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SIOP Committees

SIOP encourages all of its members to take an active role in the Society. While there are many ways to participate in SIOP, serving on a standing Committee is one of the best ways to serve the Society and to learn about the issues that confront SIOP as an organization. Committee work will broaden your knowledge of how SIOP functions, give you an opportunity to express your point of view, and introduce you to a wide variety of people in our profession.

SIOP has the following committees: Awards, Continuing Education (CE) Coordinator, Committee on Ethnic Minorities Affairs (CEMA), Education and Training (E&T), Electronic Communications, External Relations, Fellowship, Historian, Industrial and Organizational Psychology Journal, Institutional Research, International Affairs, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) (ad hoc),  Membership, Organizational Frontier Series, Placement and Job Net, Professional Practice, Professional Practice Series, Program-SIOP, Program-APA, Program-APS, Scientific Affairs, SIOP Conference, State Affairs, Strategic Planning & Policy (ad hoc), TIP, Visibility,and Workshop.

One student representative is also selected for a subset of committees so that the chair of the committee can draw on them whenever a student perspective is needed.

What do these committees do? The work of each committee is described briefly below.

Standing Committees

Awards Committee: The Awards Committee administers the SIOP awards and the awards,scholarships, and research grants for the SIOP Foundation.   The Committee Chair selects subcommittee chairs for each of the awards to  evaluate nominations and applications.  Some of the awards are presented to the Executive Board for approval. If needed, subcommittee members develop lists of possible candidates, , and review supporting materials before making a recommendation to the Executive Board. Because the recommendations are made at the September meeting of the Executive Board, most work for this committee is done in the summer.

Continuing Education Coordinator: The committee coordinates CE credit activities for SIOP's fall and spring events. In addition, the committee works to provide online CE opportunities. 

Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA): Members of this committee focus on issues related to ethnic minorities both within SIOP as an organization as well as within the field of industrial-organizational psychology as a whole.

Education and Training Committee: The members on this committee monitor the state of graduate education in industrial and organizational psychology (I-O), encourage and promote the development of the scientific and practitioner skills of the Society’s prospective members, prepare and revise the Guidelines for Education and Training at the Doctoral Level in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Guidelines for Education and Training at the Masters Level in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, teaching modules, and contribute to and collaborate with Education and Training Boards of other professional societies (e.g., APA, APS). Special projects are usually focused on the status of graduate education and determining future changes. Time commitments vary according to the project and the role the member plays.

Electronic Communication Committee: The SIOP Committee on Electronic Communications focuses on issues and initiatives involving the use of technology in support of SIOPs overall goals and mission. The role of this committee is still evolving. Example committee activities include (a) facilitating the development of guiding policies on the use of SIOPs technology resources (e.g., SIOP Web site), (b) acting as a resource for the Administrative Office, Web master, and other committees regarding specific SIOP technology initiatives, (c) contributing ideas on how to maximize the effective use of current technology resources (e.g., continuously improving the SIOP Web site), and (d) looking towards emerging technologies and contributing ideas on future endeavors that will benefit SIOPs growing membership.

External Relations Committee (ad hoc): This ad hoc committee supports SIOP's efforts to advocate for I-O interests to various audiences. The committee plays an important role in (a) ensuring SIOP's relations with other organizations advance our strategic goals and (b)  encouraging the support and acknowledgement of SIOP members who represent our interests in our partner organizations and advocacy-related initiatives.

Fellowship Committee: Members of this committee generate lists of candidates for fellowship and identify sponsors for each candidate. In the fall, each member of the committee must review the file of every candidate. The committee then recommends a slate of candidates to the Executive Board which presents them to the membership for voting at the annual meeting in the spring. You must be a Fellow of the Society in order to serve on this committee.

History Committee: The primary responsibility of the historian is to insure the preservation of the society’s history through the establishment and management of a process for preserving documents. The historian and history committee members actively preserve and maintain the archives and create and document the historical record.
Industrial and Organizational Psychology (IOP) Journal Committee: The journal takes a focal article–peer commentary–response format. Members of this committee work to elicit resear5ch and commentary for publication in this quarterly scholarly journal.

Institutional Research: The Institutional Research Committee establishes policies regarding SIOP's participation in surveys and third party research including the use and disposition of data. The committee has two objectives. First, to maximize the value to SIOP of the surveys it sponsors (e.g., salary, career, and member practice surveys) by defining how the data are archived, accessed, and used. The second is to guide SIOP interactions with third party researchers who wish to use SIOP data or collect data from SIOP members for research purposes.

International Affairs: The International Affairs Committee is geared toward ensuring that SIOP members and affiliates have a means of collaborating and communicating with international affiliates and members of similar international associations.

Membership Committee: The main function of the membership committee is to evaluate applicants for membership in SIOP. In addition, the committee often initiates special programs to increase membership and participation such as a new member reception at the annual conference. Members of this committee review applications.

Organizational Frontiers Series: This committee produces a series of volumes on scientific developments in industrial and organizational psychology. Members are appointed by the Committee chair with the approval of the SIOP President.

Placement and Job Net Committee: The purpose of this committee is to provide SIOP members with a means of identifying available I-O job openings. Currently, this is done through sponsoring the Placement Center at the annual conference. JobNet, an online year-round job posting service, has been developed and has operated online since 2000. Committee composition varies according to the needs of the committee.

Professional Practice Committee: Members on this committee are involved with matters of professional practice, ethics, and state and national legislation.. Members’ time commitment will vary according to the issues confronting this committee.

Professional Practice Series Committee: This Committee produces a series of volumes on practice issues in industrial and organizational psychology. This committee’s membership is appointed by the editor of the series.

Program-APA Committee: The APA Program Committee is responsible for developing SIOP’s program for the annual APA Convention. Program committee members have two responsibilities: a) developing program proposals and/or soliciting proposals from others; and b) reviewing and evaluating proposals submitted to SIOP.

Program-APS Committee: The APS Program Committee is responsible for developing SIOP’s program for the annual APS convention.  Program committee members have two responsibilities: a) developing program proposals and/or soliciting proposals from others; and b) reviewing and evaluating proposals submitted to SIOP.

Program-SIOP Committee: The members of the SIOP Program Committee develop and solicit program ideas as well as evaluate proposals submitted by other members. The deadline for submission of proposals for the annual SIOP conference is usually in mid-September and proposal reviews take place in October. Because of the volume of proposals submitted for SIOP, the time commitment is about 10-12 hours in a tight time window of 2 to 3 weeks. Each year a deadline is set for adding volunteers to the Program Review Committee.

Scientific Affairs Committee: This committee is concerned with all aspects of industrial and organizational psychology as a science. Its members encourage, promote, and facilitate greater contributions of a scientific and technical nature. For example, members of this committee work on projects such as providing input to the APA committee that wrote the Standards. The workload of this committee is variable and depends on the issues that arise during the year. The work is both sporadic and short fuse. The committee chair often has little notice of the need to feed information to another organization, and members must respond quickly if SIOPs voice is to be heard.

SIOP Conference Committee: This committee is responsible for planning and organizing the annual conference. The current steering committee includes the chair of the Conference Committee, the current SIOP president, the past president, the Local Arrangements chair, the chair for Workshops, the chair for Placement Center, t and the chair for the Program-SIOP.

State Affairs Committee: This committee promotes the interests of the Society and its membership by concerning itself with matters affecting the practice of psychology as governed by state laws and licensing boards. Committee members are particularly concerned with monitoring and influencing developments and changes to state licensing laws. In addition, the committee seeks to educate SIOP members about Psychologically Healthy Workplace award offered by APA and encourage them to nominate organizations and serve as site visitors for the award. The success of this committee depends on its members’ willingness to make contacts outside of SIOP in the state psychological associations and the state boards.

TIP Committee: Committee members participate by developing and submitting material for publication. Regular columns may be developed if there is a widespread ongoing interest (e.g., Practice Network). Some committee members may undertake special projects; time demands are greatest in the weeks before material for publication. Some committee members may undertake special projects; time demands are greatest in the weeks before TIP publication deadlines (3/l, 6/1, 9/1, 12/1). All members of this committee are appointed by the editor.

Visibility Committee: The role of the Visibility Committee is to increase the visibility of SIOP, SIOP members, and I-O psychology to business leaders, public policy officials, and the general public. Activities currently being performed by committee members, or planned, include preparing and coordinating the distribution of press releases describing the work of SIOP members, helping to generate positive press associated with the annual SIOP Conference, and working with the SIOP Administrative Office to establish and maintain a database, called Media Resources, containing information about the SIOP members who are willing to share their research and expertise with the press. Committee members also contribute to a regular TIP column, SIOP Members in the News.

Workshop Committee: The primary objectives of the Workshop Committee are planning, coordinating and ensuring the high quality of SIOP pre-conference workshops. The Committee ensures that the workshops comply with APA Continuing Education criteria and address topics salient to a broad range of SIOP members. Each member coordinates a workshop. Specific member roles include participation in program planning, workshop coordination, and various workshop evaluation activities. The annual workshop planning meeting is held at the conference site the day prior to the current year’s conference workshops.

Ad Hoc Committees

External Relations Committee (ad hoc): This committee supports SIOP's efforts to advocate for I-O interests to various audiences. The committee plays an important role in (a) ensuring SIOP's relations with other organizations advance our strategic goals and (b) encouraging the support and acknowledgement of SIOP members who represent our interests in our partner organizations and advocacy-related initiatives.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Committee (ad hoc): The purpose of establishing this committee was to begin to encourage research on LGBT issues and promote LGBT voice within SIOP. The LGBT committee has a Working Mission Statement, which is To increase favorable attitudes and awareness of LGBT issues within SIOP, to encourage research on LGBT issues, and to promote LGBT voice and support.

Strategic Planning and Policy Committee (ad hoc): The committee consists of the various invited members. The committee’s purpose is to delve into the details of policies that effect the Society and provide reports and/or recommendations to the Executive Board.

So how do you serve on a committee?

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The Administrative Office gives each committee chair a list of the self-nominating members’ first choice. Each chair then decides how many members of the current committee are eligible to return and how many new members can be placed. The chair of each committee also works to make sure the membership of SIOP is fully represented. In the event a chair does not need all the self-nominated members, every attempt is made to place them on their second or third choice committees. The number of volunteers frequently exceeds the need for committee members, so those not selected are asked to try again the following year.  Only one Student Affiliate is permitted to serve on select committees. 

The requirements for serving on a SIOP Committee are usually simple. You must be a member of SIOP and want to serve. There is a 3-year limit of service for most committees. Only a few committees (e.g., Workshops, Fellowship, IOP Journal, TIP, Organizational Frontier Series, Professional Practice Series, and the SIOP Conference) have additional criteria for its membership. Self-nominations are generally not solicited for these committees.

Executive Board and Committee Chairs