accomplishments, innovations, and evidence of impact. Describe activities that can be clearly and convincingly documented. Simply pointing to documentation that reflects presence of a name on a roster or in a list of authors is not sufficiently convincing. Explain the impact of the contribution. Completing tasks that are basic parts of one’s job is unlikely to be sufficient to qualify for fellowship.

    • The nominee must have done work that is widely recognized and accepted by other members of the Society as having advanced their own thinking and practice. In order for this impact to have occurred, it is generally expected that the nominee will have generated new knowledge, formulations, or programs that contribute to theory, methods, or practices relevant to I-O psychology and that these contributions will have been set forth in publications generally available to the profession or otherwise widely communicated through means such as participation in the programs and meetings of professional groups or associations. For some illustrative contributions, please see Illustrative Contributions to the Field of I-O Psychology.
    • How has the individual advanced the field of I-O psychology beyond the person’s individual career?
  • Academics are supposed to teach and publish papers—that is part of their jobs. Tell the committee why their teaching has been particularly noteworthy or how their papers have changed the theory or practice of I-O psychology.
  • For those practicing in business, government, consulting, or the military services, what has been the importance and impact of their work? If someone has had an influential administrative position, what did he or she achieve that was particularly noteworthy for I-O psychology in that role?
  • Ensure that the narrative information provided in your letter is consistent with the quantitative evaluations provided on the Endorsers form. Avoid cases in which the letter suggests uniformly positive and strong statements of endorsement, but the quantitative evaluation is more equivocal (or vice versa).

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