SIOP NewsBrief

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

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SIOP 2008 Highlights – A "Golden" Event in San Francisco

This year’s conference turned out to be a great success! Held at the home of the Golden Gate Bridge, the appealing location combined with a well–planned program attracted nearly 4,100 attendees.

Positive feedback was received for this year’s longer, 3-day format — April 10–12. It allowed more time to enjoy an attractive variety of sessions, intriguing keynote addresses, and ample entertainment options.

The Theme Tracks, a new feature to the conference, was a popular pick. Attendance was high, and everyone seemed to enjoy the sessions. In fact, one person said the track focusing on the future of I–O education offered some of the best presentations he had ever seen on the topic!

There were two Theme Tracks, each with six sessions, providing a deep dive into critical topics that affect a broad range of SIOP members. The other track focused on individual–organizational health.

The invited keynote speakers also had a strong showing.

Paul Ekman, who heads his own firm in Oakland, CA, presented on emotional skills and how they can be acquired. Named by the American Psychological Association as one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century, he is an expert on universal emotions, including facial expressions, nonverbal behavior, and deceit.

Jac Fitz-enz presented on a project he recently launched with 25 vendors and corporations to develop the first integrated, predictive, human capital management planning, data mining software, and future-facing metrics system. He is known as the first to argue that there is a financial bottom–line effect stemming from human resource practices and first to create useful and systematic measures so that HR practitioners can measure their effectiveness.

Tony Rucci, a senior lecturer in the department of management at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, gave a closing address on the core purpose of I–O psychology, discussing where science and practice meet. With more than 25 years of I–O experience, he has served as an executive officer of three international companies and has a distinguished academic background.

As for entertainment, the Closing California Wine Tasting Reception was a hit. There were different wine stations, each offering samples from various California vineyards. Wine passports were offered so that attendees could try an assortment of wines. In addition to sampling great wine, it was a fun networking opportunity!

A thank you goes to all members who presented and attended the conference!

Now you can start looking forward to SIOP 2009, to be held next year in New Orleans April 2–4. It’s never too early to save the date! The planning is already in the works, and it is sure to be another successful meeting.

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New SIOP Fellows Announced 

Society Fellows are distinguished industrial and organizational psychologists who have made an unusual and outstanding contribution to the field.

This year SIOP recognized 20 outstanding I-O psychologists as SIOP Fellows at the conference:

Tammy Allen Beryl Hesketh
Maureen Ambrose Calvin Hoffman
Julian Barling Howard Klein
Robert Baron Robert Liden
Allan Church Rodney McCloy
Lillian Eby S. Morton McPhail
Cynthia Fisher Frederick Morgenson
Deborah Gebhardt Philip Podsakoff
Rodger Griffeth Jack Wiley
Michael Harris Dov Zohar


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SIOP Awards, Scholarships, and Grants – And the Winners Are...

At this year’s conference the SIOP Foundation’s awards, scholarships, and grants were announced. Congratulations to all the 2008 recipients.

Graduate Student Scholarship
This scholarship recognizes achievement in a graduate career and is intended to assist doctoral students in I-O psychology with the costs of carrying out their dissertation work.  There are two recipients this year, Sonia Ghumman of Michigan State University and Whitney Botsford of George Mason University.

Lee Hakel Graduate Student Scholarship
This scholarship is in honor of Lee Hakel, director of the SIOP Administrative Office from 1995 to 2005 and a leader in the establishment of the SIOP Foundation.  The 2008 recipient is Liu-Qin Yang of the University of South Florida.

Leslie W. Joyce and Paul W. Thayer Graduate Fellowship
This fellowship is designed to provide financial support to a doctoral student in I–O psychology who is specializing in training and development and/or selection and placement. Ari Malka of the University of Houston is this year’s winner. 

SIOP Small Grant Program
This grant program supports SIOP members' research activities in areas that have impact on both practitioners and academicians, and foster cooperation between practitioners and academicians. A small grant was awarded to Lisa Finkelstein of Northern Illinois University, Kurt Kraiger of Colorado State University, and Jerry Wittmer of the State of Colorado for their research entitled “Organizational and Process Influences on the Effectiveness of Formal Mentoring Programs.” Another grant was presented to Nathan Bowling of Wright State University, and Jeffery Labrador and John McKee of Kenexa for the proposal “Organizational Commitment and Job Performance:  Is the Relationship Spurious?”

Robert J. Wherry Award
This award is presented in recognition of the best paper at the Industrial Organizational/Organizational Behavior Graduate Student Conference.  This year’s winner is Elizabeth Conjar of George Mason University for her presentation “The Impact of Task and Relationship Conflict on Team Structure:  A Social Network Approach.”

John C. Flanagan Award
This award recognizes the best student poster at the SIOP conference.  To be considered for this award, the student must be the first author on the paper. The 2008 award winners are Elizabeth Conjar of George Mason University and Dan Horn of the U.S. Army Research Institute for their poster “Formal and Emergent Leaders’ Cognitive Accuracy in Social Networks.”

Best LGBT Paper Award
This award is presented to recognize a poster or paper focusing on lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or transgender issues in the workplace. Submissions may involve empirical research, theory, or teaching-related activities. The winners are Frank D. Golom and Benjamin E. Liberman of the Teacher’s College at Columbia University for their paper “ ‘Think Manager, Think Male:’  Stereotypes of Gay and Lesbian Managers.”

S. Rains Wallace Dissertation Research Award
This award is given in recognition of the best doctoral dissertation research in the field of industrial and organizational psychology.  The winning dissertation research should demonstrate the use of research methods that are both rigorous and creative.  Subrahmaniam Tangirala of the University of Maryland is this year’s winner for his dissertation entitled “Exploring Non-Linearity in Employee Voice: The Effects of Personal Control and Organizational Identification.”

William A. Owens Scholarly Achievement Award
This award is given in recognition of the best publication ? appearing in a refereed journal ? in the field of industrial and organizational psychology. David A. Harrison of Pennsylvania State University, Daniel A. Newman of the University of Maryland, and Philip L. Roth of Clemson University are this year’s recipients for their article “How Important Are Job Attitudes? Meta-Analytic Comparison of Integrative Behavior Outcomes and Time Sequences,” which appeared in the Academy of Management Journal.

M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace
This award is given in recognition of a project or product representing an outstanding example of the practice of industrial and organizational psychology in the workplace. This award is presented to an individual practitioner or team of practitioners who have developed and conducted or applied a specific project or product representing an example of outstanding practice of I–O psychology in the workplace. The 2008 Myers award goes to George Alliger, Winston Bennett, Chuck Colgrove, Rebecca Beard, and Michael Garrity for their work on the Mission Essential Competency process. The Myers award winners this year donated their financial award to the SIOP Foundation.
Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award
This award is presented to an individual who has made distinguished contributions to the science and/or practice of I–O psychology within 7 years of receiving their PhD degree. In order to be considered for the 2008 award, nominees must have defended their dissertation no earlier than 2001. This year’s winner is Remus Illies of Michigan State University.

Distinguished Teaching Contributions Award
This award is presented in recognition of SIOP members who demonstrate a sustained record of excellence in teaching, as revealed by excellence in the classroom or via Web–based teaching, student development, and community service via teaching. There is no restriction on the specific courses taught, only that the courses concern perspectives or applications of I–O psychology. This year’s recipient is Michelle (Mikki) Hebl of Rice University.

Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award
This award is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the science of industrial and organizational psychology.  This award is given to the individual who has made the most distinguished empirical and/or theoretical scientific contributions to the field of I–O psychology. Fritz Drasgow of the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign is the 2008 winner.

Distinguished Professional Contributions Award
This award is given to an individual who has developed, refined, and implemented practices, procedures, and methods that have had a major impact on both people in organizational settings and the profession of I–O psychology. The contributions of the individual should have advanced the profession by increasing the effectiveness of I–O psychologists working in business, industry, government, and other organizational settings. Morgan McCall of the University of Southern California is this year’s recipient.

For more information about SIOP’s awards, scholarships and grants, please visit the SIOP Foundation Web site 

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SIOP State Affairs Committee Seeks Members

The SIOP State Affairs committee is seeking members who will take responsibility for keeping the Society informed of any activities in a State or Provence that may have implications for SIOP members. 

The Society believes that I–O psychologists must be increasingly aware of (and influence) laws and regulations that may impact its practice. 

In becoming a member of the State Affairs committee, the assignment may be for your own state or others. This requires periodically contacting the Board of Psychology by phone or reviewing its Web site. In addition, it would involve making contact with or joining a State or Provincial Psychological Association. 

For example, the State Affairs committee is currently discussing how SIOP members can help State Associations promote the Psychologically Healthy Workplace that is awarded by states with a national award by APA. 

To view the committee description on the SIOP Web site click here. To sign up as a volunteer online, click here to access the Committee Volunteer System application. 

For further information, contact Judith (Judy) Blanton via email,, or at 626-683-9133. 

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New I–O Networking Group Launched by SIOP Members

A new I–O professional networking group has been formed via LinkedIn — a free online network of more than 20 million experienced professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries — and SIOP members are invited to join.

This group, I–O Practitioners Network, was created by SIOP members John Golden and Daniel Russell. It is the first LinkedIn networking group for internal and external experts in the fields of industrial–organizational psychology, leadership and/or organizational development, and change management.

The focus of this group is on benchmarking, sharing best practices, gathering data and facts from group members, and networking around the following topics:  talent selection and assessment; performance and talent management; organizational change, culture, restructuring, and development; job analysis, competency modeling, and success profile development; process re-engineering; executive coaching, mentoring, and career development; and training and development.

In order to join the group, you must be an I–O practitioner, practicing I–O–related work in a field setting. Internal or external consultants are highly encouraged to join. Academics conducting research in applied settings or consulting in applied settings are also welcome to join. Requests to join the group will be monitored and approved against these criteria.

To join the I–O Practitioners Network group, click here. 
(Note:  You must first have a personalized LinkedIn profile to join the group. If you are not a LinkedIn user yet, at this site you will be able to set up your free profile.)

Once you join I–O Practitioners Network, you will have access to a tool that allows you to fully leverage your entire personal and professional I–O network in one simple step. On your LinkedIn personal profile page you will be able to click on the group’s icon link to browse or search fellow I–O group members’ profiles. This icon link will also allow you to access the I–O Practitioners Network Web site, which will help members further communicate with one another and meet the various goals set out by the group.

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