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2008-2009 Workshop Committee Goals and Progress Report Form

Committee Chair Name – Suzanne Tsacoumis
Date – 3/16/09

Progress Report
Committee Members:
Margaret Barton                              Tim McGonigle
Mindy Bergman                               Mort McPhail
Wanda Campbell                             Liberty Munson
Linda Carr                                       Dwayne Norris
Robin Cohen,Chair in Training           Bill Strickland
Robert Gibby                                   Suzanne Tsacoumis, Chair
Tom Giberson                                  Deb Whetzel
Amy Grubb                                      Kate Zimberg
John Howes                                     
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 2009 (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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.  
4. Work with Chair-in-Training to ensure smooth transition in April 2009 (linked to SIOP’s Strategic Planning Goals related to Organization of Choice)
            Action: In progress: Current chair has shared information about the planning process with the Chair-in-Training, Robin Cohen. Also, they have reviewed the budget process and are coordinating for the preparation of the committee meeting on Tuesday, March 31st. Robin has identified new committee members to replace those who will rotate off after the 2009 conference. Robin attended the conference planning meetings in New Orleans in June 2008 and February 2009 to get more familiar with the process and any conference issues that may be relevant to the workshops. The current Chair will continue to keep Robin informed of workshop process/deadlines, etc. throughout the year.
Issues of Note:
Workshop registration is far below anticipated levels. Given attendance the past few years, we expected and budgeted for 400 participants. It is very unlikely there will be even 300 workshop participants. Obviously, the costs associated with food will be reduced accordingly; however there are a number of fixed costs (e.g., presenter travel reimbursement) that will not be less. We believe the poor economic conditions and struggling businesses are the primary reasons for the lower number of registrants. It is also possible that attendance may be impacted, to a small extent, by the 3 day format, with the workshops on Wednesday. Granted, this did not seem to have an affect on registration in 2008 (San Francisco), but given this is only the second year of this format, it continues to be worth monitoring.
One of the special appeals of the workshops is that participants can obtain CE credits. Given the cost differential between the workshops and Friday seminars (which also provide CE credits), it is likely that people seeking CE credits or additional professional development are forgoing the workshops and attending the seminars instead. In addition to the fact that the seminars are less expensive, there are no additional costs (e.g. extra hotel night) for the participants and there is less of an imposition on one’s work schedule. The potential conflict between the workshops and seminars was less apparent during better economic times (and certainly with the old format). At this point, it is advisable to discuss the relationship and potential impact of the two types of sessions.
2009 SIOP Pre-Conference Workshop Topics
1. Communicating Organizational Strategy to Employees: Building Buy-In and Fostering Involvement. Heidi Keller-Glaze, ICF International; Courtney Partlow, ICF International; Suzanne Masterson, Sun Microsystems. Coordinator: Margaret Barton, U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
2. Reliability, Ratings, and Reality: Oh My! Dan Putka, HumRRO; James LeBreton, Purdue University. Coordinator: Mindy E. Bergman, Texas A&M University.
3. Development in Place: Leveraging the Other 90% of Your Organization’s Talent. Cynthia McCauley, Center for Creative Leadership; Paul Yost, Seattle Pacific University. Coordinator: Wanda Campbell, Edison Electric Institute.
4. The Future of HR Metrics: It’s a Brave New World. Jay Jamrog, Institute for Corporate Productivity; Mary Ann Downey, Institute for Corporate Productivity. Coordinator: Linda Carr, Sun Microsystems.
5. Analyzing Survey Data: Choosing the Method and Message that Best Answers the Question. William H. Macey, Valtera Corporation; David A. Futrell, Eli Lilly and Company; Scott A. Young, Valtera Corporation. Coordinator: Robert Gibby, Procter and Gamble.
6. O*NET Products and Tools: What’s new and what’s useful for your research and practice. Dave Rivkin, National Center for O*NET Development; Phil Lewis, National Center for O*NET Development; Ken Pearlman, Independent Consultant. Coordinator: Tom Giberson, Oakland University.
7. Is that Really Any of Your Business? Privacy in the Workplace.  Donald L. Zink, Personnel Management Decisions. Coordinator: Amy Grubb, Federal Bureau of Investigations.
8. Diversity, Complexity, Uncertainty…Managing Them as Both Leadership and Change Challenges. Steve Krugg, Oliver Wyman; Órla NicDomhnaill, Oliver Wyman. Coordinator: John Howes, Nike.
9. Preparing to Play Book – Offense and Defense: Litigation Fundamentals and Statistical Analyses. Tony P. Rosenstein, Baker Botts, LLP; Joan Haworth, ERS Group. Coordinator: S. Morton McPhail, Valtera Corporation.
10. Selection of First-Line Supervisors: What We Know. Nancy Tippins, Valtera Corporation. Coordinator: Tim McGonigle, SRA International.
11. Exploring New Frontiers in Test Security: Approaches for Protecting Your Testing Program. Monica A. Hemingway, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc.; Eugene Burke, SHL Group Limited; Dennis Maynes, Caveon Test Security. Coordinator: Liberty J. Munson, Microsoft Corporation.
12. Evidence Based Approaches to Training Teams.  David Baker, Carilion Clinic; Eduardo Salas, University of Central Florida; Becky Beard, The Group for Organizational Effectiveness. Coordinator: Dwayne Norris, American Institutes for Research.
13. Financial and Accounting Concepts for I/O Psychologists. David A. Lesmond, Tulane University. Coordinator: Bill Strickland, HumRRO.   
14. Managing I and O Work in a Union Environment: Lessons of Experience. Jerry Kehoe, Selection and Assessment Consulting; Lee Sanborn. Ford Motor Co (retired); Joseph Gafa, United Auto Workers (retired).  Coordinator: Deborah Whetzel, HumRRO.
15. The Psychology of Executive Coaching: Best Practices in Accelerating Learning. David B. Peterson, Personnel Decisions International. Coordinator: Kate Zimberg, Microsoft Corporation.