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Setting Sail for San Diego!

27th Annual Conference: April 26–28, 2012
Preconference Workshops: April 25, 2012

Deborah E. Rupp
Purdue University

Lisa Finkelstein
Northern Illinois University

Can you believe it’s time to start planning for our annual conference already? We were still buzzing with excitement from the successful Chicago conference when we and our conference planning team headed to San Diego in June to check out the facility and location (fabulous!) and start planning another exciting year full of opportunities to learn, network, reconnect, and move our field forward.

The 27th Annual Conference is certainly not to be missed—mark your calendars right now and start planning your trip! In this article we will give you just the first taste of what’s in the works as our year of planning progresses. Stay tuned for full-blown highlights in the January issue of TIP.


For all of you who submitted proposals, the results of the peer reviews will be e-mailed in December.

Concurrent Sessions: Something for Everyone

The member-submitted, peer-reviewed sessions will always be at the heart of our conference. We will continue to have hundreds of peer-reviewed sessions featuring I-O psychology research, practice, theory, and teaching-oriented content. These sessions will be presented in a variety of formats including symposia/forums, roundtable/conversation hours, panel discussions, posters, debates, and master tutorials. In addition, we will have addresses from our SIOP award winners, key committee reports, and invited speakers.

Invited Addresses

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!

Plans for some of these sessions are still in the works. Here’s a sneak peek at some that are confirmed:

• Howard M. Weiss will be giving an invited address entitled “Working as Human Nature.” In his address he will argue that there is a way to define and think about working that pulls it apart from the traditional context of the institution of work and conceptualizes it as an essential feature of the way humans engage with their environments. He will talk about the implications of this conceptualization both for the immediate experience of working across traditional and nontraditional contexts, for the psychological study of the activity of working, and for the place of a psychology of working within the broader field of psychology.

• A day does not pass that we don’t read or hear about national security, intelligence community, and national defense efforts. With cyber threats high, the takedown of Bin Laden, and 10 years since 9-11, we know that I-O psychologists have played, and continue to play, key roles in this arena. Elizabeth Kolmstetter, from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, is assembling a panel that will represent the CIA, Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense to bring a “behind the curtain” look at how our field is directly supporting these efforts, and having big impact.

• We are thrilled to be featuring the second annual Lightning Round/IGNITE session, this year centered around the conference theme of impact. Autumn Krauss will take us on another journey where key leaders of our field will discuss what impact means to them, each in 5 minutes, with 20 slides, advancing every 15 seconds. This was a sight to behold last year in Chicago. We can’t wait for Part II.

• We are very pleased to present a special session by the Alliance for Organizational Psychology. Chairs Donald Truxillo and Franco Fraccaroli will lead researchers from around the globe in a discussion of cutting-edge research and perspectives on aging workforce issues.

• Early, mid, and late career SIOPers, we want to hear from you. Is the annual conference meeting the needs of your cohort? What more can SIOP do to make this the premier conference for I-O psychologists at all career stages? Come to a roundtable hosted by Conference Chair-in- Training Robin Cohen and current Conference Chair Lisa Finkelstein, and help us make the conference a conference for all ages.

Thursday Theme Track

We are pleased to again offer an action-packed Thursday Theme Track. The Theme Track is essentially an individual conference within a conference, delving deep into a cutting-edge topic or trend and is designed to appeal to practitioners, academics, and students. There are multiple integrated sessions (e.g., invited speakers, panels, debates, discussions) 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 (CE) credits for participation in the full track, please note that you may also choose to attend just the sessions of most interest to you.

The 2012 Thursday Theme Track will focus on “Science and Practice Perspectives on Discrimination.” Chair Eden King and her committee have assembled a community of scholars and practitioners who have worked to understand discrimination in the workplace. They are assembling a diverse program that will highlight both cutting-edge research as well as innovative practical applications aimed at addressing issues related to workplace discrimination. The Theme Track will marry traditional formats (symposia) with interactive ones and will provide ample opportunity to network with fellow SIOP members with interest in this topic.

Featured Posters

We will once again showcase the top 20 rated posters at an evening all-conference reception. Come view some of the best submissions to the conference while enjoying drinks in a relaxed atmosphere with the presenters. If you’ve never been to this, make this the year you check it out!

Friday Seminars

Have you ever been to the Friday Seminars? These sessions take cutting-edge approaches to important topics and are presented by invited experts. The Friday Seminars offer CE credits and require advance registration and an additional fee. 2012 seminars will cover the following topics:

• Quasi-Experimentation in Organizations with John Schaubroeck and Dan Ganster

• Followership: The Missing Link in our Understanding of Leadership with Mary Uhl-Bien and Ronald Riggio

• Internationalizing I-O Graduate Training Programs with Rich Griffith

• Formal Mentoring (presenter TBA)

Master Collaboration Session

Increasing collaboration between researchers and practitioners is critical for informing organizational practice and advancing our theories. Indeed, “Impact” is featured by Adrienne Colella as a key presidential theme this year, and one road to impactful I-O psychology is the synergistic collaboration between scientists and practitioners. For 2012, we will have:

• S. Bart Craig (North Carolina State University) and John Bradberry (Ready Founder Services) describing an academic–practitioner collaboration to develop and market a personality assessment tool to measure core characteristics associated with entrepreneurial success.

• Brian Underhill (Coach Source) and Erica Desrosiers (Pepsi) presenting on the collaborative effort behind their design, development, implementation, and validation of a world class coaching solution.

Communities of Interest

Looking for SIOPers like you? There will be 12 outstanding Community of Interest (COI) sessions. These are sessions designed to create new communities around common themes or interests. The 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 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:

• workplace incivility
• future directions in work motivation
• employment interviews: best practices
• work–family issues
• employment branding
• the virtual workforce
• corporate social responsibility
• strategic HRM
• faking and personality testing
• developing leadership in organizations
• cross-cultural issues/research

Continuing Education Credits

The annual conference offers many opportunities for attendees to earn continuing education credits, whether for psychology licensure, HR certification, or other purposes. 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.

Closing Plenary and Reception

The 27th annual conference will close on Saturday afternoon with a plenary session that includes a very special invited keynote speaker (stay tuned!) and the announcement of incoming President Doug Reynolds’ plans for the upcoming year. After the address, we’ll close out the conference with a California-style celebration not to be forgotten. Do you usually take off early on Saturday and miss the big finale? Perhaps this is the year to see the conference through to the close and head out the next morning.

The Conference Hotel
Only a breezy 10-minute cab ride from the airport, the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego is a large, gorgeous facility overlooking the waterfront. Right behind the property you will step out into Seaport Village, a quaint winding little village of shops and eateries right on the water. You will be but a quick walk from the downtown Gaslamp District packed with restaurants and nightlife. Although the hotel is quite large and our meeting space is a bit spread out, it is quite easily navigated, and there are multiple spots for networking with colleagues old and new and even catching a breath of sea air out on the many balconies or by the gorgeous pool. Please see the SIOP Web page for details on booking your room. We encourage conference attendees to stay overnight on Saturday to take full advantage of all the 3-day SIOP conference has to offer.

It’s only September when this goes to press, but we hope we’ve sparked your excitement for SIOP 2012 and San Diego. We can’t wait to see you there!