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Report on the 17th Annual I-O Psychology Doctoral Consortium

Donna Chrobot-Mason
University of Colorado at Denver

Charlotte Gerstner

The 17th Annual I-O Doctoral Consortium was held on Thursday, April 11, 2002, preceding the SIOP Annual Conference in Toronto. It was our pleasure to host 36 advanced students representing almost as many doctoral programs. The students had an opportunity to meet future colleagues from other programs and participated in several sessions providing helpful advice from speakers representing both the academic and practitioner sides of I-O psychology.

SIOP President William Macey kicked off the days events by providing examples and stories of the lessons he has learned about the application of technology to the practice of I-O psychology. Next, students attended one of two concurrent morning sessions. Cindy McCauley conducted a session about leadership development in organizations. Cindy shared her perceptions of both the strengths and limitations the field of I-O psychology brings to this area of research and practice. Concurrently, Allan Church and Janine Waclawski discussed the role of organization development in creating data-driven change. After lunch, Eduardo Salas shared with us his Top 10 list of ways to have fun practicing science. During the afternoon, the five speakers mentioned above were joined by Jos Cortina, Jeanette Cleveland, and Lois Tetrick to facilitate informal roundtable sessions that provided students an opportunity to interact closely with the speakers on career-related topics. Afternoon concurrent sessions featured Jeannette Cleveland discussing alternative conceptualizations of what it means to be successful in our field and Jos Cortina providing tips on how to survive and thrive as an assistant professor. The day ended with a question-and-answer session designed to address students interests and concerns about careers in I-O psychology.

Overall, the students were overwhelmingly positive in their reactions to and evaluations of the Consortium. Not only were the attendees able to gain insight about career opportunities in I-O from prominent figures in the field, but they were also able to make professional contacts and develop new friendships.

We would like to thank all of the presenters who graciously volunteered their time, wisdom, and advice. It was inspiring to all who attended to hear of your experiences and passion for the field of I-O psychology. We also want to thank Jeff McHenry and Steve Scullen for ensuring the days events ran smoothly, and Lee Hakel, Ron Johnson, and Laura Koppes for their help throughout the planning process.


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