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APS Committee Report

Program (APS) Committee Goals and Progress Report Form
Committee Chair Name: Shawn Burke
Date: June 1, 2011
Committee Members: Shawn Burke (Chair), Suzanne Bell (Chair in Training)

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.

Committee Goals: (Please highlight committee goals related to the advancement of SIOP’s Strategic Planning Goals)
1.     Increase the visibility and presence of the I/O community at APS. The primary purpose of this goal is twofold. First, to increase the knowledge and awareness of the I/O day of programming at APS within the SIOP community. Second, to attract more I/O psychologists to attend APS so that there is a better understanding among the broader psychology community of what we do and our contributions to psychology. This goal primarily relates to SIOP’s Strategic Planning Goals 1 and 3. 
Action: There are several actions that the committee plans to take to accomplish this goal. First, we plan to write up something for TIP which advertises the I/O programming once it is finalized. Second, the committee could also increase awareness by writing up a blurb for the SIOP newsbriefs. Finally, avenues within APS will be investigated in order to increase awareness of our programming within the larger program.
2.     Develop a set of diverse, high quality programming at APS which ties into the APS goal and represents the diversity present within our field. The primary purpose of this goal is to build a diverse program that shows the breadth of I/O. Where possible invited speakers will be chosen such that topics may also be applicable to other psychology fields as a potential way to increase awareness of the contributions of I/O. This should also attract more individuals with an I/O background to APS. This goal also ties in with the APS theme for 2012 which is to illustrate the positives that diverse perspectives can provide. This committee goal taps into SIOP strategic goals 1 and 3.
Action: Starting this month an initial list of potential invited speakers and themes will be created. The plan is to send invites out in July so that the final program with regards to the invited speakers can be set by August. I/O related posters and symposia within the broader APS program will be reviewed as they come in.
3.     Illustrate the value of the scientist-practitioner model. While APS is primarily attended by academics it is also important for academics to be able to translate findings into practical guidance such that we are able to translate our science to people beyond the I/O community. While many academics may not deal with actual organizations on a daily basis they do write grants and influence other funding sources. In order to be in the best position they must be able to show the impact of findings; what do they mean outside the laboratory. This goal not only taps into the APS theme of illustrating the value of diverse perspectives (showing the value of both science and practice), but relates to SIOP strategic goals 2 and 4.
Action: This goal will be accomplished by choosing invited speakers who are able to translate their experimental findings, whether data is collected in the laboratory or field, into what is meant or at least suggested for practice. In essence answering the ‘why should I care’ and ‘what does this mean outside of the immediate research study’ questions. This goal will initially be represented in the final choice of invited speakers (approx August) and then reiterated through the actual presentations that occur at APS in 2012.
Updates or Comments From Chair: None. This is the first report.