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THE POINT - PTCMW Blog

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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  • 07/09/2021 10:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Equity Through Data?

    Author: Matisha Montgomery

    Equity is promoting justice, impartiality, and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems.1

    We’ve all had a front row seat while numerous events in the last two years have underscored the long-standing systemic inequities that exist in the United States and abroad. Underrepresented populations continue to face disparities in all systems including healthcare, criminal justice, education, and economy. Addressing these disparities requires an understanding of the deeply rooted causes, and my hope is that data can serve as the impartial key to unlocking this understanding. In the Federal Government, we seek to leverage data to analyze, model, and objectively measure equity outcomes in programs and policy decisions. However, challenges exist in the data.

    Missing: Challenges with Data Collection and Management2

    Data is frequently not collected at the level of detail necessary to evaluate equity outcomes. The collection and disaggregation of data relating to underserved communities (e.g., race, ethnicity, sex, disability status, gender identity, and sexual orientation) are inconsistent or missing altogether. The lack of consistency exists because this data is either not collected, is unreliable (voluntary but not verified), or is incomplete. When missing data pertains to underserved groups, the needs of those groups remain unaddressed. Illustrations of the lack of sub-categorical, detailed data collection in workforce demographic data are routinely uncovered. Systems of record across the Federal Government are not configured to collect data beyond sex (male/female) completely removing an agency’s ability represent whole sections of the population. Moreover, systems have default settings to report male for sex and white for race rather than leave the fields blank thereby artificially enhancing the majority. 

    Hidden: Challenges with Privacy

    The sharing, retention, and use of personally identifiable information (PII) across government programs, even when data collection reaches sufficient levels of granularity, is generally limited and strictly regulated, which creates challenges with data merging, management, and analysis. Data in the Federal Government is understandably safeguarded to protect individual privacy and ensure the data is not appropriated for unauthorized uses. Often these safety measures are imposed through statute but more often it is a result of internal agency or office policy driving the limitation. In an effort to protect data privacy and restrict use, agencies have instead generated stovepipes effectively limiting the data’s usage to only it’s intended purpose rather than allowing the data to be combined with other datasets to reveal meaningful analysis.

    Executive Order on Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Government3

    The current Administration is countering systemic inequity by ensuring all policies include principles and approaches that remedy inequities and promote equitable outcomes and that the Federal Government’s workforce will reflect the people it serves. The June 25, 2021 Executive Order on Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Government requires agencies to improve how demographic data is collected on Federal employees to drive data-driven and evidence-based approaches for reducing barriers in hiring, promotions, professional development, and retention practices.

    But the Executive Order gives me “hope heartburn.” The Order offers a positive path forward (hope) but doesn’t necessarily acknowledge the hard work it will require to implement (heartburn). To fully support the Executive Order, the Federal Government needs human capital data standards preferably established through a DEIA lens. The Office of Personnel Management, Office of Management and Budget, the Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) and Chief Data Officer (CDO) Councils must work in close partnership for a whole of government approach and coordinate with the private sector and non-governmental organizations to model best practices. Consistency in data practices, structures, and standards established through collaboration would enable broader scaling and application. Collaboration across organizational lines could lead to sharing of data to draw deeper meaning and conclusions and uncover best practices.

    Addressing systemic inequities in policies and programs is aspirational. The goal looks achievable if we use data to drive equitable outcomes. Further, the Executive Order provides an opportunity for collaboration in the collection, analysis, and sharing of data. Improved quantitative data, assessed with qualitative data obtained in consultation with stakeholders who have lived experiences, moves us much closer to understanding and addressing equity in the Federal workplace. A la Alexis Rose4, I love that journey for us!


    (1) https://dei.extension.org/

    (2) https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-21-67

    (3) Executive Order 14035. (2021, June 25). “Executive Order on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce,” The White House. Available: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/06/25/executive-order-on-diversity-equity-inclusion-and-accessibility-in-the-federal-workforce/   

    (4) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexis_Rose

  • 07/01/2021 10:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello PTCMW Members and Friends! I hope everyone is having a great Summer so far. I wanted to share a few updates on the PTCMW operations.

    Monthly Educational Sessions

    In May we had Scott Davies, Jim Austin and Mike Zickar present on potential versus fit in predicting success in jobs and career paths. They shared specific examples of how they have used fit to predict factors such as attrition, safety, and job performance. It was a very successful event and networking session with over 30 in attendance.

    Earlier this month we had Sonya Stokes from Aon’s Assessment Solution discuss the trends that she and her colleagues are currenting seeing in selection and assessment. She shared insights from case studies from current clients and from Aon’s Global HR Pulse Survey. She also discussed how the past year has shaped selection and is likely to have a continued impact moving forward. Members can access the recordings of the May or June sessions in our webinar library.

    Given the IPAC annual conference happening in July, we will be having our “July” event in early August. Specifically, HumRRO’s Dan Putka and Martin Yu will be presenting on some of HumRRO’s automated item generation (AIG) efforts on August 3rd from 5-7 EDT. Specific sign-up details will be sent out in late July.

    Then in late August we are planning to conduct a workshop focused on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. This will be a virtual workshop and the date and time is still TBD. But the format is expected to be an expert panel with a Q&A session, followed by a live interactive experience.

    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.

    Blog and Resource Sharing

    Yesenia Avila and her team have been busy implementing the blog/resource sharing strategy I mentioned in my last message. In June we posted a blog by Charlene Zhang, Martin Yu and Arielle Rogers on Tips for the Job Search for I/O psychologists entering the workforce. Members can access this blog at The Point.

    We also just posted a blog by Scott Davies following his May event on how there is still much work to be done on improving diversity, equity and inclusion in organizations for the good of people, businesses and the communities they serve.

    We are planning to continue to post at least 1-2 blogs per month. So, if you are interested in generating a blog please let us know! And if you have resources you think would be useful for the PTCMW membership, please let us know that as well. You can reach out to Yesenia (comm.ptcmw@gmail.com) or me directly (president@ptcmw.org).

    Mentorship Program

    Our 2021 PTCMW Mentorship Program kicked off earlier this month. We have 25 mentees and approximately 20 mentors participating in the program and it is scheduled to run through November. If you missed out this time but are interested in participating in our next session, please be on the lookout for more information in late 2021/early 2022.

    IPAC Updates

    The 2021 IPAC Annual Conference will be presented virtually from July 26-28. You can register here for the conference. The conference schedule is also available to see all of sessions and events taking place at this year’s conference.

    IPAC is accepting nominations for the 2021 Innovations in Assessment Award through July 9, 2021! This award recognizes a person or team for the development and application of an innovative personnel assessment tool or procedure which resulted in improved effectiveness, efficiencies, or cost savings. Visit the IPAC website (here) to access additional award details and to submit a nomination form.


    PTCMW Board Member Spotlight

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the PTCMW Member Survey. We are still analyzing the data and will then determine what specific areas we want to focus on for improvement or expansion. However, one request that was made via the survey was to include a brief bio about PTCMW board members in the monthly messages. So, I have decided to go first, and we will then incorporate bios for other board members in the future months.

    Rob Calderón – PTCMW President

    I am currently a Principal I/O Researcher at the American Institutes for research (AIR; www.air.org). I actually began my career at AIR in 1997 just after I received my Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from THE Ohio State University and then continued at AIR until 2003. I then worked for Caliber/ICF, SRA/GDIT, and FMP Consulting before returning to AIR in late 2019. Most of my work over the past 20+ years has focused on job analysis and competency modeling focused on identifying skill/competency gaps (and learning and development strategies to address these gaps) as well as developing assessment/selection tools to assist in the hiring process. I have primarily supported a wide variety of federal clients, but have also done work with commercial, state, and local clients.

    Outside of AIR, I am fairly active in presenting at conferences as well as leading/assisting in other thought leadership efforts. And I was also an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University early in my career where I co-taught a Master’s-level research methods course for a decade. I live in northern VA with my family and in my free time I enjoy heading to the beach, working out, attending cheer/gymnastics competitions for my daughter and rooting for the Capitals, Nationals, and Green Bay Packers (my original hometown!).

    Get Involved with PTCMW – Volunteer Opportunities

    If you are looking to get involved with PTCMW, we still have many volunteer positions available. Please reach out and let us know if you are interested. You can email us at president@ptcmw.org or  secretary.ptcmw@gmail.com!

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

    Thank you,

    Rob Calderón, PTCMW President

    president@ptcmw.org


  • 06/28/2021 5:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Author: Scott Davies

    Friends, colleagues, and fellow professionals, I was honored when asked to write a blog for PTCMW that followed my May 2021 meeting presentation about Job Fit and Job Potential with Drs. Austin and Zickar.  These are critical topics of great importance to our research and applied work, and I set about writing this follow-up blog to emphasize the points made in our webinar.  


    Then I began getting feedback on the May meeting webinar; feedback that was positive regarding our work on the main topics of the presentation (i.e., job fit and potential), but mostly focused on my opening statements about how it is our duty - a social imperative as IO psychologists, HR professionals, and psychometricians - to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in organizations for the good of people, businesses, and the communities they serve.  Those who provided feedback emphasized that the most important message within our presentation was not about the more narrowly defined topics from our presentation title, it was about how there is a great and pressing need and opportunity for us all to pitch in and help with recovery from the catastrophes of social injustice that were clearly brought into focus by the COVID19 pandemic.  

     

    The Challenge

    The challenge for our field to provide useful assistance in solving the current issues is that we are a scientific, data driven, quantitative discipline - that is why our audiences trust what we provide - but the issues of fairness, diversity, and inclusion are more than the numbers, rules, and laws that we tend to rely upon for guidance and evaluation. Not that numbers, rules, and laws are bad, but we must be willing to look beyond these to the zeitgeist of the issues. For most of us, therein lies the difficult part of providing assistance to current social issues, and I believe that is why we have struggled with changing DEI for most of our 125 year history as a discipline.

     

    Focusing on numbers, rules and laws often gives us escape routes from doing what is “right” in the larger sense of the word. For example, the 4/5th’s rule is a standard that can be achieved without meaningfully improving diversity and/or inclusion. If this were not true, I would have no reason to write this blog – the 4/5th’s rule has been followed by most employers for over 40 years and if it worked as intended, there would not be a problem with DEI in this country. Likewise, correcting significant levels of Differential Item Functioning (DIF) can be avoided without actually using fair and unbiased items – if and when the user decides that they are not interested in avoiding DIF, but basically hiding it behind complex scoring and scaling algorithms. In other words, for every rule that is given, there are multiple paths around actually meeting the spirit in which that rule was written. 

     

    If we allow ourselves to go there, we see this every day in (nearly?) all of the organizations with which we do business. When was the last time that you did business with a firm of any sort, viewed their marketing, or read about their financial or other outcomes, and felt positive that they were honestly improving DEI? Do we see any organizations making decisions at individual, group, and organizational levels that are actually fair and considerate to their diversity of members and stakeholders? 

     

    One Solution

    According to Sarah Todd in a 2020 Quartz article presenting results from the Center for Talent Innovation, the majority of white, straight, cisgender men with white-collar jobs in the US who participated in their survey say they care about DEI, but lack the time to do anything about it.  To members of this majority group who have no time for DEI, but still hold most of the decision making power in US businesses and communities, I propose:

     

    1. Improving diversity, inclusion, fairness, and equity is as practical of a matter, and as core to your business, as is improving execution and target financial outcomes.

    2. DEI does not take extra time and effort for employees/leaders if built into the talent management, career pathing, and HR technology infrastructure.

    3. Achieving points 1 and 2 is made possible through the use of modern, research-based talent management / talent marketplace systems designed to involve diverse subject matter experts, provide fair and unbiased psychometric measures, and align talent functions to predictive models that guide evaluation and continuous improvement of DEI from entry level through the C-suite while improving business execution and outcomes, without devoting additional time and resources above those typically required by talent solutions.

     

    Issue of Job Fit and Job Potential

    At a fairly micro level - which is often where we find ourselves focusing - job fit and job potential, the differences between them, how they are measured, predicted, utilized and evaluated, are important.  We have found that potential is a more robust lever to changing long-term DEI than is job fit.  Measuring and predicting job fit tends to be a way to perpetuate status quo, while measuring and predicting job potential allows for change, but certainly doesn’t ensure change any more than will another 4/5th’s rule or new approach to DIF. My point here is that as psychologists, we need to be cautious, because we can easily fool our audiences into believing we have uncovered a silver bullet for improving DEI when what we have actually done is a relabeling task.

     

    As IO psychologists and HR professionals, we are in the unique position of helping fix the wrongs of the past several hundred years regarding DEI.  We have the knowledge, power, and audiences necessary to cause positive changes for people, businesses, and communities. I hope this post helps inspire those within our ranks to either lead, follow, or get out of the way of these changes for good at this time in which they are possible.   

     

    Dr. Scott Davies is CEO of PointLeader Predictive Analytics, Inc., and architect/Chief Scientist behind the PointLeader Talent Management System, which is used by many organizations across industries to increase DEI and improve business execution and outcomes, without devoting additional time and resources. Connect with Scott on LinkedIn and learn more about his work at pointleader.us.

  • 06/09/2021 3:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You’re Almost There: Tips for the Job Search

    Authors: Charlene Zhang, Martin Yu, Arielle Rogers

    What do you want to be when you grow up? Did you always want to be an I/O psychologist? Or did you originally want to be an astronaut and recently decide that I/O psychology was more interesting? Whatever your story is, the job search is a common struggle that brings us all together.

    The transition from being a student to a member of the workforce is never easy. A large part of the preparation for this role shift surrounds the job search process. We provide a number of tips from experience that might help you navigate the process.

    1.    Have a clear understanding of your strengths as a potential new hire.

    Just because your expertise is in bricklaying doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to jobs for laying bricks. Your strengths are transferable, and stones, rocks, and even eggs need to be laid too.

    Your strengths could be substantive I/O topics that you have focused on in your graduate school career. For example, if your main area of research is leadership competency, you may be a great fit for a role that specializes in leadership assessment. However, a lot of us studied hyper-specific constructs or methods that may not be directly relevant or applicable to many jobs. That is okay! Instead, you can think about skillsets or experiences that might set you apart. Have you logged a lot of hours conducting subject matter expert workshops? Do you pride yourself on your presentation and communication skills? Are you used to working with large and messy datasets? Do you have expertise in big data methods like machine learning and natural language processing? Any of these can be capitalized as your primary strength as you enter the job market.

    2.    Be explicit about what you are looking for but keep your options open.

    Maybe your dream job isn’t hiring at the moment. It isn’t every day that a company hires an I/O psychologist astronaut for their lunar office.

    It is natural to start the job hunting process having an idea of your dream job, whether it be the industry (e.g., internal vs. external), the nature of the role (e.g., client-facing vs. product development), or even specific companies. Although it makes sense to focus the majority of your energy on pursuing the role you have in mind, do not completely close the door to other opportunities. Sometimes just an interview can open your eyes to a corner of the industry or pique your interest in work that you were not aware of before.

    3.    Make networking fun.

    Your network and support group should be able to provide more personal advice than three strangers on the internet can provide. If you can dream just send a wish out, and when you need them, they’ll be there!

    The importance of networking is reiterated on any list of job search-related tips. However, networking does not have to equate to the intimidating image of walking into a room full of professionally dressed strangers and trying to infiltrate the circle. It can be joining a mentorship program like the one organized by PTCMW that pairs you up with someone who has knowledge or experience that could be informative to you. It can also be reaching out to your own network and getting back in touch with old classmates, internship managers, connections of friends, etc. It is also important to remember that networking is ultimately about building relationships. That means that those difficult and awkward inquiries about job openings or requests of a referral will come much more easily and naturally once a relationship has been established. Be curious and show genuine interest in others’ work and experiences.

    4.    Set yourself up for success early.

    Stick your foot into as many doors as you can. If you stub your toe, take it as a learning experience and try a different door.

    For those who are still a year or two away from going on the job market, it might not be too early to start thinking about your career goals. It is not uncommon for companies to hire recent interns for full-time roles, so the last internship as a graduate student could be instrumental in shaping your career. Whereas you might be trying different things and getting to know the different facets of I/O with your earlier internships, you might decide to treat the choices of your later internships more similarly to your eventual job-hunting process. If the option is available, try to land a role that you could see as your first job and use it both to assess the fit between your skills and interests and what the role has to offer, as well as an opportunity for you to demonstrate your capabilities to the company. A great performance as an intern could be your foot in the door.

    5.    Do not take rejections personally.

    If it’s been a year and a company still hasn’t responded to your application, it doesn’t always mean you have been rejected. Maybe they just lost the password to their email account.

    This is undoubtedly easier said than done, but it is important to keep in mind that a number of factors that are outside of your control impact whether you receive an interview or an offer. Sometimes rejections speak more to the fit between your particular skillset and the role being filled rather than your overall competitiveness as a candidate. Sometimes companies can modify the job description due to internal considerations that make you no longer qualified. Rejections or not hearing back from organizations can be disappointing, but just remember that it often is not you.

    The job search can be a stressful time, but it is also a celebration of all your accomplishments to date. Take it as an opportunity to show off who you are and to reinforce the skills that you have developed. Once you have received that first job offer, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that you are successful.

    Ready to Start Your Search? Below are a few helpful sites that list openings for applied and academic I/O psychology jobs and internships:


  • 04/27/2021 10:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello PTCMW Members and Friends! I hope everyone is having a great Spring so far. I wanted to share a few updates on the PTCMW operations.

    Monthly Educational Sessions

    In March we had BetterUp’s Evan Sinar, Shonna Waters, Erin Eatough, and Ali O’Malley discuss what has been learned from coaching data in the time of COVID, civil unrest, and coping. It was a very successful event and networking session with over 50 in attendance. Members can access the recording of the session in our webinar library.

    Our April event is in just a few days on April 28th from 5-6pm EDT. This will be a post-SIOP networking and meet-up event. The event is FREE but please sign up online to attend so we can have an accurate headcount. We will leverage Zoom breakout rooms to discuss our favorite SIOP Top Workplace Trends and/or other interesting learnings from the annual conference.

    In May, Scott Davies, Jim Austin and Mike Zickar will be presenting on job fit. The exact date for this event is still to be determined but registration information will be sent out by mid-May.

    PTCMW is continuing to provide 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.

    Mentorship Program

    Thank you to all of the 2020-21 PTCMW mentors/mentees who responded to feedback survey last month. We are using this information to continue to improve and provide a great experience for all participants. And we are currently planning the next PTCMW Mentorship Program which run from June through November of this year. More details for this next mentoring session will be coming soon.

    PTCMW Member Survey

    Thank you to everyone who has already provided feedback via the PTCMW Member Survey. So far, we have just over 50 responses. We plan to leave the survey open a little longer through May 2nd, 2021. We will then begin analyzing the data and determine what specific areas we want to focus on for improvement or expansion. If you have not already completed the survey you can access it here: https://forms.gle/JEDjky2ax1VJCRLm9

    Blog and Resource Sharing

    If you have resources you think would be useful for the PTCMW membership, please let us know!  Additionally, we are always looking for blog content. Yesenia Avila and others have been working hard on a blog/resource sharing strategy and plan to begin posting content soon. If you are interested in participating, you can reach out to Yesenia (comm.ptcmw@gmail.com) or me directly (president@ptcmw.org).

    Get Involved with PTCMW – Volunteer Opportunities

    If you are looking to get involved with PTCMW, we still have many volunteer positions available. Please reach out and let us know if you are interested. You can email us at president@ptcmw.org or  secretary.ptcmw@gmail.com!

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

    Thank you,

    Rob Calderón, PTCMW President

    president@ptcmw.org


  • 03/02/2021 8:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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

    Monthly Educational Sessions

    We held our February virtual panel career discussion that focused on offering career advice to students and early career professionals. We want to thank the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) I/O Psychology Graduate Program and Blacks in I/O Psychology for co-sponsoring the event; as well as our panel members Nchopia Nwokoma (O.C. Tanner), Nastasia Fong (IREX), Pat Curtin (NSF), and Jay Goodwin (ARI). With nearly 100 people in attendance, it was a tremendous success! Members can access the recording of the session in our webinar library.

    Our next monthly presentation will be on Wednesday, March 24th. Evan Sinar, Erin Eatough, Ali O'Malley & Shonna Waters from BetterUp will present research from the world’s largest database of coaching outcomes, including trends on member well-being across hundreds of thousands of coaching sessions with workers since mid-March of 2020. Registration will open soon.

    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.

    Mentorship Program

    The PTCMW 2020-21 Mentorship Program is wrapping up this month. We will be gathering feedback from the mentors and mentees who participated in the program to help us continue to improve and provide a great experience for all participants. And we are already planning for the next cycle which will be kicking off later this year.

    SIOP Conference Updates

    The 36th Annual SIOP Conference will be all virtual this year, beginning in mid-March and extending through early May. Events such as the Master’s Consortium, Doctoral Consortium, Early Career Faculty Consortium, and Preconference Workshops will begin in mid-March and the fact that all of these events are 100% virtual this year will allow SIOP to support and engage more members from a wider array of locations. The asynchronous and synchronous sessions will then begin in April with the asynchronous sessions being available through early-May. Registration for both the SIOP conference and the pre-conference workshops is now open https://www.siop.org/Annual-Conference

    Blog and Resource Sharing

    If you have 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 (president.ptcmw@gmail.com).

    Get Involved with PTCMW – Volunteer Opportunities

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

    • Technology Support: This focuses on 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.
    • Graduate Student Consulting Challenge Support: This focuses on planning and coordinating the event this year, as well as kickstarting planning for next year.
    • 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. You can email us at secretary.ptcmw@gmail.com or president.ptcmw@gmail.com!

    PTCMW Member Survey – Coming Soon!

    We will be distributing a survey soon to PTCMW members to gather input on their PTCMW experience. We will be asking about the value our members are getting from PTCMW as well as potential areas for improvement or expansion. So please provide your input once you receive the survey.

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

    Thank you,

    Rob Calderón, PTCMW President

    president.ptcmw@gmail.com


  • 01/04/2021 9:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello PTCMW Members and Friends.

    It is official; today is the last day of 2020! Before we bid this year adieu, here is a final update from the 2020 PTCMW Board.

    Awards and Recognition

    The November virtual Fall Event (hosted on November 18) provided an opportunity for PTCMW to announce our final awards for the year: the PTCMW Service Award winner and the Graduate Student Consulting Challenge winners.

    The Service Award is presented to recognize individuals for their service to PTCMW, and we are honored to name Gonzalo Ferro, Ph.D. as the 2020 recipient. Dr. Ferro has over 18 years of research and applied experience, has been a PTCMW member for nearly 20 years, and served as a PTCMW elected Board Member for 7 years. Additionally, Dr. Ferro assisted in establishing the PTCMW Fall Event, as well as the Graduate Student Consulting Challenge. Congratulations, Dr. Ferro!

    The 2020 Graduate Student Consulting Challenge (sponsored by Amazon) was a great success! Students were presented with a request for proposal (RFP) that outlined a real organizational challenge. Teams then worked together to develop a written response, as well as an oral presentation, that was evaluated by expert I-O judges. And the winners are:

    • The first-place team included: Dhanisha Nandigama, Jinah Rhee, Chelsea Riccardi, Sarah Schaible, Sarah Sultzer, Nianqi Wu
    • The second-place team included: Jessie Cannon, Taylor Dotson, Andrea Garry, Heekyung Kim, Joe Meyer
    • The third-place team included: Julia Baines, Alec Campbell, MaryJo Kolze, Yoori Koo, Anastasia Lisina, Abbey Salvas

     Congratulations to our winners and to all the students who participated!!

    For more information about the PTCMW Service Award and Graduate Student Consulting Challenge, please visit out website: http://www.ptcmw.org/Awards and http://www.ptcmw.org/scc.

    Monthly Educational Sessions

    To end the year, PTCMW held two final events – one in November and one in December:

    • On November 18, PTCMW held the virtual Fall Event. Nathan Kuncel, Ph.D. and Paul Sackett, Ph.D. presented respectively on Using Decision Making Research and Theory to Enhance Hiring Decisions and New Developments in Stereotype Threat: Implications for High Stakes Testing.
    • On December 9, Doug Reynolds, Ph.D. and Stephanie Neal, M.A. presented Leadership in Context: Shifting Conditions, Changing Demands.

    Both monthly presentations ended with a virtual happy hour. Members can access the slides and video recordings of our monthly events here: http://www.ptcmw.org/webcasts.

    Hope to see you at our next event!

    2021 PTCMW Board Members – Welcome!

    The election process for the 2021 PTCMW Officers concluded; the new Board Members have been identified. Please join me in congratulating and welcoming:

    • 2021 Recorder: Kira Foley
    • 2021 Secretary: Arielle Rogers
    • 2021 Treasurer: Richard Evitts
    • 2021 VP for Programs: Mike Litano
    • 2021 President-Elect: Marni Falcone

    These professionals will join 2021 PTCMW President Robert Calderón and myself next year!

    2020 PTCMW Board Members and Volunteers – Thank you!

    As an outgoing act, I would like to thank the 2020 PTCMW Board and Volunteers. This year, PTCMW was able to provide our membership with a full set of offerings, including eight (8) recorded monthly events (two of which were the virtual Fall Event and a workshop), the restart of the Mentorship Program, the annual career panel with UMBC, and the Graduate Student Consulting Challenge.

    In short, PTCMW worked hard to ensure our members were able to connect, share, and grow throughout the entire year. Please join me in thanking:

    • Past President: Lorin Mueller
    • President-Elect: Robert Calderón
    • Vice President: Angela Lee
    • Secretary: Katelyn McCoy
    • Treasurer: James Wilcox
    • Recorder and Mentoring Program Coordinator: Leah Ellison
    • Webmaster and Graduate Student Consulting Challenge Coordinator: Jenna Eagleson
    • Newsletter/Blog Editor: Yesenia Avila
    • Calendar Chair: Kira Foley
    • Technology Chair: Tessa Riley

    Although PTCMW cannot wait to see you again in person, we will look for you on one of our upcoming virtual offerings.

    It was my honor to serve as your president in 2020; until next year!

    Thank you,

    Emilee Tison, 2020 PTCMW President

    president.ptcmw@gmail.com


  • 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 pastpres.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


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