SIOP NewsBrief

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

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New SIOP Journal Debuts This Month! 


The first issue of SIOP’s new journal – Industrial and Organizational Psychology:  Perspectives on Science and Practice – is being published this month.

All SIOP members will receive a subscription to this quarterly journal as a membership benefit. Shortly, you should receive your first issue via mail. SIOP members will also have access to the journal electronically via the SIOP journal Web page

Industrial and Organizational Psychology:  Perspectives on Science and Practice is an official publication of SIOP. With a focal article–peer commentary–response format, the journal focuses on interactive exchanges on topics of importance to science and practice in the I–O field. 

The focal articles for issue one include:

  • The Meaning of Employee Engagement
    by William Macey and Benjamin Schneider
  • Why Assessment Centers Don’t Work the Way They’re Supposed To
    by Charles Lance

For additional information about the journal, click here.

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SIOP Hosts Media Luncheon 

On Friday, March 7, SIOP is hosting a media luncheon in New York City, inviting local reporters to learn about I–O psychology. Organized by the Visibility Committee, this is SIOP’s second annual media luncheon, and it is expected to be another success.

The purpose of this event is to discuss some of the latest research and hot topics in the field of workplace psychology and I–O psychology’s impact upon American business and the workplace.

Reporters planning to attend represent a variety of top–tier media publications, such as the NY Times, Dow Jones Newswire, Forbes Magazine, Bloomberg News, NewsdayFortune Magazine, Ink Magazine, and Portfolio

The SIOP members who will be conversing at the luncheon include Drs. Rob Silzer, Ben Dattner, Chris Rotolo, Seymour Adler, Phil Ferrara, Frank Landy, LeAnne Bennett, David Youssefnia, and Joanna Rock.

At the event reporters will receive handouts and contact information for research projects considered to have high news value content, as well as information about the field of I–O psychology and how the expertise of SIOP members can help develop credible workplace-related media stories. The luncheon will also include an overview of SIOP’s conference coming up April 11–12 in San Francisco.

SIOP continues to live its mission of promoting public awareness of the field of I–O psychology, and it is the Society’s hope that this media luncheon will bring positive attention to SIOP and the research and practice of I–O psychology.

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SIOP Election Results – and the Winners Are...

The election results for SIOP officers are in.

Congratulations to the following:

  • President–Elect: Kurt Kraiger
  • Secretary: Tammy Allen
  • Member–at–Large: Suzanne Tsacoumis

SIOP looks forward to the leadership of the newly elected offices in their upcoming term.

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SIOP Co–Sponsors Science Forum on Work and Aging in Washington D.C.


The impact of the “graying” U.S. workforce on the workplace and organizational practices is the focus of the first ever science forum co–sponsored by SIOP and the Federation for Behavioral, Psychological, and Cognitive Sciences. It will be held March 14, 2008 in Washington, D.C.

This all–day event, including both SIOP speakers and federal agency speakers from the Washington D.C. area, will review current research on workforce aging, age diversity, and future research directions that may help organizations to more effectively manage these issues.


SIOP members who are participating in the forum include Drs. Ruth Kanfer, Jeanette N. Cleveland, Elissa L. Perry, and Janet Barnes–Farrell. They will discuss the impact of workforce aging trends for organizations and individuals, and research on age–related influences on workforce participation and management practices that facilitate knowledge transfer and promote performance in the context of increased intergenerational and cultural diversity in the workplace. Emphasis will also be given to developing practices that may attract new, younger workers, as well as retain older workers.

For additional information about the event and the work and aging issue, please click here

If interested in attending the forum, please click here to register.   

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APS Honors Psychological Researchers

Each year the Association for Psychological Science (APS) honors psychological researchers who have significantly contributed to the advancement of psychological science and have motivated the community towards higher levels of achievement.

One of this year’s four honorees is SIOP Fellow Frank L. Schmidt. He will be acknowledged with the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award, recognizing a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the area of applied psychological research.

For additional information about the awards to be given and to view the other three winners, click here.

The recipients will receive their awards at the 2008 APS Annual Convention, held May 22–25 in Chicago, IL. For more information about the convention, click here. 

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