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2015 Distinguished Service Contributions Award

Debra Major, Old Dominion University

For nearly 25 years, Dr. Major has been continuously involved in substantive volunteer activities for SIOP and has served in a multitude of roles making significant leadership contributions. She started her SIOP involvement with the Education and Training Committee as an active member and then as chair. She led a revision of the Guidelines for Doctoral Education as well as the creation for Instructor’s Guide for Introducing Industrial-Organizational Psychology and the accompanying modules. She also served as TIP editor and introduced six new columns and recruited authors as well as maintained the membership’s high satisfaction with TIP and its designation as a “most valuable benefit” of membership. As one of SIOP’s elected APA Council representatives, she made significant contributions to help facilitate collaboration between SIOP and APA. In 2010 she was appointed to the External Relations Committee where she successfully lobbied for the inclusion of SIOP candidates on APA boards and committees. Within APA she has been a true advocate and bridge builder for the field of I-O psychology. As chair of the Committee on Division/APA Relations, she pursued many opportunities to demonstrate the relevance of I-O psychology. She currently chairs SIOP’s Support, Planning, and Research Committee, which, among other things, reviewed and assessed membership bylaws and produced a report out-lining the pros and cons of current membership requirements and alternatives. .


John Hollenbeck, Michigan State University

The level and quality of service Dr. Hollenbeck has provided SIOP and its members for more than 3 decades is both exemplary and truly extraordinary. During that time he has held some of the most time-consuming positions within the society, including two terms on the Executive Committee. In the mid-1990s he served as program chair, which was an enormous undertaking for him and his committee (indeed all program chairs prior to when the society moved to an online system) and most members never were aware of the behind-the-scenes work involved at that time. He has also served as chair of the Scientific Affairs Committee and was a member of the Awards Committee. He participated in the SIOP Doctoral Consortium for 12 consecutive years, where he made long-lasting impacts upon student attendees. In an indirect way, SIOP has benefited from his influential role in the Academy of Management, where he is a strong advocate for business schools to provide the sorts of training that I-O students receive, such as psychometrics and advanced statistics, which helps to increase the broad relevance of I-O training. In addition to helping train generations of I-O psychologists through his teaching, he served as editor of Personnel Psychology. His contributions to I-O psychology have been recognized by his election as a SIOP Fellow.

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