PTCMW President’s Message - June 2020

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:

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 (  

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 ( 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

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