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The Balancing Act I-Os and Funded Research Kristen Shockley Baruch College, CUNY The early career phase of the I-O profession often in- volves juggling multiple demands and flexing one’s “prioritization muscle.” Both readers and past con- tributors have mused with us about how research funding can fit into the early-career mix. So we went searching for success stories and didn’t have to look far. The good news: It can be done! To shed light on the balancing act, this quarter we are diving into the funding experiences of your early-career I-O peers; they have found success with research funding while managing the many demands of early career acade- mia. If you think you have heard it all, read on. These three colleagues reveal their strategies for balance, and they have it nailed! Joining us is Daisy Chang (associate professor, Michigan State University; MSU), whose research focuses on oc- cupational stress, workplace violence, and the intersec- tions among self-regulation, leadership, employee health, safety, and well-being. Our second contributor is Rustin Meyer (assistant professor, Georgia Institute of Technology; GT), who studies the ways in which indi- vidual differences interact with environmental variables (e.g., “situational strength”) to influence valued work- place behaviors. Bringing a third early-career perspec- tive to the conversation is Louis Tay (assistant profes- sor, Purdue University), whose research interests in- clude well-being and measurement/methodology. Let’s set the stage. Could you give an example of one of your early career external funding experiences? Ashley Walvoord Verizon Wireless Daisy (MSU): Yes! In one of my first experiences, I was the principal investigator for a R03 research grant from National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The Industrial Organizational Psychologist 151