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2012 SIOP Award Winners

The SIOP Awards Committee and Executive Board are delighted to present the 2012 SIOP award winners. The following individuals were recognized for their outstanding contributions to I-O psychology at the 2012 annual conference in San Diego. Congratulations to all of the award winners.

Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award: Practice
Jennifer L. Geimer, Human Resources Research
Organization (HumRRO)

In only 6 years of postdoctoral experience, Dr. Geimer has earned a growing reputation as an exemplary scientist–practitioner. Her work emphasizes practical solutions that are scientifically and professionally supportable in various domains, including job analysis, personnel selection, and leadership assessment, as well as occupational stress and health. At HumRRO she has worked with a variety of clients, particularly federal government agencies, where her work has resulted in greater efficiencies and effectiveness. One colleague describes her as having “exceptional technical expertise and a strong work ethic, coupled with superior attention to detail and drive…and an outstanding foundation in all aspects of I-O psychology.” She is active in the professional community, publishing her research in peer-refereed publications such as Journal of Applied Psychology, presenting at conferences, and serving on committees for SIOP and Personnel Testing Council/Metropolitan Washington. Given her energy and ability to integrate research and practice, it is clear that Dr. Geimer has the capability for a bright and distinguished future.

Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award: Science
Mo Wang, University of Florida

With an impressive record of scholarly publications and prestigious research awards, Dr. Wang is considered a rising figure in industrial and organizational psychology. He has been extremely productive since receiving his doctorate in 2005 from Bowling Green State University, having published 41 peer-reviewed journal articles, including 12 in top-tier journals, and has written or edited five books and produced numerous book chapters. His main stream of research examines the adjustment process for people facing significant work-related changes, using sophisticated statistical methods and research design, thus enabling rigorous and creative investigation. Specifically, he has studied adjustment processes in older worker employment and retirement, expatriate management, and temporal-based, work-related stress coping. His work has generated important implications for related areas of research and practice in I-O. Dr. Wang has also received numerous awards for his research from the Academy of Management, and his research has been cited and reported in the popular media, including the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

Distinguished Professional Contributions Award
Eduardo Salas, University of Central Florida

Dr. Salas has been a prolific contributor to the practice of I-O in applied settings, illustrating how good science can have a significant impact when translated and applied to real organizational needs in meaningful and practical ways. His expertise includes helping organizations to foster teamwork, design and implement team training strategies, facilitate training effectiveness, develop safety cultures, and design learning environments. His work has directly changed practice in the military, medical, and aviation arenas, as well as various corporate sectors such as banking and energy. For example, his team training research and practice guidelines have been an energizing force for changes in both the aviation and medical fields, which have led to widely adopted procedures that have helped save lives. A past president of SIOP and a SIOP Fellow, he has written or coauthored more than 350 journal articles and book chapters, coedited 20 books, and has served on editorial boards of several major journals.

Distinguished Service Contributions Award
Donald M. Truxillo, Portland State University

Dr. Truxillo exemplifies a career of dedicated service to SIOP. He began as a program committee member reviewing papers for the annual conference and has played major roles in the success of the conference since serving as Program Chair-in-Training in 2002. A year later as Program Chair, his leadership led to several innovations that included introducing the “interactive posters” concept, further developing an “editorial board” of reviewers, and completing the electronic submissions process. During his years of service he was instrumental in several more innovations, including programs to welcome new members to the conference and special “how-to” sessions. He was conference chair from 2004–2006, and during that time helped introduce the Communities of Interest, the Junior Faculty Consortium, and the Doctoral Consortium Reunion. He works tirelessly behind the scenes on behalf of SIOP, having served on the Executive Board and currently as Chair of the International Affairs Committee. SIOP has truly benefited from Dr. Truxillo’s high standards of service.

Distinguished Teaching Award
Talya N. Bauer, Portland State University

Dr. Bauer is recognized for the value she provides as an educator, innovator, and mentor. She is a popular teacher as shown by the consistently high ratings she receives. Her innovative work also includes coauthoring online textbooks and a graphic novel that is the first of its kind to encompass key concepts and theories from research using an ongoing storyline. These textbooks have been widely acclaimed for the effective way they promote student learning.  Dr. Bauer was among the first at Portland State to recognize how service-learning initiatives could be used as effective learning tools by creating student–community partnerships to develop meaningful experiences. She has also been a leader in incorporating online teaching and learning in a meaningful way. But perhaps her most important contribution has been mentoring doctoral and undergraduate students through their research projects and papers. She is generous with her time and has coauthored with students on nearly half of her 46 journal articles.

Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award
Robert G. Lord, University of Akron

Dr. Lord has made important contributions using cognitive science, and more recently neurocognitive science, to understand leadership processes, self-regulation, emotions, and identity as they affect applied work and social processes. His groundbreaking work on “implicit leadership theories” has had an enormous impact on how leadership is perceived. It has given a perspective that has modified and provided depth to the conventional understanding of leadership, the meaning of subjective measures of leadership behavior, and the influence of leaders on the way they are viewed by subordinates. Building on his extensive research on control theory, the framework for self-regulation published in the 2010 Annual Review of Psychology was widely considered to be influential in shaping future research in that area. He has published three books and more than 120 chapters and articles in refereed journals, served on several editorial boards, and chaired the dissertations of 42 I-O psychology students.  Dr. Lord “is one of the most important and influential leadership researchers in the past 35 years,” said one nominator.

S. Rains Wallace Dissertation Award

Kristen M. Shockley (Baruch College, City University of New York) is the winner of the best dissertation award for her work entitled “You Can't Always Get What You Want, But Does It Matter? The Relationship Between Pre-Child Preferences and Post-Child Actual Labor Division Fit and Well-Being.”



Robert J. Wherry Award for the Best Paper at the IOOB Conference

The winner of the best paper (and poster presentation) for the IOOB 2011 Conference is Andrea Marsden (University of Missouri-St. Louis). Her poster was titled “Personality and E-Mentoring: Unconvering New Relationships.”



Hogan Award for Personality and Work Performance

Brian S. Connelly (University of Toronto) and Deniz M. Ones (University of Minnesota) receive the innaugural Hogan award for their article “An Other Perspective on Personality: Meta-Analytic Integration of Observers’ Accuracy and Predictive Validity.” Psychological Bulletin, 136(6), 1092–1122.



Wiley Award for Excellence in Survey Research

The 2012 Wiley award is given toThe Google Team made up of Bailey O'Donnell, Brian Welle, Heidi Binder, Jeffrey Ehrenberg, Jennifer Kurkoski, Judith Hoban, Kathryn Dekas, Katie Bentley, Leena Khan, Michelle Donovan, Neal Patel, Nicole Nussbaumer, Prasad Setty, and Sarah Choi for their project entitled “Upward Feedback Survey and Project Oxygen Research.”



M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace

Jeff W. Johnson (Personnel Decisions Research Institutes), Kenneth T. Bruskiewicz (Personnel Decisions Research Institutes), Jeffrey D. Facteau (PreVisor), Amy P. Yost (Capital One), and Robert Driggers (Capital One) receive the 2012 Myers award for their work entitled “A Synthetic Validation Approach to Developing Unique Test Batteries for Multiple Jobs.”

Raymond A. Katzell Award in I-O Psychology

This award recognizes a SIOP member whose research and expertise addresses a societal and workplace issue and has been instrumental in demonstrating the importance of I-O related work to the general public. The 2012 recipient is Piers Steel (University of Calgary), whose research on procrastination has gained significant public exposure in media outlets throughout the world. His article entitled “The Nature of Procrastination” and subsequent book, The Procrastination Equation, continue to receive extensive coverage in a wide range of publications including the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Toronto Globe and Mail, and Chicago Tribune as well as stories and mentions in other major international newspapers and magazines. His book identifies the major sources of procrastination as low self-confidence, task aversiveness, and impulsiveness. He also reaches the public with blogs that appear in Psychology Today. His science-based expertise on the inherent tendency of people to delay decisions is frequently sought by reporters and makes his work exemplary of the diversity of the I-O profession.

William A. Owens Scholarly Achievement Award

The 2012 Owens Award is given to Bruce L. Rich (California State University San Marcos), Jeffrey A. LePine (Arizona State University), and Eean R. Crawford (University of Iowa) for their article “Job Engagement: Antecedents and Effects on Job Performance,” Academy of Management Journal, 53, 617–635.

John C. Flanagan Award

The award for best student poster at the SIOP conference goes to Justin Feeney (University of Western Ontario) for his poster entitled “Gender Differences in Job Interview Anxiety, Performance, and Coping Styles.” (His coauthors are Richard Goffin [University of Western Ontario] and Julie McCarthy [University of Toronto].)



Sidney A. Fine Grant for Research on Job Analysis

Lori Foster Thompson and Alexander Gloss receive the 2012 Fine award for their proposal “The Effects of Culture on Economic
Development and Jobs.”

Best Poster on Lesbian/Gay/ Bisexual/ Transgender (LGBT) Issues at the SIOP Conference

Soner Dumani, Evgeniya Pavlova, and Zhiqing Zhou (all of University of South Florida) receive this award for their paper entitled “LGBT-Supportive Organizational Policies and Organizational Attractiveness.”

Lee Hakel Graduate Student Scholarship

Neil A. Morelli (University of Georgia) is awarded the 2012 Hakel scholarship for his project, “The Delivery of Unproctored, Online Assessments via Mobile and Non-Mobile Devices: A Comparison of Construct Validity, Performance, and Sub-Group Differences in a Cross-Cultural  Sample.”



Mary L. Tenopyr Graduate Student Scholarship 

The 2012 Tenopyr scholarship goes to Kristin R. Sanderson (Florida International University) for her research, “Time Orientation in Organizations: Polychronicity and Multitasking.”



Graduate Student Scholarships 

Jia (Jasmine) Hu (University of Illinois at Chicago) is awarded a Foundation scholarship for her work, “A Team-Level Social Exchange Model:  The Antecedents and Consequences of Leader–Team Exchange.”



Kristen P. Jones (George Mason University) receives her graduate student scholarship for her research, “From Baby Bump to Stressful Slump: An Episodic Model of Identity Management Behaviors in Pregnant Employees.”



Small Grants

Alyssa McGonagle (Wayne State University), Joy Beatty (University of Michigan, Dearborn), and Rosalind Joffe (CICoach.com, not pictured) receive their grant for research entitled “Delineating and Evaluating Coaching for Workers With Chronic Illness.”
(Note: The authors would like to acknowledge Dr. Janet Barnes-Farrell [University of Connecticut] for her work in the planning stages of this project.)


Masakatsu Ono (Claremont Graduate University), Cynthia L. Sherman (Claremont Graduate University), Emi Makino (Claremont Graduate University), and Robert Evans (Independent Consultant, not pictured) are awarded a Foundation grant for their project, “Experience Sampling Method (ESM) and Daily Diary Recollection: A Comparison Study Using Smartphones.”


Helen Hailin Zhao (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University), M. Susan Taylor (University of Maryland), Cynthia Lee (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University & Northeastern University), Jingxin Lin (PEM [Chuangzhuo] Management Consulting Ltd.) are awarded a small grant for their project “Employees’ Attitudes and Behaviors in Leader Transition and Subsequent Organizational Changes.”


Thomas A. O’Neill (University of Calgary), Rhys Lewis (Sigma Assessment Systems), and Julie Carswell (Sigma Assessment Systems, not pictured) are awarded a small grant for research on “Combating Preemployment Personality Test Faking Using the Forced-Choice Format.”