SIOP encourages all of its members to take an active role in the Society. While there are many ways to participate in SIOP, serving on a standing 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 our profession.

One student representative may be selected for a subset of committees so that the chair of the committee can draw on them whenever a student perspective is needed.

What do these committees do? The work of each committee is described briefly below.

Standing Committees

Awards Committee: The Awards Committee administers the SIOP awards and the awards,scholarships, and research grants for the SIOP Foundation. The Committee Chair 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 in 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 and makes recommendations of the recipients to the Executive Board (EB). 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 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.

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 Coordinator (CE): The committee coordinates CE credit activities for SIOP's fall and spring events. In addition, the committee works to provide online CE opportunities.

Consortia Committee: This committee was established in 2012 in an effort to organize the three various SIOP consortia which occur prior to the annual SIOP conference. In 2012-2013, the Consortia Committee was a sub-committee of the SIOP Program Committee. After the 2013 meeting it was decided that it made more sense for the Consortia Committee to be a sub-committee of the SIOP Instructional and Educational Portfolio. As a new SIOP committee, the Consortia Committee has goals that focus on codifying and establishing processes and procedures for the committee as well as goals which align with and further the goals of the SIOP Instructional and Education Portfolio. The overarching goals of the SIOP Instructional and Education Portfolio are to strengthen the presence of I-O psychology in universities and colleges; raise the profile and importance of the Instructional and Educational Portfolio in SIOP’s strategic priorities and plan; provide quality professional development opportunities; and ensure quality education and training of the next generation.

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. 

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.

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: 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 has two objectives. First, to maximize the value to SIOP of the surveys it sponsors (e.g., salary, career, and member practice surveys) by defining how the data are archived, accessed, and used. The second is to guide SIOP interactions with third party researchers who wish to use SIOP data or collect data from SIOP members for research purposes.

International Affairs: The International Affairs Committee is geared toward ensuring that SIOP members and affiliates have a means of collaborating and communicating with international affiliates and members of similar international associations. Each year, subcommittees carefully review a small set of submissions to select for the Best International Paper/Poster, as well as the International Research Collaboration Grant. The Committee also includes a White Paper Editorial Board whose main role is to generate/solicit white paper topics and authors, and assist the Chair in the editorial process for these papers.

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 sub-committee chairs. The sub-committees are: Awards and Events, Communication, Practice, and Research. 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 the practice of psychology as governed by state laws and licensing boards. Committee members are particularly concerned with monitoring and influencing developments and changes to state licensing laws. In addition, the committee seeks to educate SIOP members about the Psychologically Healthy Workplace award offered by APA and encourage them to nominate organizations and serve as site visitors for the award. The success of this committee depends on its members’ willingness to make contacts outside of SIOP in the state psychological associations and the state boards.

Membership Committee: The main function of the membership committee is to evaluate applicants for membership in SIOP. In addition, the committee often initiates special programs to increase membership and participation such as a new member reception at the annual conference. Members of this committee review applications for SIOP membership..

Organizational Frontiers Series: 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 Job Net 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. JobNet, 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 Committee (PP): Members on this committee are involved with matters of professional practice, ethics, and state and national legislation. Members’ time commitment will vary according to the issues confronting this 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 have two responsibilities: a) developing program proposals and/or soliciting proposals from others; and b) reviewing and evaluating proposals submitted to SIOP.

Program-APS Committee: The APS Program Committee is responsible for developing SIOP’s program 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 SIOP.

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 2017 sign-up period would be working on the 2019 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, and the chair for the Program-SIOP.

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 material for publication. Some committee members may undertake special projects; time demands are greatest in the weeks before TIPpublication 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.

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, or planned, 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, and working with the SIOP Administrative Office to establish and maintain a database, called Media Resources, 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.

Workshop Committee: The primary objectives of the Workshop Committee are planning, coordinating and ensuring the high quality of SIOP pre-conference workshops. The Committee ensures that the workshops comply with APA Continuing Education criteria and address topics salient to a broad range of SIOP members. Each member coordinates a workshop. Specific member roles include participation in program planning, workshop coordination, and various workshop evaluation activities. The annual workshop planning meeting is held at the conference site the day prior to the current year’s conference 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).

External Relations Committee (ad hoc): This ad hoc committee supports SIOP's efforts to advocate for I-O interests to various audiences. The committee plays an important role in (a) ensuring SIOP's relations with other organizations advance our strategic goals and (b) encouraging the support and acknowledgement of SIOP members who represent our interests in our partner organizations and advocacy-related initiatives.

Government Relations Advocacy Team (GREAT) (ad hoc): 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, SIOP sessions, etc; and organize initiatives to generate interest and knowledge about advocacy among the SIOP membership.

SIOP Local Group Relations (ad hoc): The ad hoc Committee on Local I-O Groups was formed to help strengthen the connection between SIOP and local I-O groups. The committee has developed a Local Group I-O Toolkit. The toolkit will provide information and support for forming, growing, and maintaining local I-O groups. The toolkit is also going to be made available to international communities interested in forming an I-O group.

Women's Inclusion Network (ad hoc) (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.

Non-Portfolio Committees

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.

So how do you serve on a committee?

To sign up to become a committee volunteer, click here.

The Administrative Office has developed a software tool, called the SIOP Volunteer System (SVS), that enables SIOP members to volunteer online to serve on 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 one Student Affiliate is permitted to serve on select committees.

The requirements for serving on a SIOP Committee are usually simple. You must be a member of SIOP who has renewed dues for the upcomiing year and want to serve. There is a 3-year limit of service for most committees. Only a few committees (e.g., Workshops, Fellowship, IOPJournal, TIP, Organizational Frontier Series, Professional Practice Series, and the SIOP Conference) have additional criteria for its membership. Self-nominations are generally not solicited for these committees.