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August 2014 Luncheon/Webcast: Dr. Heather Wolters, Army Research Institute

  • 08/20/2014
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • GMU Arlington Campus, Founder's Hall, Room 121


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Title: Building Nested Competency Models: Challenges and Lessons-learned

Presenter: Heather Wolters, Ph.D., Research Psychologist, Army Research Institute
Lunch buffet included on-site.
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GMU Arlington Campus, Founder's Hall, Room 121
  • 3351 N Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22201 (map)
  • Metro Access and Parking Available

Abstract: This session focuses on methodological considerations when building multi-level competency models.  Based on my experience building command competency models for three levels in the U.S. Army, I will offer insights and discuss challenges faced in the process.  The competency model-building process I employed relied heavily on military SMEs through qualitative interviews and quantitative surveys.  Major challenges involved navigating changing industry-specific jargon, eliciting needed information from SMEs, synthesizing the information to determine how competencies manifest at various levels of leadership.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Wolters joined ARI in 2009. She served as a Research Psychologist at the Fort Leavenworth Research Unit. In 2014, she began serving as a Team Leader/Research Psychologist for the Personnel Assessment Research Unit. Prior to coming to ARI, Dr. Wolters was an adjunct faculty member at Ferris State University from 2007-2009. Dr. Wolters holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Central Michigan University and a B.S. in Psychology from Ferris State University. Her professional memberships have included the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

PTC/MW thanks GMU's Industrial-Organizational Psychology Student Association (IOPSA) for their continued support in organizing and hosting our monthly luncheons and workshops.

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