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Scientific Affairs Committee Goals and Progress Report Form

Steve W. J. Kozlowski, Chair


27 January 2009

Goals Report 


(1) Science Advocacy Task Force.
Last year Scientific Affairs, with the assistance of the Federation, organized its first Science Forum (coordinated by Ruth Kanfer) on Work and Aging: Psychological-Organizational Science Contributions to the Management of an Aging and Age-Diverse Workforce. The Science Forum was a continuation of an ongoing activity initiated by the prior Chair of the Committee. Early impressions by Ruth Kanfer of the effectiveness of the Science Forum in advancing SIOP’s goals of science advocacy were somewhat mixed. As a result, I proposed that Scientific Affairs form a Taskforce to examine the Science Forum experience and to propose a number of alternative actions designed to build an infrastructure of expertise within SIOP to advocate for our science.
Action Item: Scientific Affairs to organize a Taskforce to consider the effectiveness of the Science Forum experience and to generate alternative options to facilitate science advocacy by SIOP.
That Action Item was approved.  I have been planning Taskforce membership (and have spoken with a couple of people about participating). However, I have not made firm progress on staffing the Taskforce and planning out the action plan. Frankly, I have simply been overwhelmed with other commitments this year (primarily taking over JAP). Moreover, I’m currently on sabbatical in Australia, which has also made progress on the Taskforce problematic, and I will be unable to attend SIOP and the EC meeting in April. I have discussed this situation with Kurt Kraiger, and we have decided to post-pone Taskforce activities until I return to the USA. Kurt will appoint a new Scientific Affairs Chair, but I will retain leadership of the Taskforce, request the budget that was allocated, and will conduct it during 2009-2010…and potentially beyond should the activities warrant a longer term effort (part of the original vision.
Time Frame: Initial planning is underway; primary activities will be conducted in the later half of 2009-2010. I will not be able to attend the EC meeting in 2009. However, I view this as a long term activity. Depending on what we discover, the Taskforce may deliberate beyond April 2009 and my duration as Chair of Scientific Affairs.
Action Steps: Identify membership, generate tasks, and plan for organization and coordination. Independently collect data. Meet and compile. Develop report.
Expected Results: Greater awareness among Federal funding agencies for the expertise of SIOP members. Alternative actions to build expertise within the SIOP membership for science advocacy and funding (SIOP Goals 1 and 2).
Committee Members:
Bradford S. Bell, Cornell University
Jay Goodwin, U. S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
Seth Kaplan, George Mason University