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Get Ready for SIOP 2013!

Eden King
George Mason University
Robin Cohen
Bank of America

28th Annual Conference: April 11–13, 2013
Preconference Workshops: April 10, 2013

Can you believe it’s time to start planning for our annual conference already? We were still buzzing with excitement from the successful San Diego conference when we and our conference planning team headed to Houston 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.

What do you know about Houston? Maybe you know that the city is named for Texas founding father Sam Houston. Or perhaps you know it as home of the Houston Astros and the Astrodome, the world’s first domed sports stadium. Well, what you don’t know may surprise you! Houston has a lot to offer and hopefully this article will get you excited for another great SIOP conference. So, before you read any further, mark your calendars! The 28th Annual Conference is certainly not to be missed. 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.

The Conference Hotel

Located in downtown Houston, the Hilton Americas is a large, beautiful hotel is an ideal meeting space for our conference. It is easy to navigate and has multiple spots for networking with colleagues old and new. It is just steps from Toyota Center, Discovery Green Park, Minute Maid Park, and Dynamo Stadium. Did you know Houston has a Theater District second only to New York City with its concentration of seats in one geographic area? Located downtown, the 17-block Theater District is home to eight performing arts organizations with more than 12,000 seats. The district includes Verizon Wireless Theater, Wortham, Alley Theater, Jones Hall and Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Did you know Houstonians eat out more than residents of any other city? While here you can choose to indulge in one of the more than 11,000 restaurants ranging from award-winning and upscale to memorable deli shops. Spend a day in the nationally recognized Museum District, just minutes from the hotel. Take the family to the Houston Zoo, Memorial Park or Space Center Houston or plan a day trip to Galveston Island. Finding flights should be easy. The Web site fly2Houston.com reports that the Houston Airport System is the fourth largest in the U.S. and the sixth largest in the world. With so many airlines relying on the airport as a gateway to Texas and the western states, you should find plenty of options to get you there.


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 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 that the term “invited” refers to the presenter not the audience! Come one, come all! Plans for these sessions are still in the works and will be unveiled in the January TIP!

Thursday Theme Track

The program committee is delighted to offer another exciting Thursday Theme Track. The Theme Track is essentially a miniconference within the larger conference. The full day of programming devoted to an overarching topic is designed to give SIOP attendees an opportunity to delve deep into an important topic of relevance to academics, practitioners, and students. There will be multiple integrated sessions (e.g., invited speakers, panels, debates, discussions) scheduled back-to-back throughout the day in the same room. You are welcome to stay all day (and to obtain continuing education [CE] credits for participation) or to attend just the sessions of most interest to you.

The 2013 Thursday Theme Track will focus on “Bringing I-O Innovations to Life: Making Our Work Stick.” Chair Evan Sinar and his committee are in the process of assembling an outstanding set of panel, symposia, roundtable, and IGNITE sessions. These sessions will include a keynote speaker, highlight academic–practice partnerships, discuss the power and process of branding I-O innovations, and offer attendees an opportunity to participate in meaningful discussions.

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 event, make 2013 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. Seminars at SIOP 2013, organized by Laurent Lapierre and his Friday Seminar Committee, will cover the following topics:

Multilevel Issues; Speakers with John Mathieu and Gilad Chen

Prevention of Bullying in Organizations with Stale Einarsen and Loraleigh Keashly

Qualitative Research in I-O with Michael Pratt

Humanitarian Work Psychology with Lori Foster-Thompson and Telma Viale

Master Collaboration Session

SIOP President Doug Reynolds’ focus on extending the influence of I-O psychology points to the importance of increasing collaboration between researchers and practitioners. The Master Collaboration Committee, led by Dana Dunleavy, will offer unique evidence of such collaborations and provide SIOP attendees with ideas and strategies for developing, implementing, and sustaining these partnerships. Three separate partnerships will be presented this year that represent practitioners in consulting firms, private organizations, government agencies, and nonprofits.

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. Jessica Nicklin and the rest of the COI Committee have already lined up some great sessions and facilitators:

Millennials at Work (Facilitators: Jane B. “Brodie” Gregory, Human Capital Consultant at PDRI; and Chad Thompson, Managing Director, Consulting and Assessment at Taylor Strategy Partners) 

Learning Agility and Leader Development (Facilitator: Neta Moye, Principal Research Scientist at PDRI) 

Partnering with Healthcare Organizations (Facilitators: Sallie Weaver, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and Sylvia Hysong, Health Services Researcher & Assistant Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine)

Discussions for New or Prospective Faculty (Facilitators: Lacie Barber, Assistant Professor of Psychology; and Travis Maynard, Assistant Professor of Management)

Discussions for New or Prospective Practitioners (Facilitators: Ernest Paskey, Associate Partner, Talent and Rewards, Aon Hewitt; and Rich Cober, Marriott International)

The Aging Workforce (Facilitators: Donald Truxillo, Professor, Portland State University; and Gwen Fisher, Assistant Research Scientist, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan)  

Additional topics for this year’s COI sessions include:

The Virtual Workforce 
Cross-Cultural Competencies 
Expatriate Selection
Workgroup Resilience 

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 28th 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 Tammy Allen’s plans for the upcoming year. After the address, we’ll close out the conference with a Houston-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.

Making Your Reservation

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 2013 and Houston. We can’t wait to see you there!