SIOP NewsBrief

August 2008

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Beat the Rush-Submit Your Conference Proposals!

The online submission of proposals for the 2009 SIOP Annual Conference is now open. The submission deadline this year is September 10, 2008, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Every year, SIOP receives 950–1200 submissions, most of which come in on the very last day. However, procrastinating might not be such a good idea. Below is a list of several disasters, delays and freak accidents that plague those members who try to get their proposals in at the last minute.

• Overloaded server—With several hundred people on SIOP’s Web site at once, most people experience some sort of delay or slow down.
• Hurricanes and other weather phenomena—One year, a hurricane in North Carolina prevented many would-be submitters from sending in their proposals when they had to be evacuated. A similar situation occurred in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina.
• Time zone confusion—The Call for Proposals ends at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, but that doesn’t mean everyone lives in EDT.  Don’t let a few hours get between you and submitting your proposal.
• Computer error—A similar situation that spurs tears is the computer-age-old computer crash. It never fails that a computer will crash the very minute before you were going to turn it in.
• Mem ber status problems—The deadline to renew your SIOP dues is already past, but on September 1, members who have not renewed their dues can no longer utilize the tools of paid SIOP members. This means they cannot submit their proposals.

Numerous problems can and have sprung up just before proposal deadlines, so submit your proposals now and gain 2 worry-free months! The Call for Proposals is available here. You will not need your username and password to access the Call for Proposals, but you will need them to submit proposals.

SIOP’s conference is scheduled this year for April 2–4 at the Sheraton New Orleans. Visit the conference Web page for more information.

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Leading Edge Consortium Featured Speaker   

Dr. Douglas McKenna, President of the Oceanside Institute, will be speaking at SIOP’s 4th annual Leading Edge Consortium October 17-18 at the Westin Cincinnati.

Entitled “Executive Coaching for Effective Performance: Leading Edge Practice and Research,” the consortium will be centered on the psychology, impact and best practices in executive coaching.

After earning his PhD in Differential Psychology in 1979 at the University of Minnesota, Dr. McKenna began a career in teaching, research, and consulting. In 1993, he joined the Microsoft Corporation as General Manager of Corporate HR. From then until 2001, he was the architect of Microsoft’s executive and leadership development efforts, giving him the opportunity to coach many of t he company’s most senior leaders and fast-rising stars.

McKenna will speak on the psychology of coaching at the Leading Edge Consortium. For more information on his presentation, read the featured story July 30 on the SIOP home page!

Visit the Leading Edge Consortium page for more information ont he LEC, including registration and accommodation details and updates on topics, speakers, and activities.

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Bylaw Changes-the Votes are In! 

The proposed bylaws changes passed with overwhelming support when voting closed July 18. The changes passed with 355 votes for and 30 against.

Some of the main bylaw changes include:

• The Executive Committee’s name will be changed to Executive Board
• The three Member-At-Large positions will be eliminated
• The Secretary position will be eliminated. Secretarial responsibilities for communicating with APA will be assumed by the Financial Officer. All other responsibilities will be assumed by the Administrative Office.
• The Financial Officer position will be renamed to Financial Officer/Secretary
• Eight new officer portfolio positions will be added: Communications Officer, Conference and Programs Officer, External Relations Officer, Instructional and Educational Officer, Membership Services Officer, Professional Practice Officer, Publications Officer, and Research and Science Officer

The changes stem from the recommendations of the Governance Task Force, chaired by SIOP President-Elect Kurt Kraiger and were subsequently approved by the Executive Committee.

To see a complete list of the bylaws changes, click here. You can also learn more about the bylaws changes on the SIOP news page, which includes an interview with Kraiger.

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SIOP Office Welcomes New Employees
This summer SIOP welcomed three new members to our staff.

Stephany Schings joined the SIOP staff at the end of May as the Communications Specialist.

Some of Stephany’s responsibilities include managing the SIOP newsletter, acting as a liaison for SIOP’s new journal, supporting the Leading Edge Consortium and SIOP Conference, assisting with the development of Web site content, and helping with any other communications-related needs that may arise.  

Also at the end of May, SIOP welcomed Tracy LaHote Vanneman as Membership Services Manager. 

Tracy now manages membership-related issues for the Society as well as coordinates continuing education opportunities. Tracy is also working with other SIOP employees on new initiatives for the SIOP Web site.

Most recently, the office welcomed Jeremy Hopkins into the position of Programmer. Jeremy began work in late July and is responsible for developing programs for SIOP’s Web site as well as other initiatives.

If you have any communication questions, Stephany can be reached via e-mail at Questions regarding member services can be directed to Tracy  at and those regarding programming can be sent to Both can also be reached by calling the Administrative Office at 419-353-0032.

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Help APA Recognize Employers

On March 7, 2008, APA recognized 14 employers for their efforts in fostering employee well-being through its Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award (PHWA). 

I-O psycholgists can help support these awards by getting involved at a local level. The national PHWA winners are nominated by state, provincial, and territorial psychological associations through local PHWA programs/committees. 

Many of these local committees are seeking I-O psychologists to help promote the award and evaluate nominees.  However, many of these state-level associations have no I-O psychologists as members. Contact your local association or the PHWA committee for your state to see how you can help. 

Anna Erickson represents SIOP as the Division 14 Representative to the Business of Practice Network, the APA organization sponsoring and promoting the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award. Contact Anna Erickson at        (651) 683-8697 or via e-mail at You can also learn more about the APA winners here.

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Announcements (click a link for more information)

APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology-Aug. 12

Renew Your SIOP Dues!

Call for Nominations: Women in Business Reader-July 28

Journal of Managerial Psychology Call for Papers- Sept. 1 and 29