A Message from Your President
It's hard to imagine that I'm already writing my fourth, and last, SIOP
Presidential column. The year has been very busy and productive, thanks to those serving
on the Executive Committee and as Committee Chairs. I would like to devote this column to
recognizing these hard-working individuals as well as highlighting some of their specific
contributions to SIOP.
The Executive Committee and Other Elected Members
First, I want thank to the other "Presidents"Angelo
DeNisi (President Elect) and Kevin Murphy (Past President), who provided
helpful advice throughout the year on various matters. Angelo also had the job of chairing
the Election Committee which requires a significant amount of time and effort. Bill
Macey will complete his third and final year as SIOP Secretary. Having served in this
position a few years ago, I know what a demanding job this is, and want to acknowledge
Bill for his outstanding service. I also want to recognize the efforts of Jeff McHenry.
As our Financial Officer, Jeff has made significant contributions, including the
development of a much-improved budgeting process and assisting with financial matters
involved in the SIOP Foundation, among others.
I would also like to extend my appreciation to five other elected
members, the APA Council Representatives, who not only effectively represent us on APA
Council but also serve as advisors to the Executive Committee. Angelo DeNisi's 3-year
term ended in January of 1999, and our current representatives are Wayne Camara, Georgia
Chao, Neal Schmitt, and Mary Tenopyr.
Nancy Tippins (Member-at-Large and Chair of the Long Range
Planning Committee) and our other elected Members-at-Large, Jan Cleveland and Ann
Marie Ryan, analyzed and provided recommendations about several key issues including
SIOP's pro bono initiative, planning for the future of the Administrative Office, and
implementing strategic planning for SIOP committees. Thanks to Nancy, Jan, and Ann Marie
for their hard work dealing with these complex issues.
The Standing Committee Chairs
A major achievement this year was getting the SIOP Foundation fully up
and running. Under the direction of Irv Goldstein, the Foundation Committee
developed operating principles and informational materials. They also initiated a
fundraising campaign. I want to thank Irv and his committee for all of their work on this
Fran Yammarino and Bob Dipboye chaired our two major SIOP
recognition committees the Awards Committee and Fellowship Committee, respectively.
A great deal of work is involved in advertising for these programs, orchestrating
committee reviews of nominees, and compiling and integrating evaluation data. Thanks to
both Bob and Fran for a job well done.
Debbie Major has served two very productive years as chair of
the Education and Training Committee. This committee has been responsible for several
important initiatives, including the Doctoral Student Consortium, development of an
Instructor's Guide for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and work on the
development of guidelines for education and training at the doctoral level.
Adrienne Colella has also contributed significantly as chair of
the Membership Committee. In recent years, decisions about membership have become less
clear-cut, as increased numbers of professionals trained in disciplines other than I-O
have sought membership in SIOP. This has made the Membership Committee's work more time
consuming and difficult, and I thank Adrienne and her committee for their efforts.
Another productive committee has been the Professional Practice
Committee. Under Jeff Schippmann's leadership, this committee has been working on
several initiatives. One project is a survey to assess various issues (e.g., preferences
for workshops, areas where SIOP should focus attention, etc.) that will help in planning
future SIOP activities. Jeff's committee has also led (in collaboration with the
Administrative Office) the development of our member referral directory and consulting
company directory. This committee also conducted a project investigating the practice of
As chair of Scientific Affairs, Fritz Drasgow has led the
development of numerous responses and commentaries on behalf of SIOP. Examples of these
include SIOP's comments on the proposed Standards for Educational and Psychological
Testing and APA's Ethics of Research with Human Participants. This has required
considerable work, soliciting reviews of documents from SIOP members and compiling their
input into integrated responses.
I also want to extend thanks to Kalen Pieper, Chair of the State
Affairs, whose committee performs an important "watchdog" function for SIOP,
identifying state laws and statutory restrictions that hinder the ability of I-O
psychologists to become licensed. The committee also works to affect state law where
TIP continues to be the envy of professional society newsletters
and we have Allan Church to thank for that. Allan became Editor of TIP last
year and has continued TIP's tradition of excellence, in addition to putting his
own new "marks" on our newsletter (e.g., a new look, some new contributors, new
features, etc.). Thanks to Allan for all of his hard work on this demanding job.
Speaking of editors, I have two other "editors" to
thankEd Salas (Chair of the Professional Practice Series) and Neal Schmitt
(Chair of the Frontiers Series). Both Ed and Neal spend significant time developing new
volumes for our two SIOP series, as well as reading and commenting on the chapters
produced for the Professional Practice Series and Frontiers Series books.
I also want to recognize Murray Barrick, chair of the APA
Program Committee and his committee who have developed an outstanding program for this
year's convention. Program sessions cover a variety of topics, including personality,
organizational justice, feedback interventions, integrity in corporate America, and
research methods, among others. So, be sure to check out the APA Program this year!
In order to function properly, the committees rely on a large number of
volunteer members. In fact, over 600 SIOP members participated in committees this year. I
want to thank everyone who served for their efforts and contributions. Helping to put all
of these committees together was Bernardo Ferdman, Chair of the Committee on
Committees. Bernardo also developed an improved process for placing volunteers on
The SIOP Conference Committee Chairs
I want to recognize the committee chairs involved in the annual SIOP
Conference. Our conference continues to grow each year, and the commitment and hard work
of the committee chairs involved in this effort is unsurpassed. Specifically, I wish to
thank Ron Johnson, Chair of the SIOP Conference Committee. Being chair of this
committee is a huge job that takes countless hours not to mention that Ron is in
his "second tour" as chair of this committee.
I also wish to thank Angie McDermott, who once again chaired the
Continuing Education and Workshop Committee, and put together a "sellout" set of
outstanding workshop offerings. Also, Mike Burke, did an exceptional job as SIOP
Program Chair. I recall how difficult I thought it was to deal with 300+ program
submissions when I was SIOP Program Chair a few years ago. I can't imagine how Mike dealt
with more than double that number this year.
Another committee that has contributed significantly is the Placement
Committee, chaired by Linda Sawin. Since its inception only a few years ago, SIOP's
job placement service at the Conference has grown exponentially, and our members want more
and more placement services. Towards this end, Linda has developed a plan to implement a
year-round placement service which we anticipate will be starting soon.
The Ad-Hoc Committee Chairs
Now, I'd like to turn my attention to our ad hoc committees. First, I
want to acknowledge Beth Chung, Chair of the Task Force on Ethnic Minorities. This
committee has undertaken several initiatives, one of which was establishing a mentoring
program for minority members of SIOP.
Next, I want to thank Phil Craiger who served as chair of the
Electronic Communications ad hoc committee. In this position, Phil led and contributed
significantly to development of the SIOP web page, as well as served as an expert advisor
on other electronic communications matters.
I also want to recognize Laura Koppes, our historian, who is
instrumental in ensuring that our history as a society is documented and our records are
In addition to chairing the Frontiers Series Committee, Neal Schmitt
also chaired the Principles Task Force. This task force was charged with (a) determining
what scientific bases exist for statements made in the Principles and providing
citations for these, and (b) making suggestions for potential revisions. The committee
delivered a very well-done and thorough report earlier this year, and I thank them for
A new ad-hoc committee, the Public Policy Committee, was initiated this
year. The focus of this committee, led by Katherine Klein, was to explore how SIOP
can become more visible and influential in the public policy arena around issues that are
our areas of expertise. Katherine and her committee have made very good progress in
identifying options that will best suit SIOP's needs. We are presently collecting more
information and further studying these options.
Two other new ad hoc committees formed this year were the Academically
oriented Workshop Committee, chaired by David Hofmann, and the Professional
Development Workshop Committee, chaired by Jack Kennedy. David and Jack have been
exploring what would be involved in providing academically oriented workshops at the SIOP
Conference and providing additional continuing education opportunities for SIOP members.
Look for more information on these initiatives in the future.
The Administrative Office
I also want to extent a very special thanks to Lee Hakel and the staff
of the SIOP Administrative Office. I am not sure if everyone realizes what an important
and central role the Administrative Office has come to play in our operations, or how
efficiently SIOP is run as a result of Lee and her staff. I can't say enough about what a
great job the Administrative Office does, but all of us who are close to SIOP's operations
can't imagine how we would survive without them.
Finally, Thanks to You...
Last but not least, I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity
to serve as your President this year. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to do so.
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