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Secretarys Report 

Janet Barnes-Farrell 

The fall meeting of SIOPs Executive Committee and Committee Chairs was held on September 89, 2001 in Chantilly, Virginia. Highlights of decisions and topics of discussion at the meeting follow.

President Bill Macey initiated a conversation about the possible roles of students on SIOP committees. As an outcome of the discussion, the Membership Committee will develop a proposal for how and when students should be included on committees, and how they should be recognized for their service to the Society.

Elaine Pulakos announced that the HR Solutions Series has been renamed the Solutions Series. The series, for which she has agreed to serve as editor, is intended to be useful for managers and will be marketed to business schools and similar outlets, but also in bookstores (e.g., Borders). A primary goal of this series is to increase the visibility and accessibility of I-O psychology to a broader audience. A motion to authorize the Solutions Series to offer royalties to authors of the Solutions Series was not approved. There was extended debate about the philosophy of providing financial compensation to authors and acceptable mechanisms for allowing authors to receive compensation.

A request to support the development of the Coalition for Academic, Scientific, and Applied Psychology (CASAP) Nominee Roster was approved. The nominee roster is intended to promote candidates for governance positions in APA (e.g., by nominating slates of SIOP members for various APA boards and committees).

Heather Fox reported that we were successful in nominating two candidates to an APA task force on testing on the Internet. In addition to Fritz Drasgow, who will chair the task force, Mark Schmit will serve as a member of the task force. She also reported that APA is quite interested in I-O-oriented workshops to be presented at the APA conference.

The Member-to-Member program has been launched and seems to be working well so far. Responses have been quite enthusiastic.

The results of the new-member survey showed indications that many new members do not believe that SIOP does a good job of integrating new members. The results of the minority-member survey were quite similar to those of the new-member survey. New members primarily seemed to be interested in additional information; minority members seemed to be primarily interested in proactive actions to promote diversity. A number of suggestions for responding to these issues emerged during a discussion of the survey results.

In a discussion about the Societys membership goals, it was suggested that a crucial issue is encouraging new graduates to join the Society immediately upon graduation. Toward this end, it would be helpful to get insight into the reasons that students do not turn their affiliate status into member status upon graduation.

A proposal from the Education and Training Committee to initiate a new Educator Forum (similar to the current Practitioner Forum) as a regular feature of the SIOP Conference was endorsed. To increase communication about education-related issues, the Education and Training Committee is also working on a proposal for an I-O program directors listserv.

Rosemary Hays-Thomas reported that APA Conference Program themes for 2002 for the cluster of divisions with which SIOP is associated are fairness and technology. We will focus on developing programming that provides opportunities for CE credits for I-O, programs that include but go beyond I-O, and licensure.

Adrienne Colella reported that the SIOP Program for 2002 has moved to an online program submission process this year. One innovation that has been particularly successful is the use of e-mail to solicit reviewers; feedback about the inclusiveness of this process has been very positive.

The Conference Planning Committee is doing research on conference attributes that are important to SIOP members in order to provide data for long-term planning of conference locations. The committee is considering alternative models for conference planning and administration, including contracting with a professional conference planning service and investigating alternative venues.

Karen Barbera has gathered information about continuing education options that are being offered by other organizations. One of those options is to designate some of our conference sessions as providing CE credit. The Professional Development Workshop Committee will develop a proposal for identifying continuing education sessions to be offered during the 2003 conference. They will also pursue several other options for assisting with professional development, including development of a professional development opportunities calendar and investigation of interest among local organizations for cosponsoring CE events.

Mort McPhail reported that the Licensure Task Force has prepared a response to the Report and Recommendations of the APA Commission on Education and Training Leading to Licensure. The response, which offers proposed amendments to the Commissions recommendations, has been discussed and approved by the Executive Committee. The amendments recommend an alternative route for identifying whether a program provides acceptable educational experiences and recommend an alternative supervised experience requirement for nonclinicians. There was a discussion of various back-up positions for the Society, should these amendments not be adopted, and actions that the Society can/should take in the next few months.

Long Range Planning Committee members are currently developing a request for renewal of our recognition as a specialty area in professional psychology. (Our current recognition status expires in 2002.)

The Professional Practice Committee has been gathering information about non-I-O psychologists working in areas also practiced by I-O psychologists. In particular, the committee is currently focused on executive coaching.

Wanda Campbell reported that the 2002 Member Survey will be administered online; the committee anticipates a mid-autumn distribution of the survey to the membership.

The Principles Revision Task Force plans to have a draft of the revised Principles document available to the membership by January 15. An open discussion session will be held during the Conference in Toronto, and comments will be received by April 22.

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

 

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