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Scientific Affairs Committee Goals and Progress Report Form

28 August  2009
Jay Goodwin, Chair
 
Committee Goals

1)  Gain greater awareness among agencies of the Federal Government (funding & policy-setting) for the expertise of SIOP members.
2) Develop a structured approach to build expertise within the SIOP membership for enhancing the advocacy and funding of organizational science.

Primary Actions
1) Organize a Task Force to examine the goals, means, and methods of scientific advocacy to the Federal Government by SIOP.
2) Build the membership and structure of the scientific affairs committee to support organized, consistent, and long-term advocacy by SIOP.

Goals Report
Gain greater awareness among agencies of the Federal Government (funding & policy-setting) for the expertise of SIOP members.

SIOP Task Force on Advocacy
Janet Barnes-Farrell arranged a teleconference among relevant committee chairs, including Scientific Affairs, and key representatives to discuss the broader issue of advocacy within SIOP.  The resulting discussion and recommendations are presented separately to the EB.  In concert with this larger discussion, the Scientific Affairs Committee is gearing to be able to serve as the lead for research oriented advocacy. 

Science Advocacy Task Force
Last year the SA chair (Kozlowski) proposed that Scientific Affairs form a Taskforce to examine the Science Forum experience and to propose a number of alternative actions designed to build an infrastructure of expertise within SIOP to advocate for our science. 

Steve Kozlowski has been planning Taskforce membership (and has spoken with a couple of people about participating).  The Taskforce focus will be on providing recommendations to SIOP for how to more systematically increase research funding for our discipline.  Topics of consideration and potential recommendations will address the preparation and development of graduate students and junior faculty to understand and be successful in obtaining funding, identification of means for more systematic engagement with funding agencies, and finding ways to better develop and sustain the connection between funders and the scientists in academia seeking funding.  Ruth Kanfer has agreed to participate in the Taskforce, and Jay Goodwin will serve in an advisory and information provision capacity.  Other participants are still being identified.

Time Frame: Initial planning is underway; conduct of the Taskforce meeting will occur in first half of 2010. 

Action Steps: Identify Taskforce members, generate tasks, and plan for organization and coordination. Independently collect data. Meet and compile. Develop report.

Expected Results: Greater awareness among Federal funding agencies for the expertise of SIOP members. Alternative actions to build expertise within the SIOP membership for science advocacy and funding (SIOP Goals 1 and 2).

Develop a structured approach to build expertise within the SIOP membership for enhancing the advocacy and funding of organizational science.

Alecia Santuzzi participated in a FABBS hosted conference call with the interim director of NIH.  Notes and comments from the call provided to Research & Science Officer and President. 

The results and recommendations of the Science Advocacy Task Force will address means for building broad expertise within the SIOP membership for science-oriented advocacy.  In the near term, the membership of the Scientific Affairs committee has been significantly broadened to better incorporate views and input from the range of scientific interests within the SIOP membership and a broad range of professional experience levels.  Once fully engaged in tasks for science advocacy, this membership structure should better allow SIOP to sustain its efforts and expertise supporting science advocacy.  Identifying specific advocacy tasks and an allocation plan within the committee will be informed by the findings of the Science Advocacy Task Force.

Action Steps: After receiving findings from the advocacy taskforces, identify specific tasks for research oriented advocacy; develop and execute a task allocation plan within the SA committee.

Committee Members:
Jay Goodwin (Chair), US Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences Fred Oswald, Rice University
Marie-Helene Budworth, York University
Alecia Santuzzi, Northern Illinois University
David Day, University of Western Australia 
Kimberly Merriman, Penn State University
Steve Kozlowski, Michigan State University
Brad Bell, Cornell University
Seth Kaplan, George Mason University
Wendy Bedwell (Student Representative), University of Central Florida