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Making History: The Evolution of The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

Lisa Steelman
Florida Tech

The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist (TIP) is an official publication of SIOP. It is published quarterly with the purpose of keeping members informed about the activities of the society, as well as reporting on issues and cutting-edge topics of interest to I-O psychologists. Through the tireless work of countless individuals (TIP editors, contributing authors, editorial columnists, SIOP presidents, committee chairs and volunteers, and the talented people at the SIOP Administrative Office among many, many others) TIP has admirably served this function since its inception in 1964. However, as I look back over the last 49 years of TIP, I am struck the fact that not only does TIP tell a story about the present, it also tells us a lot about the past. TIP is a record not only of the society’s news and top-of-mind issues but also chronicles the history of the society, its events, and activities.

As TIP launches into the digital age (TIP will be an all-digital format beginning with the next issue, July 2013), I already feel some nostalgia for the comfort of my little TIP book. As my work and reference material moved online, I slowly unloaded all my physical journals. However, I inexplicably (at the time) retained my copies of TIP. I still have almost all my TIPs, going all the way back to when I was a student member of SIOP (a few years ago). Now I understand that I saved my TIPs because they are my connection to the profession and society I identify with. As editor of TIP I have had the honor of meeting and communicating with a multitude of SIOP members—many passionate people who care deeply about I-O and SIOP. As I reflected on the ending of my tenure with TIP and the advent of TIP’s digital form, I suspected that previous editors have had similar feelings and impressions. So in the truest and cheesiest tradition of end of the year reflections (think “top- 10 news stories of 2012”), I undertook a brief historical review of TIP.

As TIP begins its new digital era I look back over the last 49 years of SIOP through the eyes of TIP and the words of its former editors.

Everything Old Is New Again

Division 14’s first newsletter was published in June 1964 (14 pages!) under the guidance of S. Rains Wallace, then Division 14 president. The Executive Committee at the time announced that the guiding principle for TIP was that it “should not be another publication in competition as it were with other publications of a technical nature, but that rather it should be an organ containing some expression of the problems and aims of industrial psychologists in their roles professionally as psychologists.” In the words of Wallace, TIP will help us “talk more to each other and give us more to talk about.”

TIP’s first managing editor was Robert Perloff (1964–1965), by a vote of the Division 14 Council, and I’m told it took 9 months to get the first TIP published! Early TIPs published proceedings from Executive Committee meetings, convention programs and proceedings, committee reports, information about various graduate programs, research notes, and professional notes.

John Boulger took over as editor of TIP in November 1965 (1965–1972). His first issue of TIP was a whopping 72 pages! Issues discussed in these early years included: licensure, education and training in I-O, validation, Title VII, salary surveys, the gap between science and practice, the low level of prestige and visibility of I-O psychology, even humor pieces. Sound familiar? Even in its early years TIP had an interest in international applications of I-O psychology and printed letters from Great Britain and Greece, among others.

Art MacKinney stepped in as editor in 1972 (1972–1976). He was responsible for a “new look” to TIP and began a regular column called Notes and News that reported on the comings, goings and doings of SIOP members. Art continued to be a great treasure to SIOP and TIP for many, many years!

In 1976 Mike Kavanagh became editor of TIP (1976–1979); his editorial column was called (after a contest and several clever ideas) Inbasket TIPBITS. Mike established editorial positions around regular content-oriented columns as a way to “increase ownership of TIP.” These columns included: labor-management relations (Tove Hamner), EEO issues (Jim Sharf), I-O psychology in Canada (Gary Latham), and organizational development (Marshall Sashkin). During these years TIP also published profiles of well-known I-O psychologists and started selling advertising space. Mike’s last issue of TIP had several missives scattered throughout, such as “Hire the Morally Deficient.” Who said I-O psychologists don’t have any fun?

The next editor was Sheldon Zedeck (1979–1982), who continued to expand the content of TIP. He consciously positioned TIP as a vehicle for dialogue and exchange of ideas and views. He understood that as TIP chronicled the division’s events and activities it would ultimately reflect the historical development of the division and the field of I-O psychology. His editorial column was called 14 TIPBITs.

Ann Howard took over as the first female editor of TIP (1982–1984), although I am quite sure that Ann broke ground as the first woman in a great many things. Her editorial column was called TIPBITS. No “14”. During Ann’s tenure Student Affiliates began to receive copies of TIP!

TIP the Old Fashioned Way

I edited TIP between November 1982 and November 1984. Thirty years ago…Yikes!

My first edition began with some exciting organizational announcements. Our bold group of I-O psychologists had progressed beyond APA Division 14 into our own Society. Irv Goldstein described the road to incorporation and announced our new name. TIP included the articles of corporation, paid tribute to our attorney, and presented our new logo. A later TIP noted that based on a prescient poll of members, the first SIOP convention would be held in Chicago in 1986. Also announced was the employment of our first administrative assistant, Deborah Evans, who was housed at the University of Maryland.

Many of the scientific and professional issues addressed in the 1982–1984 TIPs still resonate today. EEO Issues was a regular column, written by Jim Sharf. Internally, there was the disquieting debate about a scientist–practitioner gap.

Enhancing I-O psychology’s impact, which draws much of SIOP’s attention today, also concerned us then. In the early 1980s the nation was preoccupied with enhancing productivity. TIP documented I-O psychology’s contributions to this quest, but we were generally ignored in broader circles.

The February 1984 TIP covered an event that changed my life. TIP announced the government-ordered divestiture by AT&T of its 22 operating telephone companies, breaking into many pieces an organization with more than one million employees. Manny London wrote about the interrupted careers of two dozen I-O psychologists at AT&T headquarters (including five SIOP presidents) who had significantly advanced I-O psychology in areas such as assessment centers, behavior modeling training, and test development and validation. I penned another article about the retirement of one of those psychologists, Doug Bray, subtly noting that responsibility for his longitudinal research on managers would fall to his “new wife.” Our marriage continued until his death in May 2006.

My pleasure in assembling the content of TIP, generated by my resourceful editorial staff of seven, was at times overcome by its production problems. For collectors of the print versions, the issues I edited had the baby blue matte covers and crummy type. We struggled to improve production quality, but at heart our problem was old-fashioned technology.

When I took over the TIP editing position, my first instruction from then-President Dick Campbell was to try to reduce the cost of TIP, one of SIOP’s largest expenses. This assignment seemed formidable, for under the previous editorship of Shelley Zedeck, the University of California had provided inexpensive printing and free mailing. There was no SIOP office at the time, so I was on my own.

TIP’s Business Manager Ed Adams pursued more subscription and advertising revenue at the same time that I tried to reduce costs. After seeking multiple estimates, I finally found a modestly priced printer. To avoid the cost of special orders and cutting, I reduced the newsletter to a standard 8 ½ x 11 inch size. The other substantial cost-saving measure was to have my staff at AT&T do the “typesetting.”

AT&T had not yet adopted the fledgling personal computers, so preparing TIP’s text required my staff to learn to work with mainframe software. Complicating this challenge, TIP was becoming too lengthy for uninterrupted text. I decided to reorganize it into Features and Departments and to animate it with more extensive use of photographs and drawings, including cartoons to dramatize a story. Unfortunately, these illustrations had to be integrated into the text, a task readily executed now but not so easy then.

The typesetting software swarmed with quirks, partly because the engineers kept altering it without telling anyone. Bolds and italics didn’t work the same from one TIP edition to another. Tab setting was nearly impossible because the software assumed that every letter was 1/10 inch in size whereas most were much smaller. This task caused so much pain that we considered announcing—much like the housekeeper that doesn’t do windows—“we don’t do tables.” A fallback position was, “When all else fails, cut and paste.” Nevertheless my team persisted, and our computer costs eventually dropped by one-third.

Printing TIP brought unanticipated disasters. AT&T was still experimenting with the typesetting equipment when we began, and we struggled with fuzzy print and developing microfilm. Better equipment finally arrived, and TIP became readable again. The first issue also suffered from the printing company’s mad cutter, who eliminated about ½ inch from all our margins. Then there was the sobering experience of bleed-through images when we tried to cut costs by using cheap paper.

The bulk mailing brought another shock. We had no concept of the volume of 3,000 TIPs until we saw them all over my living room floor. Or how long it would take to seal, label, band, and bag them until we tried it (five people worked most of one weekend). Or the weight of 3,000 TIPS until we put them in a cart that two young women in high-heels struggled to push up a post office ramp.

Thankfully, my team learned from their experiences and took pride in their new skills. I knew they had arrived when TIP publication time came while I was in the hospital for major surgery. After bringing the galleys to the hospital so that I could edit and proof them, they carried out the rest of the process on their own. TIP went out error-free and on time.

Shortly, TIP will move into the digital age. Color! Audio, video, animations! Content you can search, bookmark, share, and link! Many thanks to all the SIOP members who helped bring TIP to this apex. And best wishes to Editor Lisa Steelman, the TIP editorial board, and SIOP’s Administrative Office staff in making the transition. Rest assured, the digital version will be a dream-come-true for those of us who produced TIP the old-fashioned way.
Ann Howard

Paul Muchinsky took over as TIP editor in 1985 (1985–1986). Paul’s goal was to make TIP the premier divisional newsletter of APA. This goal was certainly achieved, and then some. During this time SIOP held its first annual conference. The first conference program was published in the February 1986 TIP. The editorial board was now at nine members, and you may be surprised to find out that Paul instituted a humor column during his tenure.

I was the editor of TIP in the mid-1980s. The president of Division 14 (pre-SIOP) at the time was Ben Schneider. He asked me to be the next editor following Ann Howard. Ben said Ann would train me how to be the editor. At the time Ann worked for AT&T in New York City and I was in Iowa. I felt like Homer Hayseed flying to the Big Apple to learn all about this big city stuff. Organized as ever, Ann explained how to put together an issue. She had it broken down into about 10 steps, but I got lost around Step 3. Ann had been using the corporate resources of AT&T to produce each issue. In addition to being the editor, I was supposed to find a printing company along with mastering how several thousand copies of each issue would find their way into the hands of our members. Long story short, I found a cost-efficient printer and distributor about 200 miles from my home. TIP went from being printed in downtown Manhattan to a town in Iowa that didn’t even have one stoplight. The Internet hadn’t been invented yet. The thought of “losing” an entire issue of TIP material in the mail made me nauseous, so every 90 days I drove to the printer with a folder full of typed manuscripts, each submitted by a contributor. I was hand-delivering what would be the spring issue on a blustery day in late December. The temperature dropped to 10º below zero and it started to snow like hell. I remember making some unflattering comments about Ann and Ben, and thought about demanding they double my salary as editor.

Ben said he wanted TIP to look like something that would resemble a coffee table book. At the time TIP was a black-and-white affair printed on regular paper. I was the first editor to use color on the cover and semigloss paper. Each issue looked good, if nothing else. At the time I was greatly contributing to lowering the acceptance rate of manuscripts submitted to journals. Acquiring the power that comes with being an editor was too great of a temptation. So as an author I began to submit manuscripts to TIP that as editor I accepted without so much as a R&R. I felt many of my I-O colleagues were a rather serious lot, so I wrote a humor column designed to loosen them up a bit. Leaving nothing to a possible misinterpretation of my writing, I gave my column the unambiguous title of Department of Humor. The Department of Humor was the precursor to what has become the universally acclaimed iconic standard of TIP, The High Society. My columns back then were more bemusing than funny. I also didn’t have the nerve 30 years ago to be edgy in my writing. I have subsequently made considerable progress in overcoming that character flaw.

Lisa asked us to describe how SIOP has changed over the years. Keeping with the theme of this column, I will describe it through the lens of TIP.

With each editor change of TIP (every 3 years), the new editor had to find a printer and distributor. Sometime after my term as editor, TIP found a permanent home at SIOP headquarters in Ohio. We can thank Milt Hakel for bringing order out of chaos. Sure wish Milt had conceived this brainchild a few years earlier.

In 1973 the name of Division 14 of APA was changed from the Division of Industrial Psychology to the Division of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. SIOP was created about a decade later. Did you ever wonder why “TIP” (which stands for “The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist”) isn’t called “TIOP,” the linguistic mate of “SIOP?” TIP is the last holdover from before we added the “O” to the “I.” “TIP” snaps off your tongue. “TIOP” sounds like a medical procedure used in performing a semicolonoscopy.

Back in the 1980s TIP was branded on its masthead as being the “official newsletter” of Division 14 (soon to become SIOP). I am a member of several organizations that put out newsletters. These newsletters run about four pages. Then we have TIP. Under my editorship an issue of TIP cracked the 100-page mark for the first time. After me, it hit the 200-page mark, and I believe at some point it might have hit 300 pages. SIOP could win a national competition for having the most news fit to print every 90 days. As far as the “official” part goes, I guess that was provided to clearly position TIP in the marketplace apart from the knockoff, replica, and faux I-O psychology newsletters.

Related to the previous point, sometime after my term as editor, TIP went from being the “official newsletter” to being an “official publication” of SIOP. Today TIP functions as a quasi-journal. I knew TIP had become something more than a newsletter when I began to see people list papers published in TIP on their vita under the heading “Refereed Journal Publications.” Articles currently being published in TIP are of such scholarly quality that they are cited in scientific journals. In particular, Art Gutman’s column keeps us informed of complex legal issues in employment discrimination. I cite his TIP columns in my textbook, and quite frankly if it weren’t for Art’s columns, I don’t know where else I would find this material written in such an easily understandable manner. And it’s official.

Many years ago Ben Schneider said, “I-O psychologists are industrious and organized.” I always liked that expression, as I believe it captures what we are. I saw evidence of that while serving as TIP editor, and I continue to see it as a TIP columnist. My biggest concern with TIP is that every 3 years I have to break in a new editor. I fear one day TIP will have an editor who does not treasure The High Society. When that day arrives, I’m cooked, because JAP won’t touch my column (unless it is a meta-analysis of my previous columns).
Paul Muchinsky

In 1986 Paul turned TIP over to a new editor, Jim Farr (1986–1989). TIP had become a nice looking and well-oiled machine. During this time TIP published member survey results, information on the reorganization of APA and licensure issues, international dispatches, and the relationship between scientists and practitioners and perceptions about SIOP initiatives to enhance interaction, as well as the now common programs and conference proceedings. It’s true; the more things change the more they stay the same. Jim changed the TIPBITS column announcing member transitions and general feats of great accomplishment to IOTAS. We still use the IOTAS column but perhaps many do not know it stands for I-O Transfers, Activities, and Social Events.

The next editor of TIP was Steve Kozlowski (1989–1992). During this time TIP transitioned to its current publication schedule (July, October, January and April) and was stuffed full of articles covering a wide range of topics: testing and assessment, Civil Rights Act developments, performance appraisal, career issues, international articles, education and training, quotas, goal setting, licensure, a conversation with Morris Viteles, training—literally a whole buffet of content articles.

Kurt Kraiger took over as editor of TIP in 1992 (1992–1995). Content articles continued to enlighten, memorable columns continued or began (Vantage 2000, Practice Network, TIP Profiles, From Both Sides Now), and students had a voice in TIP with the Student Network.

I was the last TIP editor to work with all paper copy.  Mike Coovert followed me, and I recommended Mike because he had the computer knowledge to figure out how to move TIP to electronic submissions. But, I was still receiving contributions on paper.  Typically, the day before and the day of the deadline, I would get a dozen or more Fedex envelopes at my office and an equal number at home. (I suppose deadline-driven behavior is a constant.)  At that point, it was about 40 hours over 3 days of cutting out the contribution (so I could better estimate column size), laying everything out on the floor, deciding what to accept and what to reject, and estimating total pages.  A beneficial side effect of all this was that at one deadline, I was pumping coffee and trying to meet the deadline when my heart rate spiked to over 200 and stayed there. I went to the ER and was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse, a condition that I needed to be aware of and monitor in later years.

I changed the cover design.  The TIP cover had not changed from the old black and yellow cover for a number of years.  The publisher recommended updating it and sent me a set of fairly simple geometric designs to choose from.  It was very nerve wracking making the decision to change the cover—it simply wasn’t done!

TIP was a labor of love, as I am sure all other editors have found.  And, with the possible exception of serving as president, nothing has brought as many thanks from SIOP members.  It was also something I wanted to have fun with and to personalize.  I still hear comments about my “SIOP Dress Code” paper (published by Mike Coovert).  As TIP Editor, I had fun with the IOTAs column.  I would often make off-the-cuff comments about famous SIOPers. For example, I once noted that I wasn’t saying that Neal Schmitt and Dick Cheney were the same person, just that no one has ever seen them both in the same place at the same time.  Later, I wound up simply adding personal notes at the end of the column. In one, I talked about a great comeback by a little league team I was managing, and in another I announced that my wife and I were expecting our first child.  I guess I figured that if TIP was going to put me in the ER, I could use it to announce personal milestones!
Kurt Kraiger

Under the next editor, Mike Coovert (1995–1998) TIP got a home page on the “World Wide Web” and began electronic submissions. Phil Craiger wrote a column with tips on how to use the Internet and World Wide Web.

TIP Enters the Digital Age

I remember with great fondness my tenure as TIP editor. Wally Borman was elected president and asked me to consider the editorship. I jumped at the chance and fortunately the Executive Committee agreed and confirmed me. Shortly thereafter I found myself heading out to Colorado to spend the weekend with Kurt Kraiger, who was the outgoing editor. Kurt had done a great job with TIP and had everything well organized and the transition went smoothly. I remember bringing boxes of material back with me as I left the snow of Denver to return to the sun and warmth of Tampa to begin work as the society’s newest editor.

During my tenure SIOP’s office was run by Lee Hakel, and WOW, did she know how to get and keep the society organized. She was always there when something was needed. And if there was a problem, Lee was always part of the solution. I remember many times during Executive Committee meetings when one or more committee chair was having difficulty, Lee would offer to take on the problem and find the solution. That was the case for TIP as well.
I was very fortunate to have an editorial board that was prompt and efficient. They (almost) always got their information in on time. I also got some local talent involved. Phil Craiger and Jason Weiss started a column on technology and its use. That column continued for several years after my departure. Lori Foster Thompson and Dawn Riddle were tapped to write the student column and they also continued beyond the original 3-year commitment.

Personally, I am very proud of helping to bring the society into the digital age. My first act as editor was to transition to an electronic submission process and to have an online version of TIP that was available. Now remember, this was in 1995 and not everyone on the SIOP Executive Committee was as tech savvy as are the members today. I enlisted the help of Phil Craiger, and we got the issue on line (hand coded in HTML!) and available for the Executive Committee to view. Quite frankly, many of them did not have a clear picture of what we had done. I remember giving my report at the Executive Committee meeting and concluding with something like “the issue you have in your hands is also available online and I would like to show it to you.” I had them all get up as we had to go down the hall to another room with an Ethernet port. We had a computer plugged in and the issue up. After a quick demo most of them understood the power of making our newsletter available in this format to everyone on the web. Milt Hakel jumped in and helped transition many other informational sources to the web and I believe is the vision behind today’s SIOP website.
Mike Coovert

Allan Church (1998–2001) was the next editor of TIP. Again, continuous improvement on a good thing with more news, information, and satire. And you may have noticed that Allan was never at a loss for words! I remember reading Allan’s columns thinking, wow, he sure has a lot of time to reflect and then write about it. How can I get some of that time?!

Reflections From a Former TIP Editor

For me, being a past editor of TIP is a similar experience to working for a consumer products company. Every time I browse through the latest issue I feel an immediate direct connection and almost personal loyalty to the TIP product and brand. As a result, it has been very interesting for me to watch how each new editor over the years since my tenure has put his or her own individual stamp on one of SIOP’s most prized publications. When Lisa sent out her call for comments from former editors for this special issue, the last one in print, I was curious to see what stories might come to mind and which of those I would be willing to share more broadly! So listed below are some general reflections on my time with TIP. Warning: For those who might know (or remember) me, I am generally not at a loss for words.

I got my first introduction to TIP in 1994 during Kurt Kraiger’s editorship. I remember seeing his open call for submissions (or was it a plea?), and after careful consideration I sent him my ideas for a new column. The concept was to follow the relatively new debate format being showcased at SIOP’s annual conference but using well known academics and practitioners focused on what I thought were “hot topics” in I-O and OD. I remember Kurt emailing me back and encouraging me to try out the idea, and if it worked and I could get people to actually respond in a timely manner, he would run with it. Four years, 16 columns (never missed an issue), and 55 different contributors later I was operating like a well-oiled machine. Because of my experience with TIP I had developed a great new network of contacts, learned the discipline of writing a quarterly column, had the opportunity to contribute something to the ever evolving scientist–practitioner debate in the field, and had fun doing it! And then Mike Coovert called and asked me to take on the editor role.

I remember when Mike, who was TIP editor after Kurt, and I met to discuss the transition. I flew down to the University of South Florida and met with him, Lori Foster Thompson, and Dawn Riddle (at the time our stellar TIP-TOPics for Students columnists—how times have changed!). Although we had a great discussion and Mike was a fantastic host, I must admit I was a bit overwhelmed at the time. After all, he was an established professor with support from his institution and help from his graduate students. I, on the other hand, was a full-time practitioner (and a consultant no less) without the benefit of even an intern at the time. At least I knew I could rely on my own Microsoft Word skills (which in those days was the preeminent document formatting tool before the actual typesetting process). Despite the challenges, however, I was very intrigued and excited by the rules of engagement that had been presented to me and the ability to shape my own editorial policy and guide TIP to new heights of glory for the next 3 years. It was like someone had handed me the keys to their Maserati.

So what did I do when I got back home to New York? Like a geek I went to our firm’s library (I was working for Warner Burke during those years, and he had a conference room/library with wall to wall journals) and read through all of the old back issues of TIP I could find. I wanted to see what other editors had tried before, what had worked and what had gone splat. The range of content, formats, and approaches over the years actually surprised me. Some editors had taken the role quite seriously and even tried to move TIP in the direction of a formal journal with a peer reviewed section, whereas others had gone the opposite way and focused on a purely casual and informal style. Regardless of the approach taken, however, two points were very clear to me: (a) the care and feeding that went into each of the issues, and (b) the steady evolution from a light newsletter concept (similar to what many other professional associations still have even today) to a well packaged and highly professional booklet that truly stood out as a unique publication. In many ways TIP had evolved to become the face and voice of SIOP.
This realization made the task ahead even more exciting and suddenly more anxiety provoking as well. How would I be able to live up the high standards that had been set by my predecessors? Would my practitioner ideas fall flat because of my lack of knowledge of the formal publication process? I didn’t even know that I needed to change the cover design to coincide with the change in editorship. Would I be the one to let SIOP down? And then Lee Hakel at Bowling Green came to the rescue! Lee’s support and assistance was invaluable in getting TIP out the door each quarter. She handled so many of the detailed aspects of the process (and SIOP’s main office at the time for that matter) that I can honestly say it would have been impossible to have delivered TIP on time or with any quality at all without her.

So needless to say it all worked out. Apparently writing and editing are in my blood. As a fifth generation member of one of the last family owned newspapers in New England, I was now the editorial page editor and editor-in-chief of a great publication. Over the next 3 years I focused on achieving my goal of establishing balance in the content of TIP. This translated to (a) having science and practice based columns so that the publication would appeal to both sets of constituents, (b) having a mixture of informal news and professional articles that offered new/unique content so that TIP was seen as a viable outlet for certain types of work, and (c) retaining that professional look and feel but also introduce a bit of fun and humor into the mix. I-O psychologists are known for their divergent opinions and as might be expected the feedback I received during my time as editor was no exception. Some of the comments included:

  • TIP should have a peer reviewed section for original research endorsed by SIOP”
  • “Remember TIP is not a journal, it is first and foremost a newsletter”
  • “Satire has no place in TIP, it is a professional publication” and
  • “Please bring back the crossword puzzles”

In the end, while some of the ideas worked well and some perhaps less so, the editorial board and I had fun trying new concepts and formats, some of which carried on far beyond my tenure. In sum, it was a fantastic learning experience, and hopefully I made an impact and a contribution somewhere along the way. Now some thank yous to those who  helped me along the way. Thanks first to Kurt for the big break with my column From Both Sides Now, Mike for the encouragement and coaching to take over the editor duties, Warner for his support and proving the flex when needed to deliver each issue on the work front, my illustrious editorial board (i.e., J. Philip Craiger, Michael Harris, Karen May, Steven Rogelberg, Janine Waclawski, Lori Foster, Charmine Hartel, Dawn Riddle, Dirk Steiner, Kim Hoffman, Suzanne Vu, Art Gutman, Steven Katzman, Paul Muchinsky, Mark Griffin, Boris Kabanoff, and Tom King) for their tireless efforts and contributions, the SIOP leaders at the time of putting up with my persistent and annoying requests for their reports, and last but not least Lee for all her help in getting every issue over the finish line. I couldn’t have done it without you all!

In closing, as I said earlier, it’s been fun watching TIP continue to evolve. Having been in on the discussions (ok, heated debates) over the years as to whether or not TIP should become an all online publication, I think the time has finally come to move forward with our flagship publication. I am very excited about the future prospects of TIP and look forward to seeing it continue to evolve to new heights.
Allan Church

Debbie Major (2001–2004) came next, and what can I say? Debbie says it so well.

When nominated to become TIP editor in 2001, I remember feeling both honored and reluctant. I had a lot going on between my career at Old Dominion University and my 2-year-old son at home, and I understood TIP to be a lot of work. I’d heard stories from Steve Kozlowski and Kurt Kraiger about the time and effort involved in putting together TIP as a physical book. Allan Church assured me that times had changed and that the SIOP Administrative Office handled the “construction” issues associated with printing. Still, I felt reluctant for the same reason I felt honored. It seemed to me that, other than our annual conference, nothing better represented SIOP or was more appreciated by SIOP members than TIP. I was excited to be a part of it, but I didn’t want to mess it up.

Emphasizing the role of editor as “steward,” I committed to keeping TIP on the cutting edge and to ensuring that it offered something for everyone in SIOP’s diverse membership. Toward that end, in addition to continuing long standing favorites, I introduced six new columns during my 3-year term, including: Peter Bachiochi’s On the Horizon, Leading Edge by Jason Weiss, A Matter of Difference by Bernardo Ferdman and Martin Davidson, Education and Training in I-O Psychology by Laura Koppes and Neil Hauenstein, Bill Macey’s The I-O Ethicist, and Frank Landy’s What I Learned Along the Way. I began the tradition of including columnists’ photos, which subsequent editors have continued. In looking back at my inaugural column I can see that I was quite enthusiastic, given my liberal use of exclamation points; it’s an enthusiasm that appears to have continued throughout my term!

Gail Nader in the SIOP Administrative Office came up with several cover design choices, and I opted for an all black cover with just a splash of color. Although the novelty really appealed to me, I’m not sure everyone felt the same way. I recall receiving an e-mail referring to it as, “TIP 2001: A space odyssey.” I wish I had come up with the idea of having a photo grace the front cover introduced by Wendy Becker. (I was so happy to contribute a cover photo for the October 2007 issue.) I’m hoping that electronic TIP will be even more photo filled.

In reflecting on TIP for this last print issue, it strikes me how well it captures our history, for SIOP certainly, but also in a broader sense. Perhaps the most notable examples are found in looking back at the aftermath of 9/11. SIOP members responded in many meaningful ways that are captured in the pages of TIP.

I’m proud to have been a TIP editor and continue to be pleased (and not at all surprised) when SIOP surveys show that TIP is one of the membership benefits that people value most.
Debbie Major

Laura Koppes Bryan (2004-2007) took the wheel in 2004. Under Allan, Debbie, and Laura, TIP really came together with the current organization of (a) feature articles, (b) editorial columns, and (c) news and information.

I was honored and thrilled to be named the TIP editor. When I assumed the role, I had begun my Fulbright grant in the Czech Republic. Lee Hakel and I were fairly certain that the first issue I prepared was the first issue to be edited from overseas. Fortunately, the university where I taught had great Internet access; everything had to be completed online. And although we could create the issue online, we constantly had to envision the print version. I remember having to convert the number of words and pages from the online version to the printed version and hoping we stayed within the page guidelines. It was fun and challenging to prepare the issues while in the middle of adapting to a different culture and dealing with different time zones! The best part of being TIP editor was collaborating with dedicated colleagues who were committed to making every issue a success. I met many wonderful individuals and learned a lot about I-O psychology. I am grateful to have served SIOP in this role.
Laura Koppes Bryan

Wendy Becker (2007–2010) was the next editor and the cover photos were her inspiration. These photos reflect just some of the many other talents of SIOP members. It’s a shame we only had space for one photo every quarter. Hopefully in the new online format TIP will be able to continue to showcase the creativity of the society, along with the I-O-related information we have come to expect.

My memories editing TIP (2007–2010) are bittersweet. Those were busy years spanning two very different jobs (SUNY and Shippensburg) and much international travel. Every issue was thrilling but I also had to break some hearts—not everything is the right “fit” for our tiny news journal.

When asked to step into the giant shoes of Laura Koppes Bryant (not literally, Laura is really quite petite) I did my due diligence and asked SIOP friends whether or not I should do it. Frank Landy said it would be one of the best experiences of my life (thanks Frank, you were right). Milt Hakel reminded me that SIOP servant leaders are what make our profession great (so true). Jim Farr recalled his years editing TIP with fondness. Gary Yukl advised me without hesitation to do it. Mike Burke (just starting his editorship of PPsych) encouraged me to say yes. John Mathieu told me I was crazy, so I jumped in!

My fondest memories are the new friends—such wonderful and faithful columnists—so many unique contributors. One of my favorites (with arguably the best title) was the transcription we did of Steve Kerr’s keynote address at SIOP: “Some Random Thoughts on False Dichotomies, Common Coffeepots, and the Portability of Knowledge” (October, 2009). What an honor to work with four SIOP presidents during my tenure—Lois Tetrick, Gary Latham, Kurt Kraiger, and Eduardo Salas—thanks for always meeting (well, almost always meeting) your deadlines. And what great people in SIOP Admin. I worked closest with Jen Baker and Clif Boutelle—but everyone in Bowling Green works so hard—you make our profession stronger.

Funny, the thing I remember most about editing TIP is the decision to use photos for the cover. I stole the idea from Denny Gioia, who gave me copies of his photos from Administrative Science Quarterly. Denny was so damned proud of those covers! I wanted TIP to show not just the intelligence but the creativity of our members (and staff), so I asked people to send in photos for my first issue. Rob Silzer sent a photo of Central Park—so appropriate because SIOP had just convened in New York City. It was an immediate hit. To this day, people with their photos on a TIP cover swear it is the publication that makes them most proud.

My toughest issue was my last because we decided to do a special tribute to Frank Landy. Looking back, that issue (April, 2010) serves as my most proud legacy as editor of TIP.

And then I passed the torch to the very capable Lisa Steelman. I know Art Gutman had a lot to do with convincing Lisa to come aboard. Thanks again Lisa—and also for the opportunity to walk down memory lane.
Wendy Becker


There you have it, a 49 year history of TIP in the words of several TIP editors. It’s clear that TIP morphs slightly with each new editor, subtly reflecting that individual’s personality and SIOP member’s needs and expectations of the time. Each TIP reports the present while making history. I have no doubt that the next 49 years of TIP will continue this grand tradition. In the words of Walt Disney, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” And so we march on.