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The Fifth Annual Junior Faculty Consortium Report (2010)

Mark C. Frame
Middle Tennessee State University

The Fifth Annual Junior Faculty Consortium (JFC) was held on Wednesday, April 7, 2010. Twenty-eight participants (up 7% from 2009) signed up to network with each other and hear from several luminaries in the field of I-O psychology. We began the consortium by getting to know one another. Participants completed a self-assessment, and we discussed our goals for the afternoon. After lunch, participants engaged in the “How I Managed the Tenure Process and Remained Reasonably Sane” with panelists Andi Lassiter, Bart Weathington, and Nathan Kuncel who, while discussing mentoring, encouraged us to each “find your own (Paul) Sackett.”

Two “Award-Winning Wisdom” panels were added to the JFC in 2010. The first focused on teaching and the second focused on research and service. For the “Award-Winning Wisdom—Teaching” panel, John Binning and Mikki Hebl discussed their teaching philosophies and strategies (we all had a laugh as we discovered that one key to being a good teacher is to use “Post-it” notes for lecture notes). For the “Award-Winning Wisdom—Research and Service” panel, Murray Barrick shared career advice relating to focusing research efforts, and Richard Klimoski discussed the often-underrated value of service as it relates to the careers of junior faculty.

The 2010 “Editorial Process” panel resulted in an extended, lively, and informative discussion. Five journals were represented and JFC participants were treated to the editorial insights of Allen C. Amason, Michael Burke, José M. Cortina, R. Duane Ireland, and Steve W. J. Kozlowski. The editors discussed the review process, submission processes, and submission statistics for their respective journals.

A postconsortium survey revealed that participants were generally pleased with the 2010 SIOP JFC, and 67% reported that they would attend similar panels at future SIOP conferences. Over 83% of those who are likely to attend the SIOP conference in 2011 said they would “consider participating in the 2011 SIOP JFC.” Participants appreciated the informal approach and enjoyed hearing from “well-known and respected presenters” and found the “in-depth discussions… helpful.”

The fifth anniversary of the SIOP JFC was a fun and productive way to kick off the silver anniversary of SIOP’s annual conference. The JFC continues to serve as a valuable opportunity for pretenure faculty to learn and develop their skills as instructors and researchers. The JFC participants are also actively communicating with each other using an online group created for the purpose on the “LinkedIn” networking Web site.

On behalf of the all of the 2010 JFC attendees, I thank the panelists for their time, effort, enthusiasm, and wisdom. My thanks also go out to Jessica Bagger, Wendy S. Becker, Joyce E. Bono, and James L. Farr for the time and effort they put into the first three SIOP JFCs. I would not have been able to organize and host the 2010 SIOP JFC without the help of the great people in the SIOP Administrative Office, Julie B. Olson-Buchanan, and the entire SIOP 2010 Annual Conference Steering Committee. I look forward to returning to Sweet Home Chicago for the 2011 SIOP JFC!