Robert M. Guion
Bowling Green State University
Robert M. Guion has been making significant contributions to theory and practice of industrial psychology for 50 years. 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 graduate student. Indeed, the watchword at one competing university was, “Memorize Guion.” He has recently added another classic, Assessment, Measurement, and Prediction for Personal Decisions, which is having the same strong impact. His many research articles are among the most frequently cited. In addition, he has been a standard setter for practice in employee selection. 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. As an educator, he led the development of the doctoral program at Bowling Green State University, and served as mentor for many of today’s leaders in the field. His career is a model of the blend of theory, research and application.