I-O 80th

Purdue Association of Graduate Students in Industrial Psychology (PAGSIP)


The Purdue Association of Graduate Students in Industrial Psychology was established in 1949.  The full story of how the organization was started can be found in the very first newsletter which is reproduced below.  The goals of the organization included providing an opportunity for current students to meet informally to discuss research ideas and problems and to foster communication with program alumni. In order to reserve rooms in the Purdue Memorial Union for their meetings, the students had to become an official Purdue organization—hence PAGSIP was born.  In the early years, PAGSIP sponsored a variety of informal social activities for current students and alumni in and around the greater West Lafayette area. In addition, the organization sponsored a reception at the annual Midwestern Psychological Association meeting so that current students and alumni could get together.   We have continued this tradition by holding a reception every other year in honor of the Ernest J. McCormick speaker at the meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).  All current Purdue graduate students in I-O Psychology and those who earned their degree at Purdue are considered PAGSIP members.  Needless to say the current number of PAGSIP members is quite large and we are hoping to facilitate greater communication among alumni members and current graduate students through our website and LinkedIn group. 

History of PAGSIP


PAGSIP Newsletters

First PAGSIP Newsletter  (1952!) 4/63                  12/57               
2017 11/62 4/57
2015/16 4/62 12/56
10/96 1/62 v2 4/55
4/93 1/62 1/55
1975 4/61 4/54
1973 4/60 10/53
4/66 1/60 5/53
1/65 12/58 2/53
2/64 4/58 9/52


Calling all Alumni!

We are currently updating our PAGSIP records and would love to hear from you. Please send us updates about yourself and let us know if you would ever like to come and visit.  In addition, we would be happy to post information about PAGSIP Alumni in this section of our webpage. If you would like to donate to the Purdue I-O Psychology 80th Anniversary Campaign, please click here. For more information about our Anniversary and associated events, please see our recent newsletter. Questions or requests can be directed to Ashley Kim at AMKim@prf.org.

We can be contacted at PAGSIP@purdue.edu.

If you are interested in giving to Purdue, please contact Ashley Kim at AMKim@prf.org.

PAGSIP Remembers Paul Muchinsky (1947-2015)

It is with great sadness that we report the death of our colleague and fellow Purdue graduate, Dr. Paul M. Muchinsky. Dr. Muchinsky completed his PhD in Industrial Psychology at Purdue University, and has since been influential in the field of I/O Psychology. His textbook, Psychology Applied to Work, is one of the most widely used textbooks in the field of I/O. Translated into a number of foreign languages, this textbook is one of the many ways in which he lived out his passion for teaching. During his 20 year tenure at Iowa State University, Dr. Muchinsky graduated 24 doctoral students and served on many graduate student committees. As the first Joseph M. Bryan Distinguished Professor at UNC-Greensboro, Dr. Muchinsky found joy in helping many undergraduate and graduate students learn and apply I/O psychology. Dr. Muchinsky was the recipient of SIOP’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2004, an achievement that Dr. Muchinsky credits his students with: "my years at Iowa State brought out the best of my brain, while my time at UNC-Greensboro brought out the best of my heart." His students echo his sentiments, as evidenced by their inspiration and kind words (see http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=657392). Dr. Muchinsky's personal interest and dedication to his students instilled a shared sense of responsibility to teach (not just academics) and help others grow.

Interview with a PAGSIP Alumnus: Neal Schmitt, PhD 1972

Neal Schmitt Interview

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