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Report on the Sixteenth Annual Doctoral Consortium

Martha Hennen
The Pittman McLenagan Group, L.C.

Donna Chrobot-Mason
University of Colorado at Denver

The 16th annual I-O Doctoral Consortium was held on Thursday, April 26, 2001, preceding the SIOP annual Conference in San Diego. It was our pleasure to host 39 advanced students representing 37 different doctoral programs. The students met their peers from other programs and participated in several sessions providing helpful advice from speakers who represented several professional avenues available within I-O psychology.

Our day began at 8:30 a.m. and ended at 4:30 p.m. After a welcome and introductory icebreaker and mixer session, Nancy Tippins discussed her experiences as an I-O psychologist working in industry, encouraging students to investigate their individual goals and identify opportunities for achieving those goals. Next, students attended one of two concurrent morning sessions. Steven Rogelberg conducted a dynamic interactive session investigating means of successfully combining good research and teaching activities in academia. Concurrently, Kathleen Lundquist discussed the influence of litigation on the pursuit of I-O psychology in applied practice. After lunch, John Hollenbeck discussed the publication process at Personnel Psychology, encouraging students to become active participants in publishing and reviewing work in the field. In the early afternoon, students and presenters had an opportunity to interact closely in informal roundtable sessions where each of the speakers hosted a small group discussion on a career-related topic. Students appreciated the opportunity for more informal interaction with the various presenters. The afternoon concurrent sessions featured Mike Campion providing practical tips on starting your own consulting business in I-O, while Stan Gully and Jean Phillips presented their slightly different perspectives on early careers in an academic setting. 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 very positive in their reactions to and evaluations of the Consortium. Not only were the attendees able to gain insight about careers and opportunities for working in I-O from prominent figures in the field, but they were also able to make new professional contacts and develop new friendships (we ate very well, too).

We would like to thank all of the presenters who graciously volunteered their time, insights, and energy. We are lucky to have such talented and dedicated professionals in our field willing to share their knowledge and experience, and the field is better for it. We also want to thank Lee Hakel and the SIOP Administrative Office, Ron Johnson, and Mickey Quiones for their help throughout the planning process.

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