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SIOP 2019—Washington DC 34th Annual Conference: National Harbor, Fort Washington, Maryland, April 4-6, 2019 Preconference Workshops April 3, 2019

Tracey Rizzuto Program Chair, SIOP 2019, Louisiana State University; and Scott Tonidandel Conference Chair, SIOP 2019, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The 34rd Annual SIOP Conference program promises to engage and energize all audiences! SIOP President Talya Bauer’s “I Am SIOP” theme will highlight collaborations, demonstrate impact through partnerships, and feature multidisciplinary approaches to advance our science and practice, with several new features and an outstanding lineup of speakers.

Special thanks are in order to the Call for Proposals Committee Chair, Wendy Bedwell, and her team, Shanique Brown and Keaton Fletcher, for their work to encourage the out-pouring of high-quality sessions submission. Don’t forget to submit your session by 5 p.m. (EST) September 12, and start making plans for the 2019 SIOP Conference at National Harbor in Fort Washington, Maryland just south of Washington, DC. Book your flights into Reagan National to come join us for another exciting conference.

As SIOP moves forward, take a fascinating glimpse at SIOP past. HUGE appreciation to SIOP Financial Officer Evan Sinar, and SIOP Member Andrea Valentine for generously sharing their time and talents in the relaunch of Program Explorer! Peruse SIOP sessions from 2008 through 2018 to track down past conference presentations and contribute to the cumulative knowledge-building essential to our field. This is a tremendous! The site is available at the permalink https://tiny.cc/SIOPprogram (best viewed with Chrome).

Now, here is what is in store for SIOP 2019!

 Thursday Theme Track

This year's theme track will focus on science-practice partnerships with an emphasis on effectively translating and communicating results. Under the direction of SIOP Theme Track Chair, Elizabeth McCune, and Theme Track committee composed of Madhura Chakrabarti, Molly Delaney, Chloe Lemelle, Ketaki Sodhi, and Yujie (Jessie) Zhan, a full-day immersive experience will deliver compelling content via innovative session formats and high audience engagement. The goal of the 2019 Theme Track is to improve literacy around effective communication and translation of results for both academics and practitioners. Thursday, April 4, will start with a session focused on real-world examples of effective translations that will help ground the audience in what success can look like in this space. A midday session will focus on creating effective partnerships between academics and practitioners and ways to incorporate science-practice translation into I-O education. Another of the midday sessions will focus on how to translate complex analyses in order to influence high impact business decisions. A unique midday session will also focused on how both academics and practitioners can leverage design thinking to improve the relevance and application of research. Finally, the day will be capped with an inspiring session focused on the future of science–practice partnerships.

Special Events

This year we are excited to feature several special events throughout the confer­ence, architected by Special Sessions Chair Katina Sawyer, and committee composed of Christian Thoroughgood, Tyree Mitchell, Chloe Lemelle, and Alexander Schwall. SIOP 2019’s Special Sessions will build on last year’s momentum around machine learning and expand our thinking about ways this innovative technique can contribute to our science and practice. It will also engage a lively discussion around politics in the workplace. Some companies have taken a stance on political issues and others have stayed out of it. How are companies and employees managing their political identities inside and outside of the workplace? How do workplace politics affect broader perceptions of diversity and inclusion within organizations? These and many other questions will be explored.The third Special Session will tackle the perils of oddball interview questions. For example, what’s more powerful, a horse-sized duck or duck-sized horses? It is common for companies to ask job-irrelevant questions with the hope that they are assessing critical or creative thinking skills.  What are the legal implications and what are applicant reactions? Researchers and practitioners will discuss the dangers and merits of using such questions.

The next session will ponder why good people do bad things. We have seen the headlines with Wells Fargo, Uber, and so on, and it can boil down to individuals making bad decisions or other individuals following along with these decisions. This session will explore what happens when unethical behaviors happen and how best to prevent them.  The final Special Session is entitled, Too Legit to Quit or Pay to Quit. Companies like Zappos and Amazon are now paying employees to quit. What are the challenges of carrying out this type of policy, and what companies will follow suit? Don’t miss out on answers to these intriguing questions!

Friday Seminars

Friday Seminars offer a unique educational opportunity within the main part of the confer­ence. Friday Seminars Chair, Meghan Thornton-Lugo, and committee members, Jeffrey Jolton, Eccho Yu, Ho Kwan Cheung, David Geller, and Michael Hoffman are building a program of 3-hour sessions (the only extended-length sessions in the program) that will take place on Friday, April 5. These sessions provide a rich immersion ex­perience for attendees on timely, cutting-edge content areas presented by true content experts. A sample of seminar topics slated for SIOP 2019 include Applied Research/Experimental Design in Natural Corporate Settings; Data Visualization; Exploring the Intersection of I-O and Data Security; Machine Learning; Text Analytics in Organizational Research; and Legal, Practical, and Fairness Concerns Around Social Media Policies.

Each session is shaped around learning objectives in order to ensure that professional developmental goals are met. Please note that Fri­day Seminars require advance registration and an additional fee. Space is limited so please sign up early!                                                          

Featured Posters

We will once again showcase the top rated posters at an evening all-conference reception. Come view some of the best sub­missions to the conference while enjoying drinks in a relaxed atmosphere with the presenters. If you’ve never been to this event, make 2019 the year you check it out!

Communities of Interest

Are you interested in an “open space” SIOP format that is attendee driven, informal, and focused on a topic of particular interest to you?  The Communities of Interest format will allow you to meet new people, catch up with colleagues, learn about new advances, discuss ideas, have a provocative discussion, and play a part in driving breakthrough research and practice ideas on a hot topic at the forefront of I-O psychology. Communities of Interest Chair Dustin Jundt and his committee comprised of Katharine O'Brien, Jason Randall, Erin Richard, and Eileen Toomey have developed sessions designed to enhance existing communities and create new ones around common themes or interests. Communities of Interest have no chair, presenters, discussant, or even slides. Instead, they are discussions shaped on the basis of the audience and informally moderated by one or two facilitators with insights on a topic of interest. These are great sessions to attend if you would like to meet potential collaborators, generate ideas, have stimulating conversations, meet some new friends with common interests, or expand your network to include other like-minded SIOP members.                                                                        

Continuing Education Credits

The annual conference offers many oppor­tunities for attendees to earn continuing education credits, whether for psychology licensure, HR certifications, or other pur­poses. Information about the many ways to earn CE credit at the SIOP annual con­ference can be found at http:/www.siop.org/ce and will be continually updated as more information becomes available.   

Closing Plenary and Reception     

Your Conference Committee is in the process of finalizing our closing plenary speaker. We will follow the closing plenary with our closing reception. The conference committee invites you to join us on Saturday evening at a themed closing reception that will be filled with music, dance, and delicious food.

The Conference Hotel  

The Gaylord National, set on the banks of the beautiful Potomac River, offers an array of attractions and spacious accommodations for our conference. Located just south of Washington DC in Fort Washington, Maryland, the hotel is a short 15 minute drive from Reagan National Airport and offers a range of dining and entertainment on site. Please see the SIOP web page for details on booking your room and taking full advantage of all the SIOP conference has to offer.

Reviewers: Your Help Is Needed!  

Don’t forget to sign up to serve as a SIOP Conference Reviewer. Reviews are quick and aligned to your reported areas of expertise. New this year, once the reviews are in, you will be able to view others’ reviews for the sessions you review. Please click here to complete the reviewer signup process: http://my.siop.org/Meetings/Reviewer-Signup

First time reviewers and experienced reviewers alike can benefit from Reviewer Development. Please check-out the terrific Introductory Reviewer Development Workshop sponsored by SIOP and the Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA), which is available for free to all interested SIOP members. Workshop resources can be found here: http://carmarmep.org/siop-carma-reviewer-series/

There is much anticipation for SIOP 2019. We hope we’ve sparked your excitement the conference. We can’t wait to see you there!

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