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A Message From Your President

Nancy Tippins 

I seem to recall that many SIOP presidents have begun their last column by marveling at their last column and expressing the sentiment, I cant believe a whole year has elapsed. I share those feelings. In so many ways, I feel like Im just getting started. Fortunately, most of the progress of the Executive Committee is based on the work of our committees and will continue regardless of who is president. Since this is the last time I get to communicate in my own personal TIP column, Id like to start this column with some official thanking.

Thank You 

TIP doesnt have enough pages for me to provide you the details of what each of these people has accomplished, so let me give you a quick overview. The elected officers of the Society (Bill Macey, president elect, Angelo DeNisi, past president, Janet Barnes-Farrell, secretary, Ray Johnson, financial officer, Ann Marie Ryan, member-at-large and chair of the Long Range Planning Committee, Mike Burke, member-at-large, Katherine Klein, member-at-large, and our APA Council Reps, Georgia Chao, Neal Schmitt, Mary Tenopyr, Wayne Camara, and Kevin Murphy) assumed a huge responsibility when they agreed to run for SIOP office. Each has specific duties related to the office but also has general obligation for the stewardship of the Society. Bill and Angelo have been wonderful advisors to me throughout this year and probably kept me out of a lot of hot water that I didnt even know was out there. In addition, Bill took on responsibility for one of our newest and most important enhancements to the Conference, Technology Sunday. Our members-at-large had an unusual amount of work to do this year ranging from developing requests for Foundation money to planning our long-range planning session. Somehow, Ann Marie, Mike, and Katherine managed to do it all. Janet has ably served us all as secretary, and Ray has produced the most detailed financial analyses Ive ever seen. APA provides a wealth of opportunities and many perils for the inattentive. Georgia, now replaced by Kevin, Mary, and Neal have stayed on top of everything.

Our committee chairs do a tremendous amount of work throughout the year. This year, Tim Judge, chair of the Awards Committee, made it seem like an easy task to review the nominations of our brightest and best for SIOPs most important awards. Jan Cleveland, chair of the Fellowship Committee, did such a good job that she increased the number of nominations for fellowship to a record 22! There will be special place in heaven for all our TIP editors and Allan Church has been one of our best. His patience with late column writers is legendary. Mort McPhail, the chair of the State Affairs Committee, has taken on one of the most difficult committee chairmanships we have. Understanding state laws regarding licensure is complicated enough; then we added APA and the Licensure Task Force. Mickey Quiones, chair of the Education and Training Committee, shared responsibility for the Licensure Task Force while keeping all our Education and Training initiatives moving. Chair of the APA Program Committee is a demanding job and sometimes under appreciated by those of us who no longer attend APA. Janis Cannon-Bowers has ensured that SIOPs program at APA will be outstanding regardless of how many of us are there to enjoy it.

Laura Koppes, our historian, will go down in SIOPs history as the individual who made us aware of our intellectual inheritance and the importance of recording our legacy. Most importantly, Laura got on top of the paper and has shown us how to preserve that legacy. Beth Chung and Irene Sasaki, co-chairs of the Membership Committee, have the day-to-day responsibilities of looking at applications for new membership as well as creating new programs to orient our new members and integrate them into the Society. Dana McDonald-Mann, chair of the Committee on Ethnic and Minority Affairs, has worked hard this year to ensure we hear the voice of our ethnic minorities and is beginning some highly innovative projects to bring more ethnic minorities into I-O psychology.

The chairs of committees associated with the Conference are amazing. They handle hundreds of little details that most of us never considered. Despite the Conference being SIOPs biggest production, I hardly worry. Ive become complacent about the Conference Workshops. Thanks to Karen Paul, chair of the Continuing Education and Workshop Committee, there were few concerns about producing 16 high-quality workshops. Similarly, Im confident the program for the 2001 Conference will be one of the best thanks to Talya Bauer, chair of the SIOP program, and Adrienne Colella, the SIOP Program chair-in-Training. Linda Sawin, the chair of the Placement Committee, has done an excellent job of getting things ready for Conference placement activities as well as getting JobNet into successful operation. Of course, Ron Johnson, Conference chair, has done much of the heavy lifting related to the Conference.

Neal Schmitt, editor of the Organizational Frontiers Series, and Eduardo Salas, editor of the Professional Practice Series, continue to produce excellent books. In addition, Eduardo has initiated a new series, HR Solutions. (See below.)

Steve Brown has ably led the Scientific Affairs Committee in developing comments on APAs Test Users Qualifications and on the Department of Labors O*Net data collection proposal. Deidre Knapp coordinated SIOPs comments on the APA Ethics Code revision. Like Steve, Wanda Campbell, chair of the Professional Practices Committee, is also involved with the Principles revision and the APA Ethics Code revision. In addition, Wanda has managed a wide variety of work ranging from coordinating member surveys to keeping an eye on APAs Task Force on Executive Coaching to providing direction for International Activities.

Our Foundation Committee is a real success story. Thanks to the able leadership of Irv Goldstein, chair of the Foundation Committee, and Paul Thayer, who represents the Foundation at Executive Committee meetings, we now have enough funds to begin our small grants program and seed important initiatives like Educating the Public.

The chairs of our ad hoc committees face the daunting task of figuring out what theyre supposed to do and doing it. Heather Fox, chair of the APA/APS Relations Committee, has kept us all informed about the activities of APA and APS that affect us and the opportunities those organizations provide for us. I would also like to recognize Dianne Maranto, who is an employee of APA, but gives freely of her own time to make sure that SIOP is aware of whats happening in APA. Because of Heather and Dianne, APA has probably never received so many comments and nominations from SIOP. Dave Dorsey, chair of the Electronic Communications Committee, has done outstanding work with our electronic communications developing plans for chat rooms and providing guidelines for their use. Jack Kennedy and Karen Barbera, the chair of the Professional Development Workshops, managed our first workshop featuring Mike Beer in Boston. Thanks to their hard work, this workshop was a success. Gary Carter, chair of the Visibility Committee, has the unenviable (and unpaid) task of figuring out how SIOP can be more visible to leaders in business, government, the military, and education. And, Dick Jeanneret, chair of the Principles Revision Committee, has led the task of revising an excellent piece of work and making it still better.

I also want to thank all the members of these committees for their hard work throughout the year. Just as the Executive Committee depends on committee chairs for information, advice, and implementation, the committee chairs depend on their committee members to help them get things done. Remember that youll be able to identify committee members at the Conference by their SIOP Volunteer pins. So, please take a moment to find out what people have done and thank them.

Almost last, but certainly not least, I want to thank and recognize the members of the Administrative Office staff (Lee Hakel, Esther Benitez, Gail Nader, Larry Nader, and Lori Peake) for their efforts throughout the year. These people really are the oil in our machine. Youll find them at the registration desk during the conference. Be sure and thank them, too.

Finally, Id like to thank someone who is not an elected officer, not a committee chair, not part of the paid Administrative Office staff. Ive learned this year how much pro bono work Milt Hakel does for the Society, and I suspect that most of you simply dont know that he is behind most of the computerization of the SIOP office. Without the software Milt and Larry have developed, we wouldnt have mechanized membership information and conference submission records. Instead, we would have a lot more people pushing paper.

Now, heres an update of whats happening in SIOP.

SIOP Planning 

In January 1998, the Executive Committee and a number of past presidents met for a long range planning session. Six strategic goals came out of that session:

Identity clarificationWhat is an I-O psychologist?

Education and professional development initiatives

Public policy initiatives

Visibility to educators and students

Visibility to business leaders

Globalization of I-O

In January 2001, the Long Range Planning Committee and all the current elected officers of SIOP met again to review our strategic goals and plans for the future. While we have made a lot of progress on most of these goals, I dont think were ready to check off any goal as completed. Were in the process now of putting together committees to assess the status of each goal and investigate what more we should be doing. Much more information will be forthcoming as these groups formulate specific actions, but Id like to make a few comments now and perhaps stimulate your thinking.

Identity clarification. Although the cynical among us may think that defining who we are and writing a mission statement are worthless, bureaucratic exercises, these tasks and subsequent products serve to guide the Society in many areas. Once we know who we are, we can develop membership criteria; we can write requirements for licensure; we can evaluate what activities are within the purview of a professional organization like SIOP. At the January meeting, each participant rewrote SIOPs mission statement. Katherine Klein, member-at-large, is pulling our attempts together into a draft of a revised mission statement. We will review and revise this statement again and should be sharing a new mission statement with the membership in the summer.

Education and professional development initiatives. SIOP has done a lot in the area of education and professional development. Since that 1998 meeting, weve developed an I-O module for introductory psychology, weve instituted master tutorials at the conference, and we sponsored a Professional Development Workshop in fall 2000. For many years, weve participated in the APA Convention program. Now, were starting to participate more in the APS program thanks to people like Rich Klimoski and Mike Coovert. Weve received seed money from the SIOP Foundation for an Educating the Public initiative where we provide information and tools to the general public about I-O subjects via the Internet. (Joan Brannick has agreed to lead the first effort.) Weve started working closely with APA and APS to get information about I-O psychology into their publications. Finally, were exploring ways that we can reach out to minority undergraduates and interest them in the field of I-O psychology.

The education initiatives we have attempted have been successful. Now we have to ask ourselves if there is an opportunity to improve or expand on what weve already done. In addition, we need to think about new opportunities for educating others and ourselves. One of the most exciting ideas Ive heard came from Milt Hakel, who suggested we consider sponsoring study tours in conjunction with the International Association of Applied Psychology meetings in Singapore in 2002 and the International Congress of Psychology in Beijing in 2004. (Be sure to attend the International Social Hour at the Conference if youd like to discuss this idea more.)

Public policy initiatives. This strategic goal has been one of the more difficult ones to achieve although were making some headway. We now have an ad hoc committee that is focused on public policy initiatives as well as visibility. The Visibility Committee is chaired by Gary Carter and has been successful in increasing visibility with press releases, I-O information in APA and APS publications, and a Media Resources Service, but truly influencing public policy seems to elude us. At the 1998 long-range planning meeting, we had visions of SIOP senior fellows lobbying our interests and CNN coming to us for expert commentary. This hasnt happenedyet. If you have ideas about how we can influence public policy initiatives, share your ideas with Gary and his committee. 

Visibility to educators and students. I believe that every educated person should know what an I-O psychologist is and that its SIOPs job to help students and educators alike learn about I-O psychology. Only when we have a critical mass of business executives and military and government leaders who are aware of I-O psychology can we hope to have some influence on business decisions or public policy. Were making progress here too with things like the I-O module for introductory psychology, but I suspect theres more that could be done.

Visibility to business leaders. Like our initiatives to become more visible to educators and students, our initiatives to become more visible to business leaders are off to a good start. Were beginning the Educating the Public initiative. Were issuing press releases about research that is of interest to the general public. A Consultant Locator Service that will help organizations find the right person to assist them in solving their problems is being finalized. Im just not sure were moving quickly enough. 

Globalization of I-O. SIOP is already an international organization. We have 254 Members, Associate Members, and Fellows who live outside the United States. We have 178 Foreign Affiliates. Yet, many of us believe there is more we can do to integrate SIOP with other countries I-O organizations, to encourage participation in international conferences, and to facilitate cross-cultural exchanges. Currently, the Membership Committee is looking at the criteria for membership in SIOP. To be a Member or Associate Member of SIOP, an individual must also be a member of APA, APS, or CPA (the Canadian Psychological Association). Should we extend membership to members of other psychological associations? There will be a committee that looks at international activities and opportunities relative to this strategic goal. In addition, we plan to ask those of you who attend the International Social Hour in what direction we ought to move. 

New Monograph Series: HR Solutions 

SIOP will be introducing a Professional Practice Monograph Series, which will be called HR Solutions. The monographs will be fundamental, how to books on HR topics like performance appraisal, surveys, selection, and so forth, that are aimed primarily at HR managers who lack our I-O training. In addition to providing managers with basic information about topics they are interested in, HR Solutions will provide us an opportunity to educate the public about what I-O psychology is and how the profession can help them do their jobs better. Eduardo Salas, the editor of the Professional Practice Series, and his editorial board are currently developing slates of nominations for editor and the editorial board of HR Solutions.


SIOPs periodic surveys of the membership produce extremely useful information that informs the Executive Committee about needs and desires of the membership and guides our expenditure of resources, both time and money. Three different surveys are in the works now.

Salary survey. In February, Members and Fellows should have received the 2001 Membership/Employment Survey. I hope everyone returned his or her survey by the March deadline. In addition to being interesting, the salary survey is a very useful tool for those of us who wonder what were worth or argue salary issues for ourselves and for the people who work for us. Many thanks to Gina Medsker at HumRRO for organizing this survey and to Jim Miller at Questar for printing and processing the survey.

New Member/CEMA Survey. The Membership Committee, co-chaired by Beth Chung and Irene Sasaki, and the Committee on Ethnic and Minority Affairs, chaired by Dana McDonald-Mann are jointly sponsoring a survey of new members and/or minority members. The focus of this survey is how we integrate people into the Society and encourage their participation. Look for this survey this summer.

General survey. Many standing and ad hoc committees have needs for information this year. Rather than deluge you with a large number of small surveys, the Professional Practices Committee chaired by Wanda Campbell will coordinate the general member survey. Janine Waclawski has very graciously agreed to chair the SIOP Survey Subcommittee. (You may remember that Janine and Allan Church managed the last membership survey that occurred at the end of 1999.) Janine is working with committee chairs now to develop questions. The survey will be distributed to the membership this fall.


By the time you get this issue of TIP, you will be packing your 208-page program for the Conference. Although some of you may have already come and gone, most of us will be anticipating visiting the 49 sponsors in the exhibit area, attending Technology Sunday, finding a new job at the Placement Center, participating in the doctoral consortium, presenting a paper, or learning something new at the vast array of panels, symposia, tutorials, and workshops. I expect this conference to be one of our best and look forward to seeing you there.

For many of us, the annual Conference is one of the best aspects of membership in SIOP. The Executive Committee is always seeking ways to improve the experience for everyone. As soon as the 2001 Conference is over, detailed planning for the new conference begins. Lee Hakel will visit the hotel for the 2002 Conference in Toronto this summer to begin making the final arrangements. The new Conference Committee will begin wrestling with Conference issues like what kind of commercialization is appropriate and what sort of enhancements should be made to the process for review and rating of submissions.

APA Ethics Code Revision 

Youre probably aware that the latest draft of APAs revised Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct is in the February Monitor. Deirdre Knapp is heading a subcommittee that will coordinate SIOPs official comments. You may also send your comments directly to the Ethics Code Task Force at APA. Comments are due by 5 PM April 30, 2001. 

Member-to-Member Program 

Over the years, SIOP has struggled to identify a good method for orienting new members to the Society and encouraging their participation. The Membership Committee and the Committee on Ethnic and Minority Affairs are finalizing a Member-to-Member Program in which a senior member will be a buddy to a new member. The Committees are working out the details of how people will be linked and information pamphlets that describe what a buddy is and is not. Look for information on this program soon.

Final Words 

The Executive Committee always welcomes your comments and suggestions. By the time you read this issue of TIP and send me your thoughts, I may be a lame duck or even a dead duck (as far as being president is concerned)! Fortunately (for me), Ill officially be a past president with a voice at the Executive Committee. So please send those comments to me, Bill Macey, or anyone else on the Executive Committee.

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