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 APS Program Committee Report For SIOP 8-28-09

-          Current I-O Program Chair: Deidra Schleicher
-          Incoming I-O Program Chair/ I-O Program Chair In-Training: Maria Rotundo
-          Outgoing I-O Program Chair: Deborah Rupp
-          New I-O Program Chair In-Training: TBD (by April, 2010; see below)
[Please note this committee structure reflects a proposal by Kurt Kraiger to formalize the succession process and committee:
1) The tenure of the APS program chair would be extended from one to three years. The first year would “chair-in-training,” followed by a year as chair.  This is similar to what we are now doing with the SIOP program and the APS program committees.
2) There would be a new APS program committee consisting of three members – the chair-in-training, the current, and the past chair.  The past chair would have no formal responsibilities, but would serve in an advisory role to the others. This system reflects an informal process now in place and is advantageous because it provides better continuity with regards to APS relationships. (Note: I-O is the only track at APS that provides for a one-year term for the chair; the other tracks’ chairs have two to three year terms.)
3) The chair-in-training would need to be selected prior to the APS conference, usually by April of each year.  Both the chair-in-training and the program chair would attend the APS convention.  Historically, APS has funded attendance by both SIOP representatives.  Accordingly, there are no cost implications for SIOP.
A committee structure not only provides greater continuity year-to-year, but a broader platform for decision-making.  Committee responsibilities would include:
train the incoming
generate speaker ideas
review conference submissions
In addition, one role of the chair-in-training would be to chair a symposium to get a better sense of logistics around programming and coordination.  Again, this reflects what has been done informally for a few years.]
APS 2009 Convention Highlights (May 22-25, San Francisco, CA)
            I-O Track:
-          Invited address by Howard Weiss
-          Invited address by Russell Cropanzano
-          Invited symposium on Emotions in the Workplace chaired by Dan Beal (speakers: Hillary Elfenbien, Doug Pugh, Jim Deifendorff, Teresa Glomb, John Trougakos)
-          Invited symposium on Leadership Development chaired by Deidra Schleicher (speakers Bruce Avolio, Dave Day, Fred Morgeson) 
-          Nearly 200 I-O poster presentations (submitted under APS Call for Papers) 
-          Symposium on measuring personality via conditional reasoning (Larry James & James LeBreton) (submitted under APS Call for Papers)
Cross-Track Theme on Emotions: Emotional Ups and Downs: Experiencing, Self-Regulating, and Capitalizing On Affect (*indicates I-O representation)
-          Fredda Blanchard-Fields (Georgia Tech)
-          *Stephane Cote (Toronto)
-          *Alicia Grandey (Penn State)
-          Ann Kring (Berkeley)
-          Nalini Ambady (Tufts)
-          Jennifer Beer (UT Austin)
The I-O track of the 2009 conference was a huge success (thanks to Deborah Rupp!!) and I was thoroughly impressed with the conference as a whole; it is definitely something we should be encouraging SIOP members to attend and be involved with. The attendance at the I-O sessions was really impressive (e.g., I counted around 70 attendees at the Leadership Development symposium; other sessions were certainly in the 50-attendee range). Deborah Rupp wrote a summary of convention highlights and submitted it to the July issue of Newsbriefs and the October issue of TIP (August 1st deadline).
Upcoming APS Conference Update:

  1. Linda Bartoshukis the current APS president and Tyler Lorig is the program chair for the 2010 APS conference (the 22nd Annual Convention), which will be in Boston May 27-30, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. APS plans to have theme tracks on love, sex, and attraction; risky behavior; and addiction to anhedonia. In terms of invited speakers, Jeremy Wolfe has accepted an invitation to give the Keynote Address (he studies visual attention and visual illusions at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital); and Julie Menella, a researcher at Monell Chemical Senses Center, has accepted an invitation to give the Bring the Family Address. There will also be a presidential symposium on the topic of spice and taste perception and several workshops on the following topics (which should be of great interest to I-O types): Structural Equation Modeling; fMRI;  Scientific Writing; Navigating Your First Job; How to Perform Interdisciplinary Research; and Research at Small Colleges.    
I-O Track:
Maria Rotundo and I are beginning to plan the programming for the I-O track (we have approximately five hours of programming, on the Saturday of the convention). We plan to have three to four invited sessions that will consist of topics and speakers designed to be a big draw for I-O-interested APS attendees. Given the success of the leadership symposium last year, I plan to do another symposium on that (speakers yet TBD); Maria is concurrently working on two invited symposia. We will also round out the I-O track programming with any submitted symposia that are accepted. The call for submission (posters and symposia) opens October 21st and closes January 31st, 2010. APS has gone to a rolling review process, where review of submissions may begin immediately. Thus, we will start that in November. The timing of TIP issues (both submission deadlines and publication) does not work well to remind SIOP members about APS submissions; thus, we plan to send out a note via SIOP Newsbriefs in October.     
Action Items for EC:
None at this time. (Although we welcome any input on the above, especially with regard to methods for encouraging SIOP member submissions to and attendance at the APS Convention.)