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Welcome to the The Point, PTCMW's new Blog - a replacement of our quarterly Newsletter.

Articles will be posted here throughout each month comprizing of long time standbys, new additions, and updates from the president and board.

As members, please feel free to post your comments and thoughts in relation to each article.

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  • 10/20/2020 6:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello PTCMW Members and Friends! It is time for another monthly update on the PTCMW operations.

    SIOP Call for Reviewers - DEADLINE IS TODAY

    On behalf of the SIOP conference committee, please consider signing up to serve as a reviewer. SIOP has received over 1000 submissions and are in need of additional reviewers to ensure a high-quality program.

    All SIOP Fellows, Members, Associates, International Affiliates, and retired members who are up-to-date with their dues are eligible to serve as reviewers. Student Affiliates are also eligible to be reviewers if they have defended their dissertation proposal and have presented at a prior SIOP conference as a first author.

    Please click here to sign up to review submissions for the conference.

    Monthly Educational Sessions

    For October, PTCMW and Amazon is hosting the Graduate Student Consulting Challenge!!  Participating students will be engaged in challenge activities from Thursday, October 22nd to Monday, October 26th.  Good luck to everyone! Winners will be announced during our November event.

    Join us for this year’s modified ‘Fall Event’ – on November 18 (the event announcement will be up on the website soon)! We will kick off the event with award announcements – for the PTCMW Service Award and the Graduate Student Consulting Challenge winners.  Then, Drs. Nathan Kuncel and Paul Sackett will present respectively on Using Decision Making Research and Theory to Enhance Hiring Decisions and New Developments in Stereotype Threat: Implications for High Stakes Testing. After the formal presentations, we will end the event with a virtual happy hour! Please join us.

    Get Involved with PTCMW – Open Board Positions and Volunteer Opportunities

    Interested in joining PTCMW? The following 2021 PTCMW Board positions are open for nominations:

    • President Elect
    • Vice President for Programs
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
    • Recorder

    If you are interested, or would like to nominate a colleague, please email us at pastpresident.ptcmw@gmail.com.  

    If you are interested in volunteering instead, we have many volunteer positions available – including:

    • Technology Support: This focuses on helping with managing any virtual event – from managing registrations and communications to overseeing the technology aspects of the live events.
    • Monthly Session Planning: This focuses on identifying topics and speakers, and coordinating upcoming events.
    • Website Support: This focuses on managing and improving the website content and format.
    • Blog Support: This focuses on identifying content and contributors for the blog; we are always on the lookout for additional items that will be exciting and useful to our membership.
    • Community Organization Liaison Support: This focuses on growing PTCMW's connection with and support of other sister IO organizations in the DMV area.
    • Graduate Student Liaison Support: This focuses on maintaining and expanding our connections with local graduate student programs.

    Please reach out and let us know if you are interested; email us at secretary.ptcmw@gmail.com!

    We look forward to continuing our efforts to connect, share, and grow with you.

    Thank you,

    Emilee Tison, PTCMW President

    president.ptcmw@gmail.com


  • 10/01/2020 5:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello PTCMW Members and Friends! It is time for another monthly update on the PTCMW operations.

    Monthly Educational Sessions

    September’s workshop was held on September 23rd. Titled “Job Analysis in the Virtual World: Maintaining Engagement with SMEs and Clients”, Alexis Avery (CBP), Marni Falcone (FMP Consulting), Josh Isaacson (KPMG LLP), and Peter Seely (CDC) provided attendees with a great session and actionable takeaways! Thank you to all who attended; members can access the recording in our webinar library.

    For October, PTCMW is focused on the Graduate Student Consulting Challenge.  We will be back with a presentation event on November 18! Drs. Nathan Kuncel and Paul Sackett will present respectively on Using Decision Making Research and Theory to Enhance Hiring Decisions and New Developments in Stereotype Threat: Implications for High Stakes Testing. More to come!

    In Other News

    On September 28, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a press release regarding their enforcement of the President’s new Executive Order: EO 13950. The EO was issued to “promote economy and efficiency in Federal contracting to promote unity in the Federal workforce, and to combat offensive and anti-American race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating.”

    Contractors should review the EO, as it can impact existing or planned training programs. 

    Get Involved with PTCMW

    If you are looking to get involved with PTCMW, we have many volunteer positions available – including:

    • Technology Support: This focuses on helping with managing any virtual event – from managing registrations and communications to overseeing the technology aspects of the live events (as well as post-even activities).
    • Monthly Session Planning: This focuses on identifying topics and speakers, and coordinating upcoming events.
    • Website Support: This focuses on managing and improving the website content and format.
    • Blog Support: This focuses on identifying content and contributors for the blog; we are always on the lookout for additional items that will be exciting and useful to our membership.
    • Community Organization Liaison Support: This focuses on growing PTCMWs connection with and support of other sister IO organizations in the DMV area.
    • Graduate Student Liaison Support: This focuses on maintaining and expanding our connections with local graduate student programs.

    Please reach out and let us know if you are interested!

    Additionally, we will be sending out communications to identify upcoming, open 2021 PTCMW Board positionsPlease be on the lookout for that information and think of nominating yourself or someone else! 

    We look forward to continuing our efforts to connect, share, and grow with you.

    Thank you,

    Emilee Tison, PTCMW President

    president.ptcmw@gmail.com


  • 09/08/2020 7:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello PTCMW Members and Friends!

    2020 Bemis Award Announcement

    It is with great pleasure that we announce this year’s Stephen E. Bemis award winner: Dr. Mike Aamodt! 

    Presented at the 2020 IPAC Conference in July, the Stephen E. Bemis award is presented to an individual in our profession who is:

    • An accomplished personnel measurement practitioner, recognized for their ongoing commitment to the principles of merit and fairness;
    • A professional who has made an impact in the field by their practical contribution(s) that have either resulted in an improved or new procedure; and
    • A concerned individual who is recognized for their commitment to assisting, being available, and freely calling on fellow practitioners. 

    See more on the award criteria here.  Co-nominated by both PTCMW and IPAC, Mike is a well-deserved recipient of this award!  Please join us in congratulating him.

    2020 SIOP Fellows and Award Winners

    As you may already know, many members of the PTCMW community were honored by SIOP this year at the 2020 Conference – as award winners and as new SIOP Fellows. 

    It is our honor to highlight this recognition of professionals in our community; see the list of the award winners and SIOP fellows here.

    Additionally, SIOP announced their Anti-Racism Grant Winners.

    Please join us in congratulating everyone!

    Monthly Educational Sessions

    This month’s session (cast on August 12th) was with Dr. Shane Pittman (HumRRO) – titled “Implicit Bias – What it is, How it Interferes in Assessment Evaluations, and Steps to Manage it in Assessors”.  Thank you to everyone who was able to join.  Members can access the recording in our webinar library.

    Join us next month (September 23rd) for our workshop “Job Analysis in the Virtual World: Maintaining Engagement with SMEs and Clients“ led by Alexis Avery (CBP), Marni Falcone (FMP Consulting), Josh Isaacson (KPMG LLP), and Peter Seely (CDC).  By registering for the workshop, you will have access to two 2-hour sessions:

    • Session 1 (10am – 12pm): Fundamentals of job analysis including similarities and differences between job analysis and competency modeling
    • Session 2 (1pm – 3pm): Best practices for engaging SMEs in our new virtual COVID-19 environment – even with kids and pets in the background

    Registration just opened this week on the events page!

    PTCMW is continuing to provide members and non-members the option of attending our monthly programs without being charged the normal fee – in light of COVID-19.  To attend the session without charge, simply email the secretary (secretary.ptcmw@gmail.com) to receive a code for registration.

    Other PTCMW Items

    Graduate Student Consulting Challenge

    Amazon is the 2020 Graduate Student Consulting Challenge sponsor!

    Together, PTCMW and Amazon will host the annual event October 22-26. Please check out the website for more information (here).  As we get closer to the event, we will share additional details.

    2020 PTCMW Service Award Nominations

    PTCMW is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Service Award. Individuals nominated for this award should emulate and provide support for the tenets on which PTCMW was founded. The award is given to individuals who have volunteered significant time to further the goals of PTCMW as a member of PTCMW, and the award will be presented during the PTCMW’s annual Fall Event (which will be virtual this year).

    The deadline for receiving nominations is September 23. Please check out the website for more information on how the nomination process (here).

    Job Listings

    Lastly, the PTCMW job listing page (here) provides our professional community with access to available job opportunities.  Please consider reaching out if your organization has a listing to include on our site.

    We look forward to continuing our efforts to connect, share, and grow with you.

    Thank you,

    Emilee Tison, PTCMW President

    president.ptcmw@gmail.com


  • 09/08/2020 7:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello PTCMW Members and Friends!

    I am reaching out to provide another update on PTCMW operations.

    Monthly Educational Sessions

    This month’s session (cast on July 15th) was with Dr. Ivan Hernandez (Virginia Tech).  Titled “Applying Social Media to Study I-O Constructs”, this talk provided many examples of how to use social media to develop new insights into work-related constructs.  Thank you to everyone who was able to join!  If you were unable to attend, members can access the slides and recording in our webinar library.

    Join us next month (August 12th) to hear a presentation about implicit bias and rater training by Dr. Shane Pittman (HumRRO).  Registration will open soon on the events page; please be on the lookout!

    PTCMW is continuing to provide members and non-members the option of attending our monthly programs without being charged the normal fee – in light of COVID-19.  To attend the session without charge, simply email the secretary (secretary.ptcmw@gmail.com) to receive a code for registration.

    Community News

    See below for upcoming events and noteworthy accomplishments!

    IPAC 2020 Virtual Conference

    The International Personnel Assessment Council (IPAC) is holding a virtual conference this year – and it is next week! 

    On Monday, June 20, there will be a Student and Early Career Consortium.  Tuesday, June 21, the conference will continue with a program that highlights three speakers: Dr. Christina Norris-Watts, Dr. Liberty Munson, and Dr. Charles Handler.

    SIOP Anti-Racism Grant

    Last month, the SIOP foundation began collecting contributions for its new Anti-Racism Grant!

    Now, the submission site for proposals is open; it will close at 5 p.m. ET Monday, July 27.

    The grant funding pool for this first round of Anti-Racism Grants is $50,000. SIOP intends to fully fund as many top-rated proposals as possible. Potential proposers are encouraged to attend a Zoom session at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday, July 22.

    The 2020 Top Workplaces in the Washington-Area

    In June, the Washington Post announced the top 200 best places to work in the Washington, DC area according to its seventh annual Top Workplaces survey.  The full list, and profiles of some of the winners, will be featured in a special Top Workplaces magazine on October 14th; an awards ceremony will be held in October.

    Congratulations to our PTCMW members and partner organizations: Capital One, Fannie Mae, FMP Consulting, Fors Marsh Group, FTI Consulting, HumRRO, Industry Dive, and PDRI.  If we missed your organization on the list, let us know!  See the full list of organizations here.

    Mentorship Program

    The PTCMW 2020 Mentorship Program is accepting applications through the end of the month.  We have had a great response from mentees and would love additional PTCMW members to participate as mentors.  Please consider this opportunity to give back to the PTCMW community, especially during these challenging times! 

    The program is slated to run September 2020 through February 2021, and is intended to connect individuals and provide a semi-structured format to facilitate networking, discussions, and learning. 

    See our website for more information!

    This program is currently limited to PTCMW members.  We understand that this is a trying time and many are limited in funding for professional development activities.  Therefore, we are offering graduate students and early career folks the option of becoming PTCMW members (or retaining membership) without being charged the normal fee through the end of 2020.  To inquire more about this, simply email the secretary (secretary.ptcmw@gmail.com).  

    We look forward to continuing our efforts to connect, share, and grow with you.

    Thank you,

    Emilee Tison, PTCMW President

    president.ptcmw@gmail.com


  • 07/07/2020 6:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please see the attached document for the latest update on PTCMW's Budget: 2019-2020 Budget Report.pdf


  • 06/19/2020 3:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    PTCMW invites you to join, Blacks in I/O’s upcoming webinar, I/O Community Call Series Addressing Systemic Issues in Law Enforcement Workplaces.

    Please visit their website to learn more and below to register for the webinar.

    • Monday June 29 at 5:30-7pm EDT
    • Eventbrite link to RSVP, see additional information & guest speakers.
    • The zoom link will be sent once folks RSVP through Eventbrite.


  • 06/19/2020 3:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello everyone!

    We hope you found the first blog (link) helpful as we continue to navigate these times. Below are additional resources collected for our PTCMW members and friends. If you have a resources or articles you think would be helpful, please email PTCMW newsletter editor (newsletter.ptcmw@gmail.com) so we can publish it on the next post.

    EEOC

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated their technical guidance on May 5, 2020. They included questions and answers related to COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and other EEO Laws. The agency noted these laws still apply during the pandemic but employers should follow guidance from public health authorities as the pandemic evolves. Finally, the agency included additional information (link) on race discrimination and harassment toward employees of Asian Americans and people of Asian descent. For more information, please visit the EEOC’s site here.

    Harvard Business Review

    Harvard Business Review recently published an article on the importance of team agility in the time of COVID-19. Please click thislink to read the article.

    Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

    As a reminder from our first post, SIOP has been providing I-Os many resources to help navigate ‘working through COVID-19’. Check out some of the research and resources that have been compiled related to remote work, motivation and engagement, work-life balance, organizational agility, worker well-being, and more. Use this link to read further.

    Association for Psychological Science

    The APS President, Lisa Feldman Barrett, wrote an article: Mind, Body, Illness: Amidst Pandemic, Opportunities for Discovery. She discussed respiratory illnesses and posed a question if they are physical or psychological illnesses? For those of you interested, click here to read further.

    APS also posted an article that provides tips and recommendations for graduate students for maintaining productivity. They include day to day tips such as making a schedule and following it to long term by acquiring new skills during downtime. Those interested can click this link to read further.


  • 06/19/2020 3:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello PTCMW Members and Friends!

    I am reaching out to provide another update on PTCMW operations.

    Networking and Connectivity with Membership

    A priority this year is to support networking and connectivity opportunities for the membership.  One way we are doing this is through highlighting upcoming events for our members and establishing opportunities to communicate with one another - like those listed below.  

    Blacks in I/O

    Blacks in I/O, a professional networking and learning association for Black I/O psychologists, started a community call series in response to COVID -19.  The community calls include field experts who participate in open discussion and offer advice on how I-O psychologists can respond to COVID.  In wake of the current crisis in the black community, they are organizing another call surrounding racism while policing and what I-O psychologists can do to help.  During the 1.5 hour call, they plan to facilitate a discussion with police personnel and I-O experts and then break out into groups to brainstorm actionable strategies/solutions (e.g., restructuring selection procedures, improving law enforcement culture) to this problem.  If you are interested in participating, please reach out directly via email You can also visit their website for more information: http://blacksiniopsych.com/.

    Blog Discussion and Sharing

    PTCMW set up a blog to encourage discussion on engaging PTCMW members in fighting racial discrimination and inequality.  Our hope is that this thread encourages our members to share and access relevant resources, connect with others, and collaborate on this topic.  PTCMW will continue to identify and share resources with the membership through this venue, as well as others.

    SIOP Sessions

    Thank you for responding to our SIOP request; PTCMW members who submitted information on their 2020 Virtual SIOP Conference sessions are posted on our website.  We encourage you to check out your colleagues’ sessions next week at the conference!

    Mentorship Program

    PTCMW is kicking off our 2020 Mentorship Program!  The program is slated to run September 2020 through February 2021, and is intended to connect individuals and provide a semi-structured format to facilitate networking, discussions, and learning. 

    If you are interested in participating, please complete a sign-up form – as either a mentee or a mentor. More information about this program, and the sign-up forms, can be found on our website.  We will have an informational session (TBD) to provide additional information and resources, and to answer any questions you may have.  More to come on this front! 

    This program is currently limited to PTCMW members.  We understand that this is a trying time and many are limited in funding for professional development activities.  Therefore, we are offering graduate students and early career folks the option of becoming PTCMW members (or retaining membership) without being charged the normal fee through the end of 2020.  To inquire more about this, simply email the secretary (secretary.ptcmw@gmail.com).  

    Monthly Educational Sessions

    We held our first, completely virtual monthly presentation in May – where Steve Stark (USF) and Chris Nye (Michigan State) presented on applying adaptive testing to personality and interest inventories.  Thank you for participating! With approximately 40 in attendance – it was a great success!  Members can access the recording of this session in our webinar library.

    Our next monthly presentation will be on July 15th. Dr. Ivan Hernandez (Va Tech) will give a talk titled: “Applying social media to study I-O constructs”.  Registration is now open on the Events Page; come join us in July!

    Moving forward, we will close registration the day before our events (at 11:00PM EST).  This will ensure we have all registrants signed up for our GoToWebinar in time for the session the following day.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email – to the same email you used to register.  On the morning of the event, you will receive a link (unique to you) to access the webinar.  Note that you will need to sign into GoToWebinar using the same email you used to register for the event.

    PTCMW is continuing to provide members and non-members the option of attending our monthly programs without being charged the normal fee – in light of COVID-19.  To attend the session without charge, simply email the secretary (secretary.ptcmw@gmail.com) to receive a code for registration.

    We look forward to continuing our efforts to connect, share, and grow with you.

    Thank you,

    Emilee Tison, PTCMW President

    president.ptcmw@gmail.com


  • 06/04/2020 11:56 AM | Anonymous

    In the spirit of the message conveyed by the PTCMW Board Members, this thread is a placeholder to encourage our members to share and access relevant resources, connect with others, and collaborate. 

    The Board will be posting resources as they become available. Feel free to post your own resources, thoughts, or requests for assistance below.

    Blacks in I/O is a professional networking and learning association for Black Industrial Organizational Psychologists, Practitioners, and Students. You can learn more about how to get involved and support the work they do by going to their website, here: http://blacksiniopsych.com/

    The I/O Coffee House, which began as an open forum to discuss the place of I/O Psych during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, hold weekly informal discussions. This past week (6/3), the group held a meeting in conjunction with Directors of I/O Graduate Programs Internationally and Blacks in I/O to discuss what I/O can do to lead in anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. This theme is likely to continue into future weekly meetings. Interested PTCMW members can email iocoffeehouse@gmail.com to express interest in joining the conversations.



  • 04/22/2020 8:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello PTCMW Members and Friends!

    I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe.  I am reaching out to provide an update on PTCMW operations for 2020 – to highlight upcoming programs, to engage membership connectivity, and to share some useful resources (focusing on teleworking, well-being, and engagement).

    Monthly Educational Sessions

    As we noted in March, PTCMW is suspending in-person events for the foreseeable future.  We will reconsider this approach once we can be assured it is safe to engage in these activities.  Until that time, we are exploring virtual, online offerings for you.

    We are excited to pick back up our monthly educational sessions in May (on Wednesday the 13th) – with a presentation by Steve Stark (USF) and Chris Nye (Michigan State) on applying adaptive testing to personality and interest inventories.  More details are coming soon! You can register for the event at this link.  Additional email communications will go out related to this event in the coming days. The presentation will use GoToWebinar; we will provide attendees a list of tips and tricks to ensure a smooth and interactive experience.

    In light of the Covid-19 situation, we understand that many of you may be limited in funding for professional development activities.  Therefore, we are providing members and non-members the option of attending our monthly programs without being charged the normal fee.  To attend the session without charge, simply email the secretary (secretary.ptcmw@gmail.com) to receive a code for registration.

    Networking and Connectivity with Membership

    Another goal is to support networking and connectivity opportunities for the membership.  One way we are doing this is through highlighting upcoming events for our members.

    Earlier in April, you received a notification that PTCMW is asking for information from PTCMW members who are participating in the 2020 Virtual SIOP Conference.  Specifically, PTCMW will post information on the available sessions (as this information is finalized).  Therefore, if you have a session, and are interested with sharing that information with the broader PTCMW membership, I encourage you to email me at president.ptcmw@gmail.com.

    Sharing this information will allow you to be informed of the quality work PTCMW members are producing, and provide details for the Virtual Conference so that you can attend and participate.

    Blog and Resource Sharing

    Lastly, we are collecting resources that may be of particular interest to PTCMW members due to the Covid-19 situation – from guidance from Federal agencies, to tips from consultants and researchers, to research findings.  Our goal is to compile available information into a streamlined delivery for you.  The first blog on this topic is up; please check it out here.

    If you have additional resources you think would be useful for the PTCMW membership, please let us know!  Additionally, we are always looking for blog content. If you are interested in participating, you can reach out to me directly.

    As you can see, we are continuing to invest in opportunities to expand our offerings and provide members with new and interesting ways to connect, share, and grow.

    Thank you,

    Emilee Tison, PTCMW President

    president.ptcmw@gmail.com


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