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Schmitt receives top award for service to psychological science


by SIOP Administrative Office

Neal Schmitt, a Distinguished University Professor and emeritus professor of psychology at Michigan State University, has received the Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science from the Board of Scientific Affairs of the American Psychological Association.

This award recognizes individuals who have made “broad and significant” contributions to psychological science through their commitment to a culture of service. Criteria include participating on boards and committees of psychological associations; editing journals, mentoring students and colleagues, advocating for psychological science with state and federal lawmakers, and promoting the value of psychological science to the public.

During his career, Schmitt has served on the governing bodies and has been an active member of the American Psychological Association, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and APA Div. 5 (Quantitative and Qualitative Measures).

In his 40 years of involvement with SIOP, Schmitt has served on a number of committees including Public Policy and Social Issues, Scientific Affairs, Ad Hoc Testing Issues, and Long Range Planning. In 1989-90, he was president of SIOP.

He was editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology for six years and has served on the editorial boards of many of the leading journals in psychology.

A constant advocate for psychological science, he has been a member of advisory panels for various governmental agencies. His service to the discipline has advanced the field of personnel selection research, psychological measurement and industrial and organizational psychology.

Schmitt joined the MSU faculty in 1974 as an assistant professor of psychology and was department chair from 2000-10. He retired in 2011 and now is executive vice president for Polaris Assessment Systems.

In the summer of 2015, he was named interim dean of the College of Social Science at MSU.

Schmitt has played a key role in guiding MSU’s industrial and organizational psychology program to national prominence.

Active in his profession, he has been elected a Fellow by SIOP, American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society and Division 5 of American Psychological Association, Measurement. His associations also include the Academy of Management, International Test Commission and Society of Organizational Behavior.