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From the Editor

Summertime and the Livin’ Is Easy

Lisa Steelman, Florida Tech

Many of us view summer as the time to slow down, relax, and breathe a little. Not so at SIOP! This issue of TIP is packed full of information, activity, and news from the members that make SIOP the premier professional organization for I-O psychologists all over the world.

We have an article by Stan Silverman, Russell Johnson, Nicole McConnell, and Alison Carr discussing their program of research on leadership arrogance. They provide information on the impact of arrogance in top leaders and how to assess and address leadership arrogance. Elizabeth Culhane, Patrice Reid, Loring Crepeau and Daniel McDonald discuss cross-cultural competence in the U.S. military. They share how the military is currently defining cross-cultural competence and some of the initiatives under way to ensure our military are “mission ready” to work in cultural contexts other than their own. Andrea Castiello d’Antonio discusses his view on the nature of the validity of unstructured interviews and George Yancey and Xuan Wang share the results of their study on the use of selection procedures by human resource executives with different backgrounds and training. For those of you suffering from summertime writer’s block, Nathan Bowling has contributed some advice for putting words on paper…or onto your computer screen.

The SIOP volunteers and executive board are also hard at work this summer, as they are throughout the year. You can read about many of SIOP’s activities in Doug Reynolds’ President’s column, Adrienne Colella’s piece on a new strategic planning advisory committee, Allen Kraut’s exciting news that SIOP’s book series will now be available electronically…and customizable. Zachary Horn shares information on SIOP’s new online network at my.siop. Tammy Allen, Fred Oswald, and Eunae Cho report on the results of the Science Advocacy Survey and some next steps identified by the Scientific Affairs Committee. In this issue you can also read Debra Major’s report from the APA Council of Representatives and Scott Highhouse’s announcement of the new editors for the Professional Practice and Organizational Frontiers series. Milt Hakel announces a new award to be given by SIOP for the first time in 2013: the Jeanneret Award for Excellence in the Study of Individual or Group Assessment.
Relive your 2012 SIOP conference experience through Lisa Finkelstein and Deborah Rupp’s recap of the events in San Diego and Tori Culbertson’s summary of attendee’s “ah-ha” moments. I am always amazed at how energized people are after attending the annual conference, and this year was no exception. Tori’s article nicely summarizes some of what you all took away from your experience. By all accounts, the conference indeed had great IMPACT. You can also see some photos taken at the conference and read about the new Fellows and award winners announced in San Diego. Congratulations to all! The planning committee is already hard at work on next year’s conference. Check out the timeline in Eden King’s 2013 preview.

This year’s Leading Edge Consortium, held in October in New Orleans, will focus on environmental sustainability at work. This conference will bring together a diverse array of interdisciplinary practitioners and scientists to discuss the “greening” of the workplace and help build I-O’s impact on this sprouting area (see cover photo). Read a preview of the LEC in this issue.

Your TIP Editorial Board has also been hard at work, producing yet another series of thought provoking articles. In the driver’s seat, Paul Muchinsky (The High Society) drives on about, you guessed, our use of the word “drive.” You might say he is driven to distraction on this one. Marcus Dickson (Max. Classroom Capacity) discusses the sometimes neglected topic of I-O psychology education at the undergraduate level. Tori Culbertson (Academics’ Forum) shares her personal “ah ha” that the much maligned service component of academic jobs isn’t all that bad, sometimes. Jessica Dinh and Allison Gabriel’s TIP TOPics column takes on the age-old question: how do students financially survive graduate school and is it all worth it?
Next we take you on an international trip. Stu Carr (Pro-Social I-O: Quo Vadis) starts us off in Geneva, Switzerland with an interview with Lichia Yiu who is President of the Center for Socio-Economic Development. Lichia discusses the role of I-O psychology in this important work. The next stop is Romania where Alex Alonso and Mo Wang (International Practice Forum) explore work stress auditing with Dragos Iliescu and Coralia Sulea. You will also stop in the Republic of Croatia with Lori Foster Thompson, Alex Gloss, and M. K. Ward (Spotlight on Global I-O) for Helena Hanizjar’s summary of I-O psychology in her country.

Back in the U.S., Scott Highhouse (History Corner) recounts Horace Secrist’s “discovery” of regression to the mean and discusses some modern-day examples of this phenomena. On the Legal Front, Eric Dunleavy and Art Gutman review Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. This is another challenge to affirmative action and the use of race in higher education admissions. After reading their piece, I am on the edge of my seat for a decision. Really, I am. Tom Giberson and Suzanne Miklos (Good Science-Good Practice) discuss the science and practice of leadership development for female leaders. They summarize some of the recent studies in this area, suggest implications for leadership development programs, and identify additional research that would be helpful to practitioners.

Speaking of practitioners, Rich Cober’s Practitioners’ Forum recounts a number of practitioner events and activities, at the SIOP conference and beyond. Particularly noteworthy is an upcoming study on career paths of I-O professionals. Rob Silzer and Chad Parson (Practitioner Perspectives) report on their analysis of 2011 SIOP membership data. Ever wonder where SIOP full members and Fellows received their doctoral degree or where they are currently working? Wonder no more!

With all this in the slow month of July, I can’t imagine what is in store for October! In the meantime, enjoy your summer, and remember life is sweeter in flip flops!