National Organization Honors Psychology Faculty

Posted: February 8, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Muneeza Alam

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) is honoring two faculty members from the Department of Psychology. Jose Cortina, associate professor, is the recipient of the Ernest J. McCormick Award for Distinguished Early Career Contributions; and Robert Ployhart, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Marlyand, who joins Mason in fall 2001, received the S. Rains Wallace Dissertation Research Award. SIOP is a division within the American Psychological Association and an affiliate of the American Psychological Society that promotes human welfare in the workplace

The Ernest J. McCormick Award is given to an individual who has made noteworthy contributions to the science and practice of industrial and organizational psychology only a short time after completing his or her doctorate. Cortina, who received his doctoral degree in 1994 from Michigan State University, was nominated for the award based on his numerous research papers, his contribution to the understanding of data analyses and research methods, and the impact he has had on his students.

The S. Rains Wallace Award is given in recognition of the best doctoral dissertation in the field of industrial and organizational psychology. Ployhart, who received his doctoral degree from Michigan State University in 1999, receives the award based on his dissertation, “Integrating Personality Tests with Situational Judgment Tests for the Prediction of Customer Service Performance,” and its demonstration in the use of rigorous and creative research methods.

Both professors will receive a plaque and a cash prize of $1,000 at the SIOP Annual Conference in San Diego, April 27-29.

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