SIOP NewsBrief

December 2008

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SIOP Offers Assistance to President-Elect Obama

In an effort to reach out to the future president and initiate visibility of the Society within the political sphere, SIOP recently sent a letter to President-Elect Barack Obama congratulating him on his election victory and offering the assistance and expertise of the nearly 7,000 members of SIOP during the next administration.

In the letter, SIOP President Gary Latham acknowledged the numerous challenges President-Elect Obama will face upon taking office, such as the troubled economy and lacking healthcare system. President Latham noted SIOP members’ expertise in numerous areas pertinent to President-Elect Obama’s administration, including leadership, corporate culture, layoffs, mergers and acquisitions, workforce development, healthcare benefits,  the aging workforce, and work/life balance.

A  copy of the letter is available here. A full story and copy of the letter will also be available on the SIOP Web site Wednesday, December 3.

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IOP Focal Articles Now Ready for Commentary

Two focal articles have been accepted for Volume 2, Issue 2 of SIOP’s journal, Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. They are now available for comment on the SIOP Web site.

Commentaries must be submitted no later than
December 12, 2008.

The first focal article is by George Hollenbeck, titled “Executive Selection—What’s Right...and What’s Wrong.” The second is by Jerald Greenberg, titled “Everybody Talks About Organizational Justice, But Nobody Does Anything About It.”

The focal articles can be downloaded on the SIOP Web site, which also contains details on the process of preparing and submitting a commentary.  Please contact Editor Paul Sackett at with questions about the journal or commentary process.

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 Webinar Recordings Now Available

Recordings of the SIOP-sponsored Webinar “Graduate School and Careers in I-O Psychology” are now available on the Webinar page of SIOP’s Web site.

The Webinar, hosted by Austin Peay State University’s master’s program in I-O psychology in collaboration with SIOP, was a big success. Now anyone who missed it can view recordings of the Webinar presentations as well as the live question and answer session.

The recordings are hosted using Wimba classroom.  You will need to run the installation Wizard after clicking the link to make sure your computer is compatible with the Wimba software. If you would like to by-pass this and simply view the Flash presentation without the question and answer session, you can click here.

Questions about the Webinar can be directed to Stephany Schings at the SIOP Administrative Office, (419) 353-0032.

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 Show Your Support for SIOP Foundation Funds

Last year, the Foundation created a vehicle for people to raise the required minimum gift amount to establish a fund over a 5-year period. The fund may be to honor a SIOP member or support an area of research that is of importance to our field. As a reminder, here are two funds currently seeking support under the Incubator/Emerging Issues Fund umbrella:

George C. Thornton III Graduate Scholarship - this scholarship is designed to provide financial support to a doctoral student in I-O psychology who epitomizes the scientist–practitioner model in his or her training, research, and practicum experiences. For more information, click here.

Adverse Impact Reduction Research Initiative and Action Fund- this fund is designed to investigate causes and solutions to adverse impact (AI) in the workplace. Adverse impact has been a recurring problem for decades, and we are still without a viable theory, consistent processes or programs to reduce or eliminate it. The objective of this fund is to encourage scholars to engage in programmatic research that blends I-O Psychology, public policy and the law in efforts to further inform us on the underlying factors that lead to AI. Contact Rick Jacobs at for more information.


IRA Rollover Extension Included in Financial Rescue Bill

On October 3, 2008, Congress passed and President Bush signed into law the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. The bill includes an extension of the Pension Protection Act of 2006. This new law extends the opportunity for people 70 or older to make charitable gifts from their Individual Retirement Account (IRA) directly to eligible charities.

Key provisions include the following:

  • Donors must be age 70 at time the gift is made

  • Charitable gifts must be made direct from an IRA to the eligible charity, such as the SIOP Foundation

  • An individual can distribute a maximum of $100,000 each year for 2008 and 2009

  • Individuals can make as many gifts in any amount to as many charities as desired as long as total does not exceed maximum amounts

Please click here for more information about the SIOP Foundation

Please consult with your financial planner and/or tax advisor before making distributions.

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Find Treasure in the "Measure Chest"

A new Web site called “The Measures Toolchest” is now available for SIOP members looking for validated scales.

The Web site, developed through the Academy of Management’s Research Methods Division (RMD) and currently being administered by SIOP and Academy of Management member John D. Kammeyer-Mueller, brings numerous scales together into one consolidated “Wiki” site. The site currently features 30 subjects for validated scales, including personality, roles, stress, training and development, work and family conflict, creativity, and performance. Subjects then are broken down into more specific scales.

SIOP Members are encouraged to add their own scales to the site as well. Questions concerning the Wiki site can be directed to John Kammeyer-Mueller at

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Announcements (click a link for more information)

2009 IOOB Graduate Student Conference: February 27-March 1

Call for Chapters: Style Differences in Cognition, Learning, and Management- Due Dec. 14

Grants Available for Scientific Conferences-Proposals Due Dec. 1

Journal of Organizational Behavior Special Issue- Proposals Due Dec. 1

Call for Papers: Military Psychology Special Issue-Due Dec. 15