As organizational scientists, we are uniquely positioned to help those organizations that help others. Our scholarship can be used directly to design interventions to aid people of all ages and non-profits in need. I have had the privilege of creating and co-creating a number of initiatives with a fantastic set of colleagues and students. Please let me know if you would like additional information on any of these efforts. They include:
The Power of Yet (ongoing). Working with Huntington Farms Elementary, a Title 1 school. Year-long Intervention designed for 6 fourth grade classes. Involves teaching elementary school students how to foster a growth mindset to improve their psychological well-being and performance in the classroom. Involves yearly teacher training as well.
Shelter Employee Engagement and Development System (ongoing).The Shelter Employee Engagement and Development System (SEEDS is a comprehensive tool designed specifically to help private and public animal shelters run better by collecting, synthesizing and analyzing employee attitudes, perceptions and opinions on key organizational issues. The issues include, but are not limited to, communication effectiveness, supervisory style, teamwork, peer-support, euthanasia practices, morale, trust, and the work itself. Have helped over 100 shelters.
Volunteer Program Assessment (ongoing). Led the creation of a huge outreach initiative designed to aid nonprofit organizations by providing advice and counsel about the quality of their volunteer program. We do this by surveying their volunteers. We have worked with over 300 non-profits and the program has spread to 6 other universities. Clients receive the service for free.
Organizational Science Summer Institute (OSSI) (ongoing). A week-long program designed to give undergraduates from historically underrepresented groups an insider’s view into organizational science education and research. OSSI was designed to encourage historically underrepresented undergraduate students from across the country to learn more about graduate studies in the field of organizational science and to foster interest in research and potential careers in the academy and industry. Our goal is to diversify the educational pipeline by addressing the primary barriers for successful admissions in graduate programs for underrepresented students: research experience and standardized testing.
Editorethics (ongoing). Along with Debra Rupp, started an initiative focusing on improving the integrity of our science mostly focusing on editor ethics. We created a voluntary code of conduct and an online community focusing on ethics in publishing. Created and implemented an affirmation process targeting all journal editors in IO/OB/HR. Advertised the website widely so as to create an accountability around the integrity issues advocated.