SIOP encourages all of its members to take an active role in the Society. While there are many ways to participate, serving on a committee is one of the best ways to serve the Society and to 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.
Two student representatives may be selected for each committee and each subcommittee so that the chair can elicit a student perspective when needed. Note that some committees do not accept Student Affiliates as members due to the nature of the committee's work.
What do these committees do? The work of each committee is described briefly below.
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 into the 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.
Career and Professional Development for Practitioners Committee: The goals of this committee are to (a) support the career development of I-O psychologists; and (b) make SIOP the most valuable resource for the ongoing development of practitioners as evidenced by career long utilization of SIOP business and professional development resources, high participation, and attendance at programs.
Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA): Members of this committee focus on issues related to ethnic minorities both within SIOP as an organization as well as within the field of industrial-organizational psychology as a whole.
Continuing Education Committee (CE): The committee coordinates CE credit activities for SIOP's fall and spring events, assesses the CE and professional development needs of members, and promotes opportunities for members to improve their professional skills.
Consortia Committee: Consortia Committee: This committee was established to organize the four various SIOP consortia which occur on the Wednesday prior to the annual SIOP conference. The Consortia Committee is a sub-committee of the SIOP Instructional and Educational Portfolio and has goals that align with and further the goals of the SIOP Instructional and Education Portfolio, and also SIOP strategic goals. Specifically, the goals of the Consortia Committee are to provide programming that is valuable and relevant to SIOP members across their professional lifetime, and to create an opportunity for attendees to network and build their relationships with other SIOP members. The Consortia Committee is comprised of a Consortia Chair, and the Chairs and Chairs in Training for the Master’s, Doctoral, Jr. Faculty, and Early Career Professional Practice Committees.
Education and Training Committee (E&T): The members on this committee monitor the state of graduate education in industrial and organizational psychology (I-O), encourage and promote the development of the scientific and practitioner skills of the Society’s prospective members, prepare and revise the Guidelines for Education and Training at the Masters/Doctoral Level in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, teaching modules, and contribute to and collaborate with Education and Training Boards of other professional societies (e.g., APA, APS). Special projects are usually focused on the status of graduate education and determining future changes. For example, a special project initiative focuses on international graduate education of I-O Psychologists. Time commitments vary according to the project and the role the member plays.
Electronic Communication Committee (ECC): The ECC’s purpose is to leverage electronic forms of communication to progress the goals of SIOP. The ECC works to maximize the effective use of current and emerging technology resources to increase awareness of I-O psychology and SIOP, to facilitate and support the completion of SIOP’s initiatives, to create online resources for members, and to connect SIOP’s members to each other and to available resources. Currently, the ECC oversees the generation of the ECC Podcast and collaborates with SIOP’s committees and administrative office to create social-media content while supporting the administrative office and other SIOP committees in their online communications with members and with the public.
External Relations Committee: This committee supports SIOP's efforts to advocate for I-O interests to various external audiences. The committee plays an important role in (a) maintaining SIOP's relations with other organizations in order to advance our strategic goals and (b) encouraging SIOP members to participate on committees and boards of partner organizations so that the I-O perspective can add value and drive impact in work being done outside of SIOP.
Fellowship Committee: In the fall, each member of the committee must review the nomination of every candidate. The committee then recommends a slate of candidates to the Executive Board for approval. The new Fellows are presented to the membership at the annual conference. You must be a Fellow of the Society in order to serve on this committee.
Government Relations Advocacy Team (GREAT): The purpose of this committee is to help SIOP in the sphere of advocacy. This includes helping SIOP have a direct impact on Federal policy and legislation and on more local issues and activities. Committee activities include helping to facilitate the nomination of SIOP members to serve on federal advisory panels or boards or grant review panels; create and coordinate activities such as Congressional briefings and SIOP sessions; and organize initiatives to generate interest and knowledge about advocacy among the SIOP membership.
History Committee: The primary responsibility of the historian is to ensure the preservation of the society’s history through the establishment and management of a process for preserving documents. The historian and history committee members actively preserve and maintain the archives and create and document the historical record.
Industrial and Organizational Psychology (IOP) Journal Committee: The journal takes a focal article–peer commentary–response format. Members of this committee work to elicit research and commentary for publication in this quarterly scholarly journal.
Institutional Research Committee (IRC): The Institutional Research Committee establishes policies regarding SIOP's participation in surveys and third party research including the use and disposition of data. The committee works to maximize the value of surveys given to SIOP members (e.g., salary, career, member practice surveys, etc.) by defining how the data are archived, accessed, and used. To help do this, the committee reviews all surveys before they are given to the SIOP membership to ensure the survey, its communications, and the research plan are all relevant and appropriate. This committee also oversees the triennial Income & Employment Survey (i.e., the Salary Survey) of SIOP members. In particular, the committee leads efforts associated with the design, marketing, administration, analysis and reporting of the Salary Survey results for the SIOP membership.
International Affairs Committee (IAC): This committee aims to (a) increase awareness regarding cross-cultural and international issues in I-O psychology practice and research; (b) foster international collaboration between SIOP members and international affiliates; (c)) establish new collaborations and enhance current ones with various international I-O organizations and associations; and (d) disseminate I-O knowledge relevant for the science and/or practice of I-O psychology in an international/multi-cultural environment. The IAC subcommittees achieve these goals through SIOP conference activities, including community of interest meetings, international receptions, and other engagements that increase the IAC’s visibility. Additionally, the IAC connects affiliates and members of similar international associations around the world, supports the editorial process and generation/solicitation of topics and authors for the SIOP White Paper series, and serves on the International Research Collaboration Grant subcommittee to review a small set of submissions for international research. Finally, the IAC initiates and coordinates global actions that favor collaboration between I-O psychologists and I-O organizations, with the aim of supporting the generation and dissemination of I-O relevant knowledge.
Leading Edge Consortium (LEC): The LEC Committee organizes the Leading Edge Consortium each year. The topic and chairs are selected by an ad hoc team appointed each year by the Executive Board. The chairs then appoint committee members based on expertise and other factors related to each year’s event. Volunteer members are not solicited or accepted due to the unique nature and accelerated pace of the work of this committee.
Learning Resources for Practitioners (LRP) Committee: Members on this committee are involved with the development and dissemination of valued practitioner information and resources for focused, actionable, research-based learning about I-O issues vital to organizational success. Resources include, but are not limited to, CHRO Advisory Board guidance, I-O webinars, TIP’s “The Bridge: Connecting Science and Practice” articles, SIOP Research Access, and SHRM-SIOP White Paper Collaborations.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Committee (LGBT): The purpose of establishing this committee was to begin to encourage research on LGBT issues and promote LGBT voice within SIOP. The LGBT committee has a Working Mission Statement, which is "To increase favorable attitudes and awareness of LGBT issues within SIOP, to encourage research on LGBT issues, and to promote LGBT voice and support." The LGBT Committee is looking for graduate students, faculty, and practitioners who are interested in serving as a resource for subcommittee chairs. The subcommittees are: Mentorship, Education, Research, Practice, Membership, and Awards. Volunteers would be assigned to a subcommittee based on their interests and would work with their respective sub-committee chair to accomplish yearly goals. Attendance on monthly conference calls may be requested.
Licensing, Certification & Credentialing Committee (ad hoc) (LCC): This committee has replaced the State Affairs Committee. It promotes the interests of the Society and its membership by concerning itself with matters affecting licensure. certification, and credentialing issues as well as the practice of psychology. It also updates SIOP leadership on licensure, certification, and credentialing issues that may affect SIOP members. Committee members are concerned with monitoring and influencing developments and changes to state licensing laws. The success of this committee depends on its members’ willingness to make contacts outside of SIOP in state and provincial psychological associations and boards, as well as other organizations involved in certifications and/or credentialing in activities that include the practice of I-O psychology.
Membership Committee: The SIOP Membership Committee drives a number of important functions for the society that include but are not limited to: (a) advancing the mission and vision of SIOP through a streamlined approach to membership applications and reviews; (b) providing SIOP newcomers with a warm and seamless welcome; (c) creating a membership experience that contributes to the work of students and professionals; (d) analyzing and sharing insights related to membership composition and trends; and e) amplifying the voice of the member to improve the SIOP value proposition and the member experience.
Organizational Science, Translation, and Application Series: The intent for the OSTA Book Series is to facilitate translation – science to practice, practice to science, and multidisciplinary exchange – broadly construed. The OSTA Series will aim to publish one (or more) volumes per year and is co-sponsored by SIOP and Oxford University Press (OUP), the publisher. Among the main goals is to take scientific advancements that have implications for practice and translate them into detailed and actionable innovations for use within organization.
Organizational Frontiers Series Committee: This committee produces a series of volumes on scientific developments in industrial and organizational psychology. Members are appointed by the Committee chair with the approval of the SIOP President.
Placement and I-O Job Network Committee: The purpose of this committee is to provide SIOP members with a means of identifying available I-O job openings. Currently, this is done through sponsoring the Placement Center at the annual conference. I-O Job Network, an online year-round job posting service, has been developed and has operated online since 2000. Committee composition varies according to the needs of the committee.
Professional Practice Series Committee: This Committee produces a series of volumes on practice issues in industrial and organizational psychology. This committee’s membership is appointed by the editor of the series.
Program-APA Committee: The APA Program Committee is responsible for developing SIOP’s program for the annual APA Convention. Program committee members' primary responsibility is reviewing and evaluating proposals submitted to APA as Division 14 submissions, as well as developing program proposals and/or soliciting proposals from others
Program-APS Committee: The APS Program Committee is responsible for developing the I-O track for the annual APS convention. Program committee members have two responsibilities: (a) developing program proposals and/or soliciting proposals from others; and (b) reviewing and evaluating proposals submitted to the I-O track at APS.
Program-SIOP Committee: This committee helps with the planning and organization of the scholarship and program side of the annual conference. There are several subcommittees within this committee whose various aims are to develop and solicit ideas for the Call for Proposals, Friday Seminars, Master Collaborations, Invited Sessions, Communities of Interest, and the Theme Track and to coordinate those sessions leading up to and at the conference. Most of the work takes place in the summer and fall before the conference. This committee is formed two years in advance; for example, volunteers in the summer 2019 sign-up period would be working on the 2021 conference program.
Scientific Affairs Committee (SAC): This committee is concerned with all aspects of industrial and organizational psychology as a science. Its members encourage, promote, and facilitate greater contributions of a scientific and technical nature. For example, members of this committee work on projects such as providing input to the APA committee that wrote the Standards. The workload of this committee is variable and depends on the issues that arise during the year. The work is both sporadic and short fuse. The committee chair often has little notice of the need to feed information to another organization, and members must respond quickly if SIOPs voice is to be heard.
SIOP Conference Committee: This committee is responsible for planning and organizing the annual conference. The current steering committee includes the chair of the Conference Committee, the current SIOP president, the past president, the Local Arrangements chair, the chair for Workshops, the chair for Placement Center, the chair for the Program-SIOP, the chair of the Consortia Committee, the Volunteer Coordinator, the Site Selection Chair, and the Conference Evaluation Chair.
TIP Committee: Committee members participate by developing and submitting material for publication. Regular columns may be developed if there is a widespread ongoing interest (e.g., Practice Network). Some committee members may undertake special projects; time demands are greatest in the weeks before TIP publication deadlines (3/l, 6/1, 9/1, 12/1). All members of this committee are appointed by the editor.
United Nations Committee (UN): This committee seeks to bring I-O related theory, research and practice to help advance the programs and goals of the United Nations Economic and Social Counsel (ECOSOC). The UN committee’s specific goals include generating high quality solutions to address humanitarian and development issues within ECOSOC and UN agencies, building and maintaining the infrastructure for facilitating pro-bono work within SIOP, and forming multi-stakeholder partnerships with UN agencies who can leverage SIOP members’ expertise in meeting their strategic goals. The UN committee also participates as a member of the Psychology Coalition at the UN (PCUN), an alliance of psychology associations working together on UN efforts. Members serve a longer term on this committee due to additional requirements of the UN.
Visibility Committee: The role of the Visibility Committee is to increase the visibility of SIOP, SIOP members, and I-O psychology to business leaders, public policy officials, and the general public. Activities currently being performed by committee members include preparing and coordinating the distribution of press releases describing the work of SIOP members, helping to generate positive press associated with the annual SIOP Conference. The committee also works with the SIOP Administrative Office to establish and maintain a Media Resources database, containing information about the SIOP members who are willing to share their research and expertise with the press. Committee members also contribute to a regular TIP column, SIOP Members in the News.
Women's Inclusion Network (WIN): Members of this committee focus on issues related to women's treatment, inclusion, and experiences both within SIOP as an organization as well as within the field of industrial-organizational psychology as a whole.
Workshop Committee: The Workshop Committee is responsible for planning and coordinating the annual SIOP pre-conference workshops. The Committee ensures that the workshops provide value to the SIOP membership, address topics salient to a broad range of SIOP members, and comply with APA Continuing Education criteria. All committee members participate in the workshop planning process by individually submitting ideas for potential workshops and, then, working together to refine the ideas and select the final slate of workshops. Once the list of workshops is finalized, each member is responsible for coordinating a workshop, which includes identifying speakers, working with the speakers in the months leading up to the workshop to ensure all deadlines are met and a quality workshop is developed, and facilitating the delivery of the workshop on workshop day. The annual workshop planning meeting is held at the conference site the day prior to the current year’s workshops.
Ad Hoc Committees
Committee for the Advancement of Professional Ethics (CAPE) (ad hoc): Supporting and reinforcing ethical decision-making in our students, researchers, and practitioners is arguably as fundamental to the health of the I-O profession as the technical quality of our pedagogy, research methods, and practice. The Committee for the Advancement of Professional Ethics (CAPE) is tasked with supporting professional development needs associated with addressing ethical challenges in the practice, research, and educator roles played by I-O psychologists. Activities include (a) identifying, developing, and sharing professional development resources; (b) raising the profile of professional discourse about ethical decision-making; and (c) serving as a response team to proposed changes to the APA Ethics Code (which also serves as SIOP’s Ethics Code).
Open Science and Practice Committee (ad hoc): SIOP proudly reflects a diverse representation of members from the research and practice communities. The Open Science and Practice (OSP) Committee will review and provide input on open science approaches and practices in journals, in academic research, in organizational practice, at the SIOP conference, in collaboration with other disciplines, and so on. The primary goal is to educate SIOP members in all major areas tied to open science and practice: e.g., pre-registration of research and projects; sharing of data, protocols, measures, and code; and transparent and efficient research and practice work flow.
SIOP Local Group Relations (ad hoc) Committee: The goal of the ad hoc Committee on Local I-O Groups is to create a strong connection between SIOP and local I-O groups. The committee provides a Local Group I-O Toolkit which is an “instruction guide” to help emerging groups learn from the lessons of others in forming, growing and maintaining their local I-O Groups. Additionally, the Local I-O Groups committee maintains a database of local groups in North America and around the world, and liaises with those groups to inform them of current issues and provides access to the various resources available from SIOP. We aspire to strengthen and connect local I-O communities around the globe.
Futures Committee (ad hoc): Members of this committee are tasked with identifying needed changes for SIOP as an organization and IO psychology as a field to adapt effectively given the rapidly changing nature of work. The major responsibility of this committee is to develop a report on this topic, providing specific and actionable recommendations, once every three years. This report is then presented at an Executive Board meeting, to help guide decision-making across portfolios. In non-reporting years, the committee coordinates with other SIOP committees across all portfolios to ensure these recommendations are carefully considered and implemented where feasible.
Support, Planning, and Research Committee (SPARC) (ad hoc): The committee consists of the various invited members. 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.
Diversity and Inclusion Task Force: The goal of this task force is to: Analyze and Interpret Existing Data to Understand Current D&I within SIOP. Several sources of data (e.g., membership survey data, conference satisfaction survey data, awards data) can be leveraged toward understanding the experiences of SIOP members from diverse perspectives (i.e., people from a variety of ethnic, gender, age, sexual orientation, industry, ability, job type, geographic backgrounds). This task force is charged with (a) identifying relevant data sources; (b) extracting meaningful evidence regarding diversity and inclusion (c) reporting on the patterns that emerge; and (d) providing recommendations for policies, processes, and/or additional actions.
Military and Veterans Initiative Task Force: The MVI Task Force 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.
So how do you serve on a committee?
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The Administrative Office has developed 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 can be placed 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. Only two Student Affiliate is permitted to serve on select committees and subcommittees.
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 and want to serve. 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.