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Secretarys Report 

Janet Barnes-Farrell 

The Winter meeting of the SIOP Executive Committee and committee chairs was held on January 20 and 21, 2001 in Houston, TX. Highlights of decisions and topics of discussion at the meeting follow. 

1. The revised version of the APA Ethics Code will be in the February edition of the APA Monitor, along with instructions for making comments. A response will be provided on behalf of the Society; members who are interested are also encouraged to respond as individuals.

2. The outcome of the APA apportionment ballot was a loss of one seat for Division 14. Thus we will only have one APA representative slot on the ballot this spring.

3. Gary Carter has been appointed to an APA Task Force on Psychology in the Workplace. Lois Tetrick has been appointed as a liaison to the APA Presidential Initiative on Health Care and Policy: Psychology Builds a Healthy World: Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families, Healthy Communities. Please send information about people who are working on issues of health in the workplace to Dr. Tetrick (ltetrick@uh.edu).

4. Heather Fox facilitated a discussion of ways that SIOP can collaborate with APS to increase I-O representation in various APS outlets. In response to interest from APS, the Executive Committee authorized the appointment of a chair-in-training who will become chair for I-O programming at the APS conference. In discussion of other ways that we can increase our visibility in APS and APA, Paul Thayer suggested that members consider preparing brief articles on our areas of expertise (2,000 words) and submit them to Alan Kazdin, editor of the APS journal Current Directions in Psychological Science. These articles have the potential to have impact in Introductory Psychology classes. Similarly, SIOP members were encouraged to forward story ideas to Gary Carter (Visibility) who is in touch with Sarah Martin at the APA Monitor.

5. A motion for the Society to endorse the Decade of Behavior was approved. Ways to participate in the Decade of Behavior will be explored.

6. Revision of the Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures is currently underway. When a draft revision is ready, it will be made available to any SIOP member who requests a copy.

5. A buddy program aimed at new members is being developed by the Membership Committee. The objective is to help new members learn about SIOP and to provide a source of early career advice.

6. The Executive Committee approved a recommendation to change the name of Foreign Affiliate to International Affiliate. This will require an amendment to the bylaws.

7. The Consultant Locator System, currently being piloted, is expected to be fully operational by April.

8. The JobNet online placement service went operational on December 11. Response to date has been excellent, particularly from employers.

9. Mort McPhail and Mickey Quiones described the ongoing work of the Licensing Task Force, which is charged with defining the meaning of a licensable I-O psychologist.

10. The Graduate Training Programs in I-O Psychology and Related fields continues to be amazingly popular. It is maintained and presented online and updates are entered on an ongoing basis. There are now 196 programs listed.

11. Talya Bauer reported that a total of 430 reviewers participated in reviewing over 800 submissions for the SIOP Conference program; approximately 500 proposals were accepted. All of our overflow hotels for the Conference are now full. SIOP will run buses to outlying overflow hotels. The Society will continue to contract for small blocks of rooms in area hotels; they will be posted on the Web as soon as we contract with them.

12. Nancy Tippins and Bill Macey led a discussion on reactions to increased commercialization at the SIOP Conference. There was general agreement that we need to explicitly communicate the scientific and educational purposes of the Conference and encourage presenters to respect that. A variety of strategies for dealing with the problem were identified, and a number of specific suggestions were generated for the Program Committee and the Continuing Education & Workshops Committee to consider.

If you have questions or comments, I encourage you to contact me directly by e-mail at Janet.Barnes-Farrell@uconn.edu or by phone (860) 486-5929.

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