TIAC Annual Report 2018

Thornton Institute for Assessment Centers

Giving Away Psychology

2018 Annual Report, January 30, 2019

Prepared by George C. Thornton III


Obtained funds from Affiliates to support TIAC expenses

Expenses: web designer, registration with State, cost of google site, business cards


Established relations with other associations to support mutual efforts to promote responsible ACs

South Africa AC Study Group, Sandra Schliebusch.

Taiwan Association of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists, Gary Chen,



February 2018. Turkey. Consulted with Affiliate Mehmet Surmeli regarding Turkish Airline AC and training programs in Istanbuhl.

March 2018. China. Three one-day programs in Beijing, Shanghai, Sechwan; guest visits/lectures to Beijing University, Beijing Normal, Hanghu.

Taiwan. Guest lecture to faculty and students of Fu Jen Catholic University, plus other I/O psychologists.

May 2018. Chicago. Panel Discussion on ACs at SIOP

Discussed affiliation with TIAC with Hennie Kriek, Director of South Africa Top Talent, and with Gary Chen, Taiwan East-West Management Consulting.

October 2018. London. AC Congress. Organizing Committee. Vetted proposals for program. Chaired panel discussion on “Authorities for ACs”

November 2018. Taiwan. Keynote presentation to ARTDO Asian Regional Training Directors Organization. Delivered 3-day workshop to HR Managers from Taiwan and China. Met with Willis Towers Watson Director and Staff.

Email Correspondence


Jakarka, Daya Dimensi

Surabaya, Airlangga Universitas


Beijing, University of Beijing. Replied to request from doctoral student at Beijing University to come to CSU as Guest Scholar

Corresponded with Faculty and students at Hanghu University regarding an AC

Replied to follow-up questions after lectures in China in March


East-West Center, Gary Chen. Corresponded about ACs in Universities.

Saudi Arabia

Extensive correspondence and Skype calls with Abdulelah Alqarni of Institute for   Public Administration, Leadership Assessment and Development. Submitted proposal for an AC for government leaders.


Mehmet Surmeli, Top Talent


Rasht, Naghi Afsouran, University of Guilan. Potential presentation at University.

Ishfahan, Hamayooon Kord, Steel Company. Helped him prepare presentation of his AC research for AC Congress in London, then delivered the presentation when he could not get visa. Began preparation of manuscript for publication. Prepared consulting I would do if I went to Iran. Trip canceled.

Isfahan, University of Isfahan, Invitation to present lectures. Roya Safari dissertation committee

[NOTE: plans to travel to Iran were canceled due to unsettled and potentially dangerous conditions for my trip.]


Jamshedpur, XLRI. Corresponded with Professor Premrajan about (1) research with his AC program. (2) AC Conference in December 2019.

Delhi. Declined invitation to set up training program at CSU for HRMs in bank.

Delhi. Invited to be on editorial board of Abhigyan, journal of Foundation for Organizational Research and Education (FORE). Had met with Editor of Abhigyan in Taipei in November at ARTDO.


Advised HR director of Longmont Police Department on AC exam for promotion

North Carolina

Corresponded with staff of Morehead Cain Foundation about use of AC exercises in their program to select scholarship winners for University of North Carolina.


Discussed possibility of providing program on ACs for the Ohio Psychological Association, I/O Psychology