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SIOP’s Program Lineup for the 28th Annual Conference

Eden King
Program Chair, SIOP 2013 Houston
George Mason University

With nearly 1,400 submissions and outstanding invited sessions, the 2013 SIOP conference program in Houston will be truly fantastic! Your Program Committee has been working since the last conference to assemble a quality collection of Friday Seminars, Communities of Interest, a full-day Theme Track, and other special events that will compliment the hundreds of high quality, peer-reviewed sessions showcasing I-O psychology research, practice, theory, and teaching-oriented content.  Below is a summary of what has been slated thus far.

Thursday Theme Track: Bringing I-O Innovations to Life: Making Our Work Stick (Chair: Evan Sinar)

The Thursday Theme Track, a very popular feature each year, presents a set of sessions centered around a unifying topic chosen to resonate with the interests of our full SIOP audience, spanning practitioners, academics, and students, from across the globe. This year’s topic is “Bringing I-O Innovations to Life: Making Our Work Stick”—put simply, how can we ensure that our ideas and initiatives will take hold and generate sustained influence and impact, anticipating, navigating, and overcoming challenges along the way? We have carefully selected our session formats and invited speakers to ensure that those who join us for the Theme Track leave well-informed and entertained. Theme Track sessions are presented in the same room throughout the day. Although many will stay all day to benefit from the integrated programming and obtain 5.5 continuing education credits for full-track participation, you may also choose to attend just the individual sessions of most interest to you.

  • Keynote: An External Perspective on the Foundations of Innovation Execution
    Abbie Griffin, Royal L. Garff  Endowed Chair in Marketing, University of Utah, Author of Serial Innovators: How Individuals Create and Deliver Breakthrough Innovations in Mature Firms
    I-O academics and practitioners frequently seek to create new breakthroughs in interventions that will have a lasting impact on organizations. This session brings research from outside the I-O field to spur our innovative thinking, particularly around focusing on the customer and focusing on execution.
  • The Intersection of Research/Practice: Effectively Using Partnerships So Research Sticks
    Sam Hunter, Cindy McCauley, Rod McCloy, Karen Paul, and Roni Reiter-Palmon.
    Successful science–practice integration stems from the ability for academics and practitioners to effectively communicate and provide mutually beneficial information. The goal of this session is to bring together panelists who have prior experience successfully leveraging academic–practitioner relationships, focusing on those that have culminated in “sticky” interventions, programs, and systems.
  • Promoting Innovation: Interventions With High-Impact Branding
    Jason Taylor, David Oliver, Melissa Brittain, Amy Grubb, Andrea Goldberg, Nathan Kuncel, Chitra Sarmma, Dan Russell, Shila Ray, and Dennis Doverspike.
    In this IGNITE session, presenters engage the audience with 5 minutes and 20 automatically progressing slides to share experiences creating a broadly visible campaign around an I-O or HR intervention, sharing the whats and hows of branding an initiative that is recognizable and meaningful enough to take on its own identity within an organization.
  • Storytelling: I-O as Comedy, Tragedy, and Theater of the Absurd
    Wayne Cascio, Rick Guzzo,
    and Lise Saari
    What factors are most critical in building an I-O or HR initiative that is sustainable over time?  In this panel, senior I-O psychologists will share stories about successful (and unsuccessful) initiatives they have led, the lessons they have learned, and the advice they have for others.
  • The Sweetspot for Organizational Interventions: Superglue or Teflon
    Elizabeth Kolmstetter, Allen Kamin, Steven Hunt, Rose Mueller-Hanson, Doug Molitor, Corina Rice, and Brian Penner
    Attendees will have an opportunity to hear from a panel of senior practitioners about their experiences implementing organizational interventions. The various factors to consider when deciding how sticky to make an intervention will be shared along with how to get things unstuck when needed.

Master Collaborations

Increasing collaboration between researchers and practitioners is critical for informing organizational practice and advancing our theories. To further the collaborations between science and practice, this session will provide SIOP members with ideas and strategies for developing successful academic–practitioner collaborations. It will highlight different types of successful academic–practitioner collaborations, as well as strategies for developing, implementing, and sustaining these collaborations. It will feature three diverse and successful collaborations. In addition, two discussants—one academic and one practitioner—will offer their thoughts about why these are successful. 

  • I-O Research and Practice: Why Can’t We Be Friends?
    Brian Frost, Kenexa, an IBM Company; and Brian Hoffman, University of Georgia
    The speakers will describe how they started and have maintained an effective partnership since meeting in graduate school and how this has resulted in (a) multiple strong, evidence-based research collaborations and (b) a mutual sharing of expertise that has made them both more effective scientist–practitioners overall.
  • The Role of University Affiliated Research Centers in Government Research
    Nick Vasilopoulos, Department of Defense, and Sharon Glazer, Center for Advanced Study of Language at University of Maryland
    As of 1996, the U.S. Department of Defense has established 14 “University Affiliated Research Centers” (UARC) to help ensure the maintenance of its critical capabilities. Initially, UARCs focused on research in the physical sciences and engineering. More recently, UARCs such as the University of Maryland’s Center for Advanced Language Study (CASL) were established to support behavioral and social science research initiatives of interest to many I-O psychologists. During this presentation, researchers from CASL and the National Security Agency (NSA) discuss a collaborative effort to develop and validate assessments designed to identify highly qualified candidates for mission-critical jobs at the NSA.
  • Ask and Ye Shall Receive: A (Somewhat) Serendipitous Approach Developing and Maintaining Scholar–Practitioner Collaborations.
    Mark Morris, Lockheed Martin; Patrick McKay, Rutgers; and Derek Avery, Temple
    This session will highlight strategies for developing and maintaining scholar–practitioner collaborations.The speakers will discuss the importance of scholars approaching practitioners, linking scholars’ and practitioners’ domains of research interest, successfully pitching the potential contribution of academic scholarship to practitioners, building organizational trust of academic researchers, the importance of scholars realizing and leveraging practitioners’ value added to research projects, and emphasizing the practical relevance of scholarly work to organizations.
    Discussants: Rich Cober, Marriott International; Donald Truxillo, Portland State University

Friday Seminars (Chair: Laurent Lapierre)

The Friday Seminars are invited sessions that focus on cutting-edge topics presented by prominent thought leaders. The Friday Seminars offer CE credits and require advance registration and an additional fee. This year’s seminars will present the following topics:

  • Qualitative Methods 101: When, Why, and How to Use Them
    Michael Pratt
  • Multilevel Models: Theory, Methods, and Analyses
    John Mathieu and Gilad Chen
  • Humanitarian Work Psychology: Supply Meets Demand
    Telma Viale and Lori Foster Thompson
  • Bullying at Work: Perspectives From Europe and North America
    Charlotte Rayner, Loraleigh Keashly, and Suzy Fox

Communities of Interest (COI) Sessions (Chair: Jessica Nicklin)

There will be 12 outstanding Community of Interest (COI) sessions.  These are sessions designed to create new communities around common themes or interests. These sessions have no chair, presenters, or discussant.  Instead, they are informally moderated by one or two facilitators. These are great sessions to attend if you would like to (a) meet potential collaborators, (b) generate new ideas, (c) have stimulating conversations, (d) meet some new friends with common interests, and (e) develop an informal network with other like-minded SIOP members. Topics for this year’s COI sessions include:   

  • The Virtual Workforce
  • Millennials at Work
  • Cross-Cultural Competencies
  • Expatriate Selection and Other Issues
  • Learning Agility and Leader Development
  • Discussions for New or Prospective Faculty
  • Resilience in Organizations: Developing the Capacity to Flourish
  • Best Practices for Using Intelligence in the Workplace
  • Partnering With Healthcare Organizations
  • Discussions for New or Prospective Practitioners
  • Issues Surrounding the Aging Workforce
  • SIOP Members and Public Policy: Evaluating Teacher Performance

Invited Addresses  (Chair, Autumn Krauss)

This year we will feature several invited sessions and addresses throughout the conference. This includes a panel of impressive chief human resource officers as well as a panel of independent consultants. And you won’t want to miss the third annual invited IGNITE session on influence in organizations! Please note, the term “invited” refers to the presenter, not the audience—come one, come all to these very special sessions! 

Featured Posters

We will showcase the top 20 rated posters at an evening all-conference reception. Come view some of the best submissions to the conference in a relaxed setting with the presenters.

Continuing Education Credits

The annual conference offers many opportunities for attendees to earn continuing education credits, whether for psychology licensure or other purposes.  SIOP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and also is an HR Certification Institute Approved Provider of PHR/SPHR/GPHR recertification credits for HR professionals. Information about the many ways to earn CE credit at the SIOP annual conference can be found at http://www.siop.org/ce and will be continually updated as more information becomes available.

Thank You!

The annual conference is an incredible team effort involving over 1,200 volunteers. Indeed, this TIP should arrive soon after the reviews of your submissions. I am truly grateful to all of you who volunteered to complete as many as five submissions within a very short period of time; we are indebted to all of the reviewers for their time and commitment.

I would also like to express my sincere appreciation for the amazing efforts of Past Program Chair Deborah Rupp, and Program Chair-in-Training Evan Sinar, in addition to Invited Sessions Chair Autumn Krauss and our other strategic subcommittee chairs Dana Dunleavy, Laurent Lapierre, Jessica Nicklin, and Sara Jansen Perry.

Finally, and as always, none of this would be possible without the outstanding coordination and efforts of SIOP Executive Director David Nershi, IT Manager Larry Nader, Membership Services Manager Tracy Vanneman, and the entire SIOP Administrative Office staff.  They have always been ready, willing, and available to help at a moment’s notice. Collectively, these are the individuals who make the Society and conference run smoothly year after year. Many, many thanks to all of them.

We hope to see you in Houston!