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What are SIOP's committees?

 

SIOP encourages all of its members to take an active role in the Society. Serving on a committee is one of the best ways to participate and learn about the issues that confront SIOP as an organization. Committee work will broaden your knowledge of how SIOP functions, give you an opportunity to express your point of view, and introduce you to a wide variety of people in the profession.

Volunteer terms are generally for one year, beginning each May. Note that some committee roles have longer terms, and specific membership requirements which you can read about in the descriptions below. Committee leaders are recruited directly by the President-Elect during the previous year and generally serve a 2 year term. Committee Chairs begin recruitment volunteers during May-June, and plan to fill their roster by July 1 each year. Students are encouraged to volunteer! Note that a committee roster may be comprised of up to 25% Student Affiliate volunteers, allowing the committee to elicit a student perspective when needed, however, some committees do not accept any Student Affiliates due to the nature of the committee's work.

 

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Click on any of the following Committee names for more information to help you decide for which ones you may wish to volunteer.

Standing Committees

Ad Hoc Committees

Disability, Inclusion and Accessibility (DIAC) (ad hoc):  We are thrilled to announce SIOP’s new Disability, Inclusion and Accessibility committee which seeks to help SIOP become a barrier-free society by raising awareness of issues of disability and disability identity in the workforce and helping improve the experiences of all SIOP members, I-O students, and other people with disabilities in the workforce through science and practice.  Given its mandate, the committee is composed of scientists and practitioners, U.S. and international members, people with a lived experience of a disability and allies, and people at different career stages.

Military and Veterans Inclusion Committee (MVI) (ad hoc): The MVI focuses on building collaborations, creating a community for SIOP members working on military and veteran topics, and enacting efforts aimed at increasing research, identification and dissemination of best practices, workplace resources, and expert consultation to support military communities (e.g. veterans, Guard and Reservists, and military spouses) during their service and while employed in civilian settings. 

Support, Planning, and Research Committee (SPARC) (ad hoc): The committee consists of the various invited members who serve a 5 year term. The committee’s purpose is to delve into the details of policies that effect the Society and provide reports and/or recommendations to the Executive Board.

 

Awards Committees

Awards Committee: The Awards Committee administers the SIOP awards and the awards, scholarships, and research grants for the SIOP Foundation. The Awards Trio, consisting of the Committee Chair, Associate Chair, and Chair-In-Training, selects subcommittee chairs for each of the awards to evaluate nominations and applications. Some of the awards are presented to the Executive Board for approval. Subcommittee members review supporting materials before making a recommendation to the Executive Board. Because the recommendations are made at the September meeting of the Executive Board, most work for this committee is done immediately following the SIOP conference and in early summer. 

Awards Subcommittees: As stated in the above Awards Committee description, there is a subcommittee for every SIOP and SIOP Foundation Award that evaluates the nominees and makes recommendations of the recipients to the Executive Board. In the SIOP Volunteer System (SVS), the name of each of these subcommittees is preceded by the abbreviation AWD to make them easily distinguishable as being connected to awards. Because the awards subcommittees are awards-related, no student may serve on any of them, and because they are active for such a short period of time, they have the same status as ad hoc committees, in that a member may serve on both a standing committee and an award subcommittee. Please note that many of these subcommittees have very specific requirements for membership (e.g., must have a certain number of years of experience, be a Fellow, must have published in a particular area, etc.). For that reason, most of the staffing of these committees is done outside the SVS system. Learn more about awards committee requirements here.

Task Forces

Each year the SIOP President may appoint a short-term task force to undertake a specific goal or project. Some task force members are specifically recruited for the term of the task force, while others are recruited within the SVS. 

 

So how do you serve on a committee?

 

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SIOP uses a software tool called the SIOP Volunteer System (SVS), that enables SIOP members to volunteer online for up to three committees. Each chair decides how many members of the current committee are eligible to return and how many new members will need to be recruited from the SVS. The chair of each committee works to make sure the membership of SIOP is fully represented. In the event a chair does not need all the volunteers, every attempt is made to place them on their second or third choice committees. The number of volunteers frequently exceeds the need for committee members, so those not selected are asked to try again the following year. 

SIOP members may only serve on a maximum of one Standing committee and one Awards or Ad Hoc committee. (It is recommended that, if you have been recruited by a specific committee chair, you should only check that one committee in order to avoid getting picked by other committees and not your first choice.) 

The requirements for serving on a SIOP Committee are usually simple. You must be a member of SIOP who has renewed dues for the upcoming year (begining in July each year.) There is a 3-year limit of service for most committees. A few committees (e.g., Awards, Workshops, Fellowship, IOP Journal, TIP, Organizational Frontier Series, Professional Practice Series, UN, SPARC, and the SIOP Conference) have additional criteria for its membership. Self-nominations are generally not solicited for these committees. Only two Student Affiliates may serve on any committee or subcommittee. Note that some committees do not use the SVS for recruitment because of the nature of their work.