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From the Editor:  Welcome!

Debra A. Major
Old Dominion University

Welcome to a new volume and a new era of TIP. This is my first issue as TIP editor, a role Ill be fulfilling for the next 3 years. I couldnt be more pleased to be serving the Society in this way. Ill do my best to ensure that TIP remains a high quality publication and one of the best benefits of SIOP membership.

Id like to share a little bit about how I view TIP and my role as editor. I believe that TIP has done and should continue to do the following:

  • Supply information about SIOP activities, business, and members
  • Keep us current on whats hot in I-O psychology
  • Provide insightful information about social, legal, and political issues that affect the practice of I-O psychology
  • Furnish a link to the profession and our colleagues in between SIOP Conferences
  • Serve as an educational resource

I perceive the role of TIP editor as one of stewardship. As TIP editor, I do not intend to impose my personal tastes and preferences on the publication. My goal is to ensure that TIP contains something for everyone. I want TIP to continue to reflect the fact that there are different types of SIOP members (e.g., practitioners, academics, students, foreign affiliates) who have diverse interests and needs. Plans are in the works to conduct a formal survey of the entire SIOP membership regarding a variety of topics, including the types of things youd like to see in TIP. Most likely youll be seeing this survey in the fall. This is an advance plea for your participationplease complete the survey! If TIP is going to be representative of members interests and needs, we need to hear from a representative sample.

Continuous Improvement

With 11 more issues to go, I hope that each will be an improvement over the last. Dont be surprised to see changes from issue to issue. Lets start with the most readily apparent changethe cover. Of course, whether or not the new cover constitutes an improvement is a matter of personal taste, but I am very pleased with it and am greatly indebted to Gail Nader for her graphic design expertise. She was able to create this striking cover with minimal initial input from me. I believe I said something nebulous like, Lets design a cover that says 21st century. Id like to think I had something to do with the final product, but Gail definitely deserves the lions share of the credit.

A long-term goal for TIP is to reduce the number of pages in each issue in an effort to control costs and increase readership. When I asked for feedback regarding TIP in San Diego, the most common response was, Its too long! I dont have time to read it. By controlling the number of regular columns, reducing the frequency of certain columns, and limiting the length of submissions, I hope to enhance the quality and reduce the quantity of pages in TIP. Look for slimmer future issues.

I pride myself on being approachable and open to new ideas. If you have an idea for a TIP article and would like to discuss it before you get started, by all means contact me (e-mail works best, dmajor@odu.edu). If you submit an article to TIP, you can expect me to provide you with honest feedback and suggestions for improvement. And of course, if I think your article could be shorter and still be effective, Ill make suggestions for cutting the length. As a general rule of thumb, Id like to keep submissions under 7 pages single-spaced. Of course there will be exceptions, and youll see several in this issue. Be sure to remember that all submissions to TIP must be sent electronically.

Thank You for the Group Effort

Producing TIP is an enormous group effort. Id like to thank the new and returning columnists for their excellent work. Be sure to check out Peter Bachiochis debut column, On the Horizon. Also, note that Matt Barney has decided to make his Macro, Meso, Micro work a regular TIP column. Our TIP-TOPics column is being coauthored by three new student writers, Eyal Grauer from Bowling Green State University, and Marcus Butts and Nancy Yanchus from the University of Georgia.

In this issue, youll see continuing columns from Art GutmanOn the Legal Front, Lori Foster and Dawn RiddleEarly Careers, and Paul MuchinskyThe High Society. Also look for an encore edition of Steven Rogelbergs Informed Decisions.

Im deeply indebted to Allan Church for his guidance and support. The tremendous respect and admiration I have for Allan has only grown through working with him on TIP. Having experienced first hand what it takes to produce an issue of TIP, Id like to express my heartfelt appreciation for the fantastic job Allan has done over the past 3 years. Thank you so much, Allan!

Finally, my list of thank yous could not possibly be complete without acknowledging the support, hard work, and patience of Lee Hakel and Gail Nader. They are a critical part of making TIP happen, and Im sure this is just the first of many times Ill be expressing my gratitude for their efforts.

Finding the Information You Want in TIP

As a TIP reader, I know that finding the information you want in a 200-page publication can be challenging. For those of you who find the traditional organization of Table of Contents helpful, youll be pleased to see that it remains unchanged for now. Consistent with the Table of Contents, TIP is organized into three major sections: Featured Articles, Editorial Departments, and News and Reports. Featured Articles are items of potential interest to a broad range of SIOP members. Editorial Departments include all the regular columns written by members of the TIP editorial board. News and Reports contains reports from SIOP committee chairs and items about recent and future events of interest to SIOP members. We also have special sections for news about SIOP members (i.e., IOTAS), Conferences & Meetings, and Calls & Announcements.

For those of you whod like a little more assistance in finding items of interest to you in TIP, Ive created a list organized around ten themes. Borrowing heavily from Mike Cooverts User-Friendly Guide to TIP, this is my first experiment in helping you find the information you want. Feedback regarding its usefulness would be greatly appreciated.

Whats in this issue of TIP for me?

For Everyone
7       Bill Maceys First Presidential Message
156   SIOP Secretarys Report
21     Results of the SIOP Salary Survey
185   News about Members
53     Institutional Representation at SIOP Conferences
175   SIOP Members in the News
179   New SIOP Members

For Students (and those who teach them)
84     TIP-TOPics Student Column
38     Graduate Assistant Stipends
77      Learning is More Important than Teaching

Perspectives on Practice
50     Implications of the Slowing Economy
69     Multicultural Competencies
63     Cognitive Task Analysis
99     Normative Comparisons and Percent Favorables
95     Strategic Advantage through HR

Professional Development
120   Importance of Writing Skills
152   Talking with the Media
47     Finding Your Dream Job
142   Licensing Mobility
187   Conferences and Meetings
189   Calls and Announcements

Legal Issues
153   Use of Banding
105   Restrictions on ADA and ADEA

SIOP Initiatives
147   Consultant Locator System
170   Fellow Nominations
144   Member-to-Member Program
154   Revision of the SIOP Principles
177   Bylaws Amendment

SIOP Conference 2001
14     Photo Highlights of the SIOP 2001 Conference
159   Award Winners
164   New Fellows
158   Doctoral Consortium 

SIOP Conference 2002
174   Going Electronic

APA Information
131   APA Conference: Division 14 Program
139   APA Conference: Division 4 Program
184   APA Activities & Initiatives

Humor
42     Graduate School versus Working World
114   The High Society

 

I hope you enjoy this issue of TIP. I look forward to receiving your comments, feedback, and submissions (dmajor@odu.edu).

 

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