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  • 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.

  • 01/30/2013 6:34 PM | Anonymous

    This is just a reminder to look carefully at the Pre-Conference Workshops being presented at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s (SIOP) 28th annual conference on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the Hilton Americas in Houston.

    Workshops are a great opportunity to learn and network with industry leaders and others who share your same interests. By attending workshops, you will:

    • Dig into some of key organizational issues and learn how organizations are addressing those issues, what the research says, challenges encountered, and how you can apply this information in your organization
    • Have the undivided attention of nationally and internationally recognized experts
    • Learn not only from the presenters in the workshops but also from other members attending your workshops
    • Walk away with practical tools that you can take back to your organizations to help you address real business issues
    • Receive 3.5 CE credits for attending each workshop
    • Enjoy an exclusive opportunity to network with other workshop participants and presenters at a hosted luncheon and networking event following the workshops 

    Workshops cover a wide array of cutting edge topics such as integrating talent management to drive organizational performance, assessing legal risks of assessments, alternative validation strategies, creating a coaching culture, and retooling performance management processes. 

    Some topics that might be of special interest to PTC members are:

    • Broadening the Basis for Validation Evidence: Alternative Strategies and Their Implications (presented by S. Morton McPhail, CEB Valtera; Calvin C. Hoffman, LA County Sheriff's Department; Damian J. Stelly, CEB Valtera)
    • Assessing the Legal Risks of Your Assessments (presented by Kathleen K. Lundquist, APTMetrics; Lawrence Ashe and Nancy E. Rafuse, Esq., Ashe, Rafuse & Hill, LLP)
    • Retooling Performance Management: Science, Practice, and Art (Presented by Seymour Adler, AON Hewitt; Miriam Ort, PepsiCo)
    • Psychometrics for the Rest of Us, Practical Answers to Common Measurement Questions (presented by Jeff Foster, Hogan Assessment Systems)

    Something NEW for 2013! For the first time, we are offering an opportunity to register for one workshop (either morning or afternoon) at a reduced cost. For those of you who find it difficult to attend a full day of workshops, this option should give you more flexibility to attend, learn, and network!

    Registration costs are $400 (full day)/$300 (half day) for SIOP members and $650 (full day)/$485 (half day) for nonmembers. Fees include all registration materials for the workshop(s) attended, lunch, and reception.  For those of you who need continuing education (CE) credits, 3.5 hours of CE credits will be awarded for each workshop attended.

    The workshops operate on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to save your place today.  Click here for workshop and registration details.

    We hope to see you in Houston!

  • 12/31/2012 12:08 PM | Anonymous
    The last Newsletter of 2012 is now posted to the PTCMW Newsletter Directory, for download by PTCMW members (member sign in required). Inside the December 2012 Issue:
    • Announcement: Congratulations to Newly Elected 2013 Board Members!
    • Quarterly Updates: President's Note, Legal Watch, PTCMW News, Job Announcements, Industry Calendar
    • Three featured articles:
      1. Performance Management: Managing for RetentionRobert L. Cardy, Ph.D., University of Texas at San Antonio
      2. A Star is Born: The Implications of Heavy Tail DistributionsErnest H. O’Boyle, Ph.D., University of Iowa
      3. How can Employees Manage their own Performance? A Look at Spaceflight Resource Management Training (SFRM), from Nasa-Johnson Space Center: Lacey L. Schmidt, Ph.D., City of Houston; Kelley J. Slack, Ph.D., LZ Technology; Kathryn E. Keeton, Ph.D., Wyle
  • 12/05/2012 7:08 PM | Anonymous
    The presentation from today's PTC/MW Presidential Address by Dr. Rose Mueller-Hanson (PDRI) is now posted on the PTC/MW site. The talk, titled "What makes a leader? Critical success factors in government leadership," is available in the Events Materials directory of the Downloads page (member sign in required). 
  • 12/03/2012 11:47 AM | Anonymous
    The call for proposals for International Personnel Assessment Council (IPAC) 2013 can be found here on the IPAC website: http://www.ipacweb.org/ipac2013call.html. Proposals are accepted beginning December 3, 2012 and are due by January 31, 2013. 
  • 12/01/2012 12:54 PM | Anonymous
    Nominations are in and the 2013 PTC/MW Board ballot is now open! We ask all members to take a few moments to vote soon, as voting closes December 12, 2012. All voting takes place on the PTC/MW website and requires member sign-in. Visit www.ptcmw.org/vote2013 today to vote!

  • 11/01/2012 12:16 PM | Anonymous
    Several of your PTC Colleagues are also running for SIOP officer positions. Don’t forget to vote and let your voice be heard! Vote here: http://www.siop.org/elect
  • 10/15/2012 12:48 AM | Anonymous
    With our new site, every Member has a profile (visible only to other members)! You now have full editing control over your member information via your profile, and specifying which information is visible to other members. You can similarly change your password and other membership options from your profile. We encourage everyone to upload a photo, bio, and other information such as social media links (LinkedIn page and Twitter ID) to help you get build your network at PTC/MW. You can view your profile and change your password using the links in the banner above!

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