How are We Doing? Update on GIT’s Progress

In three months (April 2020) we will hit the two-year anniversary of GIT-SIOP.  Therefore, now is a good time to ask ourselves “how are we doing?” As constant readers of this blog will note, GIT has been involved with lots of different efforts.  So much has been accomplished!  But the main goal of GIT is to get I-O into Intro Psych textbooks.  After spending a lot of time creating and collating resources to help make this happen, a letter was sent to Intro Psych textbook authors last fall detailing the resources available to them – and to encourage them to add more I-O to their textbooks.  The response was exciting!   Many Are Excited: We received responses from authors of over a dozen Intro textbooks, and all the responses were positive.  Many of them agreed that I-O is an under-represented topic within Intro textbooks (one authors said it was a “shortcoming of the books that are out and around”).  Some of the responses ...

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Update: "Why Isn't I-O in Intro" Wins Poster Award!

SIOP-GIT Blog readers might remember a previous post on two articles Clemente Diaz wrote for the APA's Psych Learning Curve website addressing why Intro instructors should include I-O in their classes as well as the common barriers they face.   Building off of this work, Clemente submitted a poster to the Society for the Teaching of Psychology 4th Annual Twitter Poster Conference - and it was one of two winning submissions!  Check it out here: https://twitter.com/Clem_Diaz/status/1190267329843793920 The big takeaway as to why Intro instructors don't include I-O in their classes is because it isn't in the textbook . . . which is the primary goal of GIT!  Let's hope that as progress continues to be made in gettting more I-O into Intro textbooks, we'll see more Intro instructors choosing to cover the topic! Clemente also created a poster to provide more information on why and how to incorporate I-O psychology into Intro classes; feel free to pass this ...

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GIT is Featured in I-O Psych Memes!

Nowadays, memes are a fun and popular way to communicate on the internet.  What happens when you mix memes with I-O Psychology?  You get I-O Psych Memes, the social media account unofficially run by San Diego State I-O!  Check them out (IOPsychMemes on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook)! The latest post is all about I-O Psych and Intro Psych, which is what GIT is all about: https://twitter.com/iopsychmemes/status/1201849144257720323 What do you think?  Do you agree: should I-O Psych always be taught in Intro Psych?? What is the point of creating memes?  As account creator Lisa Kath said, "as much as it seems like creating a meme page is frivolous, I think educators should be aware of how they might really be effective ways of conveying information to our students."  Maybe we could all be incorporating memes into our classes - and maybe I-O Psych Memes in particular can be a good resource for Intro Psych students! What exactly is GIT?  ...

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New Videos to Advertise SIOP

Do you have colleagues that don't know what SIOP is?  These new videos might help! Recently, we created short promotional videos explaining what is SIOP and Industrial & Organizational Psychology.  Specifically, these videos feature SIOP members talking all about I-O: what it is, what they do, and what can be done with it.  You can check out the videos here: 30 second version:  https://youtu.be/Wamkx8luZf4 60 second version:  https://youtu.be/9LD19HOy4hM 5 minute version:  https://youtu.be/DLR6eCrLih0 As can be seen, a lot of work – and a lot of help from a lot of people – went into creating these videos.  It was important to us to highlight the breadth of what I-O Psychologists do and who we are.  To this end, we included professors (from both psychology and business departments), external and government consultants, internal practitioners, and graduate students.  Additionally, it was also important to us that these videos ref ...

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Recent Articles in the APA Psych Learning Curve about I-O

This month's post comes to us from Clemente Diaz. In this post, he highlights two articles he recently wrote for the APA's Psych Learning Curve website addressing why Intro instructors should include I-O in their classes as well as the common barriers they face. Check it out, and feel free to reach out to him with any questions or thoughts! As we all know, very few Introductory Psychology textbooks highlight I-O Psychology. To assist instructors in exposing their students to I-O, SIOP has developed a wide variety of teaching resources (sample syllabi, PowerPoints, content summaries, etc). Unfortunately, in some cases this isn’t enough to convince instructors to include I-O in their course(s). A recent survey I conducted showed that 43 percent of respondents weren’t interested in receiving free resources on how to incorporate I-O in to their course(s). When asked why not, one respondent stated “Currently we have access to materials if need be, it [I-O] ju ...

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Join Bridge Builders to Help GIT!

Would you like to get involved with GIT's efforts to educate more students about I-O Psychology?  Consider joining Bridge Builders! What Is Bridge Builders? Bridge Builders is a sub-committee of the Education and Training committee of SIOP.  The purpose of Bridge Builders to educate students at all levels from high school to college to graduate students (not in I-O) about what I-O Psychology is.  Our committee is newly (re)formed, and we have just started this work.  To read more about Bridge Builders, please see:  http://www.siop.org/UserFiles/Image/Bridges/TIP_Article_March_2014_Building_Bridges.pdf The focus this year based on Dr. Talya Bauer’s charge is on high school psychology courses, and especially AP courses. We have started to brainstorm ideas on how to reach to these AP courses. In particular, there are two efforts being made: Speaking at High Schools We would like to develop a list of SIOP members (faculty and graduate students) that would be ...

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Aiming for the Early Learners of I-O Psychology

Right now, high school Psychology students don't always learn about I-O Psychology.  However, that might be changing! Many students’ first exposure to psychology comes during their formative years in high school. In a high school Introductory Psychology class, students get an overview of the discipline, similar to what they hear in undergraduate classes, though geared towards high school students. Perhaps not surprisingly, I-O is an area that sometimes (perhaps most of the time) does not get much coverage in these classes. In 1999, the American Psychological Association (APA) Board of Educational Affairs put forward the original National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula. The standards include coverage of seven content domains, including Scientific Inquiry, Biopsychology, Development and Learning, Sociocultural Context, Cognition, Individual Variation, and Applications of Psychological Science. If you are interested in learning more about the standards follow the link ...

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What Do the Students Say?

The goal of GIT is to help more students learn about I-O Psychology in their Introductory Psychology courses (by adding the topic to textbooks).  For this blog post, I wanted to hear from a student that had this experience.  How can learning about I-O in Intro affect students’ academic careers and post-college plans? Enter Isaac Lindquist, current I-O graduate student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  Isaac first learned about I-O back in his undergraduate Intro Psych class.  As you’ll see below, Isaac was originally a business major, but learned about I-O in his Intro Psych course and in it found a new way to work with businesses beyond what he was learning in his business courses. Below is an interview I (Nick Salter) conducted with Isaac: Nick:  What did you think of I-O Psychology when you first learned about it in your Intro Psyc class?  What were your first impressions? Isaac: I was first actually a Business Adm ...

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GIT is Featured on the Department 12 Podcast!

Recently, I (Nick Salter) was asked to speak about the GIT Task Force on the Department 12 podcast.  In this interview, I spoke with Ben Butina about who we are, what we have done so far, and we hope to accomplish.  Check it out!


While you are there, check out all the cool information about I-O on the Department 12 website.

What exactly is GIT?  Check out our first blog post explaining who we are!

Do you have any other thoughts on how SIOP members can be involved with GIT’s efforts?  We would love to hear from you!  If you have any questions, ideas, thoughts, or suggestions, please feel free to contact anyone from the task force!  This blog is maintained by Nick Salter nicholas.p.salter@hofstra.edu

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I-O Content Now Available with Creative Commons License

One of our GIT goals over these two years is to create and share I-O content.  The thinking is that by making it easier for Introduction to Psychology textbook authors and publishers to include I-O content, more will do it.  As one of our first steps, the task force, working with the Education and Training Committee and the Textbook Subcommittee, has updated our collection of 1-page summaries on I-O topics to include a Creative Commons license.  What is a Creative Commons License? A Creative Commons license lets licensees know they may use this material in whole or in part; in exchange, we ask users to share a few pieces of information: give appropriate credit (we provide a suggested citation), provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. In short, the summaries are offered for use and modification by interested teachers, textbook authors, publishers, and others. In addition, SIOP is offering boilerplate content for an introductory-level textbook chapter ...

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