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Suggested Practices for Making I-O Connections: Let’s Build Bridges and Grow I-O! From the SIOP Education and Training Committee Joseph A. Allen* University of Nebraska at Omaha Tara S. Behrend The George Washington University Suzanne T. Bell DePaul University Victoria J. Smoak PepsiCo Author’s Note: Authors are listed alpha- betically; all authors contributed equally. Correspondence concerning this article should be directed to Joseph A. Allen; Department of Psychology; Uni- versity of Nebraska at Omaha; 6001 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE, 68182; jo- It may come as no surprise, but there are duced to I-O—even if they are psychology majors! We are struck by the number of prospective graduate students who tell us that they wouldn’t know that I-O existed had it not been for a chance encounter with an I-O psychologist. For every one of these talented young people who join the field, there are 10 more who don’t have that chance encounter and end up in a different field. an awful lot of people who have no idea what I-O pychology is or what I-O psy- chologists do. Common reactions from new acquaintances include, “Ooo, I could really use some help organizing my home and be a more industrious person” or “Wow, that’s a mouthful” or “No really, what do you do for a living?” Perhaps even more alarming is the number of stu- dents across universities who aren’t intro- In short, there is a clear need for I-O psy- chologists to make connections, build bridges of knowledge, and grow I-O from the bottom up. That’s the main purpose of a new subcommittee of the Education and Training Committee. Education and Training Committee Chair Scott Tonidandel reached out to com- mittee members and asked that we take 166 April 2014 Volume 51 Issue 4