SIOP President-Elect and Officer Voting November 1-30, 2013
Conferences and Programs Officer:
Research and Science Officer:
Michelle (Mikki) Hebl
Jeanette N. Cleveland has been an active member of SIOP since its beginning and has served as a mentor for many widely-admired members of our Society. Jan is a Professor of Psychology at Colorado State University, and has served on the faculties of Baruch College, Penn State University and the University of Limerick (Ireland). She has been involved in SIOP and Academy of Management for over 30 years, and has served on the SIOP Awards, Fellowship (Chair), Professional Affairs, and Education and Training committee. She has also served as member-at-large on the SIOP Executive Committee. She has served Academy of Management as Chair of both the Human Resource Management Division and the Gender and Diversity Division, as a member of the Executive Committee, the Board of Governors and as member and Chair of the Academy of Management Journals Committee.
I played a significant role in the Academy of Management to develop its new journal, Academy of Management Discoveries, the first Academy journal devoted to the creation and dissemination of new empirical evidence that strengthens our understanding of important phenomena in management and organization. I have also served, since 2000, as Series Editor of the Erlbaum/Taylor & Francis Applied Psychology Series. One theme of both of these activities is my longstanding commitment to the scientist-practitioner model as a cornerstone of our field. I am a passionate champion of developing and fostering cross-national research relationships, and am currently working with colleagues in both Ireland and Croatia. I am also committed in the movement to broaden our understanding of diversity in the workplace, and am actively involved in research on older workers, gender and work-life balance.
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I am a Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University and received Ph.D. training as a scientist-practitioner at The Pennsylvania State University. I have served SIOP in a variety of capacities, including the SIOP Program Committee, TIP Editor, Frontiers Series Editorial Board, Chair of Scientific Affairs, and Chair of a Task Force on advancing science and policy advocacy for SIOP. I continue to serve as a member of Scientific Affairs. In addition to SIOP service, I am Editor for JAP (and former Associate Editor), Associate Editor for the Archives for Scientific Psychology, and former Chair of the APA Council of Editors. I serve on the JOM Board (previously AMJ, HF, JAP, and OBHDP Boards) and also serve, and have served on, national advisory boards.
My research is multilevel, focused on enhancing learning, training, and development systems; team effectiveness; and leadership. This programmatic research is designed to generate actionable theory, research-based principles, and practical applications for developing adaptive individuals, teams, and organizations. I have published over 80 books, chapters, and articles and have delivered over 200 refereed and invited presentations. I am a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the International Association for Applied Psychology, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
My many varied experiences and long involvement in SIOP governance have provided me with a firm understanding of core concerns and challenges the Society confronts. In my view, our challenges, if appropriately harnessed, can provide opportunities for growth and advancement.
My leadership experiences have given me a broad perspective on the value of I/O psychology and its potential to make a positive difference to organizations, working people, and society. As your President, I will focus on five strategic targets:
Enhancing the visibility of I/O psychology
Advancing science, policy, and practice impact
Meeting member needs and growing our membership
Building networks internally and externally
Linking science and practice
First, we have capabilities that can be harnessed to solve big problems, but we cannot contribute if we are not at the table. There are many other disciplines competing in our domain and I/O psychology as a science and practice is simply less well known. We need to be more externally visible. Second, visibility needs to translate into impact; we also need to build our advocacy capabilities. As Chair of the Task Force, I led the effort to develop a strategy to develop SIOP’s internal and external capabilities to impact research funding and public policy; I will advance this transformation. Third, SIOP is building services to meet the many and varied needs of its different members. We also need to build the membership base; there is strength in numbers! I will reach out to enhance our base. Fourth, we need to connect internally and externally to build synergies and capacity. I will champion these efforts. And, fifth, science and practice – linked – yield actionable knowledge. This integration distinguishes us from competitive disciplines and professions. As your President, I will work to strengthen this linkage.
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I hold a Ph.D in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Maryland. I am a fellow in SIOP, APA and the American Educational Research Association. I have served SIOP in various capacities including Instructional and Educational Officer, editor of the SIOP Frontiers volume “Adverse Impact: Implications for Organizational Staffing and High Stakes Selection” (2010); consulting editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology; Chair, M. Scott Meyers Award Committee; member, Distinguished Professional Contributions Award Committee, Ad Hoc Committee On Revision of the SIOP Principles, Program Committee, External Affairs Committee, the Diversity Committee and currently the Task Force on Contemporary Selection Practice Recommendations to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. My participation in the SIOP Annual Conference includes master tutorials, preconference workshops, panel discussions, symposia and debates as well as a reviewer of program submissions.
As President of Outtz and Associates, I develop employment-selection systems that focus on validity, but also enhance opportunities for workforce diversity and the inclusion of minorities and women. I have written about, researched, and focused my practice on the concept of adverse impact and alternative methods of reducing it. I believe my work has significantly influenced best practices in reducing obstacles to equal employment opportunity. As an expert witness in complex, large-scale employment litigation, my objective has been to ensure that I-O psychology plays a significant role in influencing policy with regard to fair employment practices.
Statement of Goals
I believe I-O programs do a good job of providing students the knowledge and skills to conduct top-notch scientific research. They do not however provide the practitioner skills necessary to effectively apply that research to real world situations. Students are not sufficiently prepared to engage in both the science and practice of I-O psychology. Our research is only as good as its application and the practice of I-O is only as good as the science upon which it is based. More needs to be done to encourage an interdisciplinary approach that prepares graduates equally for research and practice without sacrificing one for the other. I will work to better establish this link.
Increased Societal Impact
SIOP members should seek to impact the quality of organizational decision-making as we move through this decade and beyond. We should strive to more effectively address areas such as employment selection strategies that make maximum use of all segments of society, matching training with the jobs of the future, and identifying best practices in the use of social media in the workplace. I will work to keep SIOP forward-looking and ready to take on the challenges of today as well as those to come.
Increased Participation by Minorities and other Affinity Groups
SIOP must do a better job embracing diversity by reaching out to Racial/Ethnic minorities and other affinity groups to take advantage of the breadth of thought and experiences they can provide.
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Howard M. Weiss is a Professor in the I/O program and Chair of the School of Psychology at Georgia Tech. Prior to joining Georgia Tech he was Professor of I/O Psychology at Purdue University, where he also served as Department Head. He received his Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from New York University in 1975. He is a SIOP Fellow, has been elected Fellow in both APA and APS, and is a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Human-Systems Integration (BoHSI). He is an active member of SIOP, having served on the Executive Board, the Scientific Affairs Committee, the Frontiers Series editorial board, and as SIOP’s representative to the APA Council of Representatives. Weiss’ research focuses on the experience of working, especially in an immediate, first-person sense. This includes interest in momentary emotional states, immediate focus of attention, boredom, mind wandering, etc. He has served on the editorial boards of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Academy of Management Review, Current Directions in Psychological Science, Personnel Psychology and the Journal of Management. His research has been funded by the Army Research Institute, the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Defense and the Spencer Foundation. He has consulted for many organizations, primarily in the areas of employee attitudes and engagement, and has mentored over two-dozen graduate students who have gone on to rewarding careers in I/O practice and research. Please visit the website of Weiss’ Work Experience Lab to learn more about Dr. Weiss and his activities.
Experience and Vision Statement
I believe my background is well suited for the SIOP Presidency. I have extensive leadership experience, having been the chair of two outstanding psychology departments (Georgia Tech and Purdue) and having been co-director of the interdisciplinary Military Family Research Institute. I have been active in SIOP leadership, serving on the Executive Board and on APA Council. For six years I was on the NRC Board on Human-Systems Integration. My various activities have helped me better understand the place of I-O in the broad field of psychology and better appreciate I-O’s connection to other basic and applied disciplines trying to understand and improve social systems.
My vision for SIOP can’t be separated from my vision for I-O Psychology generally. Working is fundamental to human experience, therefore work psychology should be a foundational rather than a peripheral field of psychology. Humans create and support the systems they work in and rely on, therefore knowledge about human capabilities and propensities must always be considered when those systems are designed and managed. We do important and useful work, but I think we can do a better job of exploring the important psychological issues of working, and we can do a better job creating and disseminating practice to social institutions of all types. SIOP, as an organization, has a responsibility to help us meet those objectives. I will work to facilitate the science of working and the practice that develops from that science, and to ensure that our collective knowledge has the influence it deserves.
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Alexander Alonso, PhD, SPHR, is SHRM’s vice president for Research. He is responsible for all research activities at the Society for Human Resource Management including the development of SHRM’s Competency Self-Assessment and the Elements for HR Success Competency Model. During his career, he has worked on numerous efforts worldwide with the aim of identifying performance standards, developing competency models, designing organizational assessments, and conducting job analyses. He has worked on government-funded research involving the development of measurement tools for organizational climates (like organizational climate forecasting in military health care) and job knowledge tests (like instructional processes for teachers). He possesses experience in projects dealing with organizational assessments and workforce analysis drawing on interdisciplinary advanced training, quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as multicultural and foreign language skills. Dr. Alonso was part of the team recognized by the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology with the 2007 M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace for the development of the federal standard for medical team training, TeamSTEPPS. His works were also recognized by the American Psychological Association with the 2009 Presidential Citation for Innovative Practice for supporting the development of competency model for team triage in emergency medicine. In 2013, Dr. Alonso received SIOP’s Distinguished Early Career Award for Practice. He has published works in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, Quality and Safety in Health Care, and Human Resources Management Review. He also serves on the TIP Editorial Board as co-columnist for the International Practice Forum. Dr. Alonso received his doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Florida International University in 2003.
As a SIOP member, Alex has served as the Chairperson of the International Affairs Committee, as well as committee member on the Professional Practice and Program Committees. In his roles, he has worked to broaden SIOP’s visibility across the Global I-O Community by establishing a forum for international practitioners to share lessons learned from effective practice. He has been a part of the Society’s collaboration with external audiences like SHRM and the Alliance for Organizational Psychology. Alex currently serves as a SIOP representative to the Federation for Applied Behavioral and Brain Sciences and as a TIP columnist for the International Practice Forum. In addition, he is the president-elect for the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington. Additionally, Alex supported efforts to expand educational and professional development resources available to practitioners.
Alex’s objectives as Communications Portfolio Officer would include expanding opportunities for SIOP members to contribute to external knowledge forums like SHRM’s HR Magazine and ASTD’s e-learning venues. Other objectives would include continuing initiatives to define core business competencies for I-O practitioners, to develop educational and professional development resources for scientist and practitioners, and to advocate on behalf of the Society with policymaking bodies. Alex will also collaborate with other Board members to define strategies for implementing potential visibility campaigns including a potential I-O tv YouTube channel and collaborations with various media outlets.
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Silvia Bonaccio is an Associate Professor of Human Resources and Organizational Behavior at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management. She earned a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Purdue University in 2006. Silvia’s research focuses on decision making as it pertains to individual processes in organizations. She is interested in how individuals differ in their approaches to decisions as explained by their diverse decision-making styles, their emotions, and their use advice. Her research focuses on the factors that promote positive advising interactions, such as characteristics of advisors, decision-makers, and the framing of advice as well as the consequences of taking (or not taking) advice. Her other research interests lie in the investigation of individual differences commonly used in employee selection. She researches whether and, if so, how non-cognitive individual differences (e.g., personality, test anxiety, emotions) influence the assessment process and outcomes. Silvia has published over 20 articles in journals such as Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Intelligence, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, Leadership Quarterly, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, and Canadian Psychology. She has contributed to Judgment and Decision Making at Work (Organizational Frontiers Series). Silvia is on the editorial board at the Journal of Business and Psychology, and she serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several other journals on a regular basis. Her research has been featured in The Globe and Mail, the AARP Magazine, and she has been interviewed several times by CBC Radio/Radio-Canada.
Relevant Prior Experience
I have been involved in the governance of three professional societies. My involvement with SIOP has been as a member and then Chair of the Friday Seminars Committee. I am also the current Program Coordinator for the Canadian Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s program at the Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention. In this role, I have been in charge of the submissions’ peer-review process, and I have organized the keynote speakers’ addresses, the invited workshops and the invited symposia series. I have also served a three-year term for the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, which culminated with the position of the Organizational Behaviour Division Chair.
I am excited to continue my involvement with SIOP and I believe that the Communications Committee plays a fundamental role. The SIOP community is linked through the SIOP website, the electronic communications (Newsbriefs and TIP) as well as new initiatives such as my.SIOP. These electronic resources are the primary way in which existing members stay connected with our Society and in which new members decide to join us. As a result, it is important that these platforms be coordinated such that they present a united message to the community. They must also serve as a repository of information for existing and new members as well as a channel of dissemination of IO knowledge to the general public. Above all, the communication messages must represent the interests of all community members: academics and practitioners, students and professionals, and national and international members.
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As a Senior Scientist at Aptima, Dr. Zachary Horn serves as Principal Investigator and Project Manager across several applied research and development initiatives. As the manager of Aptima's corporate Leadership Solutions, he heads the development, branding, strategic partnerships, and multi-market commercialization of Aptima's innovative corporate leadership products and services. Dr. Horn has applied research experience in the areas of leadership strategies, team development, team communication, adaptive decision making, organizational climate, cognitive readiness, developmental work experiences, and advanced methods for the measurement and assessment of learning and performance. At Aptima, his work includes developing and validating workshops, web-based training tools, mobile training and assessments, observer- and systems-based performance metrics, and intelligent computer-based training systems for critical decision making. Inspired by research and development at Aptima, he recently partnered with the Human Capital Institute to host a two-year webcast series on how leaders shape ethical climates in organizations. Dr. Horn received his Ph.D. and M.A. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from George Mason University, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. For the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, he currently serves as the Chair of SIOP's Electronic Communications Committee, active member of SIOP's Branding Task Force, and a collaborator with SIOP's External Relations Committee, SIOP-Local I-O Group Relations Committee, and Visibility Committee. He also serves as Chair of Communications for the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington (DC), and is a participating member of both the American Psychological Association and the Academy of Management.
Communications Officer Statement
As the active Chair of SIOP's Electronic Communications Committee and an active member of SIOP's Branding Task Force, I have spent countless hours collaborating with Board Members, SIOP Administrative Office, Committee Chairs, and fellow SIOP Members in shaping a vision for the strategic alignment of SIOP's various Communications initiatives. I am already engaged in forward progress on the vision of improving collaboration among the SIOP website, my.SIOP, TIP, Newsbriefs, and direct member outreach, which will offer members a more integrated SIOP Experience. I have played an extensive role in leading the collaborative development of an all-new my.SIOP - coming late 2013 - and guided the development of a newly-implemented social media strategy via Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to strengthen the social foundation by which SIOP members can stay connected to our people and profession. As Communications Officer, I will continue to push for new ways to integrate the SIOP Member Experience and provide vision, execution, and ultimately value for all members. For over 11 years, I have held several professional service positions within and outside SIOP that are dedicated toward building community and enhancing communications among I-O Psychologists. Across these positions I have developed a passion for building community and innovating new methods for bringing engaging content to members. Furthermore, as the Communications Chair at the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington for over six years, I led the adoption of a community-focused strategy that resulted in brand maturity and rapid 45% growth in membership for this established regional I-O association.
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Conferences and Programs Officer
Robin Cohen, Ph.D. is Senior Vice President (SVP), Leadership Development at Bank of America. In her role supporting the Technology Infrastructure organization her responsibilities include talent management, leadership development, organizational design, performance management, assessment design, and executive assessment and coaching. Prior to that Robin was SVP, Leadership Effectiveness and her responsibilities included defining and managing executive and top talent assessment processes, leading and conducting competency-based and developmental assessments, and building and managing the Bank’s approach to competency models. Prior to Bank of America, Robin was Director, Global Talent Management for Dow Advanced Materials (formerly Rohm and Haas). Robin was responsible for performance management, succession planning, leadership development, and staffing for North America. Prior to Rohm & Haas, Robin was Director, Human Resources at Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS) where she provided overall strategic support and direction for the U.S Virology marketing and sales organization. Prior to this, Robin was Director, Talent Management for BMS. Her responsibilities included developing and implementing strategies, processes and tools for selecting, developing and retaining talent, succession management, executive assessment and coaching. Prior to BMS, Robin was Senior Manager Global Organization Effectiveness at Avon Products. Robin’s responsibilities included leadership and management development, executive and individual assessment, organizational development, coaching, and competency modeling. Prior to Avon, she worked for Assessment Solutions Incorporated where she opened and managed their Washington, DC office, developed selection systems, designed and facilitated coaching workshops, and facilitated assessment centers. Robin has a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Tulane University.
From the moment I attended my first SIOP conference as a student 21 years ago, I knew I wanted to be an active member. From that point forward, I have attended nearly every annual conference. Since 2005, I have held various positions within SIOP. I started as an Invited Sessions Chair and, in 2007, I was asked to be local arrangements coordinator for the 22nd Annual Conference. Attending conference planning meetings in this role piqued my interest in conference planning, and I was subsequently selected to serve in roles of increasing responsibility including the Workshop Committee (2007-2009), Workshop Chair (2009-2011), and for the last year and one-half, I have had the honor of being Conference Committee Chair. In this role, I interact with our Presidents, support their agendas, and help achieve the goal of making SIOP the organization of choice for its members. Through the years I have also contributed to several ad-hoc committees to assist with strategic issues facing SIOP. All of these experiences make me a particularly well-suited candidate to provide effective oversight for the SIOP conference, workshops, Leading Edge Consortium, APA conference, and the APS conference. SIOP is a very important part of my life. It enables me to stay connected to my field and to give back to my professional community. I hope to continue to have the opportunity to do that in the role of Conferences and Programs Officer.
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I am currently serving SIOP as the Program Chair for the 2014 Annual Conference. I’ve built close partnerships with the SIOP Administrative Office, the current Conferences and Programs Officer, and the Conference Chair, and alongside them, have envisioned, planned, and coordinated extensive conference logistics. To shape the SIOP 2014 program, I am working with 32 Program Subcommittee members and 1439 volunteer reviewers to create compelling invited sessions and to ensure high-quality reviews for all 1572 submissions. Previously, I served as SIOP 2013 Theme Track Chair. I have authored over 60 presentations and publications, including several dozen at past SIOP conferences, and received my Ph.D. in I-O Psychology from Bowling Green State University.
At Development Dimensions International (DDI), I am Chief Scientist and Director of DDI’s Center for Analytics and Behavioral Research – my group designs and conducts two types of research: first, evaluating the impact of assessment and development programs on behavior change and business objectives; and second, large-scale surveys of global trends in leadership development and employee selection. Through this role, I have deep experience presenting research findings in a variety of engaging formats to diverse technical and non-technical audiences, to positively influence managerial decision making and ultimately, employee work experiences.
I believe that my background in conducting and broadly-disseminating rigorous, practice-focused research would benefit SIOP if I were elected to the Conferences and Programs Officer position, corresponding well with the Society’s overall vision to propel forward the science and practice of the psychology of work.
SIOP service has been richly-beneficial for me to deeply understand the Society’s mission and the drivers of well-executed and invigorating conferences. I will use this knowledge to architect conferences that meet your justifiably-high expectations for SIOP’s professional development events to foster learning and connection-building.
We have a vital opportunity to proactively match our conference thought leadership to an emerging information vacuum. Whether “Big Data” proves to be a fleeting term, the surging respect and expectation for data to inform key decisions will likely persist. However, organizations often cannot conduct their own studies, making credible external research immensely valuable. Despite producing hundreds of high-caliber conference presentations yearly, our findings are largely inaccessible to managers thirsting for evidence-based decision guidance. My goals are for us to better take stock of and align SIOP’s abundant conference insights to strengthen our influence on practice by:
Analyzing and curating conference thought leadership – organizing research output by content areas, keywords, and other parameters; conducting analytics and producing data visualizations of trends/implications.
Leveraging this information to promote past and upcoming conferences to practitioners and adjacent fields, where shared interests exist.
Improving approachability of our conference research – creating an easily-parsed cross-year clearinghouse of findings expressed in non-technical terms (e.g., press paragraphs).
Identifying potential focus areas – dissecting external sources (e.g., business periodicals, social media) for high-interest practice topics; sharing within SIOP to encourage research alignment.
Thank you for your consideration – I hope we have the opportunity to work together on our mutual goals.
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Research and Science Officer
Michelle (Mikki) Hebl
I am a full professor of I/O psychology and management at Rice University. A proud native of Pardeeville, Wisconsin, I graduated from Smith (B.A.) and Dartmouth College (Ph.D). I have been at Rice University since 1998. My research focuses on workplace discrimination and the barriers stigmatized individuals (such as women, ethnic minorities) face in the hiring process, business settings, and the medical community. I address ways in which individuals and organizations might remediate such discrimination. With more than 100 publications to my credit, I enjoy educating others in an attempt to ameliorate disparate social inequities. I am also a strong advocate for gender issues. In 2006, four co-PI’s and I received an NSF grant for over three and one-half million dollars to advance women in STEM fields on Rice University’s campus. In 2010 and 2011, my colleagues and I were awarded NIH grants to examine gender biases in letters of recommendation (’10) and successful mentoring relationships (’11). Also, I am simply passionate about teaching—in my 15 years at Rice, I have been fortunate to receive 15 major teaching awards, one of which is SIOP’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Finally, I am very passionate about the SIOP organization and have been the adhoc co-chair of LGBT Committee as well as the chair of E&T. And I am excited about the possibility of turning formal SIOP attention to Research and Science.
I appreciate deeply that there are three other very worthy people who also would like to be the Research and Science Officer. I agreed to run for this position because first, I see it as a continued way of giving back to a society that has given so much to me. I am eager to increase awareness of the wonderful and very sound science we do to improve the workplace. Second, I believe advocacy in I/O psychologically is important at a stage when research funding is scarce but receipt is becoming more critical in tenure and other major workplace decisions. Third, I am motivated to ensure our field pursues the highest quality of science and resulting application. And fourth, I have had the opportunity to serve the SIOP executive board in a teaching outlet (as a previous E&T Chair) and in a mentoring and advocacy outlet (as an LGBT co-Chair) but never specifically in the research and scientific domain. Combining lots of positive energy, a can-do attitude, and an accruement of 100 scientific publications and funding by several national organizations, I feel ready to try on Steven Rogelberg’s very big shoes. I hope you will let me!
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Adam Meade is Professor of Psychology in the I/O Psychology program at North Carolina State University. Professor Meade received his Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from the University of Georgia in 2001. His research has focused on methodological and measurement issues including innovations in employment testing, alternative data sources (e.g., Facebook, crowdsourcing), online recruitment, and issues in internet-based assessment (e.g., careless responding, invariance). He has published 35 peer reviewed empirical papers in journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Research Methods, Structural Equation Modeling, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, and Psychological Methods. He has presented 56 empirical papers at the annual SIOP Conference and has served on the State Affairs Committee and SIOP Principles Revision Committee.
Dr. Meade has served as Associate Editor of Organizational Research Methods since 2010 and serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Psychology (beginning 2014) and Applied Psychological Measurement. He was honored by the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management with the 2006 Sage Publications Best Paper Award and by Organizational Research Methods with the 2007 Best Reviewer Award. He was also honored by North Carolina State University with the 2012 Chancellors’ Innovation Award and the 2007 Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. He has received approximately $1.5 million in external funding, including his work with ONET Center, and is the owner of Scientific Organizational Solutions, a testing and consulting company.
I have two primary goals as Science Officer:
- Bridge research and practice via a practitioner-oriented synopsis of current research
- Create avenues for stronger scientific rigor in I/O Psychology
As an academic researcher and frequent consultant, I see great value in both science and practice. I believe we should borrow from other fields (e.g., medicine) which have been highly successful in disseminating research findings to practitioners. I would work with SIOP, journal editors, and publishers to establish a new newsletter-format publication. Subscription costs and article length make it impractical for academics and practitioners to keep abreast of all journal publications. I envision a new publication that would provide a brief synopsis (300-500 words) of a selection of papers from IO and management journals with the clearest implications for practice. Such a publication would help academics and practitioners keep current with the literature, increase exposure for academics’ works, and drive traffic to publishers’ websites, benefitting everyone.
A second priority is to address the vulnerabilities in scientific best-practices identified recently by Kepes and McDaniel (2013). I would encourage editors to place less of a premium on papers that generate new theory and to place more emphasis on papers that test existing theory. I would also explore the possibility of a dedicated journal for replication studies in I/O as such papers are nearly impossible to publish in extant journals. Such papers are crucial to maintain the integrity of the theoretical bases upon which our science and practice are built.
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Dr. Fred Oswald is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Rice University. His research ultimately improves personnel selection systems through developing and psychometrically evaluating tests administered to applicants in organizational, education and military settings (e.g., tests of cognitive abilities, personality traits, motivation, situational judgment, job knowledge and skill, and biographical data). Doing so requires defining, modeling and predicting societally relevant outcomes (e.g., job performance, academic performance, satisfaction, turnover) and their relationships with these tests. His statistical work in meta-analysis, structural equation modeling, and adverse impact has also informed personnel selection issues and psychological testing. Dr. Oswald has over 60 peer-reviewed publications, in addition to a large number of book chapters, reports and other work. His collaborations and grant funding has been with U.S. Navy, the College Board, HumRRO and other agencies and organizations.
Dr. Oswald is currently the Associate Editor for three journals (Journal of Management, Psychological Methods, and Research Synthesis Methods), for one journal previously (Journal of Business and Psychology), and he currently serves on the editorial boards for seven other journals (Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Military Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Organizational Research Methods, and Journal of Research in Personality).
Dr. Oswald is a Fellow of SIOP, of APA Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics), and of APA and APS.
Background, Goals and Objectives
Currently I serve you as Chair of the SIOP Scientific Affairs Committee, and prior to this, I served on this committee as well as the External Relations Committee for three years. The work involved here has led me to appreciate first-hand the incredible teamwork and goodwill of my SIOP colleagues, where together, we have advanced SIOP’s scientific aims through a variety of efforts. To provide just a few examples, my leadership and/or collaboration efforts have contributed to: (1) following the mandate of SIOP’s Scientific Advocacy Task force (yes, actually following up on the advice of a report!) by creating and disseminating science advocacy material that is compelling, widespread, and timely (e.g., through a TIP series on obtaining funding; through an IOP article on science advocacy; by starting a SIOP white paper series; through announcements on the open forum of my.SIOP.org); (2) continuing liaisons between SIOP and EEOC in considering personnel selection issues relevant to both parties; and (3) organizing upcoming scientific advocacy efforts at the SIOP 2014 conference (e.g., an advocacy symposium and a science-based speed-mentoring symposium that complements the practiced-based one).
Given experiences and accomplishments such as these, I feel it is good timing that SIOP President Tammy Allen’s strategic objectives include communicating the science of I-O psychology to a broad audience and strengthening our capabilities for scientific advocacy. I’ll work smart and I’ll work hard in meeting these objectives and serving as your SIOP Research and Science Officer. All it takes is your vote!
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Dr. Stephen Stark is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology at the University of South Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002 after earning a B.S. in Physics from the University of New Orleans. Dr. Stark’s research focuses on improving measurement and selection in I/O, educational, and military settings. His work on detecting measurement bias, computerized adaptive testing, aberrant responding, and forced-choice ideal point methods for high-stakes, noncognitive testing has been published in many top-tier journals, and, more importantly, the outcomes of his research and consulting efforts have had a significant influence on assessment and selection practices in organizations.
Since the late 1990s, Dr. Stark has worked with colleagues in research and consulting firms, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Army Research Institute (ARI) to develop cutting-edge assessments for performance appraisal and personality, which have been administered to thousands of job applicants and incumbents. Most notably, the Tailored Adaptive Personality Assessment System (TAPAS), which he developed with Drasgow Consulting Group and ARI, has been administered to over 900,000 military recruits for ongoing research and personnel screening.
Dr. Stark is co-editor of International Journal of Testing and serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Psychology and Journal of Business and Psychology. He is a member of the GRE Technical Advisory Committee, National Research Council Committee on Measuring Human Capabilities, a Senior Fellow of the ARI Consortium Fellows Program, and a member of APA, APS, NCME, and ITC.
Background and Objectives
I believe my educational and professional experiences have prepared me well to be an effective Research and Science Officer for SIOP. My route to becoming an I/O psychologist was very different than most of my colleagues. I earned an undergraduate degree in physics and continued with post-baccalaureate work in physics, pre-med, and psychology because my interests in science were very diverse. When I finally decided to pursue an advanced degree in psychology, I chose the University of Illinois because it espoused broad scientific training and encouraged interdisciplinary collaboration.
As a professor, I’ve taught undergraduate and advanced methods courses to diverse groups of students in psychology, business, and education. In addition, I’ve served for nearly 10 years as Chair or Vice-Chair of the Board of Supervisors for my community with responsibilities for managing multi-million-dollar budgets, overseeing business activities, negotiating contracts, and liaising with multiple stakeholders. My work as an independent consultant has given me insights into the needs of public and private organizations that seek to use scientific advances to improve organizational effectiveness and promote fairness.
If elected, I will draw upon my experiences to demonstrate the value of investing in our science to policymakers and professionals in other disciplines. I will work hard to communicate the capabilities and benefits of I/O psychology to funding agencies and the general public through social media, career days, and workshops that specifically reach out to high-school and college-age students and their parents who will elect or ultimately become tomorrow’s science, business, and political leaders.
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