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2002 APS Convention

Michael D. Coovert
I-O Track Program Chair

By the time you read this note the 14th Annual American Psychological Society Convention will have taken place June 69, 2002 in New Orleans. We had a very strong I-O track this year. In addition to 12 hot topics (short 15-minute talks with 5 minutes for questions and answers) and over 80 posters, the following addresses and symposia were on the program.

Ann Howards invited address, Assessment Centers in a Wired World: Progress or Peril? Abstract: The assessment center method, which draws its strength from behavioral simulations, is being pushed in new directions by the expectations of managers accustomed to the instant gratification of the Internet. This session examined the implications of meeting these challenges in the context of 5 decades of assessment center research and practice

Richard Klimoski presented an invited address titled, Not All Work Teams are Alike. Abstract: Work organizations have traditionally been designed around hierarchies of people. However, over the last 20 years or so team-based structures have become increasingly the design of choice. This presentation focused on a particular type of work teamthe project team. It is argued that the project team has become the building block for organizations operating in several industries (e.g., professional services, contracting, IT). Moreover, as a popular type of work team arrangement, it presents both opportunities and challenges to those doing research and theory building in this area. Evidence from recent studies supports the conclusion that not only are there distinct team processes involved, but new forms of team leadership are also implicated.

Tim Judge arranged the invited symposium, Personality Measurement in Industrial-Organizational Psychology: On the Cutting Edge. It included the following people:

Speakers: Christine L. Jackson, Jason A. Colquitt, and Eric Wild, University of Florida, Construct Validation of a Measure of Collectivism

Speakers: Timothy A. Judge, University of Florida, Amir Erez, University of Florida, Joyce E. Bono, University of Minnesota, and Carl J. Thoresen, Tulane University, The Measurement of Self-Esteem, Locus of Control, Emotional Stability, and Generalized Self-Efficacy: A Departure

Speakers: Carl J. Thoresen, and Christopher Warren, Tulane University, Work and Subjective Well-Being: The Value Attainment Approach

Discussants: Jason A. Colquitt, University of Florida; Timothy A. Judge, University of Florida; Carl J. Thoresen, Tulane University

Abstract: Participants presented three papers suggesting novel ways of measuring personality in industrial-organizational psychology research. These papers discussed (a) development of a measure of dispositional collectivism; (b) validation of a measure of core self-evaluations; (c) development and validation of a measure of value attainment-based subjective well-being in organizational settings.

Ann Marie Ryan also formed a great group for an invited symposium titled, Beyond g: Expanding Thinking on Predictors of College Success.

Speaker: Lauren J. Manheim, Michigan State University, Expanding the Criterion Space of College Student Success: Beyond GPA

Speaker: Michael A. Gillespie, Michigan State University, The Development and Validation of Biographical Data and Situational Judgment Inventories in the Prediction of College Student Success

Speaker: Nathan Kuncel, University of Minnesota, General and Specific Ability Predictors of Performance in College

Discussant: Wayne Camara, College Board

Abstract: The role of the SAT in predicting college success has overshadowed development of additional predictors useful in college admissions. Recent research in I-O psychology has highlighted expanding definitions of success criteria and examining alternative predictors. Presenters described expanded definitions of college success and the development of new admissions tools.

If you are not familiar with the APS format, the conference has several tracks: Social/Personality, Clinical, Cognitive, I-O, Neuroscience, and Developmental. Each track has addresses, short talks, symposia, hot topics, and posters. There are also several crosscutting symposia, which draw experts from several subdisciplines of psychology. The crosscutting symposia that were presented in New Orleans included Herbal Remedies, Cohort Effects, Medical Error, Implicit Measures, and Deception.

The upcoming APS conference locations and dates are as follows.

15th Annual Convention 16th Annual Convention  17th Annual Convention
May 29June 1, 2003 May 2730, 2004 May 2629, 2005
Atlanta, Georgia Chicago, Illinois Los Angeles, California

 In closing I have two pieces of great news. First, Howard Weiss has agreed to be SIOPs APS I-O program chair in training. He will help pull together the upcoming conference in Atlanta and will settle into a 3-year term. I am very excited to be working with Howard. Submission deadlines have yet to be set for the Atlanta conference, but we will announce them as soon as they are known. Something to keep in mind if you are in a publish-or-perish situation is that APS has a policy that something submitted as a Hot Topic, if rejected for that format, is AUTOMATICALLY ACCEPTED as a poster.

Second, and most exciting, Wally Borman and Neal Schmit have agreed to present the invited addresses for the 2003 conference. So, block out May 29June 1, 2003, and well see you in Atlanta.

Full details on the conferences can be found at the APS Web site http://www.psychologicalscience.org/convention/.

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