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International Affairs Committee Goals and Progress Report Form


Committee Chair – Alexander Alonso

June 5, 2009

x Goals Report
Committee Members: See attached spreadsheet. Currently, 57 members to the committee with three returning members – 1) Anna Erickson, 2) Mo Wang, and 3) Rich Cober.
For the initial Goals Report, please list committee goals, time frame, and action steps. Please include expected results and how the goal relates to one or more of SIOP’s four strategic goals.
For subsequent Progress Reports, please provide a brief update including a listing of actions taken.

SIOP Vision: To be recognized as the premier professional group committed to advancing the science and practice of the psychology of work.
SIOP Goals: SIOP will become the…
1. Visible and trusted authority on work-related psychology. This includes:
  • Heightened awareness within lay, business, scientific, and government communities of the role and value of I-O psychology in improving productivity and well-being in the workplace.
  • Greater outreach to the broader field of psychology and related disciplines and organizations (including organizations outside the United States), policy makers, the public, and the media.
2. Advocate and champion of I-O psychology to policy makers. This includes:

  • Increased efforts to obtain federal funding for I-O research.
  • Increased efforts to monitor and influence policy and legislation affecting human behavior at work.
  • Heightened awareness among top managers in business about the value of I-O psychology and I-O professionals.
3. Organization of choice of I-O professionals. This includes:
  • Increased enjoyment and satisfaction of members.
  • More members in all categories, including regular, Student, International, Affiliate, and Associate Members.
  • Higher annual retention rate.
  • Increased support for SIOP members in their efforts to study, apply, and teach the principles, findings, and methods of I-O psychology.
4. Model of integrated scientist–practitioner effectiveness that values research, practice, and education equally and seeks higher standards in all three areas. 
·        Increased collaboration and dialogue between academics and practitioners where science informs practice and practice informs science.
·        Increased collaboration and exchange of ideas with non-North American I-O professionals.
·        Decreased perception of fissure between academics and practitioners.
·        Clear and rigorous means of evaluating the quality of graduate training programs.
·        Clear and rigorous standards for practice.

Strategic Planning Goals: (Please highlight committee goals related to the advocacy of SIOP’s Strategic Planning Goals)
1)     1. Goal:    The International Affairs Committee will set up a successful International Reception at the upcoming SIOP 2010 Conference including seeking sponsorship and collaborating with David Nershi of SIOP to ensure effective coordination. Related SIOP Goal: 1
Action: By August 2009 the IA Committee will establish a taskforce to manage a fully-sponsored International Affairs Reception at SIOP and attend similar receptions at sister conferences.
Action: In April 2010, the IA Committee will host an international reception attended by more than 300 persons. This reception will also consist of a brief introduction and commentary from SIOP, IAAP, and EAWOP representatives.
2)      2. Goal: The IA Committee will identify opportunities for collaboration with sister associations like IAAP and EAWOP including seeking opportunities for sharing information through trade journals and magazines by December 2009. Related SIOP Goal: 1 & 2.
Action: The IA Committee will submit a joint proposal to the Executive Board of each association or society enumerating collaborative opportunities like joint workshops, publications, a series of position papers on topics in I-O psychology, and edited books describing effective practice of I-O psychology across the globe by October 2009.
Action: The IA Committee will establish a joint taskforce with IAAP and EAWOP to explore how members would like to receive information about best practices in I-O psychology and where such information should be stored.
Action: The IA Committee will develop an editorial proposal for a joint journal with IAAP and EAWOP by January 2010.
Action: The IA Committee will work with the Visibility and Professional Practice Committees to build opportunities for exposure in international settings including using resources developed by these Committees to brief stakeholders worldwide like Departments of Commerce and Better Business Bureaus.
Action: The IA Committee will submit a proposal for a recurring collaborative publication forum to the TIP by July 2009.
Action: The IA Committee will develop a joint membership communication vehicle where I-O practice blogs can be shared across EAWOP, IAAP, and SIOP by July 2010.
Action: The IA Committee will establish a directory of international internship and exchange programs for students, as well as identify potential sponsors to fund such programs by March 2010.
Action: The IA Committee will submit a proposal on the establishment of an International Research Consortium for members of SIOP, EAWOP, and IAAP by June 2010. 
Updates or Comments From Chair: