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2014 Distinguished Service Contributions Award

Kurt Kraiger, Colorado State University

With a consistent pattern of service to SIOP for more than 20 years, Dr. Kraiger has been involved in a wide range of activities, including a term as president (2009–2010). Perhaps his most significant contribution was updating SIOP’s governance. He chaired the task force that successfully planned and implemented the present “portfolio” system of elected officers, the most significant change in the way SIOP governs itself since its incorporation in 1982. Thanks to his vision and leadership, SIOP is now led by an Executive Board, that in addition to the officers has eight elected members, each responsible for very specific and clearly articulated portfolios or committees. His SIOP service began in the early 1990s when he was associate editor and then editor of TIP. He has also been the chair of the Conference Site Selection Committee and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. Furthermore, he has represented SIOP and I-O psychology as a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Human Factors and was instrumental in developing the SIOP Advocacy Task Force, which has led to efforts to increase the influence of I-O psychology in policy decision making. He has always been an active and effective mentor to many people taking on SIOP leadership positions and to those entering the field of psychology.


John C. Scott, APTMetrics, Inc.

“Extraordinary commitment over the years across a broad range of time-intensive and critical assignments to significantly advance SIOP’s mission and goals as well as I-O psychology” is how one colleague described Dr. Scott’s service to SIOP. One of his major contributions was serving as Program Chair for the 2009 Conference in New Orleans where he was instrumental in designing and implementing program changes as SIOP moved to a three-day event. A year later he became SIOP’s first representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. In this capacity he drove and secured SIOP’s application as a non-governmental organization with special consultative status to the Council. This was a huge effort that has had many positive implications for SIOP and I-O psychology because it increased I-O’s visibility on the world stage as well as its impact and ability to apply I-O science to important global issues. In addition to those time intensive commitments, he has served in other key positions as well, including the External Relations Committee, the Conference Program Advance Task Force, the Professional Practice Subcommittee and the SIOP-APA Program chair. In summary, Dr. Scott has demonstrated unselfish service and leadership and has demonstrated, repeatedly, that the quantity of his service activities is only surpassed by the quality of his SIOP accomplishments.

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