May 16th MPPAW Meeting

Welcome back MPPAW members and friends! Our next meeting is Tuesday May 16, 2017. This event is sponsored by HumRRO.

Join us for our social hour at 5:30 complete with complimentary food and beverages for purchase. There is plenty of time to network before the speaker presentation begins at 6:20.

Speaker(s): Dan Putka, Principal Staff Scientist at the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO)
Topic: Big Data Myth Busters: Benefiting from Big Data Analytic Methods with Small Data
Location: Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown: 1500 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Program Description:

Myths surrounding Big Data analytic methods pervade the I-O field. Common myths include the notion such methods are irrelevant for smaller data sets, and produce results that are overly optimistic, lack theoretical value, and are too hard to convey lay decision makers. These myths will be introduced and debunked.

Dan Putka, Principal Staff Scientist

Over the past 15 years, Dan has helped numerous organizations develop, evaluate, and implement assessments to (a) enhance their hiring and promotion processes, and (b) guide individuals to career and job opportunities that fit them well. Complementing his client-centered work, Dan has maintained an active presence in the I-O psychology scientific community, focusing on advancing psychometric and analytic methods that are sensitive to the demands of applied research and practice.  Along these lines, he has delivered numerous presentations and invited workshops at national conferences, published a multitude of book chapters and articles in top-tier journals, and serves on the editorial board of five scientific journals. Dan is a past-president of the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington, and a fellow of APA and three of its divisions to include the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP; Division 14), APA’s Quantitative and Qualitative Methods Division (Division 5), and the Society for Military Psychology (Division 19).  Dan currently serves on SIOP’s committee to revise the Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures, and recently served on the international task force to revise the Guidelines and Ethical Considerations for Assessment Center Operations. Dan holds a Ph.D. in I-O Psychology with a specialization in Quantitative Methods from Ohio University.


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