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From the Editor:  The Joy of "Conferencing"

Debra A. Major
Old Dominion University

 Despite my best efforts to avoid it, I always seem to end up traveling during the 2-week period between the TIP submission deadline and my deadline for getting TIP to the SIOP Administrative Office for printing preparations. This time, I almost didnt go. Given my work on TIP, the responsibilities of my day job, and the challenge of potty training my son before his third birthday, I just had a lot going on. Moreover, in these tough economic times, my universitys position on covering professional travel expenses is a little vague. Nonetheless, I did attend an academic conference entitled Persons, Processes, and Places: Research on Families, Workplaces, and Communities. Im so glad I did! Although the conference title was intentionally general and inclusive, the conference itself was devoted exclusively to the topic of work and family life. In addition to the handful of I-O psychologists in attendance, the conference attracted researchers from other branches of psychology (e.g., developmental, clinical, and social), political science, laborindustrial relations, management, demography, social work, sociology, womens studies, and numerous other disciplines Im sure Im neglecting to mention. What a rare treat to spend 2 full days focusing on one topic from multiple perspectives and interacting with people interested in integrating those perspectives to advance our understanding of work and family life. I left the conference feeling energized and wondering if other I-O psychologists have such opportunities for multidisciplinary interaction regarding their areas of interest. I hope so.

You might think that, just having returned from one conference, I might be less than enthusiastic about preparing for the upcoming 17th annual Conference in Toronto. Well, youd be wrong. I cant wait for SIOP! True, our Conference really couldnt be billed as multidisciplinary, although our field is inherently so. Nonetheless, SIOP always has a lot to offer. To me, attending the SIOP conference always feels like going home. Its the place where members of my professional tribe gather once a year to share the latest advancements in research and practice, to network with friends and colleagues, and to celebrate the best I-O psychology has to offer. I appreciate the breadth of the conference and the opportunity it affords me to keep current in those areas of I-O psychology that are not primary research interests for me. (See Lori Foster Thompson and Dawn Riddles Early Careers column in this issue for more on the importance of keeping current and being broadly informed.) In addition, SIOP is just plain fun, and at least for me, it always has been. Of course, the nature of that fun has changed with age, interests, and resources. The first time I attended the SIOP conference (Boston 1989), I traveled there in a van stuffed full of fellow graduate studentsa unique fun all its own. Now its fun to see those same peers as colleagues, to visit with faculty mentors who knew you when you didnt know anything, and to catch up with my own academic progeny who are a consistent source of inspiration. But by far the most fun is taking new I-O students to SIOP for the first time and sharing in that key socialization experience that helps establish them as members of the I-O profession. In Toronto, lets all be on the lookout for student members and new members of SIOP and make them feel welcome.

The April Issue

Lori Peake in SIOPs Administrative Office is usually instrumental in producing TIP. This time, however, she had a more pressing project to manage. Lori was busy giving birth to Jacob Scott Peake. Congratulations! Im indebted to Julie Allison who ably filled in for Lori on this issue and am forever grateful for the consistent contributions of Lee Hakel and Gail Nader. My research assistant, Rebekah Cardenas, also deserves an enormous thank you for her support.

This issue of TIP marks the premier of Leading Edge, a new column authored by Jason Weiss that is devoted to the discussion of technological advancements and how they affect our field. As someone who is not particularly technology-minded, Im in awe of Jasons inaugural column for making the future of computing both understandable and exciting.

Im not sure how many members I currently have in the cover to cover club, but I know many of you are reading TIP because you send me great suggestions. Ive attempted to incorporate two of them in this issue. Jim Morrison wrote to alert me to the potential erosion of the egalitarian ambiance of our official publication that comes from an overuse of title and degree labels. Taking Jims comments to heart, weve made a concentrated effort to avoid referring to fellow SIOP members as Dr. and/or PhD.

If things work according to plan, weve also operationalized Joel Wiesens suggestion that we add the TIP volume and issue number to the bottom of each page. Thanks for your comments and feedback. I hope to receive more in person in Toronto. In the meantime, take a look at what this issue of TIP holds for you.

Whats in This issue of TIP for Me?

For Everyone

Bill Maceys Final Presidential Message
Understanding SMART Goals
Job Analysis of I-O Psychologists
Managing Work and Family
NEW Column: Computing in the Future
Just for Laughs on Your Way to Toronto
Whats New in I-O?
I-O and the War against Terrorism
SIOP Members in the News
2003 SIOP Awards Call
New SIOP Members
Awards and Honors
Robert Ramsays Obituary

For Students and Educators

I-O Psychology Program Rankings
TIP-TOPics
Jigsaw Classroom as a Teaching Tool
Occupational Health Psychology

Perspectives on Practice

Supreme Court Rulings
Organizational Inclusion
Six Sigma

Professional Development

International Collaboration
Keeping Informed
Conferences and Meetings
Calls and Announcements

SIOP Initiatives

Visibility of I-O Psychology
SIOP Secretarys Report

APA Information

APA Council Report
SIOPs 2002 Program at APA
APAs Decade of Behavior

 

 

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