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SIOP's Program Lineup for the 27th Annual Conference

Deborah Rupp
Program Chair, SIOP 2012 San Diego
Purdue University

The 2012 SIOP conference program in San Diego promises to be outstanding!  We had a huge number of submissions this year representing a wide range of topics. In addition, the Program Committee has been working since the last conference to assemble a quality collection of Friday Seminars, Communities of Interest, invited speakers, a full-day Theme Track, and other special events, which will compliment the hundreds of high quality, peer-reviewed sessions showcasing I-O psychology research, practice, theory, and teaching-oriented content.  Below is a summary of what has been slated thus far.

Invited Addresses  (Chair, Evan Sinar)
This year we will feature several invited sessions and addresses throughout the conference.  Please note, the term “invited” refers to the presenter, not the audience—come one, come all to these very special sessions!  (Also be sure to check out Lisa Finkelstein’s article highlighting Albert Bandura’s closing plenary address).

• Large-Scale Impact in Intelligence, National Security, and Defense
 (Elizabeth Kolmstetter [Chair], Stephanie Platz-Vieno, John Mills, Jeffrey Neal)
 From the global war on terror to cybersecurity to protecting our borders, workforce programs are top priorities. Impact through selection and performance, learning and readiness applications, and culture transformation are found in intelligence, national security, and defense arenas. Senior government leaders will discuss these and challenge our field with emerging needs.
• Working as Human Nature (Howard Weiss)
 Working, as an activity, can be understood as an essential way in which humans engage with their environments, separate from the institution of work. This talk discusses the implications of this conceptualization for the psychology of working and for the place of work psychology within the broader field of psychology.
• Women as Leaders:  Negotiating the Labyrinth (Alice Eagly)
 Women have gained considerable access to leadership roles and are increasingly praised for excellent leadership skills. Nevertheless, women can still face particular impediments as leaders and potential leaders. This apparent mix of advantages and disadvantages reflects progress toward gender equality as well as its lack of attainment.
 IGNITE Lightning Round: I-O Psychology’s IMPACT on People’s Working Lives (Presenters: TBA, Autumn Krauss [chair])
 In this invited sequel, presenters have 5 minutes and 20 automatically progressing slides to share experiences where I-O psychology meaningfully impacted people’s working lives. Practitioners and academics tell their most compelling stories about the individuals their work has influenced. Come be reminded why so many of us became I-O psychologists.
• Managing the Aging Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities
 (Donald M. Truxillo [Co-Chair], Franco Fraccaroli [Co-Chair], Annet de Lange, Lisa M. Finkelstein, Ruth Kanfer, José María Peiró, Mo Wang
 Industrialized nations are facing both opportunities and challenges due to delayed retirements and the aging workforce. This special session, based on an international meeting of researchers this past fall, brings together top experts on the aging workforce to provide insights and recommendations for keeping workers healthy, engaged, and productive.
• Can the SIOP Conference Be Relevant Throughout Your Entire Career? (Robin Cohen, Lisa M. Finkelstein [Co-Chairs])
 Is our conference appealing to individuals at different career stages?  Anecdotal evidence and survey results suggest a perception that SIOP is geared toward certain career levels and that SIOP attendees from different cohorts “do” SIOP differently. Is this accurate, and what can SIOP conference planners do? Come share your ideas.

Thursday Theme Track: Science and Practice Perspectives on Contemporary Workplace Discrimination (Chair: Eden King)
The Thursday Theme Track is a conference within a conference, delving deep into a cutting-edge topic or trend, and is designed to appeal to practitioners and academics alike. Multiple, integrated sessions (e.g., invited speakers, panels, debates) are scheduled back to back throughout the day in the same room. Though you may want to stay all day to take advantage of the comprehensive programming and obtain continuing education credits for participation in the full track, you may also choose to attend just the sessions of most interest to you. As of this writing (October), the following sessions are confirmed:

• Keynote:  SIOP and EEOC:  Finding Common Ground. Jacqueline Berrien, Chair of the EEOC
• Reducing Workplace Discrimination: Legalistic, Training, and Business-Case Perspectives (Art Gutman, Mark Roehling, Donna Chrobot-Mason, Wayne Cascio, Aparna Joshi)
 Using a devil’s advocacy format, speakers will present arguments in favor of and against legalistic, training, and business-case approaches to reducing discrimination. This problem-solving session will attempt to determine what I-O psychologists and corporate leaders can do to maximize the effectiveness of dominant approaches to reducing discrimination.
• Settling Workplace Discrimination Cases: The Dos, Don’ts, Costs, and Benefits (Brad Seligman, Geoff Weirich, Greg Mitchell, David Cohen, Dave Corpus)
 Because discrimination litigation is time consuming and costly, the end goal may be settlement. This panel brings together a group of experts from diverse disciplines to demonstrate a mock settlement negotiation, discuss recent trends, review settlement strategies, and inform on how I-O psychologists play important roles in this process.   
• Narrowing the Science–Practice Gap for Workplace Discrimination (Ondra Berry, Mikki Hebl, Patrick McKay, Nancy Tippins, Renee Yuengling)
 This interactive panel session and town hall discussion will promote dialogue between scholars and practitioners about the needs and desires of each side for knowledge generation about discrimination. Notable scholars and practitioners will describe successful partnerships and strategies for practical scholarship and evidenced-based practice.
• Scholarly Reflections on the Past, Present, and Future of Discrimination (Art Brief, Madeline Heilman, Ann Marie Ryan, Paul Sackett, Kecia Thomas)
 Leading scholars will discuss advances in understanding of workplace discrimination, how emergent trends are shaping discourse surrounding workplace discrimination, and key steps for research. This session, which includes audience participation, will generate a research agenda that improves understanding of workplace discrimination and tools for its eradication.

Friday Seminars (Chair: Ashley Walvoord)
The Friday Seminars are invited sessions that focus on cutting-edge topics presented by prominent thought leaders. The Friday Seminars offer CE credits and require advance registration and an additional fee. This year’s seminars will present the following topics:

• Global I-O: Developing an International Curriculum (Richard Griffith, José Maria Peiró, Lori Foster Thompson)
• The Science and Practice of Workplace-Mentoring Relationships (Tammy Allen, Lillian Turner Eby)
• Quasi-Experimentation in Organizations (Dan Ganster, John Schaubroeck)
• Followership: The Missing Link in Our Understanding of Leadership (Ron Riggio, Mary Uhl-Bien)

Master Collaboration Session (Chair: Adam Ortiz)
Increasing collaboration between researchers and practitioners is critical for informing organizational practice and advancing our theories. Indeed, “Impact” is Adrienne Colella’s presidential theme this year. To further the collaborations between science and practice, there will be two presentations during the Master Collaboration session:

• An Academic–Practitioner Collaboration to Assess Entrepreneurial Personality (John Bradberry, Bartholomew Craig)
 This presentation will describe the development of a new measure of personality factors related to entrepreneurial success. The vision for the project originated in the practitioner world, with an academic researcher being brought in to provide technical expertise. Issues related to working across the academic–practitioner divide will be discussed.
• Innovating New Frontiers: An Internal–External Partnership to Innovate Best-in-Class Executive Coaching Management Through Technology (Erica Desrosiers, Brian O. Underhill)
This presentation will focus on the collaboration process required to create a not-yet-existing executive coach management system commissioned by PepsiCo. The unique challenges encountered in developing a first-of-its-kind technology is explored, highlighting the collaborative iterative creative process between internal and external practitioner.

Communities of Interest (COI) Sessions (Chair: John Donovan)
There will be 13outstanding Community of Interest (COI) sessions.  These are sessions designed to create new communities around common themes or interests.  These sessions have no chair, presenters, or discussant.  Instead, they are informally moderated by one or two facilitators.  These are great sessions to attend if you would like to (a) meet potential collaborators, (b) generate new ideas, (c) have stimulating conversations, (d) meet some new friends with common interests, and (e) develop an informal network with other like-minded SIOP members. Topics for this year’s COI sessions include:   

• I-O and Human Systems Integration (Howard Weiss, Barbara Wanchisen)
• Workplace Incivility (Vicki Magley, Michael Leiter)
• Future Directions in Work Motivation (Aaron Schmidt, K. D. Zaldivar)
• Employment Interviews: Best Practices (Allan Huffcutt, Mike Campion)
• Work–Family Issues (Tammy Allen, Andrew Biga)
• Employment Branding (Edward Zuber, Leo Brajkovich)
• The Virtual Workforce (Andrea Goldberg, Tim Golden)
• Corporate Social Responsibility (Daniel Turban, David Jones)
• Strategic HRM (Greg Stewart)
• Faking and Personality Testing (Richard Griffith, Matthew O’Connell)
• Developing Leadership in Organizations (Cindy McCauley, Beverly Dugan)
• Cross-Cultural Issues/Research (Linn Van Dyne, Patrick Kulesa)
• Employment Law/EEOC (Arthur Gutman, Eric Dunleavy)

Featured Posters
We will showcase the top 20 rated posters at an evening all-conference reception. Come view some of the best submissions to the conference in a relaxed setting with the presenters.

Continuing Education Credits
The annual conference offers many opportunities for attendees to earn continuing education credits, whether for psychology licensure or other purposes.  SIOP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and also is an HR Certification Institute Approved Provider of PHR/SPHR/GPHR recertification credits for HR professionals.  Information about the many ways to earn CE credit at the SIOP annual conference can be found at http://www.siop.org/ce and will be continually updated as more information becomes available.

Thank you!
The annual conference is an incredible team effort involving over 1,100 volunteers.  I am in awe of the dedication of our Program Committee members. I would like to especially thank Past Program Chair, Mariangela Battista, and Program Chair-in-Training Eden King, in addition to Invited Sessions Chair Evan Sinar and our other strategic subcommittee chairs Dana Dunleavy, John Donovan, Ashley Walvoord, and Adam Ortiz. As I write this, 1,165 SIOP members are reviewing 1,437 SIOP submissions. We are indebted to all of the reviewers for their time and commitment. Finally and as always, none of this would be possible without the outstanding coordination and efforts of SIOP Executive Director David Nershi, Membership Services Manager Tracy Vanneman, IT Manager Larry Nader, and the entire SIOP Administrative Office staff.  They have always been ready, willing, and available to help at a moment’s notice. Collectively, all these individuals comprise what we have come to call “the SIOP Army.” Many, many thanks to all of them.

We hope to see you in San Diego!