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Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Winter Executive Board Meeting

January 29-30, 2016
Anaheim Hilton

Present: Alex Alonso, Cristina Banks, Jose Cortina, Lori Foster, Milt Hakel, Deirdre Knapp, Steve Kozlowski, Gray Latham, Fred Oswald, Jim Outtz, Deb Rupp, Scott Tannenbaum, Mo Wang. Staff members present: Dave Nershi, Linda Lentz and Jayne Tegge. Fellows Chair Ron Landis. Evan Sinar and Laura Bryan joined via teleconference. Bill Macey joined the meeting on Saturday.

Friday, January 29, 2016

CALL TO ORDER AND OPENING COMMENTS

The meeting was called to order by President Steve Kozlowski at 3:34 p.m.

President Kozlowski believes that this site for April's conference will be fabulous. The Conference Committee members had a tour of facilities and are confident it will be much better venue than last year’s Philadelphia conference.  Everything is open and it's a short walk to Anaheim Convention Center. There are big, wide hallways, nice balconies and terraces, and we will be only using a small portion of convention center.  The Conference Committee reports we will have a great program.

Welcome to newest Executive Board members: APA Council Representatives Dr. Georgia Chao and Dr. Gary Latham. Congratulations were offered to President Elect Fred Oswald and to Dr. Milt Hakel who were elected to new positions. Dr. Janet Barnes Farrell and Dr. Rob Silzer were also elected (not present) and will join the Executive Board in April. Thanks were given for Dr. Chris Banks and Dr. Laura Koppes Bryan for their service on the board. Immediate Past President Jose Cortina will also exit the board and his contributions were acknowledged.

FINANCIAL REPORT

Financial Officer Dr.  Scott Tannenbaum reported that SIOP has no major financial issues. Compared to last year our assets are up although our equity investments are down based on market performance but we still have a healthy financial position with total assets of $2.81 million.  In October we had a meeting with our financial advisers, and asked them to decrease the percentage of equities in the portfolio. These funds were moved into different fixed income assets but this is not a policy change, everything is still within our investment policy.  Operating revenue is up slightly. Membership is up 10%. Conference revenue is flowing in, slightly lower than last year at this time, but nothing to be concerned about. Other revenue is up as well – both JobNet and workshops, and booth and sponsorships are paying earlier.

The Leading Edge Consortium (LEC) was a slight loss, but overall is still a break-even vehicle and is still worth it because it is not intended to be a revenue generator. President Kozlowski commented that he attended the LEC for the first time and thought it was well done and managed. Executive Director Dave Nershi commented that in an effort to increase attendance there were more expenditures made, but there was no resulting boost in attendance, which led to less net revenue. Regardless it received much lauding and that still bodes well for next year's revenue. The LEC hits right audience – these attendees are not as likely to attend conference. The comment was made that the attendance is often challenging as a result of the changing nature of topics each year.

Our overall expenses are in line and we have a normal budget. Differences from last year are mostly from timing issues.  The conference is our biggest expense, but has not really started coming in yet.  There were expenses resulting from investing in technology and advocacy. In summary: SIOP is solvent. A motion was made by Dr. Alex Alonso and seconded by Dr. Deirdre Knapp to accept the financial report.

The next item was the consent agenda. Dr. Knapp noted that there was a correction for the September 2015 minutes and requested that the item be removed from the consent agenda for separate consideration.

ACTION: Motion to approve the consent agenda except for minutes by Dr. Hakel, seconded by Alex Alonso. Approved.

Dr.  Knapp noted that there should be a change in the minutes of the APA report on page 24, 3rd paragraph.  Deidre noted it should read as “moratorium on psychologists being present in Guantanamo Bay or similar settings.” As he reviewed the minutes, President Kozlowski stated that additional action was needed on tools, processes and ideas to help members self-organize and foster grassroots initiatives coming from members  

ACTION: Dr. Hakel moved to approve the minutes as amended, seconded by Dr. Oswald, Approved.

RESEARCH METHODS TASK FORCE

Dr. Cortina provided an update on the Research Methods Task Force. Chair Dr. Bob Vandenberg has met with journal editors to address the issue of research method. The concern is that authors are conducting research in a way that gives them the best chance of publication. Matters such as replication and data sharing aren’t given consideration. Dr. Cortina is giving talks about this to stir up awareness. There is a consensus that some of what we do has to change.  Some journals are better than others, he said, but the reality is that some journals just want content.  Dr. Tannenbaum noted that culture change takes time. 

SIOP PRACTICE JOURNAL

Dr. Deb Rupp talked about history of this idea. Dr. Tammy Allen had this as a goal when she was president, but it bogged down at the task force level. Dr. Rupp said there enough of a demand to continue discussing ways to make it happen.  Discussion has been held with Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice publisher Cambridge University Press to discuss pros and cons. Previously the plan was to use the IOP journal to run a pilot test using LEC content as an IOP special section. Then editor Kevin Murphy struggled to get practitioner content. 

The new proposal is for a dedicated space in IOP called the Practice Forum to open the door for content and more creative multi-format submissions relevant to practice.  This wouldn’t necessarily be in every issue or need to be solicited. There would be no more than one submission per issue. 

Professional Practice Chair Dr. Mark Poteet is interested in being special section editor if board approves.  Cambridge likes the idea. We can use their website which helps us meet communication goals and meet the demand. Dr. Alonso added that the limit of one submission per issue is good because the task force found there are a small universe of practitioners contributing anyway.  Dr. Poteet is perfect choice due to his involvement with SHRM white papers which are popular downloads, said Dr. Alonso. President Kozlowski added that it is still an experiment so it doesn't look bad if it doesn't happen each time. There was general agreement that it is a good idea. Dr. Fred Oswald said that the Big Data subcommittee discussed having a special journal so the Practice Forum will provide a vehicle for them. Dr. Wang asked if Dr. Poteet can solicit submissions and the answer was affirmative. Dr. Rupp said it will not be like the focal article and commentaries we have in IOP.  Dr. Cris Banks expressed a concern about self-promotion to which Dr. Rupp responded there will be standards which will be communicated. Dr. Alonso volunteered SHRM's standards which could be applied to these pieces. No formal vote necessary as there was general approval from board.

GUIDELINES FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING

 Dr. Laura Bryan provided a report on the Education and Training Guidelines revision.
The Education and Training Committee through Chair Whitney Botsford Morgan and a subcommittee chaired by Stephanie Payne has been working on this project. Executive Board members previously had the opportunity to provide input and those suggestions are reflected in the latest version. After the EB approves this latest version, the draft guidelines document will be posted online so members can review. The next iteration will include input from the online comment period. There will also be a session at conference to review the guidelines with members. The EB will be asked to approve the final version at the April meeting held at the conference

Mr. Nershi has been in contact with APA because the guidelines will then be submitted for them to approve as policy.  If there is a lot of consensus from members commenting about one specific issue, then the board would like to know that.  Dr. Hakel asked if the board will be expected to give final approval in April.  Mr. Nershi said yes, unless there are major changes which might push it back to September.  Dr. Banks asked if the purpose of the guidelines is to be suggestive.  President Kozlowski said the guidelines offered the value of structure to programs that are looking for it. SIOP doesn't dictate to schools what their curriculum should be. This is outlined in the document.  Dr. Jim Outtz said there are no teeth in these guidelines. Dr. Hakel said that academicians prefer these instead of clinical guidelines from APA. During the comment period, comments must be signed, not anonymous.  The Executive Board expressed thanks to the committee for their effort and is looking forward to the next step.

 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE BOOK SERIES EDITOR

Dr. Rupp reported things are going well in the process to contract with a new Professional Practice book series editor.  She provided a recap. There were three publisher bids in September. SIOP liked the Oxford University Press proposal and now we are working out the details of a 10 year contract with them.  SIOP legal counsel has reviewed the proposed contract and provided guidance. Oxford is reviewing our suggested changes and we hope to finalize things within the next week or two.

Dr. Rupp said this will move SIOP into the revenue generating world – with lots of signing bonuses and stipends as well as good rigor and reviewing.  Oxford will be putting lots of resources into this. 

RESEARCH AND SCIENCE OFFICER UNEXPIRED TERM

When Research and Science Officer Dr. Oswald was elected to the office of president-elect that created a vacancy in portfolio officer position effective in April. According to the Bylaws, “In the event the position of Member of the Executive Board becomes vacant at any time during the term of office, that vacancy would be filled by the individual receiving the next largest number of votes (as certified by the Society’s Election Committee) in the most recent election for the position in question, and that person would serve the balance of the unexpired term.” Dr. Mikki Hebl was the next highest finisher and she has agreed to step into the position. She has pledged to work with Dr. Oswald in order to hit the ground running. The consensus is that she will make a good addition to the board. ACTION: Motion to approve Dr. Mikki Hebl to fill the vacancy in the Research and Science Officer position effective at the SIOP Annual Conference by Dr.  Hakel, seconded by Dr. Georgia Chao.  Approved.

BIG DATA AD HOC COMMITTEE

Dr. Oswald referred to the committee report in the briefing book. The committee developed guidelines in the use of big data in research context. The committee is motivated to continue even after the completion of their original task and wants to know the EB's recommendation. Dr. Oswald said they are an energetic committee, and he discussed a number of options for continued involvement, including a book, a submission to IOP and involvement in the upcoming LEC on talent analytics. Dr. Alonzo said response to the recent IOP focal article found HR pros don't know what big data is but they think it will solve all their problems, however they don't know how to get it, or think they have it, but don't.  Dr. Evan Sinar said there is heavy overlap with LEC committee and that will channel the committee’s energy. Dr. Tannenbaum said it will be interesting to see if LEC generates better attendance based on the topic.  Dr. Sinar said he thinks it will be a huge success. Dr. Hakel said he became aware of a group called International Social Science Council and they endorsed the Open Data for Open Science accord.  Dr. Hakel asked if SIOP should investigate becoming a member of ISSC. Dr. Sinar said there are some great communities out there and several we might find ways to connect with, such as Data Science Central. 

The meeting recessed at 5:36 p.m.

Saturday, January 30, 2016.

Meeting reconvened at 8:27 a.m. and moved into an Executive Session at 8:35 a.m. to discuss awards. Following the awards discussion, the board returned to regular session.

ACTION: Dr. Tannenbaum moved to approve the awards committee's recommendations except one award, which was referred back to the Awards Committee for additional review.  Seconded by Dr. Gary Latham.  The vote was approved with one abstention.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SUCCESSION PLAN

President Kozlowski began with overview of plan to find a replacement for Mr. Nershi, who announced he is retiring May 1, 2017. President Kozlowski met with the presidential quartet to create the process. The Search Steering Committee (SC) will guide and advise the overall process. The SC consists of SIOP's current senior leadership:

- Steve Kozlowski, President;
- Jim Outtz, President Elect;
- Jose Cortina, Past President;
- Scott Tannenbaum, Financial Officer/Secretary; and
- Fred Oswald, President-Elect Designate

The SC has appointed a Selection Advisory Committee (SAC) that will develop and execute the specifics of the search process (e.g., recruitment, applicant assessment procedures, and candidate recommendations to the SC)

  • Bill Macey led the prior ED search process and will serve as co-chair, with operational responsibility for SAC
  • Fred Oswald will serve as SAC co-chair, with liaison to the SC
  • Together we  developed a pool of potential SAC members who satisfy criteria of balancing SIOP leadership experience (prior SIOP Presidents), professional expertise (assessment, selection, leadership), science-practice orientation, and diversity

In addition to Bill Macey and Fred Oswald, the SAC is composed by:

  • Tammy Allen
  • Milt Hakel
  • Ann Marie Ryan
  • Neal Schmitt
  • Nancy Tippins

Dr. Macey said this will be a yearlong process. An analysis of job requirements will be done first. We invited 12 people last time to interview.  Two committee members interviewed each candidate in Bowling Green over five weeks before Christmas. This time we’ll want to speed up the process.  The position will be advertised through the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE). Phone screening will take place in early fall with interviews targeted for November. We’ll need to make full use of technology in the process. We hope to narrow down to final candidates in January or earlier. Dr. Tannenbaum asked what the ideal time of overlap would be with the new person and Mr. Nershi. Dr. Macey said last time it was planned for a three- month overlap but it was only a month actually before the LA conference, which was not much time to get oriented. Mr. Nershi said three months and the conference would be very good. Mr. Nershi is willing to assist after transition.

President Kozlowski said we should keep in mind that SIOP now has more of an external presence compared to 12 years ago.  ASAE has done an executive job analysis, has a suite of associated performance management tools (e.g., job descriptions), and sponsors a job placement site that should be good resources. Lewis Burke could be good resource as well.

Dr. Rupp asked if the office should stay in Bowling Green. It was noted that the current staff is not easily movable.  A budget will need budget to include travel. Dr. Tannenbaum will build budget.  News of Mr. Nershi’s retirement is going to be released early next week.

This is an opportunity for SIOP to be transparent and show how I-O psychologists conduct this process as a format for others to use. Dr. Oswald commended President Kozlowski for his effort to get this plan started.

SUPPORT, PLANNING AND RESEARCH COMMITTEE (SPARC)

President Kozlowski discussed the recent Bylaws amendment that now permits Associate Members to become full Members. The numbers are currently low, but it could increase in the future. If we have lots of growth from Master's level members it wouldn't take long for character of SIOP to change dramatically.  At the same time, it provides opportunities for diversity and inclusion. SPARC was charged to do research on this issue and come up with a plan. The plan is to collect information on demographic and educational changes in field, research SIOP minutes and reports, conduct interviews and do some benchmarking. A member survey may also be used. The report will be constructed and finished during Dr. Outtz’s term. The board expressed support. President Kozlowski asked for any input from EB members to be submitted by February 5.

FELLOWSHIP REPORT

The Executive Board moved into Executive Session at 10:13 a.m. to discuss the recommendations of the Fellowship Committee. Two board members left the room as they were nominated for Fellow. The Executive Board resumed regular session. ACTION: Dr. Knapp moved and Dr. Latham seconded a motion to approve the committee recommendation on the first two Fellow nominations considered. Motion passed.  The whole present Executive Board then returned to Executive Session.

At 11:17 a.m. the Executive Board returned to regular session. ACTION: Dr. Cortina moved to approve the committee recommendation on the remaining nominees. Second by Dr. Latham. Motion approved.

SIOP-SIOPSA FOLLOW-UP PROPOSAL

The Executive Board then considered a revised proposal for collaboration with the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in South Africa (SIOPSA).

Dr. Hakel says the proposed memo of understanding has five dimensions of collaboration that SIOP could enact. Part of the value proposition in terms of faculty/student exchange partnerships is already in place (e.g. MSU, UCF, and Rice). We need to make program directors/faculty aware of these exchange programs.  Dr. Rupp was concerned by implications towards graduate training programs. Dr. Hakel said nothing was mandated or required on our part, we are asked to facilitate reaching out. Dr. Tannenbaum feels it is a safe proposal.

Dr. Outtz said this is a significant extension of our reach into another part of the world.  TIP, IOP and the South African Journal of Psychology are listed as outlets for publication. It was decided that the financial piece would be discussed separately. ACTION: Dr. Hakel moved to approve MOU without the financial item.  Seconded by Dr. Alonso.  Approved.

Dr. Tannenbaum discussed offering discounted dues for SIOPSA members.  The question is can we make it more affordable for them, but still fiscally responsible for SIOP? For students in South Africa $50US is huge amount. We want to offer a 50% discount for professional members and a 70% discount for students. The result would not take money out of the pockets of other SIOP members. We would put a limit on the discount amount of $5,000. President Kozlowski reminded that this can be revisited in the future if needed.  SIOPSA is offering a 20% discount to our members. ACTION: Dr. Outtz moved to approve the 50% discount for professional members from South Africa and a 70% discount for South African students, Dr. Alonso seconded.  Approved.

ADVOCACY UPDATE

Dr. Oswald made four points: 1) Members will get an advocacy update during a conference session 2) Efforts by the policing work group over a 9 month period have been successful.  They are compiling a series of white papers that promote evidence-based decision making by policy makers. 3) Discussed efforts to improve visibility of SIOP, including publicizing SIOP’s UN efforts. 4) New topics such as policing brings SIOP to the fore, marrying federal priorities with the expertise of SIOP members. President Kozlowski noted that SIOP is not a one issue organization and we need a long-term strategy to educate Washington. Lewis Burke is doing well at this even with the regular turnover of office holders. They look for opportunities. It was noted that in Washington, you have to move on issues quickly. Dr. Outtz added that the group is fantastic and now is at the point of reaching out to policymakers in Washington.

Corporate Social Responsibility was mentioned by Dr. Rupp as a possible focus for the future. Dr. Outtz mentioned another issue to consider is criminal background checks. Dr. Alonso said SHRM sticks to two topics yearly and they have 10 lobbyists on staff. President Kozlowski said SIOP needs to develop a process on how to proceed strategically on such matters. This is challenging because our leadership continually changes. Lewis Burke is not used to SIOP asking for multiple outcomes. Dr. Knapp mentioned that when we began working with FABBS in 2006 a similar challenge with the learning curve was experienced. Lewis Burke specializes in science and education advocacy and is not a PR firm. They excel in relationship building. Dr. Rupp said she would like ARC to provide suggestions on the registry system, mechanisms to engage members, and to think about the annual process to generate advocacy focal points. Dr. Banks said we need to consider what we want in tangible terms. President Kozlowski said we have to know what outcomes we want.  Mr. Nershi said metrics have been established with Lewis Burke.  Dr. Banks said a bigger question is how SIOP can put people in positions of influence.  Mr. Nershi said Lewis Burke is helping with that. When openings are available, a request for nominees first goes through the External Relations Committee. We have had some success such as Dr. Wang’s role in NSF, Dr. Oswald on the board of Human Systems Integration as well as other examples.

ADVOCACY REVIEW COMMITTEE CONTINUATION

This is an all-volunteer committee with no budget. They have provided an evaluation of Lewis Burke’s work as our advocacy firm. ARC also developed a process for evaluation going forward. The committee is mindful that tangible outcomes are needed and SIOP needs to do more on our end to define our objectives. ARC provided a recommendation to the EB and based on that, Mr. Nershi negotiated another two-year contract at basically the same cost. ARC will be continuing this process with some changes, including suggestions for term limits.  President Kozlowski said advocacy work is a large cost for SIOP and we should continue to evaluate the value. ACTION: Dr. Alonso moved to approve the proposal to formalize ARC as a standing committee subject to the sunset provision, Dr. Chao seconded.  Approved.

ADVOCACY REGISTRY PROPOSAL

Dr. Oswald noted that the GREAT committee was following the lead of Dr. Banks in setting up this registry. The advocacy registry has unique features such as identifying agency expertise. Participation will be vetted through the GREAT committee, so you can sign up but doesn't guarantee that you will be chosen to participate. Mr. Nershi said that at the last EB meeting, it was determined registries would need an approval process. This is the first request. The advocacy registry will use the same template as the Health and Wellbeing registry.  The target date for completion is October with a pilot testing phase to follow. Dr. Oswald said we need this registry in order to optimize our work with Lewis Burke. President Kozlowski said we need to get people interested in participating in this.  Dr. Knapp said we need to have communication back to the people who sign up. Dr. Rupp asked if this will be a domestic registry only. He said no, it needs to be more global and could include working with GREAT and local I-O groups.  ACTION: Dr. Oswald moved to approve the development of an Advocacy Registry. Seconded by Dr. Alonso. No budget request at this time. Approved.

APA COUNCIL REP REPORT

Dr. Knapp reported that things are still tense at APA primarily as a result of the independent review conducted by Sidley Austin (the so-called Hoffman report). Due to initiatives about what APA should do in response to the Hoffman Report, things could change negatively, especially with the revisions to the APA ethics code.    The representatives are becoming active in two caucuses, with Deirdre assuming the chair role in the fairly new General Applied Psychology/Psychologists (GAPP). GAPP was started by Division 13 as a vehicle for formalizing coordination with Division 14 and other non-health care practioners, researchers, and educators.  .  Dr. Knapp recommended that EB members get on the division officer listserv to gain awareness of the issues. SIOP should also think about  how we would ideally want to handle how professional ethics for our members could best be expressed and enforced, since APA will be asking the same questions with its new Ethics Commission.  Dr. Outtz is on the APA CEO search committee and Dr. Rodney Lowman is co-chair of that committee. President Kozlowski welcomed new members to the APA council and said there should be a plan to get newcomers up to speed.

APA CENTER FOR ORGANIZATIONAL EXCELLENCE

Dr. Banks said that based on past EB action, she approached APA to let them know that SIOP would like to have a role in what the Center for Organizational Excellence (COE) is doing. Based on a positive response from APA, the EB decided to establish an advisory group. People were supposed to be appointed but unfortunately it died.  She said the EB needs to revisit this issue to decide whether we want to continue our efforts or let it stay dead.  The main contact in APA resigned (former APA Deputy CEO Mike Honaker,) and SIOP has no relationship with anyone new.  This could be a problem in continuing with this initiative. Dr. Banks said she would see if she can find the proper contact to proceed, then President Kozlowski could appoint people.  The issue is if people are ignoring the COE, then pursuing it is not necessary. If COE is still viable we need a voice. President Kozlowski asked Dr. Banks to investigate.

RELATIONSHIP WITH HRPS

After talking with Dr. Alonso, Dr. Banks said it seems we should kill the idea of providing content to HRPS.  We would be expected to provide this for free. She said there is nothing good for SIOP here, instead let’s focus on offering CE credits as we are already doing.

TIP EDITOR RECOMMENDATION

Dr. Alonso explained the process.  The committee received five nominations.  Three declined to participate, and two went through the review process.  The committee reviewed letters of recommendation, vision statements, formal personal statement and work samples. After careful consideration, Dr. Tara Behrend is the recommended candidate. ACTION: Alex Alonso moved to approve Dr. Behrend as the new TIP editor, Dr. Latham seconded. Approved.

INTEGRATED COMMUNICATIONS PLAN

Dr. Alonso said he and Dr. Rupp had reviewed how SIOP builds its editorial calendar and identified where we can make gains. We also discovered we can do more with social media around conferences. An ad hoc subcommittee was created to plan how to grow social media. In the short term tweets can be used to push messages out about conference sessions.  It is suggested that an infographic sketch of conferences be developed. Dr. Sinar said there may be need for funds down the road but not now. Dr. Tannenbaum suggested we inventory of our intellectual property. President Kozlowski asked if we need a task force to develop an inventory that is searchable. President Kozlowski charged the committee to move forward on the proposal, and Dr. Rupp will need to capture the inventory going forward.  Dr. Sinar offered to help Dr. Rupp with this.

SALARY SURVEY REQUEST

Dr. Banks mentioned we've had pro bono help from HumRRO to do salary survey analysis in the past, but they've declined to do so this year.  We did an RFP to find another group to do it, but had no responses. The Professional Practice Committee will do much of the work, but will need the assistance of grad students who need to be paid. They are asking for $12,000 to cover expected costs.  Dr. Tannenbaum suggested making this data free to members and at a cost of at least $100 to nonmembers.  This illustrates the value of membership and gives us a small revenue stream. We could put an executive summary in TIP and the rest of the report would be available after the member logs in. ACTION: Dr. Banks moved to approve the salary survey expenditure up to $12,000 for administration analysis and reporting for 2015 survey.  Seconded by Dr. Alonso. Approved.

ACTION: Dr. Tannenbaum moved to make salary survey report free for members and at a cost for nonmembers (TBD.) Also to include an executive summary in TIP. Dr. Latham seconded.  Approved. 

UPDATE ON ANAHEIM CONFERENCE

Mr. Nershi noted registration and housing are on track. we are projecting 4,101 attendees, and budgeted for 4,100. 4,325 came to Philadelphia. We have a large block of rooms in the Hilton Anaheim and can add additional hotels if needed.  Facilities and service are good at hotel and there are lots of amenities.  Preconference workshops and consortia, breakfasts, plenaries, receptions, and Placement Center will be at the hotel. In the Conference Center we’ll have coffee breaks, all educational sessions, and committee meetings. This will be perfect setting for what we want a convention center conference to be. This could open up new conference arrangements in the future. We are applying the lessons learned from Hawaii and we want to improve on wayfinding. We are on track with budget, succeeding especially in sponsorships and booth sales.

LEC 2016 UPDATE

LEC planning is well underway, said Dr. Sinar. There is a short list of keynote speakers being pursued. This is likely to be highly attended. We are offering something unique in a good setting. The location’s maximum capacity is 225-235. We cannot fit 300 in the space we have reserved.  May need to arrange for bigger space. Mr. Nershi will be tracking the pace of registration so space adjustments can be made if needed.  The event is schedule October 21-22. Registration is $645 (early) and $725 (regular).

LEC 2017 SITE SELECTION

Director of Administrative Services Linda Lentz reported she is going to Chicago with Patty Keely of Conference Direct to view prospective hotels there. They will also visit Minneapolis and Denver. The LEC was held in Denver previously. Attendees thought it too far from the airport. A new hotel, the Westin Denver, is attached to the airport and beginning April 2016 there will be a light rail to downtown Denver.

NATIONAL REGISTRY OF I-O WELLBEING CONSULTANTS

Dr. Banks said the infrastructure is up. We haven’t publicized the link yet, but one member has already signed up.  Dr. Rupp asked if it is internally facing only? Mr. Nershi responded no. Dr. Tannenbaum asked if SIOP has an indemnity clause on the website. Mr. Nershi said he would check on appropriate language.

UPDATE ON AMS PROJECT

Mrs. Lentz explained that JL Systems didn't understand SIOP's complexity.  They didn't seem to read our discovery documents. The Program Committee did exceptional work because the new system was being built at the same time committee was using it. There is more work to do with the Presenter Center.  We currently have data still in two systems.  Mr. Nershi wrote a letter to the JL Systems president to express displeasure with the initial roll out of the new platform and to set a new course for our continued relationship. Mrs. Lentz said we have to get the Placement Center up within two weeks. Staff members Larry Nader and Tracy Vanneman are going to JL Systems for two days to review the next critical pieces (i.e. LEC registration and 2017 Award applications). Dr. Sinar said we should endeavor to learn best practices from how other clients use the system.

INTERNATIONAL AFFILIATE STATUS BYLAWS PROPOSAL

Dr. Wang said he will seek a bylaw proposal next meeting pertaining to the International Affiliate membership status.  This group has the same rights as Associate Members so there is no need for a separate membership category.  The door was opened with the removal of APA prerequisite membership requirement gone. Previously international prospects would seek International Affiliate membership because they weren’t members of APA.

ALLIANCE FOR ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY UPDATE

Dr. Hakel noted that SIOP provided financial support to AOP at the September meeting. That has helped fund upcoming small group meeting in Zurich of 35 people. President Kozlowski will be attending the event. The topic is revisiting the publication process as a global community and improving the research review process.  This is the first meeting of this type for the Alliance. Building international bonds is the mission for the Alliance.  There have been SIOP conference sessions in past.  Now the Alliance is looking to expand. SIOPSA has been approached, as well as the Canadian Psychological Association.  A brief discussion was held about the merits of joining the International Social Science Council. Dr. Hakel doesn't have a specific recommendation. Dr. Tannenbaum suggested the EB educate itself about it before making a decision about joining.  Dr. Tannenbaum reminded the group that the original proposal from the Alliance was approved as a grant and not as a payment of dues tied to membership numbers.

SIOP FOUNDATION UPDATE

The Graen Family would like to establish a fund for a grant for Student Research on the Development of New Knowledge Professionals. Dr. Hakel said Foundation board members have voted to establish this named fund beginning in 2017. Dr. Hakel asked the EB to approve this grant program. It will fund student proposals, similar to format of small grant.  Dr. Rupp questioned the title of the grant and whether students will understand from the name what it refers to.  Dr. Hakel agreed that the Awards Committee may need to adjust this at a later time if no applications are being submitted.   ACTION: Dr. Hakel moved to approved, Dr. Alonso seconded.  Approved.

Dr. Hakel continued his update on the Foundation. Through sheer accident and out of necessity, an email was sent encouraging people to become involved with the HRM Impact Awards.  Thirty people have signed up to date.  Four different task groups will be formed.  The groups will be looking for ways to improve the HRM Impact Awards brand and to highlight the best practices of the winning organizations.

Final comments:

President Kozlowski thanked Dr. Banks for her service as this was her last meeting.  The service of Dr. Bryan was also acknowledged.  Dr. Cortina will also be leaving the board and his work with the group is greatly appreciated.

The business of the Society being concluded, the meeting was adjourned.