Mo Wang
Mo Wang, Lanzillotti-McKethan Eminent Scholar, Director of the Human Resource Research Center and Chair of the Management Department.

Management professor elected president of premier industrial and organizational psychology organization

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Dr. Mo Wang, Lanzillotti-McKethan Eminent Scholar, Management Department Chair and Director of the Human Resource Research Center, is bringing his leadership skills to the premier professional organization for the science and practice of industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology as the President-Elect of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). Wang will serve as SIOP President from 2022-2023.

“It is a great honor and recognition,” Wang said. “I look forward to this new opportunity to serve SIOP members and build more sustainable capacity to fulfill SIOP’s mission!”

SIOP is an international professional association with an annual membership of more than 10,000 I-O psychologists from 80 countries who study and apply scientific principles of the workplace. I-O psychologists serve as trusted partners to business, offering strategically focused and scientifically rigorous solutions for workplace issues. SIOP’s mission is to enhance human well-being and performance in organizational and work settings by promoting the science, practice and teaching of I-O psychology. Annual growth for the profession is projected at 19% through 2024 by The Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In his candidate statement, Wang outlined goals for building a more open and inclusive membership base for the society; fostering more engaged and efficient communication between SIOP membership and external stakeholders; and diversifying SIOP’s income sources.

Prior to his election as SIOP President, Wang has served the organization in other elected and non-elected roles including Membership Committee chair, Membership Services Portfolio officer and Publications Portfolio Officer.

Wang has been with the Warrington College of Business since 2011 and served as department chair since 2017. His research focuses on older worker employment and retirement, occupational health psychology, human resource management and quantitative methods. Wang’s work has yielded more than 200 scholarly publications and appeared in media outlets including BBC News, NPR and The New York Times.

Wang is the founding editor for Work, Aging and Retirement and has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Psychology and the director for the Science of Organizations Program at NSF. He consults with organizations and government agencies on numerous projects on personnel selection, performance management, leadership development and vocational education.

Wang earned his Ph.D. in I-O and developmental psychology and his master’s degree from Bowling Green State University and his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Peking University in China.