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Distinguished Early Career Contributions - Practice Award

This award is given in recognition of distinguished early career contributions to the practice of industrial and organizational psychology.

In order to be considered for the 2019 award, nominees must have defended their dissertation no earlier than 2008. The setting in which the nominee has made the contributions (i.e., academia, government, industry) is not relevant.

The recipient of each award is given a plaque and a cash prize of $1,500. In addition, the recipient is invited to give an address that relates to his or her contribution at the subsequent SIOP conference. New in 2017, the program committee worked with award recipients to create combined featured sessions, click here for more information. Award recipients will be asked to serve a three-year term as a reviewer on this award subcommittee beginning the following year.

Nomination Guidelines

  1. Nominations may be submitted by any member of SIOP. Self-nominations are welcome.
  2. Only members of SIOP may be nominated for the award.
  3. A current vita of the nominee should accompany the letter of nomination. In addition, the nominator should include materials that illustrate the contributions of the nominee. Supporting letters may be included as part of the nomination packet. The number of supporting letters (not counting the nominating letter) for any given nomination should be between a minimum of three and a maximum of five. In addition, letters of support from individuals (non-I-O psychologists) representing individuals or organizations affected by the nominee are appropriate and encouraged, although no more than 3 such letters will be accepted.
  4. Eligible nominees must have defended their dissertation no earlier than 2008.
  5. Nominees who are nonrecipients will be reconsidered annually for 2 years after their initial nomination, if the nominee still meets the 10 year requirement.
  6. Letters of nomination, vita, and all supporting materials must be submitted online.

Criteria for the Award

Nominators and endorsers shall address the nominee’s contribution(s) to the practice of I-O psychology. Nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Breadth or depth of impact of the nominee’s contributions to people at work, organizations, and/or the practice of I-O psychology. Breadth of impact could be demonstrated by evidence such as adoption of the practice, procedure, or method by individuals, organization(s) or other I-O psychologists. Depth of impact could be demonstrated by evidence of having produced transformational change within an organization. (A record of publications and presentations about the practice, procedure, or method while commendable is insufficient.)
  2. Extent to which nominee’s approaches are grounded in sound psychological research, i.e., are evidence based.
  3. The status of the nominee as a practitioner vis-à-vis other prominent early career practitioners in the field of I-O psychology.
  4. Extent to which contribution goes beyond nominee’s own employing organization and/or client base. Contributions to the larger practice of I-O psychology may include the sharing of knowledge through conference presentations, articles, and service involvement.
  5. Documentation should be provided that indicates that the nominee received his or her PhD degree within the 10 year requirement.

Administrative Procedures

  1. The SIOP Awards Committee will review the letters of nomination and all supporting materials of all nominees and make a recommendation concerning one or more nominees to the SIOP Executive Board. Two or more nominees may be selected if their contributions are similarly distinguished.
  2. The Executive Board may either endorse or reject the recommendations of the Awards Committee but may not substitute a nominee of its own.
  3. In the absence of a nominee who is deemed deserving of the award by both the Awards Committee and the Executive Board the award may be withheld.

Composition of the Committee

  • Must consist of a minimum of five current SIOP members
  • Committee members must be SIOP Fellows who primarily self-identify as practitioners (current or retired), or previous winners of this award, or have more than 10 years of work experience as a practitioner.
  • Diversity of all types is encouraged, including non-U.S. based members.


Updated: 15 March 2018