Home Home | About Us | Sitemap | Contact  
  • Info For
  • Professionals
  • Students
  • Educators
  • Media
  • Search
    Powered By Google

President's Report

Leaetta Hough
January 10, 2006


Ive organized my report around the strategic planning goals identified during our September 2005 strategic planning meeting as well as my presidential goals which I developed in March 2005.  I have subsumed my presidential goals under the strategic planning goals.  Our agenda items for our EC meeting are also organized around our strategic goals. 

SIOP Vision:

  • I/O scientists and practitioners are aligned about the direction of the field and the Society.
  • Our profession is recognized and valued by the lay and scientific community for the research, knowledge, and services we offer.
  • SIOP is the organization of choice for I/O psychologists and a leader in global efforts to promote the science and practice of psychology at work.
  • We are sought, as individuals and as a Society, to provide guidance on issues of policy and practice related to the effective utilization of human resources and resolution of organizational problems.

SIOP Strategic Goals and Objectives:

  1. Visibility:  SIOP will be a visible and trusted authority on work related psychology.  Included here are (1) outreach to the broader field of psychology, organizations, policy makers; (2) promoting the value of I/O psychologists, and (3) heightening awareness of I/O psychology in improving productivity and well-being in the workplace.  
    • Co-chair a successful SIOP fall conference.  (Hough goal)
    • Continue the visibility and outreach efforts of the Society. (Hough goal)
    • Support the effort to develop SIOP journal(s). (Hough goal)
    • Continue adding to and improving our web-based services. (Hough goal)
  2. Advocacy:  SIOP will promote the value of I/O psychologists to policy makers.   Specific objectives here include increased efforts to obtain federal funding for I/O research and heightened awareness of key decision makers as to the value of I/O psychology.  
  3. Membership:  SIOP will be the organization of choice for I/O professionals.  Relevant objectives considered here include increased member satisfaction and retention.
    • Co-chair a successful SIOP fall conference.  (Hough goal)
    • Continue adding to and improving our web-based services. (Hough goal)
  4. Science and Practice:  SIOP will provide forums for I/O psychologists to exchange research, insights, and information related to the science, practice, and teaching of I/O psychology. 
    • Support the effort to develop SIOP journal(s). (Hough goal)

Other Hough (President) Goals:

  • Work with the administrative staff to ensure a smooth transition and effective post-Lee administrative office.
  • Engage with the executive committee and other thought leaders to develop a strategic plan for SIOP.




  • Fall consortium. 
    • The Leadership at the Top:  Selection, Globalization, and Ethics of Executive Talent fall consortium was held October 2005. 
    • The participant ratings of the consortium were excellent.  A copy of the overall ratings and ratings of the six modules is attached. 
    • A DVD is currently being developed.  This will increase the awareness of SIOPs contributions to the field as well as contribute to the science and practice in the area of executive talent management.
    • Financially the consortium was a success.  Our goal was to not incur costs that exceeded the revenues.  We made a profit of approximately $15,000.  We expect the DVD that is being developed to generate profit as well. 
    • At our last executive committee meeting we approved a plan for institutionalizing the fall consortium.  That is, we approved its recurrent nature and a process and structure for accomplishing the consortium.
  • I was invited to and did join the Foundation for the Advancement of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) [Other members of the board are Jim Pomerantz (President), Susan Fiske (Vice President), Francine Butler (Treasurer), Judith Albino (Treasurer-Elect), Howard Egeth, Tom Wallsten, Morton Gernsbacher, Dic Pew, Jill Egeth, William Hall, Dan Schacter, and Barbara Wanchisen (Executive Director)]  FABBS is the education arm of the Federation.  The FABBS mission is a) to educate the public about the contributions of psychology to the well being of individuals and society, b) to educate Congressional staff and others in the federal government about our science (as distinct from lobbying them, which is the purview of the Federation), and c) to facilitate productive dialogue between scientists and relevant stakeholders in the public and private sectors.
    • Attended annual board meeting in DC, December 1, 2005.
    • Volunteered for the book project, which is the development of a companion book to accompany introductory psychology books.  The book consists of individual chapters of specialty areas in psychology.  Each chapter is designed to introduce students to the applications of psychology.  The group is amenable to including a chapter on I-O psychology.  The two other book committee members are Morton Gernsbacher and Dick Pew. 

I would appreciate suggestions for authors for the I-O chapter.

    • Volunteered for the Museum and Science Caf project.  This project is in its infancy but Larry Erlbaum has committed funding to help launch it.  The plan is to have educational pieces on various topics to educate and interest the public in psychology.  For example, some of the Science Caf topics that I suggested are a) Presidents Day - the topic of leadership is featured; b) Boss Day the topic of supervisory and managerial effectiveness and the impact of supervisory behavior on subordinates is featured; c) Creativity Caf an already suggested topic that we could contribute knowledge about composition and membership of teams that enhances creativity, organizational structure, predictors of creativity, the importance of creativity to organizational survival, etc. 

      Jill Egeth is the FABBS person working to make these happen.  She is energetic and creative.

      I welcome anyone and everyones help in developing ideas and presenting the information at the cafes and museums.
    • Donated $1,000 to FABBS (my money, not SIOPs).
  • KARE (Katrina Aid and Relief Effort) Committee.
    • Encouraged the committee to develop a proposal for the APA conference that will be held in New Orleans.
    • They, in particular, Vicki Vandaveer prepared a unique and special proposal.
    • Enlisted the help of Paul Hanges (APA Program chair), Heather Fox (APA/APS Relations chair), and Dianne Maranto in working their connections with APA colleagues.
  • APA Science Leadership Conference.
    • Attend it December 2-4, 2005.
    • Attached is my report detailing many ideas for increasing visibility for our science and practice.
  • International Involvement.
    • Nik Chmiel, president of EAWOP, will be attending our spring conference in Dallas.  We agreed that we would meet to discuss ways in which our organizations can collaborate.  All of us who are interested in this connection should brainstorm and attend the meeting.
  • George Watts Radio Program He wants to interview I-O psychologists. Ive given him names and phone numbers of about 40 people to interview on his program.  We need to a method for getting names to him.


  • Fall consortium.
    • Personal feedback from the fall consortium is that some former SIOP members have renewed their membership in SIOP.  One of the reasons for having a fall consortium is to address the expressed need of senior members to have in-depth treatment of a topic relevant to them.

Science and Practice: 

  • SIOP Interactive Exchange Journal.

o       Received vita and background information for seven candidates.

o       Solicited input from Fritz and Jeff (editor selection committee) as well as current and former journal editors to identify the competencies required of the founding editor.  Competencies and candidate names are attached.

o       Paul Sackett was selected to be founding editor.  All candidates have been informed.  

  • Fall Consortium.

o       One of the reasons for the fall consortium is to bring science and practice together in one setting where both interact and build on each others strengths.

o       One of my personal criteria for success is follow-on research efforts that involve both academics and practitioners.



SIOPs 2006 Fall Consortium 

Leadership at the Top: 

Selection, Globalization, and Ethics of Executive Talent 

Module and Overall Participant Ratings


SIOP Fall 05 Consortium Overall Report*
Module2_Executive Success
Module6_Talent Management

APA Science Leadership Conference

Hough Report

APA Science Leadership Conference

December 2-4, 2005

Report by Leaetta Hough 

  • Sponsored/Hosted by APA Science Directorate, Steve Breckler, Executive Director
  • I-O folks attending: 

1.      Wayne Camara

2.      Michael Frese

3.      Leaetta Hough

4.      Bill Howell

5.      Fred Morgeson

6.      Ann Marie Ryan

7.      Shelly Zedeck 

  • Addressed visibility issues for psychology scientists and their research and science.
  • APA now has a two-person International Science office.  The director is Mary Bullock.
    • Informed her about the GLOBE project and Bob House, Mansour Javidan, and Paul Hanges.  Shes interested in doing a piece about the project in the Psychology International:  Newsletter of the Office of International Affairs, APA.  We should talk with Jamie Chamberlain, an APA Monitor journalist as well.
    • Mary might be helpful to us in our international effort.
  • An NIH $2.7 billion longitudinal National Childrens Study of how the environment, defined as everything from physical to social factors, influences a childs development and health was described.  Jim Swanson, a psychologist from UC Irvine, is a major player.  One of the variables for which they will collect data is job status.  This may be an opportunity for I-O scientists to get involved with scientists from other disciplines in BIG SCIENCE.
  • Charles Blair-Broeker, a high school teacher from Cedar Falls High School in Cedar Falls, Iowa, was part of a plenary session entitled Embracing Major Audiences.[1]  He was a fantastic speaker; he talked about teaching psychology in high school.  I talked with him briefly; hes very well connected with people knowledgeable about reaching young people.  He may be helpful to us in connecting with people who can help us reach young people to inform them about I-O.  Another contact is TOPSS Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools.  Another lead is National Standards for High School Psychology.
  • One break-out group in the Embracing Major Audiences dealt with Federal Agencies. 
    • NSF funded $70 million in the last round on human and social dynamics.  It is a growth area for NSF. 
    • Interdisciplinary approach is the most likely avenue for obtaining funding.
    • The NIMH has a disease-focused mission.  Nonetheless, they said they want to understand public health. 
    • Various federal folks said they were interested in applied problems.
    • APA folks claimed they can help link us with federal agencies.  (Well they havent been too helpful when weve talked directly with them to help us recall Lois Tetricks description of her visit to the APA offices.)
  • One controversial issue that was discussed with whether we should use the phrase behavioral science or psychological science.  Alan Leshner (AAAS) prefers behavioral science, and says we should get over the inferiority complex.  Richard Nakamura (NIMH) prefers psychological science.
  • One plenary session was Psychology and Psychologists in the Media.  Phil Zimbardo was the moderator; Jamie Talan (Newsday) and Shankar Vedantam (Washington Post) were the panelists. 
    • Contact and get articles in alumni newspapers, college newspapers, magazines for parents, teens, working mothers, etc., blogs, websites that have content related to something related to a current event get huge increases in hits when the event occurs.
    • Avoid sending press releases to companies that specialize in press releases.
    • Email local newspaper journalists who write about a topic youre knowledge about.
    • Call local newspaper journalists, including business editors.
    • If you connect with a journalist and want them to contact you when a news-worthy event occurs, you must be willing to talk with them when they need to talk.  Accessibility is incredibly important to journalists covering current events.  Give them your cell phone and home phone numbers so they can reach you when they need information.
    • Journalists most like to do enterprise stories (efforts to understand a topic).
    • Contact the life editor at the Wall Street Journal.
    • Call journalists at 4:00 p.m. Friday with story ideas.  Thats when theyre trying to figure out what to write about for the Monday edition.
    • Key to getting publicity and visibility:
      • Accessibility.
      • Accessibility on short notice.
      • Cultivate relationships; give your interpretation.
      • Tell journalists what you like about a story.
      • Think of yourself as a resource for the press.  How can I be of help to you?  Think of the forests, not the trees. Often, its not leading-edge kind of thinking they need.
      • Think:  Who is the public?  What are the core elements that appeal to many people?
      • Errors happen; mistakes are inevitable.  Get over it.
      • Dont take rejection personally.  They get 200 suggestions a day.
      • Providing data rather than opinion is important.
      • Think about the reason for the study, why was it done?
  • One break-out break was Psychologists Seeking Media Attention. 
    • APA provides media training (were getting this in January EC meeting and will be provided to interested people in Dallas at the spring conference). 
    • NSF has a very good website.
    • NASAs website is superb.
    • Research article comes up first on APA website.
    • Get stories on Podcast (Warren Bickel).
    • AAAS has a eureka alert for journalists, glorified press room.
    • Provide journalists with 7 stories, link to study and scientist.
    • Get graduate school programs to require that each dissertation have a two-sentence or one-paragraph lay-audience description of the study.
    • Contact business editors not just science editors.
    • Provide training to graduate students on writing press releases.  [Perhaps we could have a writing workshop at the spring conferences.]
    • Contact local high schools and volunteer for career day.  Talk about our field.  [SIOP could provide talking points.]
    • Talk to grade school classes about our field.
    • Journal editors could require each first author to submit a press release for his or her article. [Ann Marie and Shelly both said they would do this.]
    • Important to address why a study was done and what the larger implications are why the study is important.
    • Michael Frese and I discussed how to identify what issues are of real importance to people to help figure out why a study is important.  We decided we should examine the writings of philosophers to identify issues that they address.  Philosophers have identified the basic issues that seem to grab people.  When we think of why a study is important, it is important to relate it to issues that make a difference to people.

Fred Morgeson link AMA/SHERM

SIOPs Interactive Exchange Journal  

Founding Editor Required Competencies

(Selection Factors) and

Rating Form, including Candidate Names

Selection Factors Sorted into Umbrella Categories 

A. Eminent Scholar: 

1.      Professional Respect respected by academics and practitioners; distinguished reputation in the field; reputation for cutting-edge thinking and research; connected with a broad set of individuals in both academic and practice communities; ability to solicit contributions from highly respected colleagues.

2.      Cognitive Skills integrative thinking (ability to handle high-level conceptual debate over potentially contentious issues; ability to synergize complex and potentially opposing views); cognitive flexibility and adaptability (ability to construe the same issue from opposing viewpoints); divergent thinking (creativity in integrating differing perspectives).

3.      Leadership ability to lead and inspire associate editors, issue editors, editorial board, and ad hoc reviewers; ability to encourage contributions from keynote paper authors and rejoinder paper authors; team leadership skills; firmness in shaping manuscripts and controlling tone; ability to get others to contribute to journals success.

4.      Vision & Perspective ability to identify cutting-edge issues; sense of the important issues; sensitivity to applied issues and concerns; ability to balance differing perspectives; decision-making not driven by rigidly-held personal convictions on issues; ability to translate theoretical or technical issues into practical applications; recognition of policy implications of research and practice. 

B. Passions: 

5.      Breadth of Knowledge knowledgeable across the entire field of psychology; interdisciplinary in outlook; ability to integrate theory and research across areas and link to other applied disciplines; wide range of research and practice interests; published in a variety of outlets, academic as well as practitioner outlets, premier as well as niche outlets; published theoretical, empirical, and practitioner articles, chapters, monographs, books, etc.

6.      International Orientation international contacts; cross-cultural experience and exposure; ability to interact effectively with non-U.S. contributors; ability to perceive I-O psychology internationally and cross-culturally; ability to perceive and integrate international views and approaches to the advantage of the journal and its readers, subscribers, and other users (citation impact).

7.      Energy & Commitment passion, energy and adequate time for this activity; willing and able to devote significant time and resources to ensure start-up success and longer-term success. 

C. Wise, Fair, & Tactful:

8.      Interpersonal, Diplomacy Skills ability to work with other people effectively; collegial; tactful; ability to be firm with people whose give and take may surpass normal critical decorum; ability to liaise with groups (e.g., SIOP executive committee, other I-O associations local, national, and international); teamwork skills; communicate effectively with policy makers, the media, and other parties to the benefit of SIOP; pro-social behavior to enhance the journals standing among authors and colleagues.

9.      Ethics & Integrity fair; even-handed; ability to resist inappropriate, incorrect, or illegitimate pressures, arguments, and attempts to influence editorial decisions and outcomes; nonpartisan. 

D. Language and Administrative Skills: 

10.  Written & Editorial Communication Skills ability to communicate effectively in writing; excellent use of grammar, sentence structure, and vocabulary; succinct.

11.  Administrative willing and able to deal with details; ability to track and organize large quantities of material; ability to coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously; attentive to time-sensitive issues and materials; ability to plan a budget and live within it.

Ratings of SIOPs Interactive Exchange Journal Editor Candidates 


Raters Name: ______________________________________________


Date: _____________________________




(Definitions appear on pages 3-4.)


Stuart Carr

Robert J. Harvey

Diana Krause

Hannah Rothstein

Paul Sackett

John Scott

Howard Weiss

A.  Eminent Scholar









  1. Professional Respect









  1. Cognitive Skills









  1. Leadership









  1. Vision & Perspective










Eminent Scholar Overall Rating









B.  Passions









5.      Breadth of Knowledge








6.      International Orientation








7.      Energy & Commitment









     Passions Overall Rating












Stuart Carr

Robert J. Harvey

Diana Krause

Hannah Rothstein

Paul Sackett

John Scott

Howard Weiss

C. Wise, Fair, & Tactful



12.  Interpersonal, Diplomacy Skills








13.  Ethics & Integrity









    Wise, Fair, & Tactful Overall Rating









D. Language and Administrative Skills



14. Written & Editorial Communication Skills








15.  Administrative









     Language & Admin. Skills Overall Rating




















[1] Charlie Blair-Broeker, Cedar Falls High School, 1015 Division Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50613; email: ctb-b@cfu.net; phone: 319-553-2525.