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APA Program Committee  


Submitted by Chris Robert, 2008 APA Program Chair (3/14/08)
The 2008 APA Program Committee had a successful year. I believe our efforts have resulted in a solid program at APA. Our program includes substantial representation by SIOP members, as well as a significant number of highly visible SIOP members. Below I highlight our major accomplishments as related to the specific goals formulated at the beginning of the year:
1.      Encourage Division 14 members’ submissions to, and attendance at, the 2008 APA conference. 
  • Advertised submission deadlines through TIP (October issue)
  • We continued the tradition of coordinating with the SIOP program chair to invite people who had submissions at SIOP that were rejected, but which were “on the bubble” for being accepted, to present their work at APA if they had indicated interest in doing so with their SIOP submission. We invited 73 “SIOP bubble submissions” to present posters at APA, based on average SIOP reviewer scores. Of those, 48 (66%) accepted the offer and are on the 2008 APA program.
  • We accepted 44 of 64 (69%) individual proposals submitted directly to the APA conference, as well as 2 of the 3 symposia. I believe these acceptance rates indicate high inclusiveness, but not at the cost of quality.

2.      Assemble experienced review committee.




  • We contacted eligible members of last year’s program committee to determine interest in repeating service on this year’s committee.
  • There was discussion at the April 2007 EC meeting that focused taking steps to include SIOP members who indicated interest in participating on SIOP committees. We contacted 3 individuals who had indicated interest in serving on the APA Program committee or any APA committee on their SIOP “Committee Volunteer Form”—one of them accepted our invitation.
  • In addition, Robert Sinclair (incoming 2009 APA Program Chair) invited additional colleagues to round out the list. This procedure seems to work well to ensure continuity and participation of new members on the committee.
  • Our committee included a mix of academics and practitioners (about 15 and 6, respectively), as well as early, middle, and late-career members.
  • Each of 21 reviewers (including the chair and incoming chair) provided 6-7 reviews each, and each submission was reviewed by at least 2 program committee members.
3.      Encourage local I-O involvement in the APA conference. 
  • Targeted e-mails were sent to SIOP members in the Boston area to make them aware of the 2008 conference, and to encourage their participation. At least one symposium was submitted (and accepted) based on this invitation.
  • J. Richard Hackman (Harvard University) was invited to give a Keynote address, and graciously accepted the invitation.

4.      Actively seek out APA symposia that would be of mutual interest to Division 14 members and members from other divisions to increase Division 14 exposure. Lead and support cross-cutting initiatives that involve multiple divisions for APA programming.



  • We are co-sponsoring or co-listing a number of programs with other APA divisions (most notably, division 13), including the annual Social Hour with division 5.
  • We are also co-sponsoring a symposium (with the APA Board of Professional Affairs) entitled “Future of Professional Practice in Psychology—Seeing the Glass as More than Half Full.”

5.      Develop a session that will attempt to attract APA attendees who are not SIOP members for the purpose of exposing attendees to the science, practice, and/or teaching of I-O psychology. Possible topics might include a) integrating I-O psychology into the curriculum of introductory psychology courses, and/or b) an expert panel describing the application of psychology to applied problems in the workplace.




  • We have organized one session on “Evidence-Based Practice in I-O” that will include Richard Klimoski and Vicki Vandaveer as co-chairs, and all of our SIOP representatives to the APA Council (Drs. Dipboye, Knapp, Salas, Barnes-Farrell, and Cortina) as panelists.
  • Bob Sinclair (incoming APA Program Chair) has indicated interest in having the practice of including APA Council representatives on such a panel become a tradition at the APA conference. Such a practice will ensure participation of highly visible SIOP members on the program.
  • Multiple divisions were invited to co-list this symposium with us, and divisions 5 and 19 accepted the invitation.