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Distinguished Professional Contributions Award

In recognition of a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the practice of industrial and organizational psychology.

The award is given to an individual who has developed, refined, and implemented practices, procedures, and methods that have had a major, demonstrable impact on people at work, organizations and the practice of I-O psychology. The contributions of the individual should have advanced the practice by increasing the effectiveness of I-O psychologists working in business, industry, government, and other organizational settings. The nominee’s contribution(s) should have occurred primarily while he/she worked in a non-academic setting.

The recipient of the award is given a plaque and a cash prize of $1,500. In addition, the recipient is invited to give an address, related to his or her contributions and its impact, at the subsequent SIOP conference. 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 six.
  4. Letters of nomination, vita, and all supporting materials must be submitted online.
  5. The Distinguished Professional Contributions is intended to recognize a lifetime of achievement.
  6. Beginning in 2018, non-recipients of this award will not automatically be reconsidered the following year. If desired, the nominator may submit a new application for their nominee in subsequent years.

Criteria for the Award

Nominators and endorsers shall address the nominee’s contribution(s) to the practice of I-O psychology and how the contribution(s) relates to (a) the development of practices, procedures, and methods; or (b) the implementation of practices, procedures, and methods. If appropriate, contributions of both types should be noted. The pioneering nature of the work is highly relevant.

Nominees will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Breadth or depth of impact and pioneering nature of the nominee’s contributions on people at work, organizations, and/or the practice of I-O psychology. Breadth of impact could be demonstrated by, for example, wide-scale adoption of the practice, procedure, or method or, for example, by reaching out beyond boundaries of I-O to influence work life. Depth of impact could be demonstrated by, for example, transformational change within an organization or, for example, creation and development of an enduring organization that provides I-O services that set the standard for excellence. (A record of publications and presentations about the practice, procedure, or method while commendable is insufficient.) 
  2. Extent to which there is sound and durable evidence to support the need, development, implementation and effectiveness of the practices, procedures, and methods of the nominee.
  3. Extent to which the nominee has disseminated information (training, disseminating, and informing others) about his or her methods, procedures, and practices through presentations, workshops, publications in a variety of outlets, and so forth. The methods, procedures, and practices must be both available to and utilized by other practicing I-O psychologists.
  4. Stature of the nominee as a practitioner vis-à-vis other prominent practitioners in the field of I-O psychology.

Administrative Procedures

  • 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.
  • The Executive Board may either endorse or reject the recommendations of the Awards Committee but may not substitute a nominee of its own.
  • 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 Fellow members who primarily self-identify as practitioners (current or retired), or previous recipients 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 November 2018