I have spent over 20 years working to embody the Scientist-Practitioner ideal of I/O Psychology. My career spans teaching, research, consulting, and internal practice, always with an interdisciplinary eye. I have made service to and through SIOP a cornerstone of my career, consistently engaging with and advocating for our community. My service to SIOP includes chair roles for an LEC, the Futures Task Force and the Visibility Committee, presenting seven pre-conference workshops, serving as an editor for IOP, editing a forthcoming Professional Practice Series book on surveys, and current service on the Executive Board as the Conference and Programs Portfolio Officer. I was honored to receive SIOP’s 2019 Distinguished Service Award, and am a SIOP Fellow. I am also an Affiliated Research Scientist with USC’s Center for Effective Organizations, and was Chair of the IT Survey Group (a research consortium representing over 1 million employees).
Good practice is rooted in good science, and I have endeavored to honor the foundations of good science and to extend those with emerging methods. I have been able to work with my own teams, with I/O psychology consultants and with scholars to do excellent research. In my day job, I currently serve as the Vice President of People Analytics and Workforce Strategy at Facebook, and have held similar roles at Microsoft and Intel. I’ve had the opportunity to hire and guide the work of dozens of I/O professionals, and have had the privilege of leading large, complex organizations.
Increasing appreciation for the power of science for a smarter workplace and evolving methods, combined with decades of research and application creates a tremendous opportunity for SIOP. If I win the honor of serving as your President, I will pursue three goals, all aimed at ensuring that SIOP is positioned to thrive for decades yet to come:
- Prepare SIOP for the future. An explosion of interest in scientific approaches to talent questions creates opportunities and threats for us. As President, I would invest in opportunities such as partnership with adjacent societies, research on emerging methods, best practice standards, and updates to graduate education and training recommendations.
- Increase SIOP’s influence in the present. I/O Psychology is relevant to many current issues of pressing concern, such as the role of AI in selection. Our current presence with groups such as lawmakers and media is modest; this is an area where we can expand our influence for the betterment of society and our own Society.
- Continue our scientist-practitioner legacy. Our strong scientist-practitioner core is a differentiating asset for us. As we continue to grow, it becomes harder to maintain that ideal organically; intentional attention to supporting our scientist-practitioner core through channels like evolving our conferences and programs and publications becomes increasingly important.
I am an experienced and effective leader, passionate about SIOP, and have dedicated many years to the issues above. I sincerely hope for the opportunity contribute further through service in this extraordinary role!
Julie Olson-Buchanan has served SIOP in a variety of significant leadership roles including Program Chair, Conference Chair, 3 Day Conference Taskforce Chair, and Advance Charter Chair. She has also served as a member of the Strategic Conference Planning Committee, several Awards committees, and Strategic Planning Committees. She was elected to the SIOP Executive Board as Conference and Programs Portfolio Officer. Julie currently serves as Chair of both the United Nations Committee and Conference Site Selection Committee. She received SIOP’s Distinguished Service Award in 2011.
Julie received her Ph.D. in I-O psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is Interim Associate Dean, past Department Chair, and professor of Management, Craig School of Business, California State University, Fresno.
Julie is a Scientist-Practitioner working in the areas of conflict/mistreatment in organizations, technology-based selection, work-life balance, and humanitarian work psychology. She has provided consultation, training, and expert witness testimony in these areas, with her work featured in media outlets such as the New York Times and Washington Post. Her research has been published in journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Personnel Psychology, Academy of Management Review, and Journal of Management. She has authored numerous chapters in scholarly books, as well as edited and authored several books.
Julie has received several awards for her research and community service, and her University’s top teaching award. She has been an Associate Editor at the Journal of Business and Psychology for 10 years. Julie is a Fellow of SIOP and APA.
I love SIOP. SIOP would not be what it is - intellectually stimulating and professionally rewarding – without its exceptionally dedicated and enthusiastic members, volunteers, and staff. I’m humbled and deeply honored to be nominated and considered for the position of SIOP president.
I have two main goals if elected SIOP President:
1) Building a framework for the future.
With over 10,000 current members, SIOP is growing rapidly, and we are likely to see even more growth in the immediate future. How do we plan for this growth – in our governance, our annual conference, our outreach activities -- in a way that ensures SIOP will have the qualities and capacity to meet the diverse needs of continuing and new members, both academics and practitioners? How do we build SIOP and its brand for the future? I would create a strategic task force (with broad member input) to examine these issues and identify possible solutions (e.g., infrastructure) to ensure we continue our successes into the future.
2) Broadening our scope, skills, and influence. We have a lot to offer and a lot to learn. As our field’s focus has expanded to include prosocial concerns, it is clear that our science and practice can be applied to address significant societal issues. Yet the avenues to make contributions and expand our influence in this arena are not always clear. If elected, I would strengthen our current outreach efforts (e.g., United Nations, Advocacy) by identifying and enhancing SIOP members’ opportunities for participation in prosocial endeavors.
Steven is Chancellor’s Professor of Psychology, Organizational Science, and Management at UNC Charlotte. He’s directed both MA and PhD programs. He has over 100 publications addressing teams/meetings, leadership, engagement, and health, receiving over $2,000,000 of funding. He serves as Editor of the Journal of Business and Psychology. He received the Humboldt Award and the First Citizens Bank Award for his scholarship and the BGSU Master Teacher Award for his teaching. Prominent media outlets profiling his work include: BBC World, CBS This Morning, HBR, WSJ, NPR, and The Guardian.
Regarding practice, he has run three consulting centers, engaged with many Fortune 100 companies, and served on multiple advisory boards. He founded and directs large outreach initiatives focusing on nonprofit organizational health and effectiveness with more than 1,000 nonprofits served. Through this work, he won the inaugural SIOP Humanitarian Award. Steven edited a talent management essentials book series and is passionate about translating science-to-practice. Steven’s newest book, The Surprising Science of Meetings, was recognized by the Washington Post as the #1 leadership book to watch for in 2019.
Steven has been highly active in SIOP, winning the SIOP Distinguished Service Award. Some past roles include:
Elected, Research & Science Officer
Chair, Katrina Relief and Assistance Effort
Chair, Education and Training
Chair, Conference Program
Chair, Robust and Reliable Science
Co-Chair, Open Science and Practice
Chair, Doctoral Consortium
Steven is very involved globally: He was elected Secretary General of the Alliance for Organizational Psychology and been a visiting scholar/speaker at over 30 international schools.
I am honored to be nominated for SIOP presidency. I care deeply about I-O and SIOP. I relish the opportunity to support and enhance our science and practice. I also recognize that SIOP works best as a collection of academics that care about practice, and practitioners who care about science. I look forward to nurturing, boosting, and celebrating this culture.
My platform contains both planned and member-driven elements. With regard to the latter, given that SIOP should fundamentally serve membership, during my President-Elect year I will survey our members to learn about what they believe SIOP’s top priorities should be. Based on your voice, I will form an evidence-based agenda for my term as president.
With regard to particular plans, there are two initiatives I want to work on.
I will drive additional efforts to get I-O and our science into the hands of decision-makers, policy-makers, and the public. Doing so benefits our members through increased visibility, greater demand for our services, increased use of our evidence, and more partners for our research. Examples of these initiatives include expanding SIOP social media, partnering with outlets like HBR on regular columns and podcasts, and promoting our members’ work through targeted press releases.
I will further SIOPs open science (OS) initiatives designed to maintain and enhance the integrity of our evidence. A robust and reliable science is essential to our professional foundation. SIOP can strengthen the OS ecosystem, and make OS activities easier and more applicable to our members.
My background includes:
- Ph.D. and M.A. in I-O Psychology with a minor in Quantitative Psychology at Bowling Green State University
- Fellow of both SIOP and APA
- Licensed psychologist in Texas
- Active for over 20 years in SIOP, including past Chair of the Professional Practice Committee with roles on other committees (Membership, Workshops, LEC) and task forces appointed by the Executive Board
One of my core values as an I-O psychologist is a commitment to the scientist-practitioner model. I have held senior HR leadership roles at Wendy’s and Huntington Bank with responsibilities for leadership development, employee engagement, succession planning, performance management, and assessment programs. As an external I-O consultant, I worked for Personnel Decisions International conducting large-scale validation studies. I have served as an adjunct professor at multiple universities teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses, including the last 9 years at The Ohio State University.
I have co-authored articles with academic colleagues at Portland State and Arkansas (Personnel Psychology), Michigan State (Journal of Occupational Health Psychology), and South Carolina (Academy of Management Journal). The research has been recognized by SIOP including the “Wiley Award for Excellence in Survey Research” award in both 2016 and 2018 and the “M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace” in 2017. The research at Huntington was recognized with the 2015 “HR Impact Award” jointly awarded by SIOP and SHRM for best evidence-based HR practices. This year, the Wendy’s research was also recognized by SIOP and SHRM with the 2019 “HR Impact Award.”
I love the field of I-O psychology. While I am optimistic about our profession, there are significant new challenges in the business environment that are potential threats to SIOP. I propose the following goals:
- Engage Our Members - I want all I-O psychologists to be engaged with SIOP every step of their careers. However, too many never get involved while others begin with a strong sense of commitment but withdraw over time as they perceive less relevance or value in membership. I want SIOP to adapt to become the professional organization with which I-O psychologists have the highest affiliation and engagement, as measured by career-long membership, conference participation, and volunteering.
- Elevate Our Profession – The business environment is placing an increased emphasis on human capital analytics and insights. I-O psychology is well positioned to be the premier field in this area. However, if we do not evolve our profession to meet their needs, we run the risk of losing relevance and leadership to other fields who are competing for our research dollars and clients. We must adapt our approaches to training, branding, and advocacy efforts to become the leading profession in the research and practice of human capital analytics.
- Collaborate on Research – As a profession, we are at our best when designing, conducting, and applying I-O research with both a strong theoretical basis and real-world applications. We can expand the impact of our field by investing in SIOP programs that will promote two-way communication and collaboration among all our members.
Liberty Munson, Ph.D. is the Lead Psychometrician for Microsoft’s Worldwide Learning organization. She is responsible for ensuring the validity and reliability of Microsoft technical certification and professional programs. She is considered a thought leader in the certification industry, especially in areas related to how technology can fundamentally change our approach to assessment design, development, delivery, and sustainment, and has proposed many innovative ideas related to the future of certification that involve creating “your own” certification, leveraging the power of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and designing “in experience” evaluations that completely remove the need for traditional assessments as we think about them today. Prior to Microsoft, she worked at Boeing in their Employee Selection Group, assisted with the development of their internal certification exams, and acted as a co-project manager of Boeing’s Employee Survey.
Liberty earned her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with minors in Quantitative Psychology and HR Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been actively involved in SIOP since becoming a member tin 2000 and has been on the Education and Training, Program, Job Placement (responsible for moving the Placement Center from a paper-based to a computer-based system), Workshop, External Relations, and Visibility Committees (created the “top 10 trends I-O psychology”) list). She has been the chairs of the Job Placement, Workshop, and, most recently, External Relations Committees. She also writes the “Recognizing SIOP’s Award Winners” series that appears in TIP and coordinates SIOP’s annual 5K race.
I am honored to be nominated for SIOP’s Communications Portfolio Officer position. My committee experiences, both as Chair and as a member of multiple committees, have provided insight into the challenges SIOP faces to increase the visibility of our field and the importance of our communications, including our website, white papers, TIP, and outreach, in that process.
By identifying and developing strategic approaches to communication, SIOP can leverage existing (and new) communication channels to educate our members about the work being done by other members and foster broader and stronger connections among them. One of my goals, if elected, will be to work with the committees that are part of this portfolio to identify ways to drive these connections.
Further, we can also leverage those communication channels to enhance our visibility and tell the story more broadly about how I-O psychologists are improving the employee experience around the world in new and innovative ways. As a result, my second key goal is to work closely with the External Relations Portfolio Officer on how ways to drive synergies between our portfolios to define ways to expand our existing (and new) communication channels to drive visibility of I-O psychology beyond our traditional borders.
Finally, I would also like to dig deeper into TIP and how we can make it more valuable and consumable for our members and how we can promote core articles more broadly. I believe we can do this be completely re-imagining what TIP is and its format.
I am a Professor of I-O Psychology and director of the I-O graduate program at the University of South Florida. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2002. For 20 years, I have actively participated in SIOP by presenting at annual conferences and serving on committees that have impacted many aspects of the society and our profession. For the last three years, I’ve served SIOP as an elected APA Council Representative and, in that capacity, I have served on the SIOP Executive Board and worked with other APA division representatives and leaders to promote and protect I-O science and practice. I also currently serve on the SIOP International Affairs, Workshops, and External Affairs Committees, and I’m a former chair of the Scientific Affairs Committee. I am a Fellow of SIOP, APA, and the U.S. Army Research Institute, and I’ve served on National Academies of Sciences study committees, sponsored by U.S. military branches, focusing on the measurement of human capabilities and human capital management. I am currently Editor of International Journal of Testing and on the editorial boards of Journal of Business and Psychology, Applied Psychological Measurement, Personnel Assessments and Decisions, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, and European Journal of Psychological Assessment. I have extensive experience conducting research, teaching, and applying the sciences of I-O psychology and measurement to improve practice in organizations, and I’ve been fortunate to receive funding and see my research on forced-choice measurement implemented in large organizational testing programs.
Communications are vitally important to the interests of SIOP and its members. For many years, SIOP leaders have worked hard to increase the visibility and understanding of the science and practice of I-O psychology in organizations, the general public, funding agencies, and legislative circles. Effective communication is central to all SIOP’s advocacy efforts, particularly when information can be disseminated quickly to influence public perceptions, opinions, and actions. To help make SIOP the premier resource for information about the science of I-O psychology, organizational practices, careers, and initiatives regarding the impact of work on the well-being of individuals and communities, we must provide clear and coherent messaging through all available resources, and we must respond deftly when information is requested by policymakers and industry leaders.
If elected Communications Officer, I will work with the SIOP Executive Board to highlight important news and initiatives. I will strive to increase the visibility and impact of SIOP by working with the Electronics Communication Committee, TIP editor, and committees developing white papers that communicate research findings and practices to a wide audience. I will work with SIOP staff members to continue improving our website and expand I-O career resources, as way to help students and parents discover I-O psychology and broaden the pool of future professionals.
I believe my experience representing SIOP on the APA Council of Representatives, as well as roles on other SIOP and national committees, have prepared me to serve as Communications Officer, and I would be honored to receive your vote.
Chu-Hsiang (Daisy) Chang
Chu-Hsiang (Daisy) Chang is an Associate Professor of Organizational Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University, with a joint courtesy appointment in the Department of Management. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron. She has been a member of SIOP since 2000, and has volunteered for many different SIOP committees that are directly related to the SIOP annual conference and other meetings. She served on the Program Committee and was a member and chair of the Friday Seminar Committee and the Theme-track Committee. Most recently, she served as the Chair-in-Training of the Conference Committee from 2015-2016, and chaired the Conference Committee in 2016-2018. She is currently serving on the Conference Site Selection Committee.
In addition to her service to conference-related activities at SIOP, Daisy has extensive experiences organizing meetings and events. She has played a leadership role for the organizing committee for various local (e.g., University of South Florida’s Sunshine Education Research Center’s Poster Day), national (e.g., Michigan State University’s Ilgen-Schmitt Annual Distinguished Alumnus Lecture), and international (e.g., Michigan State University’s Multicultural Symposium) meetings. As the current Associate Editor of Journal of Applied Psychology, and someone with consulting and executive education experiences, Daisy is well-positioned to serve as the Conferences and Programs Officer for SIOP. She has unique insights that can further the integration between the science, practice, and education goals for SIOP through the effective planning and execution of the major meetings.
I am running for the SIOP Conferences and Programs Officer because I view the success of SIOP’s major meetings and events (e.g., Annual Conference, Leading Edge Consortium) critical for achieving its strategic goals of establishing itself as the trusted authority on work-related human behavior and increasing the awareness and use of I-O psychology among business leaders and policy members. To this end, I have three specific goals. First, I plan to work closely with the Conference, Program (SIOP, APA, and APS), Workshop, and Leading Edge Consortium Committees to organize and present the cutting-edge meetings on I-O psychology. I will advocate on behalf of these committees in front of the SIOP leadership team to ensure that they have the proper support and resources to achieve their goals. Second, I will serve as the bridge between the SIOP Executive Board and the committees responsible for organizing the major SIOP meetings and events. This will ensure that SIOP events will serve the diverse research, practice, and educational needs of its members. Finally, I plan to explore how we can leverage the technology to enhance the innovations of the presentations and discussions during the major SIOP events. These innovations will help enrich the attendees’ experiences before, during, and after the events. These innovations can also promote SIOP members’ engagement with each other and with SIOP. If elected, I will focus on facilitating the integration and advancement of the science, practice, and education goals of SIOP through the major meetings and events.
I am a Professor of Management in the Belk College of Business at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte and a faculty member of the Organizational Science Ph.D. program. I received my M.A. & Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology from Rice University. I have been heavily involved in SIOP service with an extensive background planning the annual conference and the LEC. My first SIOP service role was as a member of the Friday Seminars Committee in 2007-2008. Since then, I was on the SIOP Program Chair Committee (2015-2017) where I served as Program Chair for the annual conference in 2016 (Anaheim). I was also the Conference Chair for the annual conference in 2019 (National Harbor) and continue in that role for SIOP 2020 in Austin. I was also involved in planning the 2016 LEC (Talent Analytics, Atlanta) as a member of the Program Committee and am currently on the planning committee for the newly proposed SIOP Talent Analytics conference in 2020. In addition to these conference-related experiences, I have also served SIOP in a variety of other capacities as well. I have been on the Education and Training Committee from 2009-2014 (chair, 2012-2014), the Brand Enhancement Task Force (2012-2014), the Scientific Affairs Big Data Subcommittee (2013-2016), and the Task Force on Robust and Reliable Research (2017-2018). I am an associate editor for the Journal of Business and Psychology, a former associate editor for Organizational Research Methods, and a fellow of the APA, APS, and SIOP.
I am honored to be nominated to serve on the executive board. Given my prior experiences as Program Chair, Conference Chair, and LEC program committee member, I am particularly qualified for this position. As your representative, I intend to pursue the following goals:
Innovation – While the current SIOP offerings are amazing, they can improve. We need to embrace new formats, new topics, new technology, and generally just new ways of doing things to ensure our conferences are meeting members’ professional development needs.
Opportunity and Access – We will gain more from our conference experiences when we are exposed to ideas that are different from our own. I intend to challenge the committees in my portfolio to have more diverse contributors and to actively seek out conference participants with a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints. I also intend to pursue policies that make it easier and more welcoming for all SIOP members to experience and benefit from our conferences. As conference chair, I recently established an accessibility and inclusion task force that is working toward this important goal.
Transparency – I believe that there are numerous misunderstandings about how various conference processes operate and why they function in that way. By increasing our transparency, members can be confident they were treated equitably and can feel empowered to help enact change so SIOP can more effectively meet their needs.
I would be delighted to serve SIOP members in this capacity. Thank you for your vote.
Derek R. Avery, Ph.D., is the David C. Darnell Presidential Chair in Principled Leadership in the Wake Forest School of Business. He was previously the school’s senior associate dean for diversity and global initiatives where he oversaw issues relating to diversity education and training, diversity recruitment and retention (faculty/staff/students), and the diversity climate. Dr. Avery received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Rice University in 2001. His primary research interests are in workforce diversity (including, but not limited to racioethnicity, sex, age, experience, religion, and culture) and employee input mechanisms. He is perhaps best known for his work on diversity climates, which has established them as: (a) instrumental in reducing demographic differences in employee engagement, absenteeism, turnover, and individual performance and (b) key drivers of unit-level customer satisfaction and sales growth. He is an active member of the Academy of Management and a fellow of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Association for Psychological Science. Presently, he is an associate editor of the Journal of Business and Psychology and has served on editorial boards of numerous top tier journals in recent years. His publications total more than 80 articles and chapters and this research, which has earned commendation from the Academy of Management, has appeared in various outlets such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Journal of Management and the Journal of Organizational Behavior.
For half of my life, I’ve been affiliated with SIOP. The opportunity to serve as the Diversity & Inclusion officer would allow me to integrate my commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion with my affinity for SIOP. If elected, I would like to help us:
- Engage in a more rigorous self-study of our society’s inclusivity across a variety of dimensions to help us identify our blindspots and growth opportunities.
- Promote structured outreach programs into underrepresented communities to let them know who we are, how we can help them, and why they might want to join us.
- Represent and champion the interests of our current and prospective underrepresented associates and members.
- Advocate regarding national and international workplace diversity and inclusion issues where we have significant expertise.
- Strengthen the coalition among our various member affinity groups to make their related efforts more integrated and cohesive while preserving their unique foci.
Mindy Bergman (she/her) is a psychology professor and Executive Director of Interdisciplinary Critical Studies (including Africana, Latinx, religious, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies) at Texas A&M. Her research focuses on occupational health psychology, including climate, diversity, mistreatment, stress, and safety. She has won several grants and published multiple papers examining the marginalization and mistreatment of minoritized people in work and school contexts. Her recent research draws on critical race and critical feminist perspectives to examine our field and its practices.
Mindy was the founding chair of SIOP’s Women’s Inclusion Network (2017-2019). She has served numerous SIOP roles, including Placement Center chair, Workshops committee member, and Awards committee member. She is currently a member of the D&I Task Force, which is examining member experiences in SIOP with an eye toward diversity. Mindy is a Fellow of SIOP and APA, Associate Editor at Occupational Health Science, and a member of several editorial boards. She also organized an effort to nominate more women for the Distinguished Scientific Contributions award. She always reviews for the conference (19 years and counting!).
At Texas A&M, Mindy has served in several D&I roles, including departmental chair for the D&I committee, co-investigator on the NSF-funded ADVANCE grant (2010-2017), and co-PI on an NSF-funded Broadening Participation in Engineering grant (2019-2022).
Mindy is allergic to cats, hates broccoli, loves tea and reading fiction, and is not as extroverted as she seems. She has two kids (ages 7 and 10) and is married to an immigrant to the USA.
I love SIOP and I am also a big critic of it. In the D&I space, my biggest concern is that outside of the affinity groups, SIOP has been more focused on measuring demographics than addressing specific problems and identifying upcoming challenges. That is why this role is so exciting, as it puts a dedicated person in charge of D&I efforts. Here are specific goals I am passionate about pursuing as SIOP D&I Officer:
- Propose a SIOP Diversity and Inclusion Statement and anti-harassment policy
- Develop a best practices document for SIOP committee chairs aimed at increasing and honoring diversity
- Create a D&I checklist for discussion with future conference sites before signing contracts
- Develop contingency plans for conference management should a “bathroom bill” be passed after we have signed a hotel contract
- Expand on recent efforts to increase Fellows and Awards nominations of women and underrepresented ethnic minority persons
- Collaborate with the Conference Portfolio Officer and Administrative Office to make the conference more family inclusive and friendly
- Work with the Administrative Office, Financial Officer, and SIOP Foundation to determine new pathways to reducing conference costs for students and lower income members
- Support portfolio groups’ individual goals and coordinate superordinate goals among CEMA, WIN, LGBT, and International Affairs when needed
- Serve as a resource for members who want to start new affinity groups and/or who are concerned about D&I in SIOP
I appreciate the nomination for this role and the opportunity to further serve SIOP.
I am Professor of Psychology, Women’s Studies, and Management & Organizations at the University of Michigan. In addition, I am Associate Director of Michigan’s ADVANCE Program, which supports faculty diversity and excellence in all fields. My research centers around experiences of workplace harassment and incivility, especially in the lives of those outside the dominant majority (e.g., women, people of color, LGBTQ folk). To date, I have published over 80 articles and chapters on these topics. My harassment scholarship has won awards, but its impact stretches beyond academia and into other professional spheres. I have served as an expert witness in a range of venues, translating findings from diversity science to inform policy and legal decision-making. For example, I provided expert testimony to the Department of Defense Judicial Proceedings Panel; commissioned by Congress, this Panel conducted an independent review of American military judicial procedures surrounding sexual assault. I also testified to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace. In addition, I recently joined colleagues in co-authoring a landmark report on sexual harassment, commissioned by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. These various endeavors are fueled by my fundamental belief that all persons deserve dignity in their places of work, no matter their sex, gender, race, or other social identity. In recognition of unusual and outstanding contributions to the field, I have felt deeply honored to be named Fellow of SIOP and the Society for the Psychology of Women.
As SIOP D&I Officer, one of my major goals would be to support and enhance diversity within our professional society. SIOP revolves around “science for a smarter workplace,” and the contemporary workplace is incredibly diverse with respect to gender, race, nationality, sexuality, ability, and other social dimensions. SIOP as an organization should ideally reflect similar diversity—in its members, fellows, officers, award winners, plenary speakers, workshop leaders, and so forth. To be clear, I don’t think we’re there yet, but we can work towards getting there. A second overarching goal would be to make the space that is SIOP truly inclusive. By “the space that is SIOP,” I refer to our conferences and all events connected to them (e.g., receptions, dinners, tours); our business meetings, both formal and informal; our advocacy, educational, and outreach efforts; our activities within APA, APS, and other organizations; and our publication of books, journals, and newsletters. These should all be inclusive venues, welcoming diverse voices to advance the science and practice of I/O psychology. A third goal of my work as D&I Officer would be to support the advancement of D&I research and practice within organizations. Many questions remain unanswered, and problems unsolved, within the realm of D&I. SIOP should be the premier professional society for workplace scientists and practitioners specializing in this area.
I am a Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University and received Ph.D. training as an I-O psychology scientist-practitioner at The Pennsylvania State University. I have served SIOP in many capacities, including TIP Editor, Frontiers Series Board, Scientific Affairs (Chair), SIOP Task Force on advancing science and practice advocacy (Chair), and as SIOP President (2015-2016) where advocacy was advanced. I currently serve SIOP as the Research and Science Officer, working to build SIOP advocacy capabilities.
In addition to SIOP service, I serve on the APA Advocacy Coordinating Committee (ACC) and Open Science and Methodology Committee (Chair). I am the former Editor-in-Chief for JAP (and former Associate Editor). I serve on the AMR, JOM, and LQ Boards (previously AMJ, HF, JAP, and OBHDP Boards) and on several national advisory boards. I have had the privilege of mentoring many graduate students who are successful scientists and practitioners.
My research is multilevel, focused on enhancing adaptability, team effectiveness, and leadership. My programmatic research is designed to generate actionable theory, research-based principles, and applications for developing adaptive individuals, teams, and organizations. I have published over 125 articles, books, and chapters and have delivered over 490 refereed and invited presentations. I am a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the International Association for Applied Psychology, and SIOP.
My many varied experiences and long involvement in SIOP governance have provided me with a firm understanding of core challenges SIOP confronts. Our capabilities, appropriately leveraged, provide exceptional opportunities for growth and advancement.
My leadership experiences have given me a broad perspective on the value of I-O psychology and its potential to make a positive difference for organizations, people, and society. Over the last three years, SIOP’s advocacy capacity via the Government Relations Advocacy Team (ably Chaired by Alex Alonzo) has matured and is engaged in promoting SIOP’s visibility and credibility on Capitol Hill. I am seeking just one more term as your Research and Science Officer to advance SIOP’s advocacy capabilities.
I have three strategic priorities:
- Promoting SIOP visibility, impact, and federal funding opportunities
- Building stronger linkages between science and practice advocacy efforts
- Leveraging APA ACC resources for mutually beneficial advocacy targets
First, we have capabilities that can be harnessed to solve big societal problems. We need to utilize our expertise in workforce effectiveness to gain visibility, impact legislation, and influence federal science policy and research funding. Second, I-O science and practice – linked – yield actionable knowledge. This integration uniquely distinguishes us from competitive disciplines and professions. As your Science Officer, I will draw on my many leadership experiences to strengthen this linkage to advance our advocacy efforts and unique value. Third, APA needs applied psychology – SIOP in particular – for credibility. It is serendipitous that I serve on the ACC, which directs APA’s substantial advocacy resources. I will work to leverage those resources to support advocacy targets that are beneficial to both associations. But make no mistake, when legislators think “workforce,” I will work to ensure they think SIOP and I-O psychology!
I am an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota and hold the John P. Campbell Distinguished Professorship of Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Both my academic research and my consulting concern the use of innovative technologies, such as gamification, social media, and artificial intelligence, in the domains of psychometric assessment, employee selection, adult learning, and research methods.
My research merges psychology and computer science, so I publish in both psychology journals, including JAP, JBP, IOP, and Psychological Methods, as well as human-computer interaction outlets, including Computers in Human Behavior, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies and Simulation & Gaming. I am associate editor for both IJSA and Simulation & Gaming and on the editorial boards of five journals, including JAP and JBP. I recently released Cambridge Handbook of Technology and Employee Behavior, which brings together researchers from all over I-O. I also sit on AON Hewitt’s scientific advisory board and regularly consult with both startups and larger organizations. These experiences give me a broad perspective on “good science” and how disciplines pursue it quite differently.
I have been serving SIOP for 8 years, which started when I implemented the first-ever live online version of SIOP’s LEC. Since then, I’ve served on numerous Research and Program subcommittees, including currently as chair of GREAT’s Technology-Enabled Workforce area (part of the Research and Science Portfolio), given five methodology workshops, given four invited talks, and currently serve as chair of the Futures Committee, which guides SIOP through the changing nature of work via interdisciplinary research.
Our field currently faces two crucial challenges which will be my focus as Research and Science Officer.
First, as incentive structures in academia are increasingly questioned, a problem made more obvious by the replication crisis, SIOP has a responsibility to ensure that its own research support systems do not encourage unethical behavior. Grant programs, hosted publications, and SIOP policy all directly influence the values and paths of young scholars in our field, who then influence and communicate I-O’s value to external communities. I will be committed to ensuring SIOP promotes a healthy, ethical science, and toward that, I will continue laying groundwork for SIOP’s shift toward open science. Although recognition of open science in the SIOP conference program is a great first step, there remains much to be done.
Second, as external forces increasingly push into the traditional “wheelhouse” of I-O psychology, such as Silicon Valley HR technology startups adding “artificial intelligence” to selection, training, teamwork, and leadership processes, SIOP must embrace this new interdisciplinary landscape while simultaneously promoting its own unique value. I will initiate meaningful internal research to understand the needs of the SIOP membership regarding desired opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and collaboration. I will ensure interdisciplinary research is invited and more critically, supported, in SIOP publications and events. I will promote outreach to share the developed science of I-O psychology with key external groups, continuing SIOP’s committee work lobbying the federal government and supporting HR organizations, and also expanding these efforts to engage existing external interdisciplinarity initiatives.