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From the Editor:   SIOP the Next 25 Years: Ch, Ch, Ch, Changes or Keep on Keeping On?

Lisa A. Steelman
Florida Tech

I am delighted to bring you the summer 2010 issue of TIP. As we close out the 25th anniversary of the SIOP conference, join me in celebrating, one last time, 25 years as together we embark on the next 25 years. If the formal and informal conversations at the conference are any indication, many of you are thinking about what the future holds for I-O psychology. What sort of changes are in store for us, and how can we prepare ourselves, our companies, students, and clients?

The most immediate change you will surely notice is that you have a new editor. I am honored to be part of the team that brings you news about the Society and information about the issues that are important to you in your work. Many thanks to outgoing Editor Wendy Becker for her outstanding efforts to bring you a publication that is both informative as well as entertaining. My vision is to continue the tradition of TIP as a communication and information vehicle for SIOP’s members, whether you are practicing I-O psychology, teaching I-O psychology, doing research in I-O psychology, learning about I-O psychology, or all of the above.

In this issue we recap another successful and highly engaging conference. The feature articles and editorials look back at where we’ve been as well as look forward in anticipation of where we are going. So grab a refreshing drink, and sit back in your desk chair, easy chair, lawn chair, hammock, or beach blanket and enjoy the read.


New SIOP president Eduardo Salas kicks off this issue with a note about the theme for his presidency: celebrating our science and our practice. Ed’s goal is to introduce initiatives that bring together science and practice so both facets feed off each other and learn from each other. You will see several articles in this edition of TIP that support this theme.

I am pleased to feature a thought-provoking article by David Ulrich that recaps his plenary address that closed the 2010 conference. Dave’s article (a) celebrates our past by acknowledging the “knowledge warehouse” SIOP and its members have created over the years, (b) calibrates our present by commenting on the type of papers and symposia presented at the first conference in 1986 compared to those presented in 2009, and (c) presents several ideas for creating an informed future.

Also looking to the future, Richard Griffith and Mo Wang discuss the internationalization of I-O psychology and where they believe this trend will take us in terms of education and practice in I-O, Christopher J. Lake, Purnima Gopalkrishnan, Michael T. Sliter, and Scott Withrow discuss the latest incarnation of the Job Descriptive Index (JDI) and how researchers and practitioners can access this measure, and Nancy Tippins discusses best practices in global assessment programs. Katharine Ridgeway O’Brien Bachman, Marcus W. Dickson, Paul J. Hanges, Mikki Hebl, Cary Lichtman, and Eliza Wicher provide a recap of their popular symposium in their article about making the transition from master’s to PhD.

Don’t forget to read Charu Khanna and Gina J. Medsker’s report of the 2009 SIOP Income and Employment Survey results!

From the Editorial Board

The intrepid TIP Editorial Board joins the fun taking us back in time, as well as looking to the future. First, I want to extend a big thank you to Sylvia Roch (The Academics’ Forum) and Judith Blanton (Practitioners’ Forum) for their thoughtful columns and contribution to TIP—thank you! Second, I would like to introduce you to two new columnists: Satoris Culbertson and Joan Brannick. Satoris (aka Tori) will be taking over The Academics’ Forum, a column that discusses the unique issues associated with a career in academia. Her first piece takes us back in time for a look at academic lineages. Joan will be managing the Practitioners’ Forum, a column where practitioner needs and interests will be discussed, and the diverse and inventive practices of our colleagues will be highlighted. Her first column provides an inspirational perspective on how individuals and SIOP as a whole can create the future we want—both in the short term as well as the long term. Stay tuned!

In other columns, Paul Levy joins the History Corner and takes us back to the first SIOP conference in an interview with Stan Silverman, the first ever SIOP Conference chair. Art Gutman and Eric Dunleavy discuss the OFCCP settlement in the Bank of America discrimination case in On the Legal Front. In the Practitioner Perspectives column, Rob Silzer and Rich Cober highlight a fishbowl exercise conducted at the Atlanta SIOP conference to discuss the nature of the gap between science and practice, and generate ideas for bridging this gap. The Good Science–Good Practice column is one of TIP’s efforts to bring science and practice together. In this month’s column Jamie Madigan and Tom Giberson discuss the link between diversity research and diversity initiatives. In TIP-TOPics for Students, Christian Thoroughgood gives advice on how to create a 2-minute elevator speech that communicates what I-O psychology is and its value add, Lori Foster Thompson and Haitham Khoury shine the Spotlight on Global I-O on Lebanon, and Stuart Carr provides another inspirational interview, this time with Mathian (Mat) Osicki of IBM who discusses her sojourn to Nigeria.

News & Reports

Recapping SIOP 2010, you will find descriptions and pictures of the conference highlights and a review by Julie Olson-Buchanan and Sara Weiner—it was indeed a silver anniversary conference to remember. Mariangela Battista looks ahead to the SIOP program for 2011—get ready for another terrific conference in Sweet Home Chicago! You will also find information on SIOP’s continuing education initiatives from Jolene Skinner, and Doug Reynolds reports on the new SIOP Practice Resources wiki and how you can contribute. Finally, catch up with the news on your friends and colleagues in the announcement of new Fellows, award winners, SIOP Members in the News, and IOTAS.

As the authors in this edition suggest, there is a lot to celebrate in the science and practice of I-O psychology; we can indeed expect changes in the field, but through it all we will keep on keeping on!

If you have comments, feedback, or an idea for an article, please don’t hesitate to contact me at lsteelma@fit.edu!