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A Message From Your President

Bill Macey

 

As you read this, close to 4 months will have elapsed since the tragedy of September 11th. However, for many, memories of that day will remain vivid for a long time to come. For all, but particularly for those of you who have experienced personal loss, please accept my deepest sympathy.

Immediately following that day, many of us wondered what should SIOP do? After all, many other organizations seemingly took immediate action, dedicating their resources to address problems within their boundaries of expertise and experience. Our contributions may be regarded as more individual, and therefore perhaps less visible. Moreover, our work has always focused on making organizations more effective and a better place to work. Borrowing from an e-mail I sent to Kurt Salzinger (APA Science Directorate) on a similar topic, here are some rather concrete ways in which I-O psychologists are contributing to the issues facing our nation:

  • Competency modeling and the development of selection and/or training procedures for critical skills occupations (including firefighting, emergency response, protective services, etc.)
  • Improving workplace health and safety through both group and individual-level interventions
  • Evaluating the impact of the September 11 events and the subsequent economic downturn on employee satisfaction and motivation
  • Evaluating the direct and indirect impact of employee head-count reduction on individuals
  • Addressing ethnic harassment issues in the workplace
  • Assessing company involvement and corporate response to disasters

You will undoubtedly identify many other ways by which you and others have contributed and can contribute in the future. Please forward your thoughts, comments, and examples so that we can articulate the significant contributions of our profession as we move forward.

Membership Survey

One of the ways that SIOP members can directly influence Society governance is by giving feedback to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee makes a good-faith effort to gather opinions by a variety of means, but one of our most important efforts is through the membership survey. By the time you read this, you should have received an invitation to respond to our newly revised survey. I owe special thanks to Janine Waclawski and Wanda Campbell for spearheading this effort and the many other committee chairs who so thoughtfully contributed both ideas and constructive feedback. I should also point out that an independent survey has been prepared by Jeff McHenry and the Conference Planning Committee. You should see that shortly as well. Please take the time to provide your feedback; it makes a difference!

Principles Revision

The Task Force on the Revision of the Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures has completed its first draft. As you may recall, the task force was chartered to prepare the revision in a manner consistent with the 1999 Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing as well as with best practices in our profession. The first draft has been circulated to the Advisory Committee and the Executive Committee for review. The task force will then revise as appropriate and prepare a second draft that will be available to all members by request. (Look for the availability notice on the SIOP Web site). There will also be a review and discussion at the upcoming annual Conference in Toronto.

Task Force on Licensure

As I reported in my previous column, the Task Force on Licensure was charged in the spring with responding to a draft report and recommendations of APAs Commission on Education and Training Leading to Licensure in Psychology. SIOPs response is provided in this issue of TIP preceded by an explanation of why we responded the way we did. You may find it helpful to read that explanation before reading the actual letter that was forwarded to APA.

Solutions Series

Last year, the Executive Committee authorized a new monograph book series on professional practice issues. Elaine Pulakos, SIOP past president and editor of the appropriately named Solutions Series, has prepared a call for proposals in this issue. This is a significant addition to SIOPs publication efforts and is specifically intended to contribute to the visibility initiative that originated out of the strategic planning meetings chaired by Kevin Murphy during his presidential tenure.

Membership Statistics

Lee Hakel, director of the Administrative Office, informed me as I was writing this column that our membership has increased by over 300 from this time last year. That would represent a percentage increase of approximately 5%. Special thanks are due to Irene Sasaki and Beth Chung, Membership Committee cochairs. Its particularly important that I mention the role of the SIOP Administrative Office as well in this regard. So much of what happens on a day-to-day basis that makes SIOP such a terrific organization is due to Lee, Esther Benitez, Jen Domanski, Gail and Larry Nader, and Lori Peake. Its fair to say that they are SIOP to many.

Conference Planning

Its time for most of us to get ready for the annual Conference in April. This year life should be much simpler with the opportunity to register online which will be available to you as you read this. This is our most recent effort to Web-enable various administrative processes, and its terrifically easy. Ive tried it and was able to complete the process easily. So that you know up front, you will have to provide your SIOP ID number. You can find it on your annual dues statement. But, if youre like me, you havent kept a copy. So, the best thing to do is to e-mail the SIOP office (Lhakel@siop.bgsu.edu) or call the office at (419) 353-0032, and they will be happy to provide your ID number. In the end, youll find this simple and a great time-saver.

Speaking of Web-enabled, the online submission process was a great success. The vast majority of submissions were sent online, and the review process was handled that way as well. Submissions for the program were up again (about 100 more than last year), and the fact that more than 99% were reviewed on schedule is testimony to the efficiencies weve gained. Congratulations to Adrienne Colella, Milt Hakel, and Larry Nader for such a resounding success. Given the higher number of submissions, the increased number of workshops (17 up from 16), and the fact that the hotel sold out quite early, there is every reason to believe that the Conference attendance will be record setting.

You can read about the Conference details in this issue of TIP. I suspect that since the registration process is electronic, many will just rush to register online. Workshop registration is first come, first served, so you may want to make your choices earlier rather than later. One real advantage of the online registration process is that you can actually get immediate confirmation of your workshop choices. Details as to how to proceed are also posted on the Web site (www.siop.org/registration).

Time for More Feedback!

Ive been gratified by the thoughtfulness of those who have commented on my previous columns (including the constructive feedback). The numbers are too small to be considered significantly different from zero, but that just gives me the opportunity to appreciate them all the more.

 

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