Guion recognized as distinguished scientist

Dr. Robert Guion, a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of psychology, had a big impact on BGSU and an even bigger impact on his field of industrial and organizational psychology. On Jan. 15, he was recognized by the Foundation for the Advancement of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS) when it added him to its list of distinguished scientific honorees.

Dr. Robert Guion

“This is a distinct honor for Bob,” said Dr. Milt Hakel, Ohio Eminent Scholar of psychology. Numerous colleagues nationwide have added their personal tributes to the site, Guion “served as mentor for many of today's leaders in the field,” according to the foundation.

Guion taught at BGSU from 1952-85 and led the development of the master’s and then the doctoral program in industrial and organizational psychology. He was chair of the department from 1966-71. During his career, he held visiting appointments at Berkeley, New Mexico, Hawaii’s Department of Personnel Services and the Educational Testing Service.

He “has been making significant contributions to the theory and practice of industrial and organizational psychology for nearly 60 years,” the foundation site says. “His contributions have covered attitudes, morale, motivation, recruiting, placement, selection, discrimination, organizational climate, utility and general issues concerning measurement.

“His landmark text published in 1965, Personnel Testing, was required reading for almost every I-O graduate student. Indeed, the watchword at one competing university was ‘Memorize Guion.’ In 1998 he added another classic, Assessment, Measurement, and Prediction for Personnel Decisions,” which is having the same strong impact, the site says. An abridged version was published in 2006 with BGSU colleague Dr. Scott Highhouse, psychology, as co-author, and the second edition of the original is in press.

Businesses, organizations and civil service agencies all over the country have for years based their selection of employees on the guidelines Guion developed. “He was principal author of the 1974 Standards for Educational and Psychological Tests, and co-chair for two editions of the Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures, published by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Based on sound theory and research, these documents had a major impact on practice and were given due deference by the courts in employment litigation. They epitomize the best in using scientific research to inform public policy,” according to the FABBS.

As a contributor to professional psychology, he served as president of two American Psychological Association divisions and chaired the APA’s Board of Scientific Affairs. He edited the Journal of Applied Psychology from 1983-88.

Guion has been recognized many times for his contributions to his field. He twice won the James McKeen Cattell Award for research design from the Division of Industrial Psychology of the APA, first in 1965 and again in 1981. In 2000, he was named a James McKeen Cattell Fellow by the American Psychological Society (now the Association for Psychological Science) for his contributions as an applied scientist, and received the Stephen E. Bemis Award from the International Personnel Assessment Council for his contributions to professional practice.

“His career is a model of the blend of theory, research, and application,” the tribute says.

February 9, 2009