March 2012

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Elections Committee Announces Changes to Procedures

In January, the SIOP Executive Board reviewed a proposal from the Elections Committee to refine several aspects of SIOP’s election procedures. A new set of committee policies were adopted. The following interview with Elections Committee Chair Doug Reynolds explains more about the background of the board’s decision and provides an overview of the changes.

What’s changing? There are a number of things that are changing. The new procedures include the following improvements:

•  New flexibilities in the nominations process will allow members to amend their choices until the last day of the nominations period. 
•  The target number of slots on the ballot will be specified within the procedures.
•  The elections committee will fill the ballot slots based on the number of nominations received. (This change was made in 2010, and we will continue the practice under the new procedures.)
•  Candidate biographies and goal statements will be posted on a website that is available to the membership throughout the voting period.
•  Voting will be conducted using a preferential voting process that allows for an instant runoff. 
•  Results of the voting will be posted on a website available to the membership.  Candidates will be informed in advance of the election that the results will be posted.

When will this take effect? Actually we implemented the policy immediately, for the APA representative election that is underway now. The rest of the changes will be in effect next fall with the regular SIOP election.

What does this mean for me?
The change that most members will notice is that when you vote next year you will be asked to rank the candidates you like through a preferential voting technique. 

How will the preferential voting technique work? Anyone who votes in the APA election will already be familiar with this method of preferential voting. It is a simple process where you rank candidates for an open position on the ballot based on your preferences. 

Why are we making changes now?
We’ve made several changes in recent years, so part of what we are doing is just documenting our processes. In 2010, we set a rule for choosing candidates for the ballot based on the numbers of nominations they receive.  This year, we expanded the ballot to include more candidates than we typically have. The last couple of changes really came together following the last election, when I received a couple of requests for all the vote tallies, which have never been publicized by SIOP. I declined the requests, but I felt it was worth looking into this practice too to determine whether or not the results should be publicized in future elections. (For a full story, check out the April issue of TIP.) Really, the idea here is that SIOP is growing and our processes need to grow with us.

 Read an extended version of this story March 14 on!

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New Online CE Ethics Course Available

SIOP is pleased to announce the launch of an online learning opportunity tailored specifically to meet the continuing education (CE) and ethics-related needs of I-O psychologists.

Ethics and Values in I-O Psychology” is presented by Joel Lefkowitz, PhD, ABPP, emeritus faculty at Baruch College, CUNY.  Lefkowitz is a well-known researcher, author, and practitioner in the area of professional ethical behavior. For a complete bio, please click here.

This intermediate-level course encompasses discussion of issues relevant to guiding one's own professional behavior, as well as approaching the topic from the standpoint of a scientist-practitioner who may be called upon to develop and implement organizational policies in the area. For a limited time, SIOP is offering this course at the special launch rate of $60, a discount of $15.

For complete details and to purchase the course, please visit the CE ethics page

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How Has Your I-O Psychology Had an Impact?

At the 2012 annual conference, SIOP President Adrienne Colella has decided to talk in her presidential address about the impact I-O psychologists have had—and she needs your help!

She wants to know about less publicized instances of impact and how people define impact (beyond utility analysis). Respond to her blog post with (a) your thoughts on how to define impact, and (b) an anecdote about the impact you have had as an I-O psychologist.

Read her full blog post
here and participate in the Exchange by leaving a comment answering her questions. If she likes your answers, you might be included in Adrienne’s presidential address at this year’s annual conference!

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Conference Sessions Approved for CE Credit

At this year's conference, there will be numerous CE credit opportunities available for licensed psychologists and human resource management professionals. For those seeking CE credit, you must attend the entire session to receive credit. 

HR Certification Institute (PHR, SPHR and GPHR certification). SIOP is an HR Certification Institute Approved Provider. The 27th Annual SIOP Conference has been preapproved for 21 hours of general credit toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

  • Download instructions for obtaining the CE credits here.
  • Download the grid of eligible conference sessions here.
  • Download HRCI’s standard Specified Recertification Credit Form here.

American Psychological Association. SIOP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SIOP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Opportunities available with advance registration and additional fee:

•  Twelve preconference workshops with 7 credits awarded for attending 2 half-day sessions
Four Friday Seminars with 3 credits awarded for attending one session (morning and afternoon sessions offered)

Opportunities available without advance registration or additional fee (these are included in the conference registration fee):

•  Theme Track: Science and Practice Perspectives on Contemporary Workplace Discrimination with 5.5 credits awarded for attending the entire day's programming
•  Master Tutorials with varying amounts of credit awarded for attending each session
•  Master Collaboration: Entrepreneurial Personality and Executive Coaching Management through Technology with 1 credit awarded for attending the session

For more info about CE opportunities at the 2012 SIOP conference please, visit the CE page here.

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Join Us on Workshop Day (April 25) at SIOP!

SIOP is pleased to present 12 preconference workshops to be held Wednesday, April 25, 2012, preceding the regular program of the 27th annual SIOP conference at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. Seven hours of continuing education credit will be awarded for participation in two (2) half-day workshops, which include the following topics:

•    Innovations in Computer-Based Testing: Implications for Science and Practice.
•    The Art and Science of Selection: Loading Up for Implementation and Sustainability.
•    Competencies as a Foundation for Integrated Talent Management.
•    Engaged Employees in Flourishing Organizations.
•    Reaching for the Stars: Building High Potential Talent Programs for Organizational Advantage.
•    Coaching that Fits: How to Tailor the Design and Delivery of Coaching to Achieve Greater Results.
•    Beyond the Misery of Change Management:  Getting Change Leadership Right.
•    Talent Management in Action:  Game of Thrones.
•    Little Things (Can) Mean a Lot! Practical Statistics for Small-Sample and Group-Level Data.
•    Avoiding the Blank Stare: Communicating Research Findings to General Audiences.
•    Legal Update: Insights and Best Practices from Plaintiff and Employer Perspectives.
•    Shades of Gray in Ethical Landmines: Provoking Participative Provocateurs.

For more information about these workshops, please visit the workshop page here. The workshops cost $400 for SIOP members. Fees include all registration materials for two workshop sessions, morning coffee, lunch, and the social hour.

The workshops operate on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to save your place today. To register, visit the SIOP conference page. Click on “Schedule,” “Preregistration Required,” and “Workshops.”

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3rd Annual Speed Mentoring Planned for SIOP

Need mentoring? Come to the Third Annual SIOP Practitioner Speed Mentoring Event! SIOP welcomes all interested practitioners to join an accomplished panel of mentors at the third annual Speed Mentoring event, to be held at SIOP’s 27th Annual Conference!

About Speed Mentoring

•  Practitioners will have the opportunity to participate in two 25-minute roundtable topic-driven discussions guided by seasoned mentors (see list of topics below). The final list of mentors will be announced in the coming weeks.
•  This event is a terrific opportunity for practitioners to seek guidance and wisdom from experienced mentors who have “been there and done that.”
•  Check your email and the SIOP website for more information, including how to register for this event! If you have any questions about Speed Mentoring, please contact Samantha Ritchie at

List of Topics

1.  Making Career Transitions: Transitioning between academic and industry, HR Generalist to I-O Psychologist, corporate consultant to independent consultant, etc.
2.  I-O Psychology Around the World: Challenges and opportunities for I-O practitioners working in an international and/or cross-cultural environment
3.  Communicating I-O Psychology to Clients and Decision Makers: Challenges and techniques for communicating I-O Psychology practice to organizational decision makers and other stakeholders
4.  Workplace Discrimination in I-O Practice: Past and recent EEOC issues in I-O practice, and challenges and tips for handling these issues
5.  I-O Professional and Business Partner: Considerations and best practices for solidifying the I-O professional’s role as an integral business partner
6.  In-House Consulting vs. External Consulting: Differences, advantages, and disadvantages of working as an internal vs. external consultant
7.  Using Data to Drive Organizational Strategy: Tips and suggestions for using data to help organizations make more effective decisions and develop sound goals and strategies
8.  When Best Practice and Practicality Conflict: Ideas and creative approaches for balancing rigor and reality when implementing I-O solutions in practice
9.  Maintaining a Professional Identity as an I-O Psychologist: Challenges and opportunities presented by the further “professionalization” of I-O Psychology (e.g., licensing, accreditation requirements, and continued education)
10.  How Things "Really" Work Within Organizations: How to navigate political structures and organizational pressures when implementing I-O Psychology in organizations

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