2012-2013 Scientific Affairs Committee (SAC) Goals
Submitted by: Fred Oswald, Chair
Date: June 20, 2012
Patrick Converse, Florida Institute of Technology
Lillian Eby, University of Georgia
Eden King, George Mason
Ron Landis, Illinois Institute of Technology
James LeBreton, Purdue University
Lisa Leslie, University of Minnesota
Rustin Meyer, Georgia Tech
Chris Nye, Bowling Green
Kristen Shockley, Baruch College - CUNY
Steve Stark, University of South Florida
Ashley Walvoord, Verizon
Liu-Qin Yang, Portland State University
Student Member: Sam McAbee, Rice University
Goal 1. Continue pursuing recommendations included in the report on science advocacy developed by the Task Force on Science Advocacy
Action: (1) In 2011, SAC administered a survey to the SIOP membership that captured the existing scientific experiences, capabilities, and capacity of those who responded (Task Force recommendation 1). Results have been summarized, but the implications of those results have yet to be fully explored. Further interpretation and communication of these results will occur in 2012-2013. (2) SAC will provide input into the Professional Practice career survey and job analysis of SIOP members. Results from this here will likely dovetail with SAC survey results and provide a richer context for the task report recommendations.
Goal 2. Increase SIOP’s capability for science advocacy through increased communication and training
Action: (1) SAC is currently planning an advocacy panel at the SIOP 2013 conference in Houston as a logical follow-up on the presentation by Heather Kelly at APA on advocacy at the SIOP 2012 conference. (2) FABBS (Morton Gernsbacher) is developing a smartphone app that will contain daily behavioral science facts. SAC (Ron Landis) is currently working with SIOP FABBS representatives (Michele Gelfand and Seth Kaplan) and with FABBS (Morton Gernsbacher, Susan Fiske, Leaetta Hough) to create I/O-related material that would go into this app that promises to be appealing to a wide external audience outside of SIOP. (3) SAC members (Liu-Qin Yang and Ashley Walvoord) are incoming editors for a new TIP series on scientific advocacy and related issues.
Goal 3. Work with Professional Practice and EEOC on issues related to selection practices.
Action: (1) As a preliminary step, Eric Dunleavy (task force chair) met with the chair of Professional Practice (Tracy Kantrowitz) and the SAC chair (Fred Oswald) in June to discuss topics and goals related to personnel selection that would be of potential interest to both SIOP and EEOC members. (2) Conversations with EEOC are forthcoming, but SAC is sensitive to the need to communicate with and/or call upon the members of other SIOP committees as appropriate (e.g., Professional Practice, Visibility, the External Relations Committee). (3) These efforts should be coordinated with those who will be involved in the update to the SIOP Principles, in addition to those SIOP members involved in the to-be-released APA/AERA/NCME update to the Test Standards (e.g., Fritz Drasgow, Jo-Ida Hansen, Paul Sackett, Nancy Tippins, Laurie Wise).
Goal 4. Consider ways that SIOP.org and my.SIOP.org can be used to support the needs of the SIOP science community
Action: (1) Information about grants and foundations has been revised and updated on the SIOP research grants website. (2) Information about the FABBS Action Alerts has been made available on the SIOP website. (3) Informed the SIOP membership (through my.SIOP.org) that those who are APA members with scientific interests should sign up for three monthly e-mail alerts (APA Science Policy News, In the Public Interest, and Psychological Science Agenda. (4) Conversations continue between SAC and the Electronics Communication Committee for improving my.SIOP.org to meet scientific needs (professional networking around scientific topics, SIOP symposia, etc.).