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2014 Distinguished Early Career Contributions Awards - Practice

Tracy Kantrowitz, CEB-SHL

Since earning her doctorate from Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Kantrowitz has had an enormous impact upon the field of I-O psychology through major scientific advancements, impactful scholarly publications, broadly shared knowledge, and mentoring and managing other scientist–practitioners. Her work has resulted in the creation of assessment products and services implemented by some of the largest organizations in the world. Currently the Vice President of Research and Development for CEB (formerly SHL, PreVisor), she leads a team of researchers responsible for the development and validation of innovative assessment products, including computer adaptive tests, simulated assessments, and biodata instruments. She is a valued partner, with Fortune 100 clients looking to implement leading-edge hiring and promotion assessments. Perhaps one of her more significant contributions was the development of the first commercially available personality-based computer adaptive test, which earned for her and her colleagues SIOP’s M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace in 2010. A highly productive researcher, she has been published in several leading journals and is a frequent presenter at professional and business meetings. She has significantly impacted SIOP through her work on the Professional Practice Committee by leading a research accessibility initiative designed to make research databases available to SIOP practitioners. She currently is chair of the Professional Practice Committee.

Rich Cober, Mariott International

Since earning his doctorate from the University of Akron, Dr. Cober has played the roles of teacher, researcher, management consultant, internal consultant, and Center of Expertise Leader, and he now serves in the capacity of an HR executive with Marriott International. His career, to this point, has focused on leveraging the best of science in practice and has enabled Marriott to significantly elevate the rigor of applicant screening at a global level and impacts millions of job seekers. The quality of I-O work that he and his team has implemented has been exceptional, in many cases moving into areas where considerations of techniques for cultural adaptation of selection tools have been tested in new ways. Throughout his career, he has pursued opportunities to present, participate in practitioner forums and debates and has published articles in various outlets. His commitment to I-O psychology extends beyond his work at Marriott and is shown through his service commitments. He chaired the Professional Practice Committee (where he helped establish SIOP’s Practitioner Mentoring program), is a past officer of D.C.’s Personnel Testing Council, and is on the Advisory Board for Appalachian State University’s I-O/HR Management Master’s program. He has also been a regular contributor to TIP.

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