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Call for Nominations: Nominate the Next Professional Practice Series Editor!

SIOP is now soliciting nominations for the position of editor of the Professional Practice Series. The new series editor will be selected by the Publications Board and approved by the Executive Board. The selected series editor will begin working with Incumbent Editor Elaine Pulakos beginning December 2022 and will assume duty beginning April 1, 2023. The series editor must be a SIOP Fellow or Member. Any SIOP Fellow or Member can nominate individuals for the editorship. Self-nominations are also welcome. SIOP is committed to diversity, and to that end we encourage nominations involving historically underrepresented groups and international members.

Professional Practice Series Description

The series is designed to provide industrial-organizational psychologists, organizational scientists and practitioners, human resource professionals, managers, executives, and those interested in organizational behavior and performance with volumes that are insightful, current, informative, and relevant to best organizational practice. The series volumes are guided by five tenets designed to enhance future organizational practice:

  1. Focus on practice but grounded in science;
  2. Translate organizational science into practice by generating guidelines, principles, and lessons learned that can shape and guide practice;
  3. Showcase the application of industrial-organizational psychology to solve problems;
  4. Document and demonstrate best industrial and organizational practices;
  5. Stimulate research needed to guide future organizational practice.

The series volumes seek to inform those interested in practice with guidance, insights, and advice on how to apply the concepts, findings, methods, and tools derived from research in industrial-organizational psychology to solve organizational and human resource related problems.

Each volume is focused on one important theme or element of I-O practice and is usually composed of 10–15 separately authored chapters related to the overall theme of the volume. The chapter authors are solicited and selected by the volume editor(s) in consultation with the series editor and the series editorial board. The final selection of authors and the editorial quality of the chapters is the responsibility of the volume editor(s), who may seek consultation with the series editor as they see fit. The intent is to publish approximately one new volume each year.

Position Description

The series editor is appointed to a 5-year term and is responsible for managing the production of series volumes, including identifying and soliciting volume editors and ideas, and assisting volume editors with identifying chapter authors and ensuring chapter quality, as needed. The series editor is assisted by a series editorial board, which is assembled by the series editor in consultation with the SIOP Publication Board.

Requirements for Series Editor

It is highly desirable that series editors be experienced practitioners. Practitioners would include I-O psychologists in academic or applied research organization positions for whom applied practice is a substantial component of their position. That is, university faculty who devote virtually all of their time to teaching, research, and service would typically not be recruited as a series editor, unless their academic appointment was recent and they had substantial practice experience in a previous position. Beyond being expert in particular areas of practice, the series editor should have a broad perspective of I-O psychology, including both its scientific base and the full spectrum of policy and practice applications. Finally, the series editor should have excellent time-management and organization skills, and should be quite responsive on email.

Information for Nominees

On average the series editor devotes approximately half a day per week to editorial responsibilities, although the actual time spent in any given week is highly variable. The most time-intensive aspects of the series editor position are the identification and recruitment of the individual volume editors and the provision of feedback to volume editors regarding volume proposals and chapter authors. The series editor is supported by the Professional Practice Series editorial board, which usually consists of 5–7 members and assists in developing ideas for volumes, recruiting volume editors, and overseeing the development of volume proposals. Potential volume editors can be solicited and recruited in many ways (e.g., issuing a call for ideas and proposals for a volume), and it is the series editor’s responsibility to use all available means. The editorial quality of a specific volume is the primary responsibility of the volume editor, with advice and consultation from the series editor and committee.

Other demands include helping to advertise and market the series (e.g., suggesting advertising copy, potentially writing articles or contributing to brief videos to publicize the series) and meeting with editorial board members, volume editors, SIOP’s publications officer, and the series publisher’s representatives at SIOP and/or virtually.

Nomination and Application Information

If you are interested in serving as series editor, or if you know someone who might, please submit your nomination via email by August 22, 2022 to Reeshad Dalal (rdalal@gmu.edu) with email subject line “PPS Editor Nomination.” Only those individuals nominated by this date will be able to submit application materials. If you are nominating another person, please check with that person beforehand to ensure that they are able and willing to serve if selected. Nominations need only be a brief letter announcing the person’s intention to apply. Additionally, it is possible that we will choose two coeditors rather than a single editor—and therefore each nomination should explicitly indicate whether or not the person would be willing to be paired with a coeditor.

Subsequently, all nominated individuals should submit their application package by September 26, 2022 to Reeshad Dalal (rdalal@gmu.edu) with email subject line “PPS Editor Application.” Each application package should include electronic versions of a current CV, three letters of recommendation from SIOP Fellows or Members, and a statement describing a vision for the series. Letters of recommendation should not exceed two (2) double-spaced pages in length, describe the candidate’s qualifications for the position, and be submitted along with the rest of the application in the same email (as opposed to in separate emails). The vision statement should not exceed three (3) double-spaced pages in length and should describe plans to address issues such as maintenance or enhancement of the quality of the publication, expansion of its visibility, and increasing of its sales. Where appropriate, planned changes for the operation of the publication should also be described. 

SIOP Publications Board

Reeshad Dalal (Series Editor Selection Committee Chair)

Angelo DeNisi

Alexis Fink

Satoris Howes

Steve Kozlowski

Kevin Murphy

Elaine Pulakos

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