February 2013

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SIOP Early Registration Deadline Approaching!

The early registration deadline for the 28th Annual SIOP Conference is quickly approaching. Register by February 18 to save! sdfdfdfdfdfsdfsdfsdfsdfsdfdsfsdfsdfsd

To register, click here. Early conference registration
rates are only available until
February 18, 2013!

The 2013 annual conference, which will take place April 11-13 in Houston, offers an expansive program that includes hundreds of presentations, posters, roundtables and symposiums; informative workshops and Friday Seminars; several elegant receptions and consortia; and a chance for SIOP members to see old friends and meet new ones while discussing the newest research and news in their field. The annual conference is the highlight of the year for SIOP, and an event you won’t want to miss. We hope to see you in Houston!

SIOP Promotional Opportunities
There are still several opportunities to promote your business or organization at the SIOP Annual Conference! SIOP offers several unique conference sponsorship opportunities through its Partner Program, such as receptions, handouts and bag inserts, and a digital media sponsorship. Learn how to become a SIOP partner on the Conference Partner Program page.
Placement Center
If you are registered for the SIOP conference Placement Center, look out for access to begin soon. The Placement Center should open by February 20.
Looking for a Roommate?
SIOP has set up a forum on my.SIOP as well as an event on Facebook for members to use for general conference conversation as well as searching for potential hotel roommates. Start conversing and building excitement with your friends and colleagues before you even get to Houston!
Preview the Exhibit Hall
You can get a sneak peak at this year's exhibit hall by viewing the Exhibitor Directory and Floor Map. You can search by exhibitor name or view an entire list of exhibitors and see where they will be located in the exhibit hall once you get to Houston.

Executive Board Proposes Dues Restructuring

At its January 2013 meeting, the SIOP Executive Board unanimously recommended a change to SIOP’s dues structure.

The Board recommended that dues be set at $100 for professional members (Fellows, Members, Associates, and International Affiliates) and $50 for Student Affiliates and retired statuses. Per the SIOP bylaws, this increase requires a 60-day comment period followed by a vote of the membership. A story has been posted to a my.SIOP forum that describes the Board recommendation in detail and solicits input from SIOP membership on the proposal. Members can leave their comments in this forum, which will be open through March 24, 2013.
After the comment period, the Board will take the comments into consideration and an electronic vote will occur shortly thereafter. The new dues structure will be enacted immediately if the majority of the vote is in favor. Questions regarding the comment period or voting process can be directed to Executive Director Dave Nershi at dnershi@siop.org.

 Congratulations APA Council Nominees!
Three SIOP members have been nominated as candidates for the APA Council of Representatives. In accordance with SIOP policy, the Elections Committee certified the following as candidates:
  • S. Morton McPhail
  •  James L. Outtz
  • Lori Foster Thompson
SIOP members who are also voting APA members will elect one of these candidates to a 3-year term on the APA Council of Representatives. The election will be conducted by APA and ballots will be sent on or around April 15. Results are expected in mid-June.
The winning candidate will also serve as a member of SIOP’s Executive Board of Directors and take office January 1, 2014. SIOP’s current APA representatives are Rodney Lowman, John Scott, Paul Thayer and Deborah Whetzel. Thayer’s term ends in December 2013.

IOP Journal Now Accepting Commentaries

Two focal articles have recently been accepted for Volume 6, Issue 3 of SIOP’s journal, Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice. They are now available for comment on the SIOP website.  

The deadline for commentary submissions is March 11, 2013.
The first focal article for this issue is by Rosemary Hays-Thomas and Marc Bendick, Jr. and is titled “Professionalizing Diversity and Inclusion Practice: Should Voluntary Standards Be the Chicken or the Egg?” The second focal article is by Sven Kepes and Michael A. McDaniel and is titled “How Trustworthy Is the Scientific Literature in I-O Psychology?”
The focal articles can be downloaded by clicking on the Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice link in the publications dropdown menu of the SIOP website, www.siop.org. The journal page also contains details on the process of preparing and submitting a commentary. Please contact Editor Kevin Murphy at krm10@me.com with any questions about the commentary process.

 IOOB 2013 Submission Deadline Approaching

The recent economic crises have changed the landscape facing organizations worldwide, and professionals in the I-O psychology and organizational behavior fields are in a unique position to determine how to shift focus, restructure, and succeed into the future. 

Based on this new perspective, the organizers of this year’s 34th Annual Industrial Organizational/Organizational Behavior (IOOB) Graduate Student Conference have designed the event around the theme “Shift Ahead: Preparing Organizations to Meet Tomorrow’s Challenges.”
Paper, presentation, and poster submissions are now being accepted for the IOOB conference, which will take place August 16-18, 2013 at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. The deadline for submissions is April 31, 2013. 
Registration for IOOB 2013 will be open by the end of
February. Check the
2013 IOOB Website for updates.
This conference is an opportunity for seasoned and developing professionals, current students, and others interested in I-O psychology and organizational behavior to engage with each other in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. The IOOB organizers are also currently seeking additional speakers and sponsors. If you are interested or would like more information, please email ioob2013@gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you in August!

Volunteers Sought for Military Vet Assistance

SIOP has developed a new program to connect veterans who are leaving the military with SIOP members who can help them with their resumés.

Nathan D. Ainspan, who is leading the Military Transition Project, is seeking 20 SIOP members to help with the initiative.
Although unemployment can affect any worker, those returning from military service can find transitioning to the civilian workforce especially difficult. The Military Transition Project aims at helping members of the military translate their skills and abilities so they can utilize their experiences and expertise in the corporate world.
SIOP volunteers will receive the veteran’s resumé and then speak by phone with him or her to review it. Prior to the phone call, volunteers will be given information to help them better understand the military culture.
If you are interested in volunteering for this program, please
contact Nathan Ainspan at

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