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SIOPs Second Teaching Institute

Ronald S. Landis and Michael J. Burke
Tulane University

One mechanism through which SIOP is attempting to cultivate a more diverse membership and advance the field is through the SIOP Institute for the Teaching of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (hereafter referred to as the Teaching Institute). A specific aim of the Teaching Institute is to provide exposure to the field of I-O psychology to students from academic institutions that have traditionally served minority populations, with a long-term goal of increasing ethnic/minority representation in the field of industrial and organizational psychology. Relying on the experiences and knowledge gained through the first Teaching Institute held in New Orleans (TIP, April 2004), SIOP members from the Washington, DC area met with faculty from local minority-serving institutions (Howard University, Morgan State University, Virginia State University, and Bowie State University) in the second SIOP Teaching Institute held on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA on February 12, 2005. SIOP Past-President Mike Burke began the workshop by describing SIOP and how it serves the interests of I-O psychology as well as describing the overall goals of the Teaching Institute. Ron Landis then described the information provided to attendees and how the SIOP Web site could be used to assist with advising students and finding helpful teaching materials. 

The remainder of the workshop was divided into two sessions. In the first session, SIOP panelists Jose Cortina, David Costanza, Paul Hanges, Dan Newman, and Lois Tetrick, representing local universities with I-O programs, talked with attendees about advising interested undergraduates regarding the graduate school admissions process. Topics included the relevance of GRE scores, types of courses that may be most relevant for students interested in pursuing graduate education in I-O, and the need for students to have research experience. In the second session, SIOP members Tara Carpenter, Gonzalo Ferro, and Jim Outtz talked with attendees about applied careers in I-O psychology and answered questions regarding how graduate school impacted their own professional lives. Part of the discussion in this session also centered on differences between masters versus doctoral level training.

A number of interesting ideas were generated throughout the meeting including:

  • Developing a recommended curriculum for undergraduate students who plan to apply to a graduate program to facilitate advising
  • Developing mechanisms (e.g., NSF grants, SEPA funds) to facilitate summer research opportunities for interested undergraduates to work with I-O program faculty
  • Enhancing funding for a speaker series that would allow schools to bring SIOP members to campus to speak with interested undergraduates about the field
  • Creating channels of communications at the local level to promote partnerships between colleges with and without graduate programs in I-O psychology
  • Creating consortia-type models so that interested undergraduates could take I-O courses from other area universities
  • Having SIOP members visit national and regional undergraduate conferences (e.g., National Council for Undergraduate Research) to increase visibility of the field.

Those in attendance from local academic institutions, Colin Cooper, Kelli Craig-Henderson, Lera Joyce Johnson, Don King, Pamela Scott-Johnson, Hyacinth Sealy, and Mel Washington commented favorably on the event and expressed strong desires for a continuing relationship with local I-O programs and SIOP. 

A third Teaching Institute is being planned for fall 2005 or early in 2006. We are actively considering the Atlanta area as a possible site for this workshop and encourage any interested SIOP members to contact Ron Landis (rlandis1@tulane.edu).

From L-R: Ron Landis, Jose Cortina, Tara Carpenter, Jim Outtz, Gonzalo Ferro, Mike Burke, Pamela Scott-Johnson, Hyacinth Sealy.

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