Murray Barrick, professor and head of the department of management at Mays Business School at Texas A&M University has been named one of two recipients of the 2008 Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. This award honors the individual who has made the most distinguished empirical and/or theoretical scientific contributions to the field of industrial and organizational psychology.


“This is without a doubt the most significant achievement of my career,” said Barrick, who holds the Paul M. and Rosalie Robertson Chair in Business at Mays. His research focuses on the impact individual differences in behavior and personality have on job performance and on methods of measuring and predicting such differences. He is the author of more than 50 referred articles, and according to Google Scholar, his work has been cited over 5,000 times.

Four respected members of the academic community from across the nation nominated Barrick for this award. The honor is shared with Michael Mount, a research professor of human resource management at the University of Iowa, who has partnered with Barrick on research. “I have been extremely fortunate to work with smart, intelligent people,” said Barrick. “That continues here at Mays Business School, where I hope to work with my colleagues to further advance our understanding of how personality matters at work — particularly how the situation interacts with personality to predict success.”

Barrick has served as the associate editor of Personnel Psychology, and is currently serving on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology. Previously he served on the editorial board of Journal of Management. He is a regular presenter at conferences around the world.

SIOP is a division within the American Psychological Association that is also an organizational affiliate of the Association of Psychological Science. The society’s mission is to enhance human wellbeing and performance in organizational and work settings by promoting the science, practice, and teaching of industrial-organizational psychology.