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APA Program Committee Final Report

March 13, 2009
 
SIOP Executive Committee
Robert R. Sinclair, PhD, Chair
 
In my January update, I provided extensive details on the Division 14 Program for APA as well as a discussion of some procedural issues related to assembling the program. In this report, I briefly summarize the status of the Program relative to the goals stated in my October report.
 
Strategic Planning Goals:
 
Our committee goals are most relevant to the SIOP strategic goal of being a “Visible and trusted authority on work-related psychology” and to the SIOP Vision of being “recognized as the premier professional group committed to advancing the science and practice of the psychology of work.”
 
1.      Encourage Division 14 members’ submissions to and attendance at the 2009 APA conference. 
 
Action (in Spring 208 report): We will continue standard practice of advertising in TIP and other media as appropriate. We also will continue the practice of asking SIOP submitters if they would be willing to consider presenting their work at APA if there is not room on the SIOP program.
 
Final Report: The call for papers was published in the October 2008 TIP. We invited authors of 74 posters and 24 symposia/discussion/tutorial submissions that were not accepted for SIOP to participate in the APA conference. This produced 38 poster sessions and 9 symposia/discussion sessions for the 2009 conference. I also submitted a conference highlights article for the July 2009 TIP and APA will include a similar set of division highlights in upcoming publications.
 
2.      Assemble experienced review committee.
 
Action (from Spring report): We have assembled a diverse and highly qualified review team. We will supplement the current list with additional members invited by the incoming program chair and potentially through other sources, such as SIOP members who indicated interest in participating on their committee volunteer forms.
 
Final Report: The final list of committee members is attached. I am pleased to report that we grew the size of the committee this year. I have thanked the committee members for their participation and have encouraged them to serve again next year.
 
3.      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.
 
Action (from Spring report): We will continue the current practice of coordinating with the SIOP conference chair to identify quality proposals that are not accepted for the SIOP conference. We also have begun discussions with Division 13 to co-sponsor a session or event of mutual interest, such as a session focused on organizational consulting. Judith Blanton initiated this idea and offered to help connect us with local area consultants who might be willing to participate. 
 
Final Report: As noted above, we included several submissions that were not accepted for SIOP on the APA program. As detailed in the attached session summary, we collaborated with Division 5 on two Convention Within the Convention sessions on research methodology and cosponsored a session with Division 5 on the APA testing standards. We ultimately did not cosponsor sessions with Division 13. Rather, under the leadership of Rich Klimoski, we created a special Evidence-based Practice in I/O Psychology Session co-chaired by Rich Klimoski and Gary Latham with Nancy Tippins, Larry Fogli, and Alan Kamin as participants. We also have invited talks from Julian Barling and Kurt Kraiger as well as many interesting sessions that were independently submitted and that seem likely to attract considerable interest.
 
4.      Encourage local I/O involvement in the APA conference. 
 
Action (from Spring report): We will actively solicit submissions from local I/O psychologists using local I/O groups and advertising mechanisms. We also will invite distinguished SIOP members from the Toronto area to participate in the program. As one example, Dr. Gary Latham has tentatively agreed to give an invited address at the conference. Program committee members have suggested other possible Toronto-area SIOP members for additional sessions and we will attempt to identify an appropriate Toronto area I/O group we can contact to encourage participation. Finally, as noted above, we are exploring the possibility of a joint session with Division 13 that would potentially include local area practitioner participants.
 
Final Report: Rather than give an invited address, Dr. Latham will co-chair the Evidence-based Practice in I/O session. Dr. Julian Barling of Queens University accepted our invitation to give an invited address on workplace violence. We also sent out separate notes to Ontario area SIOP members encouraging them to submit and/or attend the conference.
 
5.      Develop sessions that 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. 
 
Action (from Spring report):The 2008 program chair, Chris Robert, organized a session titled “Evidence-based Practice in I/O Psychology” that included 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. After the conference, we will seek feedback from the participants on this session goes. Assuming the feedback is positive, we plan to hold another such session at the 2009 conference and hope to establish this session as a tradition for SIOP’s APA Council Representatives. We also have invited Dr. Kurt Kraiger to give an address at the conference as well from his vantage point as SIOP president. As noted above, we are exploring the possibility of joint programming with Division 13. Finally, our traditional jointly-sponsored reception with Division 5 should help continue to expose non-members to I/O psychology. 
 
Fall 2008 Report. As noted above and detailed in the session summary, we have created a program that is likely to appeal to a diverse array of APA attendees, including non-SIOP members. This includes the Evidence-based practice session and the invited address from Dr. Kraiger as well as the Division 5 social hour and several other interesting sessions.