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2007-2008 Workshop Committee Goals and Progress Report Form

Committee Chair Name – Suzanne Tsacoumis
Date – 03/21/08

Goals Report
 X   Progress Report

Committee Members:

Margaret Barton
Linda Carr    
Robin Cohen     
Shane Douthitt
Barbara Fritzsche
Tom Giberson 
Joan Gutkowski 
John Howes   
Morton McPhail
Liberty Munson
Debra Drenth Setzer
Bill Sipe
Bill Strickland
Suzanne Tsacoumis, Chair
Deb Whetzel
Kate Zimberg

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. Develop at least 14 but no more than 16 pre-conference workshops with high demand that will attract full participation in April 2008 (linked to SIOP’s Strategic Planning Goals related to Visibility and Organization of Choice)

Action: We have identified 15 workshops and secured presenters for all.
See the titles and presenters at the end of this document.

2. Develop workshops tapping a range of I-O topics with participation from presenters in different types of organizations (e.g., academic, private industry, consulting) (linked to SIOP’s Strategic Planning Goals related to Organization of Choice and Model of integrated scientist)

Action: The workshop committee identified a variety of topics including areas in organizational, assessment, methodology, legal, and HR management. In addition, the presenters represent a diverse group of organizations, and where feasible we teamed an academician with a practitioner. Also, there are several workshops being developed that have more of an academic-practitioner blend.

3. Create clear guidelines for presenters to use in preparing workshop handout materials (linked to SIOP’s Strategic Planning Goals related to Visibility)

Action: Guidelines have been prepared and shared with the workshop coordinator to pass along to the presenters.  


  • Robin Cohen (out-going committee member) has agreed to serve as the Pre-conference Workshop Committee chair-in-training. 
  • Six members of the committee are rotating off. New committee members are: Dwayne Norris (AIR), Wanda Campbell (EEI), Amy Grubb (FBI), Tim McGonigle (SRA), Mindy Bergman (Texas A&M), and Robert Gibby (P&G).  As can be noted, a variety of workplaces are represented: consulting, private industry, federal government, and academia. The committee will remain at 15 members with the expectation of offering 15 workshops. 
  • Two current committee members are unable to attend SIOP this year and thus will not be able to coordinate their assigned workshops. Two incoming members will serve as the onsite coordinators for the sessions.

SIOP 2008 Pre-conference Workshops
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

1. Doing Competencies Well in Applied Settings. Michael A. Campion, Purdue University; Alexis A. Fink, Microsoft Corporation;  Brian J. Ruggeberg, Aon Talent Solutions Consulting. Coordinator: Margaret Barton, U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

2. Making Mergers and Acquisitions Work: The Basics and Beyond. Mitchell Lee Marks, San Francisco State University and JoiningForces.org. Coordinator: Linda Carr, Sun Micro Systems.

3.   Creating a Compelling Offer: Aligning Your Employee Value Proposition to Key Talent Segments. Anthony McBride, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.; Maria Amato, CLC Solutions. Coordinator: Robin Cohen, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

4. Closing the Business Acumen Gap: Moving from an HR Expert to an Impactful Business Partner. Adam Ortiz, Executive Development Consulting; Jeff Smith, Barclays Global Investors. Coordinator: Shane Douthitt, Morehead Associates.

5. Using Technology to Enhance Assessment and Development Programs. Deborah E. Rupp, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Coordinator: Barbara Fritzsche, University of Central Florida.

6. Qualitative Research Methods. David Fetterman, Stanford University. Coordinator: Tom Giberson, Oakland University.

7. Building and Managing Effective E-Learning Systems: How to Build a World-class Technology-based Training System in Which Employees Really Learn. Kurt Kraiger, Colorado State University; Kenneth G. Brown, University of Iowa. Coordinator: Joan Gutkowski, KPMG.  
8. Global Knowledge and Skills for Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Keith James, Portland State University; Jose M Péiro, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain; Mo Wang, Portland State University. Coordinator: John Howes, Nike.  
9. It's All About the Fundamentals! Staying Statistically Savvy in a Point-and-Click World. Rodney A. McCloy, Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO). Coordinator: S. Morton McPhail, Valtera Corporation.
10. Leading an Ethical Culture in Organizations: How I-O Psychologists Can Help. Charles E. Ruthford, The Boeing Company; Michael E. Brown, Penn State-Erie. Coordinator: Liberty Munson, Microsoft Corporation. 

11. The Impending Workforce Crisis: What I-O Psychologists Can Do About It. Wayne Cascio, University of Colorado; Peter Cappelli, University of Pennsylvania. Coordinator: Debra Drenth Setzer, Franklin Templeton Investments.

12. EEO Update: Adding, Deleting, or Altering Selection Instruments Required, Permitted, or Prohibited? Keith M. Pyburn, Jr., Fisher and Phillips, LLP, John A. Weiner, PSI Services Inc. Coordinator: Bill Sipe, Mercer HR Consulting.

13. Performance Testing: A New Frontier for I-O Psychologists. Deirdre J. Knapp, Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), David J. Pucel, Performance Training Systems, Inc. and the University of Minnesota. Coordinator: Bill Strickland, Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO).

14. Executive Talent Management:  Creating and Implementing Practices that Drive Business Results, Pradnya Parasher, Microsoft Corporation; Suzan L. McDaniel, Bristol-Myers Squibb. Coordinator: Deborah L. Whetzel, U.S. Postal Service

15. From Scientific Progress to Improved Practice: A Practitioner-oriented Primer on Cutting-edge I-O Research; Gilad Chen, University of Maryland; Joshua Sacco, Aon Consulting. Coordinator: Kate Zimberg, Microsoft Corporation.