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Education and Training Committee

Update, August 2009

Marcus Dickson (Chair)
Mikki Hebl (Chair-in-Training)

This update covers each of the goals approved by the Executive Board for the Education and Training Committee for 2009-2010. In addition to these goals, E&T continues to field calls and emails related to choosing a graduate program, online graduate programs, etc. There has been a significant increase in the number of contacts from people wanting SIOP’s “position” on online graduate training programs, or information on employers’ perceptions of such programs.

“Maintenance” Goals carrying over from 2008-2009

1. Continue to provide information and referral services concerning group study abroad opportunities for SIOP to coordinate among U.S. graduate programs.

This project continues to be overseen by Bill Attenweiler and a sub-committee. Their work will tie in with the work of the Sub-committee working on goal #7 (Enhance the Educators Page on the SIOP Website), as that will be the primary mechanism for providing information and referral services. Additionally, the sub-committee is considering a survey of graduate training programs’ policies (or lack thereof) regarding study abroad during doctoral training. Finally, very tentative discussions on coordinated efforts with EAWOP to promote study abroad opportunities, and if they develop further, we will bring recommendations to the Executive Board at a future meeting.

2. Maintain and increase the SIOP Teaching Wiki website’s content (i.e., syllabi, in-class activities, and out-of-class projects), as well as the awareness of the site by potential users.

Julie Lyon continues to lead the sub-committee addressing this goal. She reports:

We are averaging about 100 hits [on the wiki site] per month (and tracking several additional metrics using Google Analytics). We were interviewed for a feature article on siop.org, and we hosted a conversation hour at SIOP, which drew an audience of about 30 people. Committee members are planning to submit a teaching-related symposium proposal and a conversation hour proposal to SIOP.

For the coming year, we plan to advertise the site to SIOP members in order to get more hits and contributions. Our site also has a variety of Web 2.0 features, such as embedded video and RSS feeds of any changes. We are exploring ways to use new media to get the word out to other SIOP members for zero cost.

We could use some additional committee members and would be happy to have some graduate students who are or will be teaching classes. We also need some folks who are teaching master’s and doctoral students if we wish to expand the content of the wiki beyond its current undergraduate focus.

In addition, as a result of conversations with the Executive Director, the Wiki sub-committee will develop a strategy for integrating materials suitable for students in online graduate training programs, and will invite faculty in those programs to submit materials to the wiki.

3. Continue to host the annual Program Directors Meeting in conjunction with the Long-Range Planning Committee

Last year, the Program Directors Meeting was taken “off-program” and publicized via email to program directors. For some reason, the attendance at the meeting was more than double the average attendance of the last few SIOP conferences, and so we intend to use the same structure again this year. Dickson and Hebl will coordinate room availability and meeting publicity with the SIOP office and Executive Director.

4. Continue to support the Doctoral Consortium as an important part of the SIOP Conference

As we discussed the Doctoral Consortium with Jim Outtz, SIOP Instruction and Education Officer, we felt that it made more sense for the Doctoral Consortium (and the Master’s Consortium) to report directly to the Instruction and Education Officer, rather than remain under the Education and Training Committee’s umbrella. Jim Outtz presented that proposal to the SIOP Executive Board recently. We thus believe that E&T can best support the two consortia by having them re-assigned to a more direct relationship with the I&E Officer. This goal is thus achieved.

Carryover Goals from 2008-2009 to be completed in 2009-2010

5. Assess the current state of education and training in consulting and business skills in US I-O master's and Ph.D. training programs, and to compare this with employers' perceptions of the preparedness of new I-O Ph.D.s in terms of the basic business and consulting skills.

A sub-committee chaired by Marcus Dickson completed a pilot study in 2008-2009, and the current sub-committee chaired by Alexis Fink has done yeoman’s service, and nearly completed this goal, which was assigned to Education and Training by the SIOP Executive Committee, and the re-endorsed by the Executive Board. The sub-committee has prepared a panel discussion proposal and submitted it via Suzanne Tsacoumis for consideration as part of the Executive Board block at the upcoming SIOP Conference. Alexis Fink provides the following summary of the project.

Surveys designed & sampling plan developed
Surveys administered
Data analyzed
Implications identified and recommendations formulated
Executive Board Report Drafted
Executive Board Report Completed
Report adapted into TIP article
Report adapted to SIOP conference session

6. Publicize the Introductory Psychology-oriented PowerPoint slides (that are already developed by previous E&T leadership and members) to textbook publishing companies for inclusion in their instructor ancillaries.

Marcus Dickson worked with Pearson/Prentice Hall to raise initial awareness of the slides, and then handed negotiations over to SIOP Executive Director David Nershi. David worked out an agreement for the non-exclusive inclusion of SIOP’s materials on the DVD of Instructor Resources for Introductory Psychology texts published by Pearson/Prentice-Hall. Marcus Dickson is now beginning the process of contacting additional Introductory Psychology text publishers, trying to leverage the agreement with Pearson/Prentice-Hall.

7. Enhance the Educators Page on the SIOP Website

This goal is being pursued by a sub-committee chaired by Scott Tonidandel. The sub-committee has had initial teleconferences to clarify the details of the goal, and to identify questions that need to be answered before moving forward. It is clear that we need to bring together the Teaching Aids Wiki sub-committee leadership with the Educators Page sub-committee leadership, along with the SIOP web support staff, to resolve questions around the capabilities available (e.g., RSS, site maintenance), as well as around the relationship between the Teaching Aids Wiki and the re-designed Educators page (e.g., what materials go where?). We hope to hold conference calls or other meetings in the next two months to begin to address these issues.

8. Develop materials for graduate students on research funding opportunities and strategies for acquiring research funding.

This sub-committee has not yet begun its work, but a chair has been identified and accepted the role, and work is expected to begin soon.

9. Re-develop the I-O Ambassadors Program so that it can begin to achieve the goals that were initially set for it.

Stuart Sidle has agreed to chair a sub-committee to take on this goal, and is in the process of putting together his sub-committee.

New Goals for 2009-2010
10. Hold a Conversation Hour at the SIOP Conference (preferably as part of the program, but off-program if this is not possible) between MA/MS programs and Ph.D. programs
Mikki Hebl (E&T Chair-in-Training) is developing a proposal for the SIOP Conference for this conversation hour. This goal emerged at the strong  request of those program directors attending the program directors’ meeting in 2009, and so E&T hopes to hold the session off-program if the proposal is not selected for presentation at the SIOP 2010 conference.

11. Engage with PACAT Inc., the publisher of the ACAT assessment of undergraduate student learning outcomes, in order to advocate for them to include I-O content as part of the ACAT assessment, which would likely lead to increased coverage of I-O topics in undergraduate curricula.

E&T has raised the question to the Executive Board via the Instruction and Education Officer of how best to move forward on this goal – whether E&T should try to generate a “grass-roots” response to ACAT, or whether the SIOP President should make an initial contact. We look forward to hearing the EB’s thoughts on the best strategy for pursuing this goal.