Education and Training Committee
Final Report, March 2010
Marcus Dickson (Chair)
Mikki Hebl (Chair-in-Training)
This update covers each of the goals approved by the Executive Board for the Education and Training Committee for 2009-2010. In addition to these goals, E&T continues to field calls and emails related to choosing a graduate program, online graduate programs, etc. There has been a significant increase in the number of contacts from people wanting SIOP’s “position” on online graduate training programs, or information on employers’ perceptions of such programs.
“Maintenance” Goals carrying over from 2008-2009
1. Continue to provide information and referral services concerning group study abroad opportunities for SIOP to coordinate among U.S. graduate programs.
There has been little activity on this goal in the past few months. Once the new Educators Page is in place, we anticipate having an easy venue for publicizing study abroad opportunities.
2. Maintain and increase the SIOP Teaching Wiki website’s content (i.e., syllabi, in-class activities, and out-of-class projects), as well as the awareness of the site by potential users.
Julie Lyon continues to lead the sub-committee addressing this goal. The wiki sub-committee is coordinating their efforts with the Educators Page Review sub-committee, and materials will be moved as appropriate between the two sites. The Wiki Sub-committee continues to explore ways to use new media to get the word out to other SIOP members for zero cost. The wiki has a variety of Web 2.0 features, such as embedded video and RSS feeds of any changes to the site, and the committee wants to maximize the technology available to us.
The symposium “The Data-Driven Classroom: Scholarly Teaching and Scholarship of Teaching” will be presented at the SIOP conference this year. This symposium emerged as an outgrowth of work on the SIOP Teaching Aids Wiki, and was coordinated by Julie, with Marcus Dickson serving as Discussant.
In the coming year, the sub-committee will consider whether it is viable and desirable to implement a process similar to that used by APA Division 2 (Teaching of Psychology) on their wiki, in which submissions undergo peer review, thereby allowing their members to receive c.v. credit for submitted items.
As a result of conversations with the Executive Director, the Wiki sub-committee has begun to develop a strategy for integrating materials suitable for students in online graduate training programs, and has begun to target faculty in those programs for invitations to submit materials to the wiki.
3. Continue to host the annual Program Directors Meeting in conjunction with the Long-Range Planning Committee
The program directors meeting will again be held “off-program”. Within minutes of the email announcing the program directors meeting, emails began to arrive at the E&T chair’s mailbox expressing intent to attend, or requests for information following the conference from those unable to attend.
4. Continue to support the Doctoral Consortium as an important part of the SIOP Conference
At the recommendation of Education and Training, the Doctoral Consortium – and the Master’s Consortium – have both been moved by the Executive Board so that they now fall under the direct purview of the Education and Instruction Officer. E&T will of course be supportive of these programs in any way we can, but no longer will carry this as a goal.
Carryover Goals from 2008-2009 to be completed in 2009-2010
5. Assess the current state of education and training in consulting and business skills in US I-O master's and Ph.D. training programs, and to compare this with employers' perceptions of the preparedness of new I-O Ph.D.s in terms of the basic business and consulting skills.
The sub-committee chaired by Alexis Fink has completed this goal, and a special event on the program at this year’s conference is “Educating I-O Psychologists for Consulting and Business: A Skills-Based Perspective,” in which the sub-committee will report on their findings. Following the SIOP conference, the sub-committee will integrate feedback received at the SIOP Conference session and convert the report into a shortened version to be submitted to TIP.
6. Publicize the Introductory Psychology-oriented PowerPoint slides (that are already developed by previous E&T leadership and members) to textbook publishing companies for inclusion in their instructor ancillaries.
To date, meetings or calls have been held with representatives from four publishing companies, and two publishing companies have been in contact with David Nershi to negotiate access to these materials, with one agreement finalized and one in progress. E&T has seen its role in this process as being making initial contacts and promoting the idea, and then turning negotiations over to Executive Director Nershi, and so he may provide additional information.
7. Enhance the Educators Page on the SIOP Website
This goal is being pursued by a sub-committee chaired by Scott Tonidandel. As noted above, Scott, Julie Lyon (Wiki Sub-committee chair), Marcus Dickson, and Mikki Hebl have been in conversation about how best to allocate content between the Educators page and the wiki. A draft (in progress) of this sub-committee’s proposal is attached to this report as an Appendix.
8. Develop materials for graduate students on research funding opportunities and strategies for acquiring research funding.
Unexpected administrative duties arising for members of this sub-committee have prevented their making significant progress on this goal. We anticipate this goal carrying over into 2010-2011.
9. Re-develop the I-O Ambassadors Program so that it can begin to achieve the goals that were initially set for it.
We are unclear on the status of this goal. Recently, email went out to many members of SIOP under the title of SIOP Ambassadors Program, but the program was very different than what E&T has been considering for the past couple of years. We hope to receive clarification on this at the upcoming Executive Board meeting.
New Goals for 2009-2010
10. Hold a Conversation Hour at the SIOP Conference (preferably as part of the program, but off-program if this is not possible) between MA/MS programs and Ph.D. programs
At the strong request from attendees at the 2009 Program Directors Meeting, Mikki Hebl (E&T Chair-in-Training) developed and submitted a proposal, which was accepted for presentation at the SIOP conference, for a roundtable focused on promoting conversation between terminal master’s and Ph.D. programs. The hosts include representatives from universities with a terminal master’s program only, a Ph.D. program only, both terminal master’s and a separate Ph.D. program, and a university with a terminal master’s program that is currently starting a Ph.D. program.
11. Engage with PACAT Inc., the publisher of the ACAT assessment of undergraduate student learning outcomes, in order to advocate for them to include I-O content as part of the ACAT assessment, which would likely lead to increased coverage of I-O topics in undergraduate curricula.
E&T remains eager to pursue this goal, if directed to do so by the Executive Board. We referred this topic to the EB for direction, but have not received guidance on whether and how to move forward, or whether the task has been undertaken by the Executive Office or officers.
Newly Assigned Goals since last report
12. Conduct an assessment of the number of programs offering graduate level training in I-O Psychology, as well as their curriculum and staffing.
In September, 2009, SIOP President Kurt Kraiger tasked E&T with producing “a short summary of the online I/O education issue that we could discuss at the winter meeting. What programs are there? Who's teaching in these? What are the implications for SIOP in terms of employment opportunities for members, membership qualifications, etc.”
Stefanie Johnson took on the task of preparing this report. Her sub-committee’s report was submitted to the Executive Board prior to the previous meeting. E&T is open to requests to continue to explore this topic, as requested.
13. Assess the viability and desirability of establishing “student chapters” of SIOP within graduate training programs.
In December, 2009, SIOP President Kurt Kraiger tasked E&T with considering whether formalized graduate student chapters of SIOP, similar to what APS has in place, would be beneficial to the Society in terms of promoting the conversion of student members into full (or associate, as appropriate) members of the Society upon graduation from their training programs. A concern is that SIOP seems to have a large number of student members who never convert to full membership, and subsequently drift away from SIOP.
Marcus Dickson is chairing an ad hoc committee to review this proposal. Members will include the E&T Chair-in-Training, the Chair of SIOP’s Membership Committee or designate, a representative from the Professional Practice Committee, a representative from a terminal master’s training program, and a current graduate student. The ad hoc committee will prepare a brief summary of their suggestions and ideas related to this proposal for presentation to the Executive Board.
It has been my privilege to serve as Chair-in-Training (under Eric Heggestad’s tutelage) and now as Chair of Education and Training for the past two years. I am delighted that Mikki Hebl will be taking over as Chair – I can’t think of someone more committed to the topic or better suited for the task.