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Secretarys Report

Lisa M. Finkelstein
Northern Illinois University

The Executive Committee held its spring meeting on April 1718 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles, CA. Brief highlights of the discussion and decisions made at that meeting are provided in this report.

Donald Truxillo provided a conference update. The conference was a success with more attendees than had been expected (approximately 3,300), leaving the conference budget clearly in the black. Steve Ashworth reviewed the recent site selection activity. After reviewing many options, good deals were secured with Hilton for a 2010 conference in Atlanta and a 2011 conference in Chicago, and the committee voted to move forward with those contracts. Julie Olson-Buchanan reported on a recent member survey to gauge preferences for a move from a 2- to a 3-day conference. The vast majority of members surveyed either prefer a 3-day conference or have no preference for or against the move, with far fewer members preferring the current schedule, and thus it was decided that negotiations for a ThursdaySaturday conference (with workshops moved to Wednesday) would begin with the 2010 contract, with a possibility of a move sooner if feasible.

Mike Burke reported on progress made since the last meeting on the creation of a SIOP-sponsored science journal. This journal would be a forum for interactive exchanges among scientists (e.g., focal articles with multiperspective commentaries) with the potential to produce knowledge relevant to public policy. Fritz Drasgow reported on the progress toward the creation of a SIOP-sponsored practice journal. The goals of this journal include helping to provide expert knowledge and solutions for workplace problems, improve standards of best practice, and gain visibility for SIOP. After much discussion, it was determined that these two task forces proceed with their work on the design and feasibility of these journals but that they join forces to discuss the synergies between them.

Steve Rogelberg spoke of the recent activities of the Education and Training Committee. Work is being done to create an online community for instructors of I-O, to discuss the possibility of a masters student consortium, and to make available self-study modules for members. Judith Blanton described her recent work as the Continuing Education coordinator. A survey found that a majority of people sampled would like to see self-study modules and that many would like the opportunity to receive CE credit. Work is continuing toward offering CE credits for this and other venues as well.

Rob Silzer updated the group on the fall consortium. This consortium is focused on executive leadership and will highlight research and best practice in the area and could serve as a vehicle for the formation of academicpractitioner coalitions in this area. Members will be e-mailed with more details on the consortium.

John Cornwell provided a report on SIOPs financial state and on the Administrative Office transition. SIOP is currently financially strong and is now able to offer benefits to the Administrative Office staff as an employer. Dave Nershi was welcomed as our new executive director.

Wendy Becker informed the group of the recent activities of the Visibility Committee. She expressed some concern that in order to increase the progress being made toward making I-O psychology more understandable and visible to others, we need to work on our external face, namely our Web site. Improvements to the Web site are being planned for the near future.

Kurt Kraiger followed up on an earlier proposal to possibly partner with Microsoft Office Online by providing conceptual articles addressing workplace problems. After examining contract details and potential legal ramifications, it was decided that this would not be a wise use of our resources. 

Lois Tetrick provided an overview of results from a program directors survey investigating the treatment of I-O psychology in psychology departments. Although the general sense was that I-O is respected, there was a range in responses. Some ideas for increasing I-Os status in psychology departments include seeking out more federal grant money and publishing in respected journals with a wider psychology readership.

Id like to close this report by saying that I am honored to have been elected your new secretary. I know I have huge shoes to fill following the great work of Georgia Chao, and I thank her for all the help she has given me to catch me up to speed in this role. If you have any questions or comments on this report, please contact me via e-mail at lisaf@niu.edu.

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