ISPI members who write for the PI journal define it as an important part of their career, networking, and professional development. The July 2012 issue focused on ISPI’s 50th Anniversary and Moving Forward. Remember, as an ISPI member, you can access all back content from PI through ISPI’s member’s only area on the website.
The issue opens with Jack Phillips, “50 Years and Counting”, which depicts many future opportunities and several challenges ISPI faces and how to over come them. Clare Carey and Miki Lane reflect on their development and growth within ISPI. William Coscarelli opens with a commentary, “Harless, Mom, and ISPI”. David Wiley focuses on “Why Doers Do: 15 Years Wiser.” Keith Vieregge and James Moseley deliver a wake-up call as “Our Future as Performance Improvement Practitioners.” Matt Donovan offers a “Recap of the 2011 ISPI University Case Study Competition” and provides context for the annual conference event. This is followed by Karen Hicks and Anne Blake’s firsthand experience as a participating team. Marci Paino and Jessica Briskin illustrate a timeline of ISPI history and the importance of the Emerging Professionals Committee. The issue wraps up focusing on ISPI’s Awards of Excellence and Honorary Award recipients. Here’s why these contributing authors write for PI journal…
When I wrote the first version of “Harless, Mom, and ISPI” it was for the inaugural issue of Performance Improvement Quarterly and was intended to help anchor PIQ as a journal dedicated to scholarly practice in the HPT discipline. It became the first peer-reviewed journal dedicated to scholarship in HPT, and thus provided a needed complement to Performance Improvement journal. With the arrival of PIQ, PI and PIQ became the philosophical bookends in the ISPI library.
- I wrote for PI for the same reasons I read each issue–PI has proven to be a reliable vehicle for sharing reflective professional practice in our field. The authors of PI come from government, academic, private, and business fields. Their varied experiences in HPT lead to a rich range of work that only PI captures.
- As a professor, I turned to PI to find articles that would explain concepts or illustrate applications. The case studies always helped me to tie together lectures and activities about HPT.
- As a reader, I found succinct practical analyses of trends and activities in the field.
- As a researcher, I was able to share early, practitioner-oriented ideas of empirical work that helped generate a dialogue with others who were interested in the same areas.
- As an HPT practitioner, PI provided a means to establish the credibility of our field with clients in creating interventions.
There are at least five reasons here for contributing to PI. I suspect others can add one or two more good reasons–or better yet–one or two more articles for the advancement of the performance improvement field.
I write for PI for selfish reasons. As a consultant, my main assets are knowledge and that has a short shelf-life. My value in the market is proportional to the currency of my knowledge. In a safe environment, frequented by others who care about human performance, I can beta test my techniques, get great feedback, and help my clients with field-tested approaches. The July PI printed my article, “Why Doers Do: 15 Years Wiser”. This allowed me to get crucial feedback from the audience that most matters to me: fellow HPTers. So, my reasons are selfish, but if others benefit from a new perspective or some novel approaches, so much the better.
Working as an Organizational Development Consultant for years, I have always had an insatiable appetite for performance improvement. I was fortunate to find Wayne State University’s Instructional Technology program where I found people who I could engage with in conversations about decision making, intervention selection, evaluation, and needs assessment. At Wayne State, I was introduced to human performance improvement as a field of study and exposed to accomplished HPT scholars, Dr. Ingrid Guerra-Lopez and Dr. James Moseley. With their mentorship, I was introduced to ISPI and was presented with an opportunity to participate in a case study competition where I could apply the theory and models I was learning in a simulated case study.
PI was the go-to resource for the competition group. We used it to learn how others approached organizational challenges and were thrilled, but never surprised, to find just the article we were looking for in the journal. It was in the pages of PI where we found our colleagues that helped talk us through a challenge, posed thought-provoking questions, or gave us a new tool to approach a problem.
By writing for the journal, we are adding value by supporting each other through our writings. I want to offer that same support to my colleagues. That’s why I write for PI.
Each month, Robert, my Canada Post mailman, delivers the latest volume of the PI to my mailbox. This eagerly awaited event, ISPI has provided to me and all members of the Society, is a significant part of my professional development. I have always found something of interest and educational in every one of the now over 250 journals I’ve received in the past 25 years. I scan the articles to see if anyone I know has written something. I will usually read those first, and those written words either flesh out the person I may have met briefly at a conference or help me to appreciate the depth of knowledge of respected colleagues.
Then, I turn to the articles written by those authors I don’t know. They can be established professionals in the field pushing the envelope of their work or emerging professionals presenting new ideas or different ways of looking at problems and issues of our field. I may not agree with what has been stated, but I always stop to think and reflect on what was presented and isn’t that what a great journal is supposed to do.
By Jessica Briskin
I have been a member of the Emerging Professionals Committee (EPC) for the past four years and a chair of the committee for two. The EPC is a committee that strives to recruit, engage, and retain emerging professionals into ISPI. Writing for PI has helped me to share the EPC’s accomplishments and help others see all the great things in store for the future. I have gained valuable experience writing for the journal; including researching various topics in the field and acquiring a broader network of instructional design professionals. As both a member and prior chair, one of my main goals is to promote awareness of this initiative and to encourage member involvement.