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SIOP President-Elect, Instructional and Educational Officer, Professional Practice Officer, and External Affairs Officer voting will begin in early November.


Steven Ashworth
Cristina Banks
Gerald Barrett
Talya Bauer
Fred Oswald

Instructional and Educational Officer:

Milt Hakel
Eden King
Rose Mueller-Hanson
Joel Wiesen

Professional Practice Officer:

Tracy Kantrowitz
Mark Poteet
William Shepherd
Rob Silzer

External Affairs Officer:

Janet Barnes-Farrell
William Farmer
Debra Major
Christopher Rotolo

Voter Resources


Steve Ashworth

Steven Ashworth is the Manager of People Research for Sempra Energy utilities in San Diego, where he has been since 1998. Directing a staff of I/O Psychologists conducting a full range of HR Research Activities for Sempra’s companies, he has worked primarily in applied settings, having worked for Microsoft Corporation, Allstate Insurance, PDRI, and LIMRA. Steve also serves as Adjunct faculty at San Diego State University and Alliant International University, where he has chaired and/or sat on over 20 dissertation committees on a wide variety of topics.  He was also a founder and the 2007 President of the local San Diego I/O group.

Steve received a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Houston and Masters in I/O from Purdue University in Indianapolis.  As SIOP Fellow, he has served in several capacities.  One of the earliest chairs of the Placement Committee at the SIOP conference and, perhaps, the longest running site selection chair, he has helped develop many of the site selection processes that SIOP currently uses and has participated in the site selection for many of the SIOP conferences in the past 10 years.  Steve has also served on the State Affairs Committee, the Electronic Communications Committee, and the Conference Committee.

As a Practitioner-Scientist, Steve strives to balance the goals of Science and Practice.  Much of his work has been published or presented at SIOP conferences and many research projects have included academic colleagues as part of the research team.


I believe it is time for change in SIOP.  We have had access to data for some time that there is a growing disenchantment among many of our members.  Some members feel that their needs are not met by SIOP and attrition seems to be growing.  My first goal as President would be to ensure that all membership groups are fairly recognized for the important contributions they make and that they all feel that SIOP is an organization that meets their needs.

A second goal would be to improve the retention of all SIOP members.  Creating the pathway for Associate Members to become full Members was one step in the right direction – we need to do more.  I’d create a task force empowered to solve this problem.
I come into this election, not as a SIOP insider, but as a long-term Practitioner-Scientist who wants to see SIOP thrive.  I have worked with some of the very best and understand the value of the Scientist-Practitioner model.  The changes I would like to see would not come at the expense of our Academic and Research colleagues, but would enhance the overall impact of our Society and our profession. 

As psychologists, we should not ignore persistent survey information that so clearly illustrates organizational issues that keeps people from renewing their memberships.  Let’s create a new SIOP that is inclusive of all, regardless of where and how we work – A SIOP that is the first organization of choice for all I/O Psychologists.

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Cristina Banks

Cristina Banks is Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces and a Senior Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, where she has taught graduate and undergraduates for 31 years.  Previously she was an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas School of Business. She is also a Managing Director for the Berkeley Research Group, a global expert firm.  She has 38 years of experience founding and leading two organizational consulting firms, Terranova Consulting LLC and Lamorinda Consulting LLC, both of which focused on job analysis, performance management, organizational strategy, and legal compliance. She is a nationally recognized testifying witness in wage & hour class action lawsuits and has testified in over 75 cases. She has also served as a Board Director for two publicly-held companies, Whole Foods and Chalone Wine Group.  Dr. Banks is a fellow of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology and of the American Psychological Association.  She was awarded the APA Presidential Citation for Innovative Practice.


I am running for SIOP President for two reasons: (1) to lift the public’s awareness of our profession and the value we bring to both science and organization practice, and (2) to increase the benefit SIOP members can receive from their membership by creating more avenues for internal collaboration and impact. What does that mean? First, leverage opportunities across SIOP committees and those created by Lewis Burke for our members to meet the right people at the right time to deliver our knowledge and expertise. Second, create different outlets for the distribution of our science and evidence-based practice to receptive audiences (e.g., HRPS/People & Strategy; non-psychological professional societies such as CoreNet Global). Third, establish more avenues of internal networking (supplementing SIOP ambassador and mentor programs) in order to develop an infrastructure to support common interests and linked work. Establishing national registries of interest groups within SIOP is one step toward this infrastructure goal. And last, to lead a process that will critically analyze the resources, benefits and programming dedicated to the academics and practitioners within SIOP, and based on the results of that analysis, initiate change that will benefit all. I have served as Professional Practice Officer for 4 years (total) as well as a member of several SIOP committees. I have a good sense of the great work SIOP members have done for our society. I also know that we can capitalize on this great work and good will to help make SIOP members more satisfied.

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Gerald Barrett

Dr. Barrett received his Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from Case Western Reserve University and his J.D. from the University of Akron’s School of Law. He is a licensed psychologist and a licensed attorney in the State of Ohio.

Dr. Barrett was a Professor at the University of Akron and for over 22 years served as Chair. He was the advisor for 35 dissertations. He has published four books and over 150 papers. His research has been supported by numerous organizations, including the Office of Naval Research, Ford Foundation, United States Office of Personnel Management, Department of Transportation, and National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Barrett is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. He has earned a Diplomate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He also has received the following recognitions: Distinguished Faculty award from the Academy of Management, the Distinguished Professional Contributions Award from the SIOP, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Industrial Organizational Behavior Group.

As President of Barrett and Associates, Inc., he has been involved in human resource programs for selection, promotion, performance appraisal, job evaluation and compensation. He has consulted with over 150 public and private organizations and has been engaged as an expert witness in over 160 court cases.

Jerry and Pat have three children and, following a family tradition, all are physicians. Two sons are anesthesiologists, and President of their groups. Their daughter is a forensic psychiatrist who has a law degree. They enjoy 11 grandchildren.


Industrial/Organizational Psychology has a bright future. We foresee continued growth and importance of this field. My primary goal would be to lead additional efforts to ensure that misinformation is not transmitted to the public. I would also emphasize evidence-based professional practice. One specific action I would initiate is close cooperation between the SIOP and the Labor and Employment Law section of the American Bar Association, of which I have been a member for over 30 years. Too often our professional literature misstates clearly established legal principles. Conversely, continuing legal education courses provide misinformation concerning our field. A joint committee could easily provide editorial advice for anticipated publications or courses.

For those of us who are required to maintain state licensure in psychology by mandatory continuing education, the APA provides courses of limited relevance to our field. Again, the SIOP could provide assistance to increase the relevance of course offerings. A little over 100 years ago, Watson (1913) stressed the goal of having the professional and legal system “utilize our data in a practical way” (p. 168). This is still a worthwhile goal to be a fully evidenced-based profession. While psychology has been going through a replication crisis (Chin, 2014). We need to encourage replication and publication of null results. We need to encourage the publication of dissertations which may be consequential for professional practice.

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Talya Bauer

Talya N. Bauer (Ph.D., Purdue University, Professor of Management and Affiliated Professor of Psychology at Portland State University) is an award-winning scientist-practitioner who specializes in studying relationships at work and how they influence individual and organizational effectiveness and well-being during the employment life cycle. 

She has a long history of SIOP service including as Membership Chair, Conference Program Chair, Chair of Award Subcommittees, and as a member of the International Affairs, Strategic Planning, and Program Planning Committees. She has also served in elected positions including SIOP Member-at-Large. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Psychology and on the Editorial Boards of Personnel Psychology and on SIOP’s I/O Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. She is the former Editor of the Journal of Management.

She has acted as a consultant for dozens of government, Fortune 1,000, and start-up organizations and was a Visiting Scholar at Google.  Her work has been covered in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, USA Today, Business Week, and on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Her research has led to over 100 refereed journal publications, chapters, and white papers, as well as five books. Her research has been supported by grants from NSF and the SIOP and SHRM Foundations. She has published in Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Personnel Psychology, and IOP: PS&P and has given 200+ refereed and invited presentations in over a dozen countries. She is a Fellow of SIOP, APA, and APS.


Being considered for the role of SIOP President is an honor and a privilege. I am enthusiastic about the exciting times ahead (e.g., U.S. Presidential Executive Order, Outtz Diversity Research Grant, United Nations work, Prosocial I/O, SIOP’s publications portfolio, LEC and SIOP conferences). If elected, I will build on our great momentum in terms of visibility, impact, and world-class student training for future I/O psychologists who serve as ambassadors for our profession.

I spent the last two years researching and writing an introductory I/O Psychology textbook. This project afforded me the opportunity to reflect on both the science and practice of I/O. The magnitude of what we collectively accomplish in boardrooms, classrooms, research labs, staterooms, and workspaces around the world is simply amazing. 

Adults spend most of their waking hours at work, and we are experts at how to make that time more inclusive, meaningful, positive, and productive.  While our visibility has grown by leaps and bounds, there is still much to be done letting those within academia, business, government and funding organizations, NGOs, and society at large know how much we have to offer. The more compelling and strategic visibility we provide for our work, the more momentum we will gain toward securing our place as key partners across organizations, educational settings, and funding agencies. 

I will work tirelessly to develop, implement, and coordinate strategies to enhance SIOP’s visibility as well as to enhance and promote the immense value that SIOP members bring to individuals, organizations, and societies worldwide. 

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Fred Oswald

Dr. Oswald is a Professor of I-O psychology at Rice University who has served SIOP over the past 15 years in many roles: Research and Science officer (current), SIOP Principles Revision Committee (current), Scientific Affairs Committee and Chair, External Relations Committee, Electronic Communications Committee, Strategic Program Planning Committee, and more. He participates with his graduate students in the SIOP annual conference, where he also has led/co-led three SIOP preconference workshops and consistently serves as presenter, panelist, discussant, and conference reviewer.

Dr. Oswald’s research addresses workforce readiness and personnel selection issues within organizational, educational, and military settings. He develops selection measures and evaluates them for their reliability, validity, and adverse impact. His research has received over two million dollars in grant and agency support. His methodological research advances traditional statistical methods (e.g., meta-analysis, structural equation models) and new methods to the field (e.g., predictive models from big data, Bayesian analysis). Dr. Oswald publishes widely in collaboration with graduate students, researchers, and practitioners (70+ journal articles, 15+ book chapters, 4000+ citations in Google Scholar). Currently he is an Associate Editor at Journal of Management, Psychological Methods, Research Synthesis Methods, and Journal of Research in Personality, and he serves on 10 editorial boards. He is a fellow of SIOP, APA, and APS.

Dr. Oswald also connects I-O psychology with broader national and international priorities, for instance in working with the National Research Council (board and committee member roles), on NSF panels (reviewing grants and graduate fellowships), and on several international grant review panels.


Given SIOP presidents serve for just one year, here are two goals I’d like to dedicate actions, teams, and momentum to:

Leverage and Showcase SIOP’s Expertise
Improving SIOP’s online systems will help to identify and capitalize on the diverse ideas of its members, leading to actionable items such as (a) generating new opportunities with I-O colleagues, both locally and globally, (b) enabling companies, federal and state agencies, nonprofits, community service organizations, and the media to match quickly their pressing agendas (projects, topics) with our SIOP members’ expertise, and (c) vigorously promoting SIOP member accomplishments across multiple venues and constituencies (let’s show off our excellence).

Strengthen the I-O Talent Pool
I-O psychologists know about talent management, and the future of I-O psychology critically depends on it to remain vibrant and resilient in a turbulent educational landscape. Three major actions will help improve our talent pool: (a) Work hard to ensure that I-O is promoted in the formative undergraduate years of college (e.g., get I-O prominently figured into our major introductory psychology textbooks). (b) Expand the number and nature of I-O psychology programs, such as terminal I-O master’s programs that complement PhD and business-school programs, and making I-O programs more multidisciplinary. (c) Have young I-O scholars obtain business training that helps communicate the value or return on investment of their own work (which is important even in academic settings).

These two major goals reflect a theme: Let’s keep SIOP strong! 

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Instructional and Educational Officer

Milt Hakel

Milt is Ohio Eminent Scholar and Professor Emeritus at BGSU. His Ph.D. is from Minnesota (1966).  He served on faculties at Minnesota, OSU, and Houston before moving to BGSU (1991). He received research support from the NSF, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Army, and private sector. He edited Personnel Psychology for a decade, and then was its publisher for 20 years. He served as SIOP’s president in 1983-84, and is now the President of the SIOP Foundation. He is a fellow of SIOP, APS, IAAP, and AAAS.

During 43 years as a faculty member, Milt advised 79 students through the completion of their doctoral dissertations.  While at BGSU, he created Springboard, a freshman-level personal development course modeled on assessment-as-learning practices from Alverno College and intensive feedback and coaching practices from the Center for Creative Leadership.  This led in turn to R&D work on electronic portfolios as a means for documenting student growth in applying their knowledge to solve practical problems.

Also during the Bowling Green years, Milt contributed research and essays to the emergence of the new field of the Science of Learning, and he advised the Ohio Board of Regents in its initiatives to demonstrate institutional accountability for student learning outcomes.  He served on the Board on Testing and Assessment of the National Research Council, chairing its Committee on the Evaluation of Advanced Teacher Certification.  Many of his current views about education in I-O psychology are included in the Bryne et al. March 2014 IOP article.


The Instructional and Educational Officer works with three SIOP committees:

Education and Training: Revision of the Guidelines for I-O Graduate Education is now well underway, with doctoral and master’s programs being covered in a single document.  The committee is also working to enhance the skills of entering graduate school students, increase communication among program directors, collaborate with other professional societies, and support the Bridge Builders program.

Conference Consortia: This committee works closely with the SIOP Conference committee to organize and stage pre-conference events for invited groups of doctoral, master’s, and new faculty SIOP members.  A challenge is to make events such as these open to larger audiences.

Continuing Education: Lifelong learning is an ongoing need for professionals regardless of one’s employment setting, and regardless of whether CE credits are needed for license renewal.  In addition to maintaining our certifications with APA, HRCI and SHRM as an approved provider of CE credits at the annual conference and the LEC, the committee is working to provide more CE opportunities online.

I will support these committees, and work to increase the coordination among all of SIOP’s committees and officers.  I will also work to coordinate our degree requirements with those evolving in other countries, and to increase student and faculty exchanges and international internships.  Last, I will continue to explore what SIOP can do to support and extend the series of IOOB Graduate Student Conferences.

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Eden King

I joined the faculty of the Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at George Mason University after earning my Ph.D. from Rice University in 2006. In collaboration with graduate and undergraduate students, I am pursuing a program of scholarship that seeks to help individuals and organizations overcome barriers to equality. My research, which has yielded approximately 100 scholarly publications and has appeared in popular media outlets such as Good Morning America and the New York Times, builds understanding of the experiences of stigmatized individuals in the workplace and the strategies that can be used to improve these experiences. This research reflects breadth in the diversity of perspectives that are considered, including women, ethnic minorities, obese individuals, older workers, disabled individuals, parents, and gay and lesbian workers. I am currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Management and the Journal of Business and Psychology and am on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal and the Journal of Applied Psychology. In addition to my scholarship, I have consulted on applied projects related to gender climate initiatives and diversity training programs, and I have worked as an employment discrimination legal consultant.


I am proud to have served SIOP in a number of roles, including membership on the Education and Training, External Relations, Scientific Affairs, and Membership Committees, as a co-Chair of the SIOP committee on LGBT Issues, and as the conference Program Chair. I am also the outgoing Chair of the SIOP Conference Committee. My service to SIOP is driven by a genuine allegiance to the profession and enthusiasm for the work that we do. This motivation, taken with my experience, would make me a strong leader of the Instructional and Educational portfolio. In my roles as Conference and Program Chair, I gained substantial knowledge that would help me work with the CE and Consortium Committees to fulfill their needs at the annual conference and beyond. My membership on the Education and Training Committee provides direct knowledge of the ongoing strategic efforts of the committee that I can leverage in collaboration with other board members. I am hopeful that these efforts would include successful completion and distribution of the revised competencies for graduate programs in I-O psychology and continuing efforts to support diverse students and members of our profession. I would feel privileged to serve SIOP and its members in this role.

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Rose Mueller-Hanson

For over 15 years, Rose has dedicated her career to helping improve individual and organizational performance through better talent management. In her current role she leads the Performance Impact Group at PDRI, a CEB Company. Her areas of expertise include leadership assessment and development, leadership coaching, succession planning, performance management, and employee development.  A strong advocate for creating more effective and engaging approaches to performance management, she is the co-author of several recent articles on the topic, including Building a High Performance Culture: A Fresh Look at Performance Management, published by the Society for Human Resources Management Foundation. She is also co-author of the book Developing Organizational Simulations:  A guide for practitioners and students.

Rose is a co-recipient of the M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace (with colleagues from PDRI), awarded by SIOP.  In 2014, she was elected a Fellow in SIOP where she recently served as the chair of the Continuing Education Committee. She has presented her work at numerous national conferences and in a variety of publications.  She is the past president of the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington DC and the current president of the board of directors for Community Interface Services, a non-profit organization serving adults with developmental disabilities.

Prior to joining PDRI in 2002, Rose worked as a human resources manager and served in the U.S. Air Force. She received her Doctorate degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University.

Statement of Suitability

I have been proud to serve in a variety of volunteer and leadership roles for SIOP and other professional associations for the past 15 years. With SIOP, I have been a volunteer on the Education and Training Committee, the Membership Committee, and the Workshop Committee. Recently, I served as the Continuing Education Coordinator. As the President of the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington DC, I led the development and implementation of a new strategic plan and rebranding effort that led to increased membership and engagement.

I would be honored to serve as the Instructional and Educational Officer for SIOP. One of my primary goals for the role would be to continue work that is already underway to review and refine the  Guidelines for Education and Training at the Doctoral (and Masters) Level in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Although these guidelines have served I-O Psychology well for many years, updates are needed to reflect advances in science, practice, and technology. Once updated, I would ensure the new guidelines are communicated and implemented effectively by working in partnership with academics and practitioners.

As a scientist-practitioner I believe wholeheartedly in SIOP’s mission and values, and engagement with the Society has been an important part of my professional career. Participating in SIOP provides an opportunity to connect with colleagues and give back to the community, and I hope to continue my contributions through the  Instructional and Educational Officer position.

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Joel Wiesen

My relevant professional experience includes:

  • Teaching at the graduate and undergraduate level
  • Past-President of two potential consortium partners: IPMAAC (now IPAC) and NESAP
  • (New England Society for Applied Psychology)
  • ‚Member of other potential consortium partners (e.g., METRO)
  • Reviewer for some 15 SIOP annual conferences
  • Published test author (WTMA)
  • Approved by APA to offer CE credits
  • Both private and public sector experience
  • Expert witness in several important employment discrimination court cases


My goal is to address four issues that are hobbling the field of I/O psychology. (1) We often ignore relevant advances in other fields of psychology, such as cognitive psychology and neuroscience. For example, in the field of employee selection the KSAPs we are measuring remain largely unchanged for at least a generation. (2) We tend to devalue applied work. (3) Learning applied techniques is hampered by lack of teaching materials and by the propriety nature of some of the best applied work. (4) Our field generally ignores social issues as it tries to improve the profitability of organizations (for example, methods to design jobs for below average workers). The three committees reporting to this Board position can help. The Education and Training Committee monitors and fosters quality in I/O graduate education. This committee can raise the profile of advances in other fields. The CE Coordinator helps coordinate Spring and Fall CE credit activities. The CE Coordinator can promote courses by colleagues doing the best applied work. The Consortia Committee manages consortium events that SIOP hosts at various annual conferences and is responsible for expanding the presence of SIOP at universities and colleges. This committee can help foster programs to address all four issues. I will encourage collaborative work with other organizations to develop model course curricula, foster and encourage CE courses, and seek consortium partners to work collaboratively with to accomplish the above stated goals. Further, I will try to increase the size of the SIOP highschool speakers program.

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Professional Practice Officer

Tracy Kantrowitz

Dr. Tracy Kantrowitz is Research Director at CEB’s SHL Talent Measurement Solutions where she is responsible for product development and conducting research related to selection and assessment trends. Products developed under Dr. Kantrowitz’s leadership have earned awards from leading industry publications. Tracy also has received multiple distinctions from SIOP, including the M. Scott Myers Award, Distinguished Early Career Contributions – Practice Award, and Fellow status.

She has published extensively in leading peer-reviewed journals and presented at national conferences, workshops, and educational webinars on topics such as computer adaptive testing, unproctored internet testing, test security, and mobile assessment. She has also contributed commentaries to Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice and a widely-cited industry publication, the SHL Global Assessment Trends Reports, which describe HR priorities, talent measurement practices, and the use of technology in talent management.

Tracy was Chair of the Professional Practice Committee and an editorial board member of TIP from 2012-2014. During this time, she led a committee that conducted the first careers study of individuals with advanced degrees in I/O psychology, facilitated the Science of HR Series – a collaboration between SIOP and SHRM, made research databases available to practitioners, and contributed columns to the Practitioners’ Forum of TIP. Tracy’s service to SIOP also includes the Brand Enhancement Task Force, the Thornton scholarship selection committee, and reviewing for the annual conference. Tracy also reviews for Mental Measurements Yearbook and for several journals.  Dr. Kantrowitz holds a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Goals and Objectives

SIOP’s practitioner needs studies (Silzer et al., 2008; Oliver et al., 2015) show that key benefits derived from SIOP membership are access to advances in the field, staying current, and access to practitioner knowledge and research findings. To that end, tremendous efforts have occurred over the past several years to address practitioner needs and resulted in successful programs such as the SIOP-SHRM educational series, mentoring, practitioner mini-webinars, reimagined LECs, and the I/O careers study. Despite these, practitioner satisfaction with SIOP remains modest in terms of perceptions of SIOP leadership’s understanding of practice challenges and support for members pursuing licensure and career development.

My overall objective as Practice Officer is to increase the relevance and impact of programs aimed at the development of I/O professionals and advocate for the evolving needs of I/O practice within and outside SIOP. I plan to do this by working with the Professional Practice and Licensure, Certification, and Credentialing committees and SIOP Executive Board to do the following:

  • Capitalize on the findings of the careers and practitioner needs studies to make robust career pathing and development resources available and redefine practitioner needs to facilitate better inclusion of practitioners on key committees and the awards programs. 
  • Promote the widespread use of I/O expertise and connect with business leaders who can take advantage of our research and services by extending SIOP’s reach in different ways – through social media, trade magazines, popular press, educational webinars, and employer conferences. 
  • Support practitioners pursuing licensure by making resources available to members.

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Mark Poteet

Mark L. Poteet founded and has operated an independent consulting practice, Organizational Research & Solutions, for the past sixteen years. He received his PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee in 1996. Mark’s consulting work focuses primarily in the areas of executive coaching, training design and delivery, individual assessment, performance management, and career development. He has published research on these topics in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology and Journal of Vocational Behavior and is a co-author of Designing Workplace Mentoring Programs: An Evidenced-Based Approach. In addition to his consulting work, he is an adjunct professor at Baruch College.

Mark has a long history of SIOP service. He is the current Chair of the Professional Practice Committee. Previously, he has chaired, been a member of, or assisted with multiple committees, including the Membership Services committee, Annual Conference Advance Task Force Review committee, John Flanagan Award committee, and the Scientific Affairs committee’s Science Funding Speed Mentoring Program. Mark played a leading role in the initial design and development of the Practitioner Mentoring program. Mark also co-directs the Volunteer Assessment Program at the University of South Florida, a program designed to provide I-O survey and feedback services to non-profit organizations. In addition to SIOP, Mark is a member of the American Psychological Association, Society for Human Resource Management, and Global Organisation for Humanitarian Work Psychology.


I currently serve as the chair of the Professional Practice Committee and previously served as a committee member. Through these roles, I have a deep awareness of practice-related issues, challenges, and opportunities that lie ahead. This experience, combined with my 20+ years in practice, leaves me well suited for the Professional Practice Officer role.

In this position, I will support the on-going work of the Professional Practice and the Licensing, Certification, & Credentialing committees to advocate for the work and education of practitioners. Working collaboratively with other committee chairs and the Executive Board, and using input from a wide range of stakeholders, I will focus on the following broad objectives:

  • Research and pursue additional opportunities to collaborate with external partners and stakeholders to promote the sound practice and science of I-O psychology and increase SIOP members’ influence on workplace issues.
  • Based on results from current Professional Practice Committee projects (e.g., business acumen competency model; recent Practitioner Needs Survey), research and implement new initiatives to support continuous knowledge and skill development for practitioners.
  • Support SIOP’s efforts to encourage and drive the scientist-practitioner model, for example:
    • Identify and implement mechanisms for practitioners to share their ideas and issues with researchers and to have input on published research.
    • Investigate and identify ways to increase practitioners’ usage of the resources and tools currently available to help them practice sound science.
    • Implement resources to help share advances in research and science with practitioners that can be applied in their work.

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William Shepherd

Will Shepherd earned his doctoral and master’s degree in I-O psychology with a minor in quantitative psychology at Bowling Green State University. He received his bachelor's degree in finance and psychology from The University of Northern Iowa. He is a licensed psychologist in Texas and a Fellow of both SIOP and APA. He has previously served on the SIOP Professional Practice, Membership, Continuing Education, and Conference Planning Committees. He has also served for multiple years as a mentor in the SIOP Group Mentoring and Speed Mentoring programs.

Will Shepherd is currently Director of Enterprise Learning and Development at The Wendy’s Company. He has responsibilities for the leadership development, employee engagement, and employee assessment programs.  Prior to joining Wendy’s, he worked at Huntington Bank where he was Director of Talent and Organizational Effectiveness and had a wide range of talent management responsibilities. Huntington was recently awarded the HRM Impact Award, which recognizes best evidence-based HR practices, by SIOP and SHRM for work he did leading Huntington’s employee survey program. He also won SIOP’s Wiley Award For Excellence In Survey Research. Previously he worked as a consultant for Personnel Decisions International and internally for Verizon developing and validating large-scale, high-volume hiring tools and systems.

He has also served as an adjunct professor at multiple universities teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and his research has been published in academic journals such as Academy of Management Journal and Personnel Psychology. He has been a frequent presenter at the annual SIOP conference.


I have a tremendous passion for the field of I-O psychology. I have worked as an applied I-O psychologist for nearly twenty years.  I have worked as an internal I-O within large organizations, as well as an external consultant providing I-O services. Throughout my career I have strived to be a scientist-practitioner who has used I-O research to solve organizational problems.  I have a long track record of reaching out to my academic colleagues and embedding research into my applied work which has resulted in multiple joint SIOP presentations and publications.

If elected, my areas of focus would include: (1) developing programs, tools, and processes that would better enable applied practitioners to tap into and utilize current I-O research; (2) raising the visibility and recognition of our profession to a broader audience; (3) enhancing our partnership and collaboration with other professional organizations (e.g., SHRM) and areas of psychology; (4) asserting our equal standing as psychologists in matters of professional licensure and practice; (5) expanding mentoring programs to a broader audience, as well as creating I-O peer-to-peer benchmarking groups; (6) providing updated I-O salary benchmarking data; and (7) developing professional development tools to assist I-Os throughout their career.

I believe SIOP is an outstanding professional organization that continues to grow and evolve with our field. I would appreciate the opportunity to apply my energy and passion in the Professional Practices role.

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Rob Silzer

My professional experience is broadly based, across 40 years in personnel research, doctoral graduate teaching, professional writing, consulting practice and SIOP service.  Professional interests include leadership, assessment/selection/succession, development/coaching, high-potential talent, talent management.   Currently -

  • Managing Director, HR Assessment and Development
  • Doctoral Faculty, I/O Psychology, Baruch(CUNY-Graduate Center)
  • Fellow - SIOP, APA, APS, SCP(Div13)
  • SIOP Distinguished Professional Contributions Award (2014)
  • Editorial Board - IOP Journal, TIP
  • Research/publications
    • 3-SIOP Books
    • Strategy-Driven Talent Management (with Ben Dowell)
    • 21st Century Executive/Building Leadership at the Top
    • Individual Psychological Assessment (with Dick Jeanneret)
    • 27-professional articles, 12-book chapters, 2-IOP focal articles
    • Delivered 18-professional workshops (10 in SIOP)
    • 54-professional presentations
    • Senior Director /Personnel-Research(Fieldcrest-Cannon),
    • Board Member -Personnel Psychology, IOP-Journal, TIP, PDRI.
  • Teaching
    • Taught graduate I/O courses- Baruch/CUNY (New York/Singapore), NYU
  • Practice/consulting
    • 150+ organizations, 85-corporate projects
    • 1800-leadership-assessments/coaching
    • Managing Director, HR Assessment & Development
    • President-PDI-New York
  • SIOP/professional service
    • Co-Chair/Originator, 1st-Leading-Edge Consortium (Executive Leadership)
    • Chair, Professional Practice Committee
    • Chair, SIOP Practitioner Needs Survey
    • Chair, LEC Renewal Task Force
    • TIP Practice-column (8 years, 30 articles)
    • President, Metro-NY Applied Psychology Association
    • Co-Founder, Minnesota I-O Psychology Association
  • Education
    • PhD, I-O Psychology, University of Minnesota; MS-Florida State
    • 3 years US Army Medical Corps (surgery)

My professional commitment has been to support and advance I/O Practice.  As Practice Officer I will continue that effort through initiative, collaboration, respect for others and getting things done.

Goal Statement

As a practitioner-scientist-educator I highly value an integrated perspective and collaborative effort in I/O psychology.  In recent years however there has been significant Practitioner dissatisfaction within SIOP and a growing divergence among members.

As Practice Officer my goals are to:

  • Improve I/O Practitioner satisfaction with SIOP  
  • Raise the influence of I/O Psychology Practice
  • Bridge I/O practice and science

Improve I/O Practitioner satisfaction with SIOP To address Practitioner dissatisfaction a Practitioner Strategic Plan (PSP) will be developed.  An aggressive action plan could include

  • Professional certification courses on Practitioner skills (e.g. coaching, assessment, etc.),
  • Action steps to make SIOP more inclusive of Practitioners,
  • An outline for the future direction of I/O Practice.

Raise the influence of I/O Psychology Practice.   An action plan will be developed to pursue

  • Equitable representation of practitioners in SIOP (e.g. appointments, Fellows, Officers, Chairs)
  • A Practice Communication Plan including a Practitioner publication for professional colleagues and a publication to external organizations   

Bridge I/O practice and scienceTo bridge the increasing gap -

  • SIOP journal articles should include lessons from & implications for I/O Practice
  • Practitioners should be fully represented on all committees/boards (internal and external). 
  • I/O Practitioners should explicitly outline the relevance of I/O research to their work.

The SIOP leadership needs to directly address Practitioner member concerns and better value the contributions of I/O Practice/Practitioners. This is critical to the future success and effectiveness of SIOP.  The time to act on these issues is now. 

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External Affairs Officer

Janet Barnes-Farrell

Janet Barnes-Farrell is Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Director of the Industrial Psychology Applications Center in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut.  She has research and professional interests in the health and well-being of our aging workforce, the intersection of work and other life domains, and performance appraisal.  Dr. Barnes-Farrell is a Fellow of SIOP and a past President of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology.  She also serves on the  editorial boards of several scientific journals, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology, Journal of Managerial Psychology, and Work, Aging & Retirement, and she has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. Dr. Barnes-Farrell also has considerable experience with SIOP governance.  She is currently Chair of the SIOP ad hoc External Relations Committee, and has served in a variety of other leadership roles in SIOP over the years including Society Secretary, Member-at-Large, Division 14 representative to APA Council of Representatives, Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee, Chair of the Task Force on Advocacy, and Chair of the Education & Training Committee; and she has been a member of several other standing committees and task forces.


I am honored to be a candidate for External Affairs Officer, a position that includes responsibility for coordinating and supporting the efforts of the External Relations, International Affairs, Local I-O Group Relations, Visibility, and United Nations committees and working with other SIOP officers and committees to further the goals of the Society via our relationships with other groups.

My qualifications for the position include broad experience with SIOP governance, and in particular my experiences as Chair of the External Relations Committee, and previously as Chair of the Task Force on Advocacy, and as APA Council Representative.  Collectively, these have provided me with many opportunities to reflect on the challenges SIOP encounters as we try to work with other organizations and entities in ways that increase the positive impact of our field.  As we have learned very well, this is not “just” a matter of developing better visibility for our field, it is a matter of identifying, developing and maintaining strategic relationships with like-minded organizations and educating other entities about the field of I-O psychology and the interests/expertise of I-O psychologists.  We have made great strides in identifying and initiating such relationships, but maintaining them can be a challenge.  My primary goals as External Affairs Officer will be to solidify and institutionalize those relationships; to ensure that we communicate internally about this work to avoid duplication of effort; and to work with the SIOP Executive Committee to identify and develop additional relationships that are beneficial to SIOP.

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William Farmer

Bill, an industrial psychologist with the U.S. Bureau of Naval Personnel, has a rich background in both internal and external consulting, and conducting and directing personnel research for military, public, and private sector organizations for 25 years.  Currently he serves as the Navy’s technical representative to the Department of Defense for enlisted entrance and classification testing and within the Navy as technical adviser on the enlisted advancement examination process. 

Prior to working for the Navy, Bill was an external consultant whose clients included companies in the service, manufacturing, and retail industries.  Internally, he led the development, administration, and maintenance efforts of the talent management process and system for the largest operating unit of a Fortune 100 express delivery company.  Previously he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration and a leading household goods relocation transportation company.  Though his experience touches on areas as diverse as leader development, training, and performance management, his primary focus has been in the areas of selection and psychometrics.

He serves as adjunct graduate faculty at two universities, and is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington, and a founding member of Memphis Industrial-Organizational Psychologists.   Bill is also the chair of SIOP’s Ad Hoc Committee on Local I-O Group Relations.  He received his PhD in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Oklahoma.


As a practicing industrial-organizational psychologist and long-time member of the organization, I understand and have benefitted from the many services that SIOP provides.  In addition to SIOP’s commitment to us as members, a critical element in our value proposition as an organization is the strength of our ties with other groups that overlap with SIOP’s professional interests or its outreach mission.  As such, the role of External Affairs Officer is vital to ensuring that SIOP remain relevant to us as professionals and impactful as an organization.

I have served as the Chair of SIOP’s ad hoc Committee on Local I-O Group Relations for the last three years.  As the first member to hold that position I have worked hard to define the purpose, and establish the mission and vision for a committee that represents the interests of locally based I-O groups in the US and abroad.  We have built a tremendous team of professionals who continue to ensure that we deliver on our ability to serve effectively as the voice for local I-O groups, as well as expanding SIOP’s footprint. 

Building on the work of Milt Hakel and others who have gone before, my goals are to:

  1. Nurture the existing relations that we have in order to maintain our connectivity,
  2. Seek mutually beneficial opportunities for establishing new organizational relationships, and
  3. Advocate for our profession and strengthen SIOP’s influence as a global voice for smarter workplace decision making.

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Debra Major

Debra A. Major earned her Ph.D. in I/O psychology from Michigan State University. She is professor and eminent scholar at Old Dominion University where she has won several research and teaching awards. Her work broadly focuses on how people successfully enact their careers and overcome barriers to career success.  In pursuing this line of research, Dr. Major has studied organizational socialization, teamwork, work-family conflict and coping, and the barriers encountered by women and ethnic minorities pursuing careers in STEM. She has formed research collaborations across multiple disciplines, including community health, pediatrics, computer science, and engineering. Dr. Major has secured research grants from numerous federal agencies and has received continuous funding from the National Science Foundation for more than a decade. She presently serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Management, Journal of Business and Psychology, Journal for Occupational Health Psychology, and Career Development Quarterly. Dr. Major is fellow of APA, APS, and SIOP.

Dr. Major has served SIOP in a number of positions, including Chair of the Strategic Policy and Planning Committee (SPARC), External Relations Committee member, Scientific Advocacy Taskforce member, SIOP’s representative to the APA Council, Chair of the Education and Training Committee, and Editor of The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist. In 2015, she received SIOP’s Distinguished Service Contributions Award.


As External Affairs Officer my primary goals would be to facilitate SIOP’s efforts to increase its visibility and impact. Within SIOP we appreciate the talents of our members and what the I/O field has to offer. However, having the greatest impact hinges on promoting the science and practice of I/O outside of our organization.  I plan to work with External Relations, Visibility, United Nations, and International Affairs committees to strengthen and capitalize on our existing relationships with partner organizations such as APA, APS, SHRM and EAWOP. I will also collaborate with other SIOP portfolio officers to forge new connections and opportunities for SIOP to showcase the science and practice of I/O psychology. My leadership on relevant SIOP committees, such as SPARC, External Relations and TIP, and my boundary spanning work representing SIOP’s interests outside the organization (e.g., APA Council, Committee on APA/Division Relations, Scientific Advocacy Taskforce) have prepared me to be effective in this role.

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Christopher Rotolo

Christopher’s prior SIOP involvement has been focused on increasing our relevancy and visibility to the broader community and key stakeholders.  His involvement as member and Chair of the Visibility Committee includes revamping SIOP.org, getting textbook publishers to better represent I-O, conducting public webinars, and establishing liaisons with SHRM.  As the Electronic Communications Chair, he implemented mySIOP.org, created live pre-LEC blogging sessions, and established content providers for SIOP.org.  SIOP Task Force involvement ranges from State Licensure, I-O certification, and website redesign.  He chaired the Katzell Award committee, and the LEC marketing committee.  Most recently, he led a Task Force to refresh the SIOP brand, including the creation of a brand/marketing strategy as well as redesigning the SIOP logo and tagline, which is in use today.

Christopher has over 20 years of experience as a practitioner-scientist.  As a practitioner, he has worked with a variety of public and private organizations both internally and externally.  Currently, he is responsible for the design and deployment of PepsiCo’s enterprise assessment processes.  Prior to PepsiCo, Christopher led the Leadership Strategy and Research group within IBM.  He also worked within government for the FBI and Arlington County.  Externally, he worked with Hay/McBer, Sirota Consulting, and his own firm, Behavioral Insights, LLC.  Christopher is an Adjunct Professor at NYU, teaching Organizational Culture and Human Resource Selection.  Christopher earned his Master’s in I-O Psychology at UCF, and his Ph.D. in I-O Psychology at Old Dominion University.  He is past-President of the Metropolitan New York Association of Applied Psychology.


One of the consistent themes in membership surveys has been the need to raise awareness and understanding of our field to key stakeholders.  The External Affairs portfolio is responsible for deepening the relationships of some of the most important stakeholders to our profession.  The success of this elected position is critical to the advancement of a core component of SIOP’s mission: To promote public awareness of the field.  If elected, my goals will be threefold:

  1. Step up our visibility efforts through a series of integrated, high impact initiatives – Efforts to-date have not moved the needle as fast as needed.  We need to conduct a historical review and future needs analysis to inform a Strategic Visibility Plan that is integrated with our brand strategy, and work jointly with other committees (e.g., Professional Practice) to execute these plans flawlessly.
  2. Strengthen our advocacy and public policy efforts – We have made great strides but in many ways SIOP is still in its infancy.  We need to continue the work that the Government Relations Advocacy Team and Lewis-Burke started.  We also need to establish plans to play a more proactive role with regards to public policy and the UN.
  3. Establish stronger ties with local and international I-O groups – SIOP should be a conduit in the social network of our field.  We need to play a bigger and more proactive role in helping local groups get started.  We also need deeper ties with the international community by leveraging our visibility and advocacy efforts.

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