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Achievement Awards and Best Paper Awards

Nomination Deadline is Midnight (EST) June 30th, 2019

For a complete list of past award winners, click HERE

 

S. Rains Wallace Dissertation Award

This award is given in recognition of the best doctoral dissertation research in the field of industrial and organizational psychology.

This award is given to the person who completes the best doctoral dissertation research germane to the field of I-O psychology. The winning dissertation research should demonstrate the use of research methods that are both rigorous and creative. The winner of the award will receive a plaque, a cash prize of $1,000.

Nomination Guidelines

  1. Nominees must be a member of SIOP.
     
  2. The nominated dissertation must have been accepted by the graduate college two years or less before June 20th of the current year. A dissertation can only be nominated once for this award.
     
  3. The nomination package must include a summary of the dissertation without any information that identifies the author. Summaries are limited to a maximum of 30 double-spaced pages (including title page, abstract, text, tables, figures, and appendices; but excluding the reference list). Margins should be 1 inch and font should be 12 point. All aspects of the summary must adhere to APA formatting guidelines. This means that the title page and abstract each are on their own page an each table and figure is on its own page. Submissions in violation of these formatting requirements will not be considered.
     
  4. A separate title page must be submitted with the name of the nominee, the nominee's current address and phone number, and the institution where the nominee conducted the dissertation work.
     
  5. The nomination package also must include (a) a letter from the nominee's dissertation chair that specifies the date of acceptance of the dissertation by the graduate school and certifies that the submitted summary adequately represents all aspects of the completed dissertation and (b) an endorsement letter from a member of SIOP who is familiar with the nominee's dissertation. Both of these letters may be from the same individual.
     
  6. The dissertation summary, separate title page, letter from the chair, and endorsement letter must be submitted online.

Criteria for Selecting Award Winners

Dissertation summaries will be evaluated in terms of the following criteria:

  1. The degree to which the research addresses a phenomenon that is of significance to the field of I-O psychology.
     
  2. The extent to which the research shows appropriate consideration of relevant theoretical and empirical literature. This should be reflected in both the formulation of hypotheses tested and the selection of methods used in their testing.
     
  3. The degree to which the research has produced findings that have high levels of validity (i.e., internal, external, construct, and statistical conclusion). The setting of the proposed research is of lesser importance than its ability to yield highly valid conclusions about a real-world phenomenon of relevance to the field of I-O psychology. Thus, the methods of the research (including subjects, procedures, measures, manipulations, and data analytic strategies) should be specified in sufficient detail to allow for an assessment of the capacity of the proposed research to yield valid inferences.
     
  4. The extent to which the author (a) offers reasonable interpretations of the results of his or her research, (b) draws appropriate inferences about the theoretical and applied implications of the same results, and (c) suggests promising directions for future research.
     
  5. The degree to which the research yields information that is both practically and theoretically relevant and important.
     
  6. The extent to which ideas in the summary are logically, succinctly, and clearly presented.

Administrative Procedures

  1. All entries will be reviewed by the Awards Committee of SIOP.
     
  2. The Awards Committee will make a recommendation to the Executive Board of SIOP about the award-winning dissertation and, if appropriate, up to two dissertations deserving honorable mention status. If appropriate, an honorable mention may be recommended for this award. The honorable mention recipient will receive a plaque.
     
  3. The Executive Board may either endorse or reject the recommendations of the Awards Committee but may not substitute recommendations of its own.
     
  4. In the absence of a dissertation that is deemed deserving of the award by both the Awards Committee and Executive Board, the award may be withheld.

 

Updated: 23 January 2019

William A. Owens Scholarly Achievement Award

This award is given in recognition of the best publication (appearing in a refereed journal) in the field of industrial and organizational psychology during the past full year (2018).

Spreadsheet for Award Author Team List

 

William A. Owens was best known for his extensive theoretical and applied work on biodata conducted at Iowa State, Purdue, and, primarily, at Georgia. For that work, as well as a broad range of other research, he received SIOP’s Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award. He was a past-president of SIOP and a Fellow of SIOP and APA. He and his wife Barbara established this award and helped create the SIOP Foundation.

This annual award, honoring William A. Owens, is given to the author(s) (at least one of which is to be a SIOP member) of the publication in a refereed journal judged to have the highest potential to significantly impact the field of I-O psychology. There is no restriction on the specific journals in which the publication appears, only that the journal be refereed and that the publication concerns a topic of relevance to the field of I-O psychology. Only publications with a 2018 print date will be considered.

The author(s) of the best publication is (are) awarded a plaque and a $1,500 cash prize (to be split in the case of multiple authors).

Nomination Guidelines

  • Nominations may be submitted by any member of SIOP, including student affiliates. Self-nominations are welcome.
     
  • Only publications with a print publication date in the previous calendar year are eligible for the award.
     
  • Publications having multiple authors are acceptable. At least one author must be a SIOP member.
     
  • A nomination letter should address how the publication meets the evaluation criteria noted below.
     
  • The nominator should also complete the Award Author Team List spreadsheet (see link above on this page).
     
  • The nomination letter, the nominated publication, and the Author Team List spreadsheet must be submitted online.

Criteria for Selecting Award Winners

Publications will be evaluated in terms of the following criteria:

  1. The degree to which the research addresses a phenomenon that is of significance to the field of I-O psychology.
     
  2. The potential impact or significance of the publication to the field of I-O psychology.
     
  3. The degree to which the research displays technical adequacy, including issues of internal validity, external validity, appropriate methodology, appropriate statistical analysis, comprehensiveness of review (if the publication is a literature review), and so forth.

Administrative Procedures

  1. Publications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Awards Committee of SIOP, consisting of at least six members.
     
  2. The Awards Committee will make a recommendation to the Executive Board of SIOP about the award-winning publication and, if appropriate, a publication deserving honorable mention status. The honorable mention is awarded a plaque and cash prize of $500.
     
  3. The Executive Board may either endorse or reject the recommendations of the Awards Committee, but may not substitute a nominee of its own.
     
  4. In the absence of a publication that is deemed deserving of the award by both the Awards Committee and Executive Board, the award may be withheld.

To see past award winners, click HERE.

 

Updated: 12 March 2019

 

M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace

This award is given in recognition of a project or product representing an outstanding example of the practice of industrial and organizational psychology in the workplace.

Spreadsheet for Award Project Team List

 

M. Scott Myers (1922-1996), a SIOP and APA Fellow, was admired by his professional colleagues but was probably better known to CEOs of the Fortune 500. As head of a team of I-O psychologists at Texas Instruments in the 1960s, he helped TI to achieve record growth and profits by involving employees in management decisions and giving employees greater freedom to plan and control their own work. His classic article on “Who Are Your Motivated Workers?” (Harvard Business Review, 1964) and related book on Every Employee A Manager (McGraw-Hill, 1970) are still must reading for business executives.

This annual award, honoring M. Scott Myers, will be given to an individual practitioner or team of practitioners who have developed and conducted/applied a specific project or product representing an example of outstanding practice of I-O psychology in the workplace (i.e., business, industry, government). Projects must have been conducted in the workplace within the last 40 years and cover a time period of no more than 8 years. Products (e.g., tests, questionnaires, videos, software, but not books or articles) must be used in the workplace and developed within the last 40 years. Projects or products may be in any area of I-O psychology (e.g., compensation, employee relations, equal employment opportunity, human factors, job analysis, job design, organizational development, organizational behavior, leadership, position classification, safety, selection, training).

The award recipient(s) will receive a plaque commemorating the achievement, a cash prize of $1,500. Team awards will be shared among the members of the team. Award recipients will be asked to serve a three-year term as a reviewer on this award subcommittee beginning the following year.

Nomination Guidelines

  1. Nominations may be submitted by any member of SIOP. Self-nominations are welcome.
     
  2. Individuals or teams may be nominated. Each individual nominee must be a current member of the Society. If a team is nominated, at least one of the team members must be a current member of the Society, and each team member must have made a significant contribution to the project or product.
     
  3. Each nomination package must contain the following documents:
  • A letter of nomination which explains how the project or product meets the six evaluation criteria below.
     
  • A technical report which describes the project or product in detail (a maximum of 20 pages). This may be an existing report.
     
  • A description of any formal complaints of a legal or ethical nature which have been made regarding the project or product.
     
  • One to three letters of support from clients who have benefitted from the project or product.
     
  • The completed Award Project Team List (see link above on this page).
     
  • (Optional) Up to 6 additional documents that may be helpful for evaluating the nomination (e.g., a sample of the product, technical manuals, independent evaluations).

4. The Awards Committee will maintain the confidentiality of secure materials.

Criteria for Selecting Award Winners

Nominations will be evaluated on the extent to which they:

  1. Have a sound technical/scientific basis.
     
  2. Advance objectives of clients/users.
     
  3. Promote full use of human potential.
     
  4. Comply with applicable psychological, legal, and ethical standards.
     
  5. Improve the acceptance of I-O psychology in the workplace.
     
  6. Show innovation and excellence.

Administrative Procedures

  1. Nomination materials will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the SIOP Awards Committee, consisting of at least three members, all of whom work primarily as I-O practitioners.
     
  2. The Awards Committee will make a recommendation to the SIOP Executive Board about the award-winning project or product.
     
  3. The Executive Board may either accept or reject the recommendation of the Awards Committee but may not substitute a nominee of its own.
     
  4. In the absence of a nominee that is deemed deserving of the award by both the Awards Committee and the Executive Board, the award may be withheld.

To see the past award winners, click HERE.

 

Updated: 24 January 2019

 

Raymond A. Katzell Award in I-O Psychology

This award is designed to recognize a SIOP member who, in a major way, has shown to the general public the importance of work done by I-O psychology for addressing social issues, that is, research that makes a difference for people.

Raymond A. Katzell was always a strong proponent of the scientist-practitioner model in I-O psychology. His primary research foci during his 27 years on the faculty at New York University were motivation and job satisfaction, the effectiveness of productivity enhancement interventions, and discrimination in employment testing. He was a president of SIOP, a fellow of SIOP, APA, and APS, editor of SIOP’s Frontiers of I-O Psychology series, and winner of SIOP’s Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award. His widow, Kitty Katzell, also a SIOP Fellow, established this award in his memory.

The award recipient will receive a plaque commemorating the achievement and a cash prize of $3,000

 

Nomination Guidelines

Nominations for the Katzell Award must include:

  • A nominated individual must be a SIOP member.
     
  • If the creators of the work and those who publicized it were not the same, the creator(s) should be the nominee(s). An exception would be the creation of a book, film, or other publication that summarized and popularized a significant body of research and application. In that instance, the creator(s) of that publication would be the nominee(s).
     
  • A nomination letter should address how the work meets the evaluation criteria noted below.
     
  • The nomination package should contain additional documents (up to 6 can be submitted) that will help the Katzell Award Committee evaluate the impact of the nominee's work (e.g., documentation of the breadth of distribution of the work or of the impact of the work). If available, include quantitative data which demonstrates the level of impact (e.g., best seller list, Twitter followers, Facebook likes, YouTube views).
     
  • The nomination letter and nomination support documents must be submitted online.

Criteria for Selectiing Award Winners

The Katzell Award Committee will select a SIOP professional member based on the following criteria:

  1. The work shown to the general public must be research based, and its application clearly demonstrated.
     
  2. The work must have an impact on society’s well-being: for example, making work organizations better places to work, more satisfying to workers, more efficient, or creating a service that is beneficial to the public.
     
  3. The demonstration to the public must be widespread, reaching a substantial part of the public.

 

To see the past award winners, click HERE.

Updated: 12 March 2019

 

Joyce and Robert Hogan Award for Personality and Work Performance

In recognition of the best paper or chapter that demonstrates innovation in applied personality research in the field of industrial and organizational psychology during the past full year (2018).

Spreadsheet for Award Author Team List

This award acknowledges research that furthers the understanding of personality as it relates to job performance. The award will recognize the best paper on personality and job performance, published or unpublished, from the previous year.

This annual award, honoring Joyce and Robert Hogan, is given to the author(s) (at least one of which is to be a SIOP professional level member) of a paper or chapter, published or unpublished, judged to have the highest potential to further the understanding of personality as it relates to work performance. Only papers or chapters completed and dated in 2018 will be considered.

The author(s) of the best publication is (are) awarded a plaque and a $1,500 cash prize (to be split in the case of multiple authors).

Nomination Guidelines

  • Nominations may be submitted by any member of SIOP, including student affiliates. Self-nominations are welcome.
  • Only papers and chapters completed and dated in the previous calendar year are eligible for the award. For papers that are published in hard copy format, the date of the print publication must be in the previous calendar year (i.e., earlier dates on online first versions of journal publications should not be considered; it is date of the eventual published hard copy that is relevant; the exception is journal or books that are published online only).
  • Papers and chapters having multiple authors are acceptable. At least one author must be a SIOP member.
  • A nomination letter should address how the paper or chapter meets the evaluation criteria noted below. 
  • The nominator should also complete the Award Author Team List spreadsheet (see link above on this page).
  • The nomination letter, the nominated paper or chapter, and the Author Team List spreadsheet must be submitted online.

Criteria for the Award

Papers or chapters will be evaluated in terms of the following criteria:

  • The degree to which the research has a sound scientific base and illustrates innovation and excellence in the field of industrial-organizational psychology.
  • The degree to which the research will advance understanding of how personality is related to competent occupational performance. 

Administrative Procedures

  • Publications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Awards Committee of SIOP, consisting of at least six members.
  • The Awards Committee will make a recommendation to the Executive Board of SIOP about the award-winning publication.
  • The Executive Board may either endorse or reject the recommendations of the Awards Committee, but may not substitute a nominee of its own.
  • In the absence of a paper that is deemed deserving of the award by both the Awards Committee and Executive Board, the award may be withheld.

 

Updated: 24 January 2019

 

Wiley Award for Excellence in Survey Research

To recognize excellence and innovation in the design of survey research methods or techniques that will improve organizational effectiveness and performance.

Spreadsheet for Award Project Team List

 

This award will recognize excellence and innovation in the design of employee or customer survey research methods or techniques, and also the use of survey results to impact organizational effectiveness and performance. Innovation and excellence can be visible in overall survey research purposes, instrument design, populations or samples surveyed, methods of survey administration, reporting of results, and/or in the use of survey results to affect positive organizational change.

 

This annual award, honoring Jack Wiley, is given to a member of SIOP or team (with at least one member who is a SIOP member) whose work or research has been shown to advance the survey research field.

The recipient(s) of the best research in the area of survey research is (are) awarded a plaque and a $3,000 cash prize (to be split in the case of multiple recipients).

Nomination Guidelines

  • Nominations may be submitted by any member of SIOP. Self-nominations are welcome.
     
  • The survey project must have occurred within the last 5 calendar years.
     
  • An individual or team can be nominated. A nominated individual must be a SIOP member. For a team nomination, at least one team member must be a SIOP member.
     
  • A nomination letter should address how the work meets the evaluation criteria noted below.
     
  • The nomination package should include a report that describes the project (a maximum of 20 pages) and up to 6 additional documents that may be helpful for evaluating the nomination (e.g., survey sample, sample feedback report, independent evaluations).
     
  • If a team is nominated, the nominator should also complete the Award Project Team List spreadsheet (see link above on this page).
     
  • The nomination letter, nomination support documents, and the Author Team List spreadsheet must be submitted online.

Criteria for Selecting Award Winners

Innovation and excellence can be visible in: overall survey research purpose, instrument design, populations or samples surveyed, method of survey administration, reporting of results, and/or in the use of survey results to affect positive organizational change.  Preference will be given to work that demonstrates excellence and innovation in multiple phases of the survey research process (including design of employee or customer survey research methods or techniques) and that documents positive impact on team, business unit, or total organizational development, effectiveness, and performance.

Nominations will be evaluated on the extent to which they display the following criteria:

  • Illustrate a sound technical and scientific basis.
     
  • Demonstrate innovation and excellence.
     
  • Advance the understanding of survey research techniques, processes, or applications.
     
  • Document a positive impact on organizational performance.
     
  • Contribute to our understanding of organizational development and performance.
     
  • Improve the acceptance of I-O psychology in the workplace.

Administrative Procedures

  • Publications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Awards Committee of SIOP, consisting of at least six members.
     
  • The Awards Committee will make a recommendation to the Executive Board of SIOP about the award-winning research or work.
     
  • The Executive Board may either endorse or reject the recommendations of the Awards Committee, but may not substitute a nominee of its own.
     
  • In the absence of a project or publication that is deemed deserving of the award by both the Awards Committee and Executive Board, the award may be withheld.

 

Updated: 24 January 2019

 

Jeanneret Award for Excellence in the Study of Individual or Group Assessment

This annual award, honoring P. Richard Jeanneret, is given to the author(s) (at least one of which is a SIOP professional level member) of a work judged to have the highest potential to further the understanding of individual or group assessment, especially when such assessment supports the creation of a diverse workforce. The work can be documented in a variety of formats (e.g., articles, reports, book chapters, and papers), but must have been completed and dated in 2018 to be considered for the award.

Spreadsheet for Award Author Team List

The award is designed to acknowledge works that further public and professional understanding of individual or group assessment.  It is expected that this award would encourage continuing research efforts and practice endeavors that are focused on individual or group assessment, especially when such assessment supports the creation of a diverse workforce.

The author(s) of the best publication is (are) awarded a plaque and a $1,500 cash prize (to be split in the case of multiple authors).

 

Nomination Guidelines

  • Nominations may be submitted by any member of SIOP. Self-nominations are welcome.
     
  • Only works completed and dated in the previous full-calendar year are eligible for the award.
     
  • Works having multiple authors are acceptable. At least one team member must be a SIOP member.
     
  • A nomination letter should address how the work meets the evaluation criteria noted below.
     
  • If a team is nominated, the nominator should also complete the Award Team List spreadsheet (see link above on this page).
     
  • The nomination letter, the nomination work, and the Award Author Team list spreadsheet must be submitted online.

Criteria for the Award

Submissions will be evaluated in terms of the following criteria:

  • The degree to which the work has a sound scientific base, or otherwise incorporates a scientific perspective, and illustrates innovation and excellence in the field of industrial-organizational psychology.
     
  • The degree to which the work advances the understanding and knowledge of individual (IPA) or group assessment, particularly new assessment techniques that promote a diverse work force.

Administrative Procedures

  • Submissions will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Awards Committee of SIOP, consisting of at least five members.
     
  • The Awards Committee will make a recommendation to the Executive Board of SIOP about the award-winning work.
     
  • The Executive Board may either endorse or reject the recommendations of the Awards Committee, but may not substitute a nominee of its own.
     
  • In the absence of a work that is deemed deserving of the award by both the Awards Committee and Executive Board, the award may be withheld.

 

Updated: 31 January 2019

 

Schmidt-Hunter Meta-Analysis Award

To recognize the best advances related to industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology as documented in published research in which meta-analysis is used. The publications must have a print publication date during the prior 3 years (2016, 2017, or 2018)

Spreadsheet for Award Author Team List

 

This annual award, honoring Frank L. Schmidt and John E. Hunter, is given to a member of SIOP or team (with at least one member who is a SIOP member) whose work or research has been shown to advance industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology as documented in published research in which meta-analysis is used. Publications must be dated during 2016, 2017, or 2018.

The author(s) of the best published research in meta-analysis is (are) awarded a plaque and a $1,500 cash prize (to be split in the case of multiple authors).  Award recipient(s), if qualified, will be asked to serve a three-year term on this award subcommittee beginning the following year.

Nomination Guidelines

  • Nominations may be submitted by any member of SIOP, including student affiliates. Self-nominations are welcome.
     
  • Only publications with a print publication date in the previous three calendar years are eligible for the award. A meta-analysis nominated in a given year but not chosen can be considered again during the next award period, subject to the requirement of publication within the three previous years.
     
  • Publications having multiple authors are acceptable. At least one author must be a SIOP member.
     
  • The meta-analysis can be in any area of I-O psychology or in another discipline or sub-discipline if there are potential implications for I-O psychology, even if such implications are long term or remote. Articles that make important contributions to statistical, measurement, and mathematical methods in meta-analysis can also be considered for this award. Such candidate articles should typically include example applications of the proposed methods to one or more real data sets.
     
  • A nomination letter should address how the publication meets the evaluation criteria noted below. 
     
  • The nominator should also complete the Award Author Team List spreadsheet (see link above on this page).
     
  • The nomination letter, the nominated publication, and the Author Team List spreadsheet must be submitted online.

Criteria for Evaluation of Research

Submissions will be evaluated in terms of the following criteria:

  1. The emphasis in this award is on methodological quality and general conceptual and theoretical quality, rather than on established impact on the field of I-O psychology. This provision recognizes that fact that sufficient time for showing impact will typically not have elapsed at the time of nomination. However, if the article has already been highly cited, that factor may be considered.
     
  2. The meta-analysis must advance cumulative knowledge and have implications for the development of understanding and explanation.
     
  3. The meta-analysis results should have some implications for the practice of I-O psychology. These implications can be direct or indirect, immediate or anticipated for the future.
     
  4. Technical excellence must be shown. The meta-analysis should employ the best currently available psychometric meta-analysis methods (e.g., Schmidt & Hunter, 2015) and correct for relevant research artifacts that distort initially observed findings, including sampling error variance and measurement error (except that reliability generalization meta-analyses should not correct for measurement error), range restriction, dichotomization, construct validity incompleteness, etc., if these biasing artifacts are present and corrections are possible. The potential for publication bias should also be addressed. The meta-analysis should include a full explanation of why and how the corrections for the biases caused by research artifacts and biases were made, including the theoretical and construct-based justification for the corrections. Any moderator analyses should be consistent with the methods presented in Schmidt and Hunter (2015, Chapter 9), and in particular should show recognition of the advantages and disadvantages of meta-regression. All relevant meta-analysis results and statistics should be reported (cf. pages 489 – 493 of Schmidt and Hunter, 2015). Note that this precludes the use or reporting of statistical significance tests.
     
  5. Ideally, the published meta-analysis should contain full explanations of how the criteria above are met. In addition, the nominating letter might address the technical excellence of the nominated article. If some of this information is missing, the awards committee may make inferences. For example, if the implications for practice are not spelled out, the awards committee may identify such implications and may make a judgment on this aspect.

     

Administrative Procedures

  1. The Awards Chair will appoint a subcommittee to review the letter of nomination and supporting materials of all nominees and make a recommendation concerning the nominee(s) to the SIOP Executive Board.
     
  2. The awards subcommittee members will be current SIOP members with a reputation for knowledge of meta-analysis methods. The most recent award winner and/or earlier award winners may serve on the committee.
     
  3. The Executive Board may either endorse or reject the recommendations of the Awards Committee but may not substitute a nominee of its own. The Award Subcommittee members may not be recipients of the award during their tenure on the subcommittee.
     
  4. In the absence of a nominee who is deemed deserving of the award by both the Awards Committee and the Executive Board, the award may be withheld.

Updated: 22 April 2019