February 2011

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SIOP Early Reg. Deadline Approaching!

The early registration deadline for the 26th Annual SIOP Conference is quickly approaching. Reserve your place and save—register by the early registration deadline of February 15!

SIOP’s 26th annual conference will take place April 14-16 in Chicago. Whether this is your first conference or your 26th, you won’t want to miss this special gathering of your fellow I-O psychologists.

The SIOP conference offers so many presentations, special activities, receptions and plenary sessions that it is impossible for one person to attend them all. Make it easier to attend the events you want, and create a personalized schedule through the Searchable Conference Program and Personal Scheduler.

You can also learn more about the exciting Theme Tracks, workshops, special events, activities, and more on the SIOP Conference page or in the online registration booklet.

See you in Chicago!

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UGA Institute Renamed for Bill Owens 

As it marks its 40th anniversary, the University of Georgia Institute for Behavioral Research is being renamed in honor of its founding director, SIOP Past President and Fellow Bill Owens, and his wife, Barbara, who is continuing her late husband’s legacy with a $1 million gift.
The gift will create an endowment for the William A. and Barbara R. Owens Institute for Behavioral Research that will be used to foster the kind of collaborative research that Bill Owens espoused. The endowment also will enhance the tradition of student support and faculty mentoring that Owens championed.

Read a full press release here. You can also read Bill Owens’ autobiography here.

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IOP Journal Now Accepting Commentaries

Two focal articles have recently been accepted for Volume 4, Issue 3 of SIOP’s journal, Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. They are now available for comment on the SIOP Web site.

The deadline for commentary submissions is March 4, 2011.

The first focal article for this issue is by Rob Silzer and Richard Jeanneret and is titled “Individual Psychological Assessment: A Practice and Science in Search of Common Ground.”  The second focal article is by Ellen Ernst KossekBoris Baltes, and Russell Mathews and is titled “How Work-Family Research Can Finally Have an Impact in the Workplace.”

Please contact Cindy McCauley at mccauley@ccl.org with any questions about the commentary process.

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SIOP Looking for Evaluation Experts

SIOP is looking for evaluation experts who are members of the American Evaluation Association to participate in a joint effort between SIOP and AEA. We need four authors to write one short post related to I-O psychology and evaluation that will be published on both the aea365 tip-a-day alerts and the SIOP Exchange blog.

Aea365 is an American Evaluation Association program aimed at sharing resources, tips, and lessons learned from and for evaluators. Aea365 alerts are short (250-400 word, with an absolute maximum of 450), useful, and fun to write. If you don't currently subscribe, you can do so here (use the "Subscribe to Blog via..." link on the right). Here are links to a few examples of previous posts:

Posts can be on practically anything research or evaluation-related—though we prefer posts with relevancy for both I-O psychologists and evaluators. Posts would need to be completed with the next one to two weeks. Anyone interested should email Stephany Schings Below at sbelow@siop.org

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Outreach Program Planned for Chicago

In an attempt to increase the awareness of I-O psychology in the general psychology curriculum, chairs from multiple committees within SIOP are offering a 4-hour, half-day preconference event to psychology teachers in the Chicago area, free of charge. This event, part of THe Educational Outreach Program (THEO), precedes SIOP's 26th Annual Conference.

During the course of 4 hours, approximately 6-7 speakers will briefly expose attendees to the field of I-O psychology and talk in general about the field while showcasing some of the speakers’ interests. The selection of speakers will come from previous SIOP teaching award recipients and other known effective speakers.

Interested individuals can register for this event here.

For any questions about this event, contact either Mikki Hebl (Chair of SIOP Education and Training Committee) at hebl@rice.edu, or Kizzy Parks (Chair of Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs), at kparks@kparksconsulting.com.

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