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  • 05/11/2014 2:17 PM | Anonymous
    The deadline for submissions for the IPAC Innovations in Assessment Award has been extended to May 16, 2014. 

    For more details about the award and to download an application, please go to http://ipacweb.org/news?mode=PostView&bmi=1474586

  • 01/16/2014 5:56 PM | Anonymous

    Conference Dates: July 20-23, 2014
    Conference Location: Embassy Suites Denver Downtown, Denver, Colorado
    Proposal Due Date: February 7, 2014

    The International Personnel Assessment Council (IPAC) is the premier organization of assessment professionals who develop and deliver state-of-the-science testing and measurement services within the HR community.  IPAC provides:

    • educational opportunities
    • a forum for expertise sharing
    • best practices and research in the field
    • resources that demonstrate the value added by assessment in organizations

    IPAC is a nonprofit organization of over 300 human resource professionals actively engaged in or contributing to the professional, academic, and practical field of personnel research and assessment.  The Annual Conference offers professionals the opportunity to share their latest research, programs, and ideas with their peers.

    You are cordially invited to be a part of that IPAC tradition.  Anyone may submit a proposal for consideration. Membership in IPAC is not required.

    We’re pleased to announce our current line-up of keynote speakers, who will anchor our program each day with general session presentations designed to take the discussion of assessment to the next level:

    • Kurt Kraiger
    • Ken Lahti
    • Kevin Murphy
    • Fred Oswald

    More information on our keynote speakers will be posted to the IPAC website soon.

    All topics in the area of personnel assessment and selection are welcome at the conference.  IPAC recognizes the value of assessment across the HR continuum as HR fulfils its role of strategic partner in the organization’s pursuit of its mission, vision, and business goals. 

    Session formats include symposia, panel discussions, paper presentations and tutorials.

    Questions about the proposal process and/or conference planning activities may be directed to the Conference Program Committee at conference@ipacweb.org.

    Proposals are due by 5:00 PM PST on February 7, 2014. Click here for additional information about session formats and the submission process. Click here to submit a proposal.

  • 10/01/2013 4:38 PM | Anonymous
    Attention Members! The September Quarterly Newsletter is now available for all members to download. Visit our Downloads page (member sign-in required) and select "Newsletters" to visit the PTCMW Newsletter Archive. Thanks to Kayo Sady (Newsletter Editor) for another great issue, and happy reading!

    Inside this Issue:
    • Quarterly Topic: Applicant Faking
    • President's Note: Voting, Mentoring, and Frank Schmidt, Oh My! (Dan Putka, HumRRO)
    • Legal Watch (Ryan O'Leary, PDRI a CEB Company)
    • Featured Article: The Prevalence of Applicant Faking (Michael C. Tocci, M.S., Patrick D. Converse, Ph.D., Richard L. Griffith, Ph.D., Florida Institute of Technology)
    • Job Announcements
    • Professional Calendar (Lance Seberhagen, Seberhagen & Associates)
  • 09/16/2013 6:00 PM | Anonymous


    Advance your career and your profession!  PTCMW is now seeking outstanding I/O professionals for nomination to PTCMW’s elected officer positions for 2014, as follows:

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

    Established in 1977, PTCMW is one of the largest and most prestigious local professional associations in the field of industrial and organizational psychology.  PTCMW membership (professional or student) is open to anyone who is interested in the field of industrial and organizational psychology. Although most members live in the metropolitan Washington DC and Baltimore areas, a significant number live across the USA.

    PTCMW is the one organization that unites the large and diverse I/O community in the greater DC area through its monthly luncheon meetings, breakfast workshops, and special events, as well as providing a quarterly newsletter, member directory, and comprehensive website.  PTCMW seeks continuous improvement each year through the new ideas and enthusiasm of its dedicated elected officers.

    Please nominate yourself and/or other members of PTCMW who would like to help President-Elect Alex Alonso make PTCMW even better for 2014.  This is a fantastic opportunity to make new connections, gain professional recognition, and contribute to the local I/O community!  All PTCMW members are eligible to run for office, but student members must upgrade to a professional membership prior to holding office. In addition to the specific duties of each office, the seven elected officers (including President and Past-President) serve as PTCMW’s Board of Directors. Visit http://www.ptcmw.org/positions  to learn more about the responsibilities for each elected position, or contact any Board member or committee chair with questions.

    Submit all nominations by Tuesday, October 15, to Rose Mueller-Hanson, Past PTCMW President and Nominations/Elections Chair, at rose.hanson@pdri.com.  


    Rose Mueller-Hanson
    Past PTCMW President
    Nominations/Elections Chair
    (703) 678-4043

  • 07/15/2013 9:29 AM | Anonymous

    The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s 9th annual Leading Edge Consortium, "Building Future Leaders: Innovations and Trends in Talent Management," is designed to provide key strategies and best practices that HR managers and business leaders can use in their own organizations. The event will take place October 18-19 at the Omni Richmond Hotel in Richmond, VA. Attendees will hear from a select list of experts who will relate the best talent management practices for identifying, developing, and retaining leaders.

    Registration is now open for this event! Learn more at www.siop.org/lec.

    Planned topics include:

    • The Business Case for Leadership and Talent Development
    • Leadership Development: A CHRO View
    • Innovations in Assessment
    • Leadership Development: Formal Development
    • Leadership Development: Learning from Job Experience
    • Leadership Development: Learning through Others (Coaching, Mentoring, etc.)
    • Building Talent Mindset
    • Leadership at the Top of the Organization
    • Big Data: Leadership applications, how it will shape leadership development and talent management in the next decade.
    • Leadership 2020

    You'll hear from top experts in the industry, including...

    • Moheet Nagrath, Leadership Strategist at Leadership Architecture Worldwide; former Chief Human Resources Officer, Proctor & Gamble
    • Brian Welle, People Analytics Manager, Google
    • Allan Church, VP, Organization & Management Development, PepsiCo
    • David Peterson, Director, Learning & Development, Google
    • Elizabeth Kolmstetter, Chief Human Capital Officer, US Agency for International Development
    Among many others!

    The consortium includes lunch on Friday and Saturday, breaks, and receptions on Thursday and Friday evening. Registration is $425 on or before August 29. After the early registration deadline the cost is $495, so register early to save!

    “Building Future Leaders: Innovations and Trends in Talent Management”will provide you an opportunity to learn and network with peers and colleagues. You will leave with new insights, ideas, and inspiration for the future. This is a not-to-miss experience!

  • 06/24/2013 10:27 AM | Anonymous
    Courtesy of Newsletter Editor Kayo Sady, members can now download the June Quarterly Newsletter.

    Inside this issue:
    • President's Note by Dan Putka: HEY! We’ve been doing this for 100 years!
    • Legal Watch by Ryan O'Leary
    • Featured Article: Beyond Interrater Reliability: Using G-Theory to Examine KSAO-Task Linkage Ratings
      Andrew C. Loignon, M.S., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
      Tara Myers, Ph.D., Sarah Gilbert, M.S., & Cheryl Hendrickson, Ph.D., American Institutes for Research
    • Recent Job Announcements
    • Professional Calendar by Lance Seberhagen
  • 04/16/2013 9:48 AM | Anonymous

    The FedPsych Forum

    The FedPsych Forum is an opportunity for Federal I/O Psychologists to have an open platform to share ideas, research, and experiences working for the federal government

    When: Thursday, April 25
    Where: Charles Sumner School, 17th and M St NW, Washington, DC
    Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
    Networking Event: 5:00pm-7:00pm

    Presentations (2:00pm – 3:00pm)

    The first half of the Forum Session will consist of three presentations on MSPB research:

    • Engagement Scale: Doug Nierle will discuss development of MSPB’s Engagement Scale.  This work is also described in the MSPB report The Power of Federal Employee Engagement.
    • Fair and Equitable Treatment: Cynthia Ferentinos will discuss the MSPB report Fair & Equitable Treatment: Progress Made and Challenges Remaining: MSPB Report on Fair Treatment of Minorities and its connection to recent research on fairness.
    • Workforce Motivation: Peter Leeds will discuss methods MSPB has used to study Federal employee motivation, as discussed in the report Federal Employee Engagement: The Motivating Potential of Job Characteristics and Rewards.

    If you cannot attend in person and would like to call in, you can do so for this portion of the forum. Please indicate your desire to call in by COB Tuesday, April 23rd by emailing FedPsychForum@opm.gov. Note there will be no option to call in to the Breakout Sessions.

    Breakout Sessions (3:15pm – 4:00pm)

    The second half of the Forum Session participants will breakout into discussion sessions. Forum participants will vote on the topics of interest and then breakout into groups. Group facilitators will ask questions and involve participants in the conversation.

    Offsite Networking Event (5:00pm – 7:00pm)

    After the session we will walk over to a local establishment for a Networking Event to continue the conversation in a more relaxed environment

    Location: Sign of the Whale, 1825 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

    Please RSVP by COB Tuesday, April 23 to FedPsychForum@opm.gov

  • 04/05/2013 10:27 AM | Anonymous
    Attention all Members! The latest Newsletter is now available for download (Members only). Special thanks to Newsletter Editor Kayo Sady and all contributors. Enjoy!
  • 03/22/2013 6:47 PM | Anonymous

    Educational Testing Service (ETS) is seeking volunteers to participate in a 10-minute survey to broaden the organization’s understanding about the alignment between writing in K-12, college settings, and the workplace. 

    The survey examines the kinds of writing tasks that students use in K-12, community college, and 4-year college settings in the United States, as well as the breadth of writing tasks that are required across different workplace sectors. Responses from this survey will inform future research and development of educational resources that support the teaching and evaluation of writing with a special interest in college- and workplace-readiness. 

    Participants’ names will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad® Mini, a $100 gift certificate, or a $50 gift certificate. ETS is seeking participants who are: (a) currently employed; OR (b) college students who have completed an internship.  Please feel free to pass this along to colleagues, friends, and relatives.

    The survey can be accessed here:


    The survey is open starting March 18th, 2013, and will available through April 8th, 2013.  For questions, please contact Jill Burstein at jburstein@ets.org.
  • 02/20/2013 2:05 PM | Anonymous


    Interested in nominating someone for this year’s Bemis Award?  Please e-mail the name of the person you wish to nominate to Alexander Alonso at presidentelect.ptcmw@gmail.com. The deadline for submitting names for consideration is March 20, 2013.


    Individuals nominated for this award should be current or retired professionals who most nearly emulate the three primary qualities for which Steve Bemis is remembered:

    1. Accomplished personnel measurement practitioners who are recognized for their on-going commitment to the principles of merit and fairness;
    2. Professionals who have made an impact in the field by their practical contribution(s) that have either resulted in an improved or new procedure; and
    3. Concerned individuals who are recognized for their commitment to assisting fellow practitioners, being available to them, and freely calling on them.

    About the Award:

    The Stephen E. Bemis Memorial Award is a unique award granted each year by the International Personnel Assessment Council (IPAC) that is intended to reflect on both the tangible contributions that Steve Bemis provided to our profession AND on the open, caring attitude that characterized his personality. It was designed to serve as a perpetual reminder of the qualities that caused his colleagues to admire him.

    First, and foremost, Steve Bemis was a practitioner--a practitioner who was deeply committed to the principles of merit and fairness. His primary concerns centered around the need to develop tests that were truly job related and did not unfairly discriminate against any group.

    Steve's contributions were practical in nature. He improved upon job analysis techniques and published his results to assist his fellow practitioners. He recognized the extent to which evaluations of Training and Experience highlighted quantity as opposed to quality. Thus, he was one of the initial contributors to the Behavioral Consistency Method. He understood the impossibility of requiring employers to demonstrate empirical validity for all of their tests and joined the fight to elevate the status of content validity as a viable means for employers to validate tests. Steve also recognized the value of tests to management--and the need for management support. As such, he helped publicize the cost utility of employment testing.

    Among his many attributes, Steve is most remembered for the friendship he generously gave to his fellow practitioners. He encouraged junior analysts to acquire more knowledge, and he motivated those who had been in the field for many years to share their experiences. Practitioners from across the nation knew that when they called Steve with a technical problem, he would somehow find the answer or the person who had it. In other words, he cultivated networking before it became fashionable. Toward this end, he spearheaded the creation of the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington (PTC/MW) that was an overnight success. He also made himself available to share his knowledge at countless professional conferences, conventions, and meetings throughout the country with seemingly tireless energy.

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