Fellowship in SIOP

SIOP recognizes that outstanding contributions to the profession may come from all areas of I-O psychology and represent the range of practice, research, teaching, administration, and service in the variety of settings in which industrial-organizational psychologists work.

The breadth of these achievements in psychology applies equally to contributions in I-O psychology well beyond research and publications. Examples of citations of contributions and impact of some recent SIOP Fellows include:

  • … is one of the leading scholars in the area of work teams and the impact of culture in work contexts. Her work has produced 52 refereed journal articles, 22 book chapters, and two influential books, and has been cited more than 15,000 times, placing her in the top 1% globally in economics and business.  
  • A consummate practitioner–scientist, she is the “go to” expert on global survey issues. Her cross-cultural work has shed new light on the importance of employee attitudes on business outcomes, including customer satisfaction. She holds the most influential position in attitude survey work in a global organization today.
  • … the foremost expert on the antecedents and consequences of organizational commitment. His ground breaking research, which has been cited over 2,500 times, reflects a rare interplay between cogent theoretical development and rigorous empirical research. In addition, his measures of organizational commitment are used by scholars worldwide.  
  • … has significantly advanced the practice of I-O psychology through his presidency of the Metropolitan New York Association of Applied Psychology, editorship of SIOP’s “The 21st Century Executive: Innovative Practices of Building Leadership at the Top,” co-chairing the first SIOP Leading Edge Consortium on Executive Leadership, workshops conducted for SIOP, and his selection and development programs for blue-chip companies in the U.S.

Here is a list of the currently active Fellows.

Criteria for Fellowship in SIOP

Although the bylaws of SIOP provide a framework, it is important to emphasize that no single criterion, benchmark, or index is sufficient for evaluation of nominees for Fellowship. The Fellow selection process is not a mechanical one of adding up points or indexes—it is a judgment of the Fellowship Committee and the Executive Board of SIOP based on all the evidence presented.

Outstanding contributions must be known to other members of the Society, however that recognition may have been achieved. Refereed publications have been a traditional method of becoming known and having impact—and may still be the deciding factor in the case of research-based nominations—but many other avenues are available today for one’s work to become widely known and have impact. The various elements of the nomination process (resume/CV, nominee self-statement, endorsement letters) are designed to specify the Nominee’s contributions and to demonstrate the impact.

The particular nomination and the primary area of impact of the Nominee will determine the appropriate evidence.  Many Nominees will have made contributions in more than one area, and the nomination materials should reflect that.

Here are general examples that illustrate the different types of impact and evidence:

Research-based nominations are typically supported by widely read, refereed publications that have defined new areas of research and theory or have significantly shaped the research and knowledge base in an area.  Although number of citations is important, there must be some explanation of how the publications have impacted thinking or practice in I-O psychology.

Practice-based nominations are more likely to include applications of I-O psychology and innovations, methods, or best practices that have influenced large numbers of other I-O practitioners or organizations and the people in them. Practice contributions in this area are more convincing when supported by evidence of widespread use and effectiveness within and across organizations; their use may also have generated analysis and research. The contributions may be widely known through publications in organizations or trade associations, or publications in related areas, newspapers and business press outlets and HR outlets, participation in SIOP workshops or programs, and in book chapters or books addressing a broader audience; research reports and endorsements by individuals in organizations familiar with these contributions should document how the contributions have had impact and the extent of that impact.  Note that practice contributions are often constrained from dissemination by organizational policies, litigation issues, or intellectual property concerns; accordingly, nominators and endorsers are encouraged to provide adequate evidence and details of underlying research and effectiveness of interventions.

Teaching or Education-based nominations will likely focus on such indicators as numbers of graduate students and their prominence, development of widely used teaching materials or textbooks, development of innovative teaching methods, or administrative positions in education that have provided widespread opportunities for advancing I-O psychology through education and educational activities.

Service-based nominations may use impact evidence such as offices held in SIOP, APA, and other organizations that share SIOP’s mission and values; writings, programs, workshops, practices, and innovations that have helped SIOP maintain and develop a collegial, inclusive community with high levels of member involvement; and actively advocating to advance I-O psychology's impact and image in society.

Administration-based nominations that take administration and/or management as their primary impact will demonstrate that the Nominee has held significant administrative positions in national organizations that have impacted the field of I-O psychology in important ways.  Such positions may include organizations that specifically provide I-O-related products to their clients on a national or international level; they may employ/and or educate large numbers of I-O psychologists; or the incumbents in such position may have responsibility for I-O related functions in large, influential organizations.  It is important that these contributions detail what the impact has been and how it relates to the larger field of I-O psychology.

The evidence for SIOP Fellowship must show in total that the individual nominated has enriched or advanced the field on a scale well beyond that of being a good researcher, practitioner, teacher, or supervisor. Not only must the contributions be outstanding, it must also have had an impact that is recognized broadly in the U.S. and/or internationally and across a range of audiences and stakeholder groups.

The following illustrate some of the appropriate contributions and example indicators of impact. This list is intended to be representative, rather than exhaustive or definitive, and the examples cut across all areas of contribution: (a) research, (b) practice, (c) teaching, (d) service, and (e) administration. Any one nominee’s experience may span several of the categories below. This document is not designed to serve as a “checklist;” a purely tally-based summary of a nominee’s experiences relative to the list would not in itself suffice to support a nomination.

Though the list below identifies representative types of experience associated with high positive impact on the field of I-O psychology, a substantial degree of further detail should be provided within the nomination materials. The nominator is responsible for additional quantitative and qualitative information to enable the Fellowship Committee to knowledgeably and accurately evaluate a nominee’s contributions (e.g., specific instances, timeframes, and metrics of impact).

Innovations in Science and Practice

  • Generated innovations in practice, theory, and/or research that had a notable and documented impact on I-O psychology and its primary stakeholders
  • Introduced innovative research and/or practical concepts that have substantially changed the course of stakeholders' actions and efforts
  • Developed programmatic research, meaningfully and consistently advancing critical knowledge domains within I-O psychology
  • Developed psychological assessment(s) and/or selection test(s) that have been widely used throughout an organization, industry, and/or global market (e.g., including language translations)
  • Developed training and development programs and/or attitude surveys that have been widely used throughout an organization, industry, and/or global market (e.g., including language translations)
  • Pioneered I-O psychology's adoption and implementation of advanced methodologies or technologies
  • Employed innovative teaching methods and/or practice techniques that have increased stakeholders’ understanding and application of new knowledge within and outside of the field
  • Served as principal investigator on major research grant(s) from established granting agencies (e.g., NSF, NIH, NASA) or other funding organizations

Communicating and Disseminating Information

  • Authored book chapters, journal articles, research reports, and/or whitepapers that have been widely distributed across multiple stakeholder groups for the field (e.g., as evidenced by number of citations, the h-index score, times of downloads, awards, media mention, etc.)
  • Served as expert witness, consultant, and/or advisor to courts, legislatures, and governmental bodies (including via advocacy agencies)
  • Authored publications in popular press outlets focused primarily on HR and business audiences
  • Authored or edited major books in the field, including handbooks, textbooks, and/or technical manuals
  • Presented influential audiovisual communications (e.g., webcasts, podcasts, films) that convey I-O psychology principles to various stakeholder groups
  • Presented at various workshops, panels, and symposia at professional conferences and industry meetings
  • Been interviewed by major newspapers, magazines, or other media outlets pertaining to expert opinions on I-O related topic(s)

Influencing, Teaching, and Mentoring Others

  • Conducted multidisciplinary research and practice that extends I-O psychology through information exchanges with other fields
  • Driven successful efforts to increase inclusivity, diversity, and multiculturalism of I-O psychology research and practice
  • Actively advocated to advance I-O psychology's impact and image in society
  • Delivered invited address(es) at national and/or international conferences and conventions
  • Served as chair of thesis and dissertation committees for individuals who themselves have positively influenced the field
  • Served as leadership mentor and/or coach for junior colleagues and interns throughout one’s organization
  • Received awards, prizes, and/or recognition from SIOP or other professional organizations that relate to I-O psychology or SIOP and its mission
  • Received award(s) for teaching, research, or leadership from one’s organization or a professional association

Service to SIOP and Our Field

  • Elected or appointed to various offices related to I-O psychology based on one's technical/professional competence (e.g., state psychology board)
  • Served as a reviewer for various journals, conferences, and/or other professional outlets
  • Served on editorial boards of I-O psychology outlets and related publications
  • Served on various committees, task forces, and/or boards within SIOP or related professional organizations throughout one’s career
  • Received outstanding service award(s) from SIOP, APA, or other professional associations

Leadership Role in an Organization

  • Hold, or have held, the title of head, chair, director, or dean of a department or graduate program in I-O psychology or a related field
  • Hold, or have held, a senior leadership position in an organization involved in the effective execution and practice of I-O psychology
  • Hold, or have held, a leadership position in a regional, national, or international association related to the science and practice of I-O psychology
  • Hold, or have held, a leadership position in an industry group focused on issues related to the science and practice of I-O psychology
  • Hold, or have held, editorial position(s) for journals or major book series that advance the science and/or practice of I-O psychology

Nominating a Candidate Online


  • Must be a current Society Member (see SIOP by-laws, Article II: Membership) at the time of nomination and for the previous 2 years and have accumulated 10 years of professional membership in SIOP, inclusive of the year in which the candidate is nominated.  
  • Must demonstrate evidence that the individual’s contributions have had meaningful, sustained, and unusual impact on the field of industrial and organizational psychology.  
  • Must be nominated by another Society Member or Fellow. Self-nomination is not permitted.

Nomination Process

  • Nominator must properly complete Fellowship nomination materials and upload them using the SIOP Fellows Online Nomination Program by November 1. Nominators should pay close attention to the deadline, which is firm and will not change. Nominators should not wait until the last minute to gather and submit materials.  
  • Nominator identifies at least three (3), but no more than six (6) Endorsers. At least three (3) of the Endorsers must be SIOP Fellows in good standing. In addition to the three (3) required Fellow Endorsers, up to three (3) other Endorsers may also support the nomination. One (1) of the additional Endorsers may be a non-Member of SIOP if the Endorser offers a unique and critical perspective on the Nominee’s contributions to the field I-O psychology. Otherwise, all Endorsers must be current paid Society Members of SIOP. (Note: If an Endorser’s name cannot be located in the SIOP Membership Directory, that Society Member’s dues may not be current.)  
  • Evaluation is made by the SIOP Fellowship Committee, which makes recommendations to the SIOP Executive Board. The Executive Board makes final decisions on Fellowship status. The announcement of new Fellows each year is made at the SIOP Annual Conference and in TIP.  
  • Examples of the range of practice, research, teaching, administration and service can be found at Illustrative Contributions to the Field of I-O Psychology and by reading the citations for recent SIOP Fellows.


  • Must be a Society Member but not necessarily a Fellow.  
  • Must upload Nominee's self-statement and Curriculum Vitae.  
  • Must upload the endorsement letters from at least three Fellow Endorsers.  
  • May also be an Endorser of the nominee. In this case, Nominator prepares a letter of nomination that explicitly includes a personal endorsement. No separate endorsement will be submitted, but in this case, the Nominator also counts as one of the maximum six (6) Endorsers. The Nominator may be one of the required three (3) SIOP Fellows who endorse the nominee.  
  • Must complete the uploading of all nomination materials to the SIOP Fellows Online Nomination Program by the deadline date.

After identifying a nominee for Fellow status, the Nominator coordinates the gathering of Nomination materials. This role is critical in the nomination process; the Fellowship Committee depends on the Nominator to assure that all materials are completed properly and filed on time. Nominators must familiarize themselves with the requirements for Fellowship and ensure that all procedures are followed carefully. If a non-Member serves as an Endorser, the Nominator is responsible for informing the Endorser of the requirements for Fellowship and providing guidance about information that is properly included in an Endorsement letter.  We urge Nominators to read these instructions carefully—Nominators are responsible for ensuring proper completion and timely filing of the nomination materials using the SIOP Fellows Online Nomination Program.

The following must be properly completed and filed before November 1 in order to be considered:

  • SIOP Fellow Nominee’s Self-Statement: Completed by the Nominee, this statement sets forth the accomplishments and their impact on I-O psychology that the Nominee believes justify election as Fellow. The Nominee may be in the best position to help the Fellowship Committee understand in detail his or her work and its impact. A common mistake is that self-statements fail to explain the work and the breadth of its impact in the detail required by the Fellowship Committee to properly evaluate the nomination. Self-statement should be no more than six pages. The Nominee must attest to the following statement: "I am not currently under investigation, nor in the past have I been found formally responsible for, misconduct prohibited by the SIOP Anti-Harassment Policy.” The Nominator files the self-statement using the SIOP Fellows Online Nomination Program.   
  • Nominee’s Resume/Curriculum Vitae: This document is prepared by the Nominee; publications follow APA format, and an “R” must appear in the left margin next to each refereed publication. The Nominator files the resume/cv using the SIOP Fellows Online nomination program.  
  • Nomination Letter: The Nominator must upload a nomination letter. Good nomination letters lay out the general theme of the case for the Nominee’s election.  
  • Endorser List: The Nominator must submit a form listing each Endorser with their email and SIOP membership status.  
  • Endorsement Letter: Every Endorser must submit an Endorsement Letter to the Nominator.
  • Early August-The SIOP Fellowship Online Nomination Program opens. Nominators identify Nominees and verify that they meet eligibility criteria. Nominators obtain the self-statement from the Nominees.
  • August/September-The Nominator should contact Endorsers to request their endorsement. The Nominator should receive the Endorsement Letters before the November 1 deadline. Please share the instructions for endorsers found below under "The Importance of Endorsement Letters". The Nominator can require Endorsers to use the Endorser Worksheet to guide the preparation of the Endorsement Letter and submit the Endorser Worksheet to the Nominator.
  • By November 1–Nominators are responsible for uploading all nomination materials from the Nominee and the Endorsers using the SIOP Fellows Online Nomination Program. (Note: Nominators may also be Endorsers of the Nominee). No nomination materials will be accepted after midnight ET, November 1.  
  • November/December–Fellowship Committee evaluates Nominations and recommends action to SIOP Executive Board.  
  • January/February–SIOP Executive Board acts on Fellow recommendations at its winter meeting; Nominators are notified of results. If the newly elected SIOP Fellow would like to apply for APA Fellow, it is their responsibility to apply online with APA. Please go to the Fellows page on the APA web site to review the application criteria and timeline.  
  • February–Materials are filed with APS for those newly elected SIOP Fellows who have also completed appropriate materials and have asked to be considered for Fellow status in APS. The SIOP Administrative Office will send in the application materials in advance of the Spring review. APS Fellow Nomination information can be found here.  
  • April/May–New SIOP Fellows are announced at the Opening Plenary Session of the SIOP Annual Conference and in TIP.

NOTE: We have a new process for submitting nominations. Please read the instructions carefully!  

  • Fellowship Online user Documentation.  
  • Sample Endorser email text to inform possible endorsers.  
  • Fellow nominations are submitted by the Nominator using the SIOP Fellows Online Nomination Program.   
  • To initiate a nomination, the Nominator signs onto the SIOP Fellows Online Nomination Program using his/her SIOP username and password.  
  • Nominator identifies no more than six (6) Endorsers. Three (3) Endorsers must be SIOP Fellows. If the nominator feels that a person who is not a SIOP member can offer a strong endorsement of the nominee by providing unique insights into the nominee’s outstanding or unusual contribution to the field of I-O psychology, then at the nominator’s discretion, one (1) of the non-Fellow endorsers does not have to be a SIOP member. All the other non-Fellow Endorsers must be Society Members. The Endorsers are requested via email to send their endorsement letters to the nominator.  If needed, the nominator may ask the endorser to submit the endorser worksheet.

  • The Nominator uploads all letters and forms, including the Nominee’s self-statement and CV. Endorsers must submit endorsement letters to the Nominator. Uploaded documents may be MS Word or PDF formats.

For technical problems during the nomination process, please contact Scott Case via email at scase@siop.org or by phone at (419) 353-0032.

Requirements and Duties

Once the Nominator and Nominee agree that the Nominee meets the basic criteria (must be a current Society Member at the time of nomination and for the previous 2 years and have accumulated 10 years of professional membership in SIOP, inclusive of the year in which the candidate is nominated) and decide to proceed with the nomination, it is the Nominator’s responsibility to ensure that all forms are properly completed and submitted on time through the online system.

Nominators must identify at least three (3) but no more than six (6) Endorsers and ask for their support of the Nominee. At least three (3) of the Endorsers must be SIOP Fellows (a list of active Fellows can be found here). It may be helpful to identify additional Endorsers in case some of the initial Endorsers cannot participate. Additional Endorsers may strengthen the case of a Nominee if they bring additional information or demonstrate breadth of recognition of the Nominee’s contributions; however, quality and content of endorsement letters is more important than the number of letters.

The Nominator must request that each Endorser complete and return an Endorsement Letter. The Nominator can require Endorsers to use the Endorser Worksheet to guide the preparation of the Endorsement Letter and submit the Endorser Worksheet to the Nominator. Ordinarily, the Nominator serves as the point of contact; the Nominee does not contact the Endorsers. The Nominator is responsible for uploading the Nominee and Endorser materials supporting the nomination using the online program.

Nominee Duties

Nominees must submit a “self-statement” that describes their outstanding contributions to the field of I-O psychology and a curriculum vitae/resume to the Nominator; the publication list must follow APA format and must have an R in the left margin indicating refereed publications. The self-statement should be no more than six pages.

Endorser Duties

  • A Nominee must have a minimum of three (3), but no more than six (6) Endorsers.
  • Three (3) Endorsers must be SIOP Fellows; three other Endorsers must be Society Members, with the exception that one (1) of the non-Fellow Endorsers need not be a Society Member if that Endorser offers a unique and critical perspective on the Nominee’s contributions to the field I-O psychology; all remaining non-Fellow Endorsers, if any, must be Society Members.
  • Endorsers must submit their Endorsement Letters to the Nominator. The Nominator can require Endorsers to use the Endorser Worksheet to guide the preparation of the Endorsement Letter and submit the Endorser Worksheet to the Nominator.
  • The Nominator may also be an Endorser and submit only one letter covering the nomination and the endorsement.

Endorsement letters supporting the nomination of a Society Member for Fellow are submitted by the Nominator using SIOP’s Fellows Online Application System. Nomination materials are NOT sent directly to the SIOP Fellowship Chair or a Committee Member.

NOTE: If a Nominee also wants to be considered for Fellow status in APA, once elected to SIOP Fellow, the newly elected Fellow is responsible for initiating his/her APA Fellow application, using APA’s Fellows Online Application Platform. Please note that the online APA Fellows Application Platform requires that three (3) of the Endorsers be active Fellows of APA.

The APS fellowship application requires that the Nominator and one [1] of the Endorsers must be a Fellow of APS. No additional forms are required by APS, but the newly elected Fellow must provide the APS Membership ID number to the Fellowship Chair. The SIOP Administrative Office will send in the application materials in advance of the Spring review. APS Fellow Nomination information can be found here.

  • Only nominate individuals who you are fully convinced are deserving of the designation of Fellow. Because nomination does not guarantee Fellowship, you are strongly encouraged to have a discussion with the nominee regarding a possible negative outcome. Individuals receive such information in different ways, and it is important that the nominee understand and acknowledge the possibility of a negative outcome. Though receiving such news is disappointing, it can be even more damaging to an individual’s self-appraisal if not discussed at the outset of the process. If the individual indicates concerns about receiving a negative outcome, serious consideration should be given as to whether the nomination should be initiated. In evaluating someone to nominate, you might first consider what a summary of that person’s contributions (such as those that appear in “SIOP Salutes”;
    • Consider carefully before you agree to become an endorser.  Do you know the nominee and his/her work sufficiently well to provide the Fellowship Committee with information regarding the individual’s important contributions to the field of I-O psychology?  If you find that you must read the nominee’s self-statement to become aware of her/his work, you may not be the best endorser for that person.  Having met someone at a SIOP Conference may not be enough.  Have you read any of the nominee’s publications; have you worked with the nominee on projects, SIOP committees, or served with him/her in other organizations?  Can you independently from your own observations and experience describe the nominee’s outstanding work and sustained impact on the field of I-O?
    • Recognize that preparing an effective endorsement letter will require substantial effort on your part.  Evaluate that commitment before agreeing to take on multiple endorsement letters to ensure that you can provide an appropriate level of effort and the high quality needed to make a compelling case to the Fellowship Committee.
    • Present unusual and outstanding contributions to I-O psychology, accomplishments, innovations, and evidence of impact. Describe activities that can be clearly and convincingly documented. Simply pointing to documentation that reflects presence of a name on a roster or in a list of authors is not sufficiently convincing. Explain the impact of the contribution. Completing tasks that are basic parts of one’s job is unlikely to be sufficient to qualify for fellowship.  
      • The nominee must have done work that is widely recognized and accepted by other members of the Society as having advanced their own thinking and practice. In order for this impact to have occurred, it is generally expected that the nominee will have generated new knowledge, formulations, or programs that contribute to theory, methods, or practices relevant to I-O psychology and that these contributions will have been set forth in publications generally available to the profession or otherwise widely communicated through means such as participation in the programs and meetings of professional groups or associations. For some illustrative contributions, please see Illustrative Contributions to the Field of I-O Psychology.  
      • How has the individual advanced the field of I-O psychology beyond the person’s individual career?
    • Academics are supposed to teach and publish papers—that is part of their jobs. Tell the committee why their teaching has been particularly noteworthy or how their papers have changed the theory or practice of I-O psychology.
    • For those practicing in business, government, consulting, or the military services, what has been the importance and impact of their work? If someone has had an influential administrative position, what did he or she achieve that was particularly noteworthy for I-O psychology in that role?  
    • Ensure that the narrative information provided in your letter is consistent with the quantitative evaluations provided on the Endorsers form. Avoid cases in which the letter suggests uniformly positive and strong statements of endorsement, but the quantitative evaluation is more equivocal (or vice versa).


Endorsement letters are critically important in the evaluation process. The following from the APA Manual for Nominating Fellows applies also to SIOP:

The (APA) Committee then, and today, found meaningful evaluations by sponsors or endorsers to be the most helpful type of evidence in the evaluation of Nominees. The adequacy of the endorsement has been of critical value in evaluating those who are advancing psychology as a profession. What was true in the 1950s is equally true at present.

Many, perhaps most, decisions are substantially influenced by the endorsement letters. The Fellowship Committee considers carefully not only the text of an endorsement letter, but also the stature of the Endorser and the Endorser’s status relative to the Nominee.

Endorsements are always important, but they may be especially important when practice, teaching, service, or administration is a primary area of contribution and research publications are not the primary evidences of the impact of the nominee. When publications and other sources of information are limited, there should be a more diverse set of endorsements that document the outstanding contributions of the nominee.

Detailed evidence from Endorsers as to the exact nature of the nominee’s contributions is critical. It is not enough to know that the nominee was instrumental in establishing the “X” Center for Excellence in “Y” city. Instead, Endorsers should describe what role the Nominee played in establishing the Center of Excellence and how the Nominee’s role resulted in a significant contribution to the field of I-O psychology.

General Guidelines for Strong Letters of Endorsement

The entire Fellow nomination process is designed to communicate to the Fellowship Committee how the Nominee has contributed to I-O psychology. Strong endorsement letters convincingly demonstrate the impact that the Nominee has had and provide evidence that the contributions have indeed occurred.

A set of Endorsers who are all from the Nominee’s immediate organization, department or agency, or who are colleagues with whom the Nominee has worked closely, is not usually convincing and suggests limited impact. A more diverse set of endorsers is likely to be more impressive; letters may be written by other psychologists, executives, or individuals in the SIOP constituency most familiar with the contributions that has had such impact. Family members and relatives of the Nominee (e.g., parents, grandparents, siblings, and spouse) do not ordinarily serve as Endorsers or Nominators, and such endorsements are not generally seen as objective.

An example of an endorsement that requires additional elaboration is “Dr. X is obviously qualified; he should have been a Fellow years ago,” or “I was surprised that Dr. Y was not already a Fellow.” Although eminent Fellows sometimes provide such endorsements, they do not help the Nominee or the Committee unless they back up their statements. Some Endorsers state that the Nominee has had impact without presenting meaningful evidence for the statement. Such an assertion is ineffective without evidence.

For an endorsement to be effective, it must specify how the contribution has impacted I-O psychology and what the Nominee’s role has been. That “Book X appears in every business library” may be notable, but the endorsement should specify what impact that has had on I-O psychology and its mission. That “Article Y has been cited 200 times” is not in itself convincing; has the article simply been cited, or has its content impacted I-O psychology? That “The Nominee had a major role in Project M” is not in itself convincing; what was the Nominee’s role and how has the work made impact?

Tips for Strong Letters of Endorsement for Practitioners

It is important to recognize that SIOP Fellowship is an honor that is bestowed on individuals for outstanding contributions to the field of I-O psychology. The individual’s contributions must have had meaningful and sustained impact on our discipline. Many individuals will have successful careers in psychology or have made significant contributions to their employers. The contributions of SIOP Fellows go beyond fulfilling one’s duties or impacting a given employer but rather influence the entire field of I-O psychology.

As you craft the letter of endorsement for your nominee, understand that the SIOP Fellowship Committee will be reading endorsement letters for many nominees who have had impressive careers. It is important that you communicate clearly and concretely the contributions of your nominee and present strong evidence that the nominee played a key role in the accomplishment of those contributions. Your opinions are not nearly as convincing as direct evidence of stellar contributions.

Structure of Your Endorsement Letter

  • The opening paragraph should strongly and clearly endorse the nominee. Provide a few summary statements of the major contributions of your nominee.
  • Specify your relationship with the nominee. That is, how do you know the nominee (e.g., your manager, your direct report, a colleague, someone you have worked with on various projects)?
  • Include four to six paragraphs detailing the specific contributions the nominee has made to the field of I-O psychology.
    • Provide clear examples of those contributions and how they have impacted the field and their professional colleagues.
    • Again, it is vital to focus on how the nominee contributed to the field of I-O psychology, not only to the success of their organization. What specific interventions, programs, assessments, tests, activities, intellectual property, and so on did the nominee develop and share with the wider professional community?
    • Please note that detailing the nominee’s rise up the organization’s ranks (e.g., from internal consultant to director to vice president) says little about his or her contributions to the field, and reviewers cannot read between the lines and fill in the blanks.
    • Highlight how this individual contributed to or served SIOP (e.g., committee membership, program reviewer, workshop facilitator, conference presenter, etc.).
    • Although the nominee might not have published in scholarly journals, highlight contributions to trade associations, important whitepapers and technical reports, interviews in business outlets (e.g., Business Week, Fortune, Wall Street Journal), in addition to publications in practitioner or professional journals. Identify whether the nominee has written or edited a widely read book in human resources or talent management.
    • Be specific and concrete. When possible, include metrics, facts, or other objective data to support your statements. They are much more persuasive than your opinions, beliefs, or personal views.
  • The closing paragraph should summarize the key reason(s) why this nominee merits consideration to become a SIOP Fellow.

Additional Points to Consider

  • Your endorsement should be clear and direct. It should be based on facts rather than opinions and specific contributions rather than general accolades.
  • Remember all nominees will have strong backgrounds, and most will possess glowing letters of endorsement. Why does your nominee merit Fellow status? The more cogent story you can tell about this individual, the higher the likelihood the Committee will understand why you believe he or she should become a Fellow.
  • Although you should not repeat what is stated in the nominee’s vita, highlight specific examples and documented contributions to the field of I-O psychology this individual has made.
  • Consider incorporating select testimonials from clients, senior-level managers, the CEO, and so forth who were impacted by the nominee’s work. A brief quote to underscore a point you are making can add important emphasis to a statement.
  • Be sure to highlight any efforts the nominee has made to promote the status, image, and value of I-O psychology in the business world.
  • Be sensitive to how your letter of endorsement might sound to the reader. Ask a colleague in your office to review the letter and provide feedback and suggestions before submitting it.

Election as a SIOP Fellow does NOT automatically make the new SIOP Fellow an APA Fellow or APS Fellow. As a part of their SIOP Fellow applications, SIOP Fellow nominees elected as SIOP Fellows who are also members of APA and/or APS in good standing may choose to be considered also for Fellowship in APA and/or APS. If SIOP endorses their application, SIOP will forward its recommendation to APS as requested. For those SIOP Fellows who wish to be considered for APA Fellow, please review the guidelines on the APA web site.. The newly elected SIOP Fellow must initiate an APA Fellow application at APA’s web site here.  SIOP can no longer forward the Fellowship materials on behalf of the Nominee. The SIOP Fellowship Chair will use the APA Fellows Online Application Platform to upload a letter of recommendation for each newly elected SIOP Fellow. Note: APA or APS will not consider Fellow Nominees unless they are current in their dues payments.

APA acts on Fellowship at its annual meeting in August and notifies SIOP of its action (and in turn SIOP notifies the Nominee) after that meeting.

To be considered for APS Fellowship, the newly elected SIOP Fellow Nominee must notify the Fellowship Chair that they wish to have their nomination materials submitted to APS. Please note that the APS application requires that the nominator and one (1) Endorser be a Fellow of APS. The SIOP Administrative Office will send in the application materials in advance of the Spring review. APS Fellow Nomination information can be found here.

Society Fellow status is not simply based on adding up how many criteria are represented in a Nominee’s curriculum vitae. Similarly, recognition as a SIOP Fellow is not simply a matter of competency nor is it recognition of a steady and active career in I-O. Rather, Fellow status specifically recognizes UNUSUAL and OUTSTANDING contributions that has an important impact on I-O psychology.

The most difficult decision that the Fellowship Committee must make is whether the contributions and the evidence of impact are sufficiently outstanding to warrant Fellow status. Each nominee is considered individually; there is no quota or percentage of Fellows; the Fellowship Committee takes very seriously its obligation to make sure that outstanding SIOP Members are recognized, balanced by the realization that Fellowship is a significant honor, highly valued by all Members of SIOP.

Updated August 2018