At its January 22nd meeting in Atlanta, SIOP’s Executive Board took action to implement a modest dues increase for the 2011 dues year (May 1, 2010 –April 30, 2011).
The increase would raise dues by $9 for Fellow, Member, Associate and International Affiliate member statuses and by $4.50 for Student Affiliate and all Retired member statuses. This change represents a 15 % increase from current dues and does not require a vote of the entire membership. (Dues increases more than 15% must be presented to the membership for a vote.) However, in accordance with Bylaws Article VIII, Section 2, members have 60 days to provide input to the Executive Board (via the SIOP Exchange) before a final vote is taken at the April Board meeting.
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The Executive Board is considering a dues increase at this time for several reasons. Historically, SIOP’s dues have remained very low compared to similar organizations because our dues structure originally grew out of our status as a division of the American Psychological Association (APA). When members paid dues to APA, they paid a nominal fee to become a part of a specific division, such as Division 14, and APA then supplemented each division with a portion of the APA dues. However, over time, SIOP has taken steps to become more independent of APA, grow beyondits division status into a full-fledged professional organization, provide more services and opportunities to members, and build a stronger professional image for I-O psychology; meanwhile, the field of I-O has continued to grow. At the same time, APA’s financial support to SIOP has dwindled to a minimal contribution.
The board thinks that an increase for the 2011 dues year is necessary given the increasing costs of technology, services, utilities, and administration (employee salaries, healthcare, 401Ks) necessary to be an effective and vital professional organization. Throughout the economic downturn, SIOP has fared well, taking proactive steps to reduce our operating budget by 4% last year, but our fixed costs and member services have continued to increase over time.
We last increased dues $5 in the 2008-2009 dues year; they are currently $60 for professional members and $30 for students and retirees. That increase coincided with the launch of SIOP’s journal, Industrial-Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, to which all members receive a subscription as a benefit of membership. SIOP has begun providing several additional services to members since then, including the Learning Center, upgrading JobNet and the Placement Center, and new CE opportunities. Ongoing projects include branding efforts started in 2008 that will continue to be developed as well as several other exciting initiatives in the areas of visibility, public advocacy, and services to practitioners and to the public. Additional technology costs have also been associated with our new Web site, JobNet, Placement Center, and administrative upgrades.
As an organization dedicated to advancing the field of I-O psychology, we wish to continue to provide excellent member services and support for the I-O profession as a whole. This dues increase will help ensure these excellent member services continue and also allow the Society to provide additional services as member needs become apparent.
Even with this increase, our dues will continue to be much lower than those of similar organizations that offer comparable services. The extra funding will be an important step toward bringing our dues up to par with comparable organizations and will assist us in ensuring SIOP remains one of the most prestigious and influential professional organizations in the field of psychology.
Given the many benefits of being a member of SIOP, we hope the value you find in your membership will offset the additional 75 cents per month (professional) or 38 cents per month (students/retirees) you will pay in dues.
From the SIOP Executive Board