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I thought that my blog had been dropped and the Ohio blog site changed. That explains my lengthy absence. However, since my blog still is listed, I am posting this to see if I am still here?

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This decision does not have the impact of the Pepsi case I posted, as the ministerial exception is pretty limited, but an important decision nevertheless. The Supreme Court has upheld what is referred to as the Ministerial Exception. The Ministerial Exception shields religious organizations from discrimination lawsuits.

According to Reuters: The Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday for the first time in an important church-state separation issue that ministers cannot sue their churches claiming they had been fired in violation of employment discrimination laws.

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According to the Associate PressPepsi Beverages Co. will pay $3.1 million to settle federal charges of race discrimination for using criminal background checks to screen out job applicants — even if they weren't convicted of a crime.

Probably not unexpected, reinforcing the idea that screening should be job related; of course, from a company perspective, it certainly has downsides in terms of possible negligent hiring.

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Today, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2 to 3 pm., at The University of Akron. The Center for the History of Psychology presents Anna Perlina for her talk titled “Between Adaptation and Confrontation: Gestalt Psychology’s Path From the Weimar Academic Culture to North America and the Case of Kurt Lewin.” Perlina will discuss the history of Gestalt psychology in Germany, focusing on how this tradition was shaped by the work of Kurt Lewin after his emigration to America in 1933. This event is free and open to the public.  The center is at College and Mill streets. For further information, contact Dorothy Gruich at ext. 7284 or gruich@uakron.edu.

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The branding of a company is a hot topic; as is the branding of oneself as an applicant for jobs. A question is where does the brand come from. One answer, and I think a good one, is that the Organizational Brand is a reflection of how you treat your employees. That is, if you want to know how customers and applicants see your brand, ask employees what they think of the company. Conduct an attitude survey. Of course, customers and applicants may have different viewpoints, but your own employees are a good place to start.

For some similar reflections, see the following from Workforce.

 

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On Critics of Testing,

I am sure that as soon as the first test was invented, by the Chinese according to the history of assessment, the first critic of testing was born. Criticisms of testing are nothing new. I would bet there have been a few test constructors burned at the stake and if we still had burning stakes there would be teacher unions calling for just that punishment for those who create standardized educational tests.

Certainly, as soon as the Western testing boom started in the 1900s, there were critics, specifically of the eugenics movement. Perhaps the greatest anti-personality testing book ever written was The Organization Man by Whyte in 1956. The future looks even more bleak. From the earliest years in school, children are taught by teachers about the evils of standardized testing and how the test has to be outfoxed.

Of course, what is most disappointing is not that the public and politicians do not understand testing, it is that so few psychologists, human resource professionals, and even assessment professionals, understand the most basic facts about the science of testing. Testing is a science and the basic principles are not open for debate or casual opinion, which is not to say that there are aspects of assessment or its use that are not open to thoughtful, informed commentary. Of course, we still debate evolution and fail to understand basic economic principles (like money does not grow on trees), so it is no real surprise that testing is so misunderstood and so often criticized.

So speaking of similar articles online.

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2010/12/02/what-is-a-college-degree-worth-in-china/high-test-scores-low-ability

Dennis Doverspike

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For two days (Nov. 16 – 1 – 4 pm, Nov. 17 – 10am – 1 pm) the Center for the History of Psychology at The University of Akron will have an Open House, tours, and book sale. The Center for the History of Psychology is located on The University of Akron campus at 73 College Street (corner of College & Mill streets). Please contact Dorothy Gruich by email gruich@uakron.edu or call 330-972-7284.

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The Psychology Department at The University of Akron will be featured in a Travel Channel program “Mysteries at the Museum.” This particular program will deal with the Zimbardo Stanford Prison Experiment and includes an interview with Dr. David Baker. The program is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 9 p.m. The original artifacts can be viewed at the museum at 73 College St, on the corner of College and Mill Streets on The University of Akron campus.

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Robert Lord, Ph.D., a member of the psychology department at The University of Akron and a distinguished professor of psychology has been named the winner of the 20120 Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP or Division 14 of the American Psychological Association). Bob Lord received this honor his scientific and theoretical contributions.

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Steve Marks, the co-founder of Main Street Muffin, will speak on “Muffins and Marathons: an Entrepreneurial Story.” at the next Akron Roundtable. Marks will speak at noon, Thursday, Oct. 20 at Quaker Station ballroom.

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