SIOP NewsBrief


July 2008

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Register Early for the Leading Edge Consortium!

It isn’t too soon to reserve your spot 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. The consortium will cover the most leading-edge research and practice of executive coaching including:

• The impact of executive coaching on organizational performance
•  How to get the most from coaches.
• Common incidents coaches encounter and the impact of internal versus external coaches.
• The qualifications to look for when preparing to hire an executive coach.

Some of the scheduled speakers include:

• Dr. Douglas McKenna, General Manager in corporate HR for the Microsoft Corporation. From 1993 to 2001, McKenna was the architect of Microsoft’s executive and leadership development efforts. During that time he had the opportunity to coach many of the company’s most senior leaders rising stars.
 Dr. Sandra Davis, Chief Executive Officer of Minneapolis-based MDA Leadership Consulting. Davis founded MDA in 1981. As CEO of the firm, she is widely known and respected as an executive coach and thought leader in the industry. Over the past 23 years, her client list has grown to include top corporations headquartered in the Midwest and beyond.

Each presentation takes place in general session conducive to interaction with presenters and networking with leaders in the I-O field. To preserve this intimate setting, attendance is limited to no more than 300 persons, so be sure to reserve your place today! Registration is $425 on or before August 29 and $495 thereafter. To register, please click here.

Visit the Leading Edge Consortium page on the SIOP Web site for more information, including registration and accommodation details and updates on topics, speakers, and activities. You can also contact the SIOP Administrative Office at 419-353-0032.

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SIOP Seeks Nominations for IOP Journal Editor  

SIOP is now accepting nominations, including self-nominations, for the next editor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice.

The deadline for nominations is July 30 and the new editor will begin a 3-year term in April 2009.

Industrial and Organizational Psychology (IOP) focuses on interactive exchanges on topics of importance to science and practice in the field of I-O psychology using a focal article-peer commentary-response format.  All SIOP members receive a copy of the journal as a benefit of membership.

Paul Sackett is the founding editor of the journal and will be concluding his term at the 2009 annual SIOP conference. The first volume of the journal was sent out in March, but a great deal of work went into planning for its debut. Paul worked extensively with SIOP on developing the journal and producing the first issues.

Duties of the IOP editor include selecting two topics for the focal articles of each issues, enlisting authors to write on the topics, soliciting commentaries for the focal articles, reviewing outlines and drafts, and working with SIOP to coordinate the printing of the publication, among other duties. 

Nominations for the new IOP editor should be sent to and should include the vita of the nominee.  

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Remember To Vote on Bylaw Changes

Voting members of SIOP can now vote on approval of changes to the Society’s bylaws. Members were recently sent an e-mail with a link for voting members to cast their ballots electronically here. Ballots can be cast from now through July 18.

Some of the main bylaw changes that have been proposed 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 Kurt Kraiger), which were subsequently approved by the Executive Committee.

A majority of those voting on the bylaw changes is required to pass the amendments. Members are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the proposed alterations to the bylaws so they best cast their vote. To see the proposed bylaw changes, click here.

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Researchers Sought for News Stories 

SIOP needs your help to improve visibility of its members and I-O psychology.  We are looking for members who have done research or are knowledgeable in several fields of I-O psychology to serve as sources for stories that will run in national publications like HR Magazine and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

We are currently seeking members for the following stories:

• Returning War Veterans: We are seeking a member who has done research or is knowledgeable on the impact of recent war vets returning to the workplace, particularly what HR professionals can do to help them readjust to the workplace, the common problems they may experience, dealing with PTSD, and what effect their experiences may have when they return to work.
• Religion in the Workplace: We are seeking a member who is currently researching or has completed research on religion in the workplace for a story pending with HR Magazine.
• Cultural Diversity in Academic Settings: We are seeking a member who has done research or is knowledgeable in the area of cultural diversity among faculty in education institutions for a story that would run in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

If you can help with any of these pending stories, or if you know someone who may make a good source, please contact SIOP Communications Specialist Stephany Schings at or (419) 353-0032.

Remember, members can also submit their own ideas about the latest trends and research in I-O psychology on SIOP’s newest Web site initiative, Tips and Trends.

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There’s Still Time to Renew Your SIOP Dues!

Dues for the new membership year, which runs from May 2008 through April 2009, were due June 15, but there’s still time to renew your SIOP membership!

Full, Associate, and International Member dues are $60 this year and Student Affiliates and Retired Members are $30.

You can renew your dues by clicking here, where you can pay online or print a payment form to mail in. Renewing now will ensure your name and information remains in the SIOP membership directory and that you continue to receive member publications.
Remember, with SIOP membership you get:

•  Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice (IOP) quarterly journal
•  The Industrial- Organizational Psychologist (TIP) quarterly publication
•  Discounted registration to the annual conference and conference workshops
•  Discounted publications offered through the SIOP online store
•  Immediate inclusion in the SIOP Online Membership Directory
•  Visibility opportunities via our Media Resources or Consultant Locator services
•  Research grant and scholarship funds exclusive to SIOP Members
•  Up-to-date information on the latest issues facing the I-O profession

Also, after paying your dues, please take an extra minute to update your contact information and interests so your information is  updated in the membership directory.

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Announcements (click a link for more information)

Workplace Diversity Conference-July 10-12

Kenneth E. Clark Student Research Award-Deadline Oct. 10

ASPP 2009 Council Meeting Trip-Deadline July 30

Journal of Managerial Psychology Papers-Deadline July 31

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