January 2012

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SIOP 27th Annual Conference Registration Open!

Registration is now open for the 27th Annual SIOP Conference, which will take place April 26-28 in San Diego! Whether this is your first conference or your 27th, you won’t want to miss this special gathering of your fellow I-O psychologists. Also, make sure you take advantage of the early registration discount, which will be offered until February 28.

The annual conference, the highlight of the year for SIOP, offers an expansive program that includes hundreds of presentations, informative workshops and Friday Seminars, several elegant receptions and consortia, a Thursday theme track on the topic of "Science and Practice Perspectives on Contemporary Workplace Discrimination,"
 and a chance for SIOP members to see old friends and meet new ones while discussing research and news in their field.

Conference Chair Lisa Finkelstein and others have worked hard to put together a wonderful conference. Please read Lisa's and Program Chair Deborah Rupp’s conference overview in the recent issue of TIP here, or read a summary story on important conference information here. You can also get a quick view of conference activities with the conference at-a-glance page here.


To register, click here. Early registration
rates are available through February 28, 2012.

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Mentoring Is Back at the 2012 Annual Conference

For the third year running, the SIOP Professional Practice Committee will be holding a Speed Mentoring Event for practitioners at the annual conference in San Diego. At this event, practitioners will have the opportunity to participate in two separate 25-minute roundtable discussions with one or two seasoned professionals on predetermined topics of interest. This event is a terrific opportunity for practitioners to seek guidance, knowledge, and wisdom from mentors who have “been there and done that.”

Participants in the Speed Mentoring Event will also be provided the opportunity to participate in a Virtual Mentoring pilot program following the annual conference. This program provides both “mentors” and “protégés” access to an online discussion forum allowing them to continue discussions started at the conference. Participants will be able to submit different discussion “threads” that present their questions, outline an idea, provide answers or comments to questions, etc. Finally, in the coming months a Group Mentoring pilot will be initiated. This program pairs seasoned “mentors” with interested “protégés” for a series of regular, on-going meetings that can be conducted virtually (e.g., phone, video conference, etc.) on topics of interest.

Stay tuned for further updates and information regarding each of these programs, including direction on how and when to sign up to participate. If you have any questions about the SIOP Practitioner Mentoring Program, please contact Samantha Ritchie at
Samantha.Ritchie@verizon.net or Mark Poteet at mlpoteet@verizon.net.

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Congratulations New Officers

The results of the November election are in, and SIOP’s newest Executive Board officers are:

Tammy Allen-President-Elect
Kathleen Lundquist-Financial Officer/Secretary
Allan Church-Publications Officer
Eric Heggestad-Membership Services Officer

 
The new officers will take their positions at SIOP’s 27th Annual Conference, April 26-28 in San Diego. Continue reading here to find out more about the newest members of SIOP’s Executive Board.

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APA Nominations Close January 31

Nominations are now open for two new APA Council of Representatives members. These APA Council members represent SIOP's interests in APA and vote on APA initiatives and budget issues.  Council Reps also serve as members of the SIOP Executive Board. Those who are voting members of both SIOP and APA may submit nominations. The individuals who receive the most nominations will then be on the APA ballot. The vote to elect the new representatives will be conducted by APA.

Nominations may be submitted through SIOP’s online portal, which will be open until January 30. The link was provided to eligible nominators via email.

There is required travel to APA Council meetings twice a year, once in February and once at convention.  The SIOP Executive Board meets in Fall, Winter, and at the SIOP conference.  The costs of travel are covered by APA/SIOP.  The term runs for 3 years beginning January 2013.

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Welcome SIOP Bloggers

The SIOP Exchange is making a big change this year as SIOP welcomes a new group of contributing bloggers!
 
This group of SIOP members serves as opinion leaders and conversation starters. They will contribute regularly to the content of the Exchange on various topics related to the field of I-O psychology. The bloggers will discuss topics as diverse as innovation in organizations; employee well-being; leadership development/careers and legal issues; education and training of undergraduate and graduate students; groups and teams; I-O and sustainability; selection/assessment; legal issues; entrepreneurs/entrepreneurship; and women in the workplace.
 
The SIOP blogger crew is also a diverse one, with Members, Student Affiliates, and Associates from science and practice, working in organizations such as Northern Illinois University, Denton Consulting Group, PSRI, University of Baltimore, Select International, Inc., and SAWA Consulting and as organizational consultants. For a complete list of SIOP bloggers, visit the blogger profile page on the SIOP Exchange here.

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Organizational Frontiers Book Published

Perhaps you have worked with a colleague who is known around the office as a “suck-up,” a “brownnoser,” or a “yes-man." Maybe someone in your office has been labeled overzealous, exploitative, or calculating. Stereotypes for those who participate in politics in the workplace can be harsh. Let’s face it, organizational politics gets a bad rap.

Politics in Organizations: Theory and Research Considerations (Routledge Academic, 2012), the most recent in the SIOP Organizational Frontiers series, published this month, explores the good and bad side to organizational politics, with a look at the theory, research, methodology, and ethical issues related to organizational politics and climate.

Edited by SIOP Fellow Gerald Ferris and Darren Treadway, Politics in Organizations will be one of the first books to look at the psychological factors behind politics and power in organizations, with noted contributors including I-O professionals from schools of management, psychology, sociology, and political science.

Politics in Organizations is now available in the SIOP Store! (Members receive a discount, so make sure you login before purchasing.)


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