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2020 PTCMW Modified "Fall Event"

  • 11/18/2020
  • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Zoom


  • Public registration for all non-members
  • Save $10 by paying your 2021 membership dues with this event!
  • Save $10 by paying your 2021 membership dues with this event!
  • Complementary registration for this year's top three consulting challenge teams.
  • Complementary registration for guests and board members.

2020 PTCMW Modified "Fall Event"


2:00 PM - 2:20 PM: Award announcements (PTCMW Service Award, Graduate Student Consulting Challenge winners)

2:20 PM - 3:20 PM: Presentation 1 (Dr. Nathan Kuncel)

3:20 PM - 3:30 PM: Break

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Presentation 2 (Dr. Paul Sackett)

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Break

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Networking

Using Decision Making Research and Theory to Enhance Hiring Decisions - Dr. Nathan Kuncel

The field has invested heavily in developing measures that predict performance. This had led to success in establishing robust predictors that can be combined to maximize predictive power. Unfortunately, decision makers tend to perform poorly at combining multiple pieces of information while simultaneously feeling more confident in their decisions. Yet, the alternative, purely algorithmic decision making, is not well received by most stakeholders and can be problematic in some settings. In this talk, I will discuss the importance of decision making in staffing and make the case that this should be given at least as much attention in research and practice as the development of valid predictors. I will then turn to research that illustrates how we can harness judgment and decision making biases to actually debias decision makers leading to decisions with improved accuracy and a better alignment with organizational goals.

New Developments in Stereotype Threat: Implications for High Stakes Testing - Dr. Paul Sackett

A large body of research tests the notion that awareness of a stereotype about a group (e.g., the common belief women are weaker in math than men) affects the test performance of members of the stereotyped group. This awareness is called “stereotype threat”, and a common assertion is that high stakes tests (e.g., employment tests, university entrance tests) are therefore biased against members of stereotyped groups. I will critically review key issues in this literature. One is that almost all of the research is in lab settings; I will carefully examine what is known about stereotype threat effects in operational settings. I will report a new large-scale meta-analysis of this literature that focuses on differentiating studies with features likely vs. unlikely to be found in operational settings. I conclude with recommendations for operational testing programs.

Speaker Bios

Dr. Nathan Kuncel is the Marvin D. Dunnette Distinguished Professor of Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the University of Minnesota where he also earned his doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Nathan’s research generally focuses how individual characteristics (intelligence, personality, interests) influence subsequent work, academic, and life success as well as efforts to model and measure success. Recently his research has examined the effects of judgment and decision making on the utility of admissions and hiring decisions. Nathan’s has published in Science, Harvard Business Review, Psychological Bulletin, Review of Educational Research, The Wall Street Journal, Psychological Science, Perspectives on Psychological Science, among others. Nathan is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He received the Anne Anastasi Award from the American Psychological Association – Div. 5, the Early Career Research Award from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology, the Jeanneret Award from the SIOP and gave the Esther Katz Rosen Distinguished Lecture for the American Psychological Foundation. Nathan is an enthusiastic triathlete which barely lets him keep up with his kids.

Dr. Paul R. Sackett is the Beverly and Richard Fink Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. His research interests include fairness and bias in testing, honesty and integrity in the workplace, assessment of managerial potential, and methodological issues in employee selection. He served as founding editor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, and editor of Personnel Psychology. He has served as president of SIOP, as co-chair of the Joint Committee on the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, as co-chair of the committee to revise SIOP’s Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures, and as chair of APA's Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessments. He has received awards for teaching (Herbert Heneman Award from Minnesota’s Industrial Relations Center), research (the Human Resource Division of the Academy of Management’s Career Achievement Award), and service (Lifetime Service Award from the National Academy of Sciences). He is the only person to receive lifetime achievement awards in each of the three domains of teaching, research, and service from SIOP (Distinguished Teaching Contribution Award, Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, Distinguished Service Contribution Award).


  • This modified "Fall Event" will start with award announcements, followed by two presentations, and end with a networking session.
  • This presentation will be a live webcast, where attendees can ask questions.
  • The recorded webcast will be available to PTCMW members in the webcast library.
  • Registration closes at 11PM EST the day before the event.

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