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School of HRLR Professor Emeritus Profile: Dr. Michael J. Polzin

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Dr. Michael Polzin began working with the School of Labor and Industrial Relations in 1994 to coordinate the Program on Innovative Employment Relations Systems (PIERS), created to foster constructive joint union-management initiatives. With colleagues, he helped develop a model of practice that incorporated elements of continuous quality improvement, principled negotiations, and group facilitation skills, which was applied to multiple public and private sector organizations as well as departments within MSU.

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School of Human Resources and Labor Relations PhD candidate Uriel Saldivar receives the College of Social Science Graduate Student Teaching Award

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HRLR PhD candidate, Uriel Saldivar.

The Graduate Student Teaching Award recognizes a graduate student who has demonstrated evidence of dedication to instruction through experimentation and successful implementation of innovative techniques and/or contribution to the scholarship of teaching and learning, including experiential learning; and evidence of excellence in instruction as demonstrated by the impact on students’ careers and colleagues’ teaching/advising practices.

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MSU drives conversation, research on the future of work

Drs. Tara Behrend and Hye Jin Rho discussing the future of work.

Dr. Tara Behrend, director of the Future of Work Initiative, and Dr. Hye Jin Rho discussing the future of work with MSU Today with Russ White.

You have likely heard about ChatGPT, and you might even have the application downloaded on your phone. But have you thought about how technology — and artificial intelligence specifically — will impact your job and the future of work?

Tara Behrend and Hye Jin Rho joined Russ White to discuss how faculty from across MSU colleges and representatives from community organizations came together to collaborate and engage on the future of work.

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Social scientists lead the way on future of work research

Dr. Tara Behrend, director of the Future of Work Initiative, during the Future of Work conference convening.

Dr. Tara Behrend, director of the Future of Work Initiative, organized the conference convening. She opens the conference providing more background on the iniative.

Michigan State University's College of Social Science recently hosted the university's first Future of Work Conference to discuss how technology will impart the future of work.

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Jason Huang recognized as 2024 SIOP Fellow

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Dr. Jason Huang

Every year, SIOP recognizes members whose research identifies solutions to workplace problems, whose practice changes the course of the field, and whose teaching guides the next generation of I-O psychology. Fellowship is one of the highest honors a member can receive.

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Research Methods for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Science and Practice By Richard N. Landers, and Tara S. Behrend now available

Research Methods for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Research Methods for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

This important and useful book offers a clear and comprehensive foundation for research methods in industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology. The text provides readers with a key understanding of the research, theory, and practice needed towards becoming a research methods expert.

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Mark Roehling receives Best Conference Paper award at the National Business and Economics Association Conference

Dr. Mark Roehling

Dr. Mark Roehling

Dr. Mark Roehling received the Best Conference Paper award at the National Business and Economics Association Conference in March 2024 for his paper The Role of Recruiting and Selection in Sexual Harassment Prevention: A Conceptual Model, Interdisciplinary Assessment, and Call for Research.

The paper provides the first conceptual model focusing on the role of recruiting and training in sexual harassment prevention, identifies and critically evaluates recruiting and selection practices that may contribute significantly to sexual harassment prevention, and identifies research needs.



Advisor Spotlight - Matt Hahnenberg

Matt Hahnenberg speaking with a prospective HRLR student.

Matt Hahnenberg speaking with a prospective HRLR student.

From the Academic Advisor Training and Development - March Newsletter. In this month's highlighted spotlight, we take great pride in acknowledging Matt Hahnenberg. Joining MSU in 2014 as an academic advisor for the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) major, Matt spoke highly of the training he received from IDS advising staff during that time—Regan Kania, Veda Hawkins, and Nicolas Gisholt. Since 2017, Matt has been a dedicated academic advisor for the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations.

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John Beck recognized for 33 years of service to Michigan State University and over 20 years supporting the Excellence in DEI Awards (EDEIA) program

John Beck being recognized at the EDEIA awards program.

2024 EDEIA awards program.

For more than 20 years, John Beck has lent his expertise to the EDEIA program, including serving on the selection committee and, per DEI Report and Plan recommendations, was instrumental in the process of expanding the program to an all-university award from 2022 to 2023.

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HRLR Professor Jim Dulebohn awarded Journal of Management Scholarly Impact Award

HRLR's Dr. Jim Dulebohn awarded Journal of Management Scholarly Impact Award

The Journal of Management Scholarly Impact Award is given to an article published five years prior that has had the greatest impact on the field.

Authored by Julia E. Hoch, William H. Bommer, James H. Dulebohn, and Dongyuan Wu, the paper 'Do Ethical, Authentic, and Servant Leadership Explain Variance Above and Beyond Transformational Leadership? A Meta-Analysis' received the Scholarly Impact Award in August 2023 at the Academy of Management meeting in Boston.

SHRLR Professor James H. Dulebohn has received the Journal of Management Scholarly Impact Award for the second time, underscoring his significant contributions to the field. His previous paper, 'A Meta-Analysis of the Antecedents and Consequences of Leader–Member Exchange: Integrating the Past with an Eye Toward the Future,' was recognized in 2017.

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HRLR Associate Professor Mevan Jayasinghe selected best reviewer at the Academy of Management Perspectives

HRLR's Dr. Mevan Jayasinghe selected best reviewer at the Academy of Management Perspectives

HRLR's Mevan Jayasinghe, PhD was selected best reviewer at the Academy of Management Perspectives, reflecting his exemplary service and dedication to the journal and profession.

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HRLR welcomes Dr. Tara S. Behrend, John Richard Butler II Endowed Professor

HRLR welcomes Dr. Tara S. Behrend

The School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University is pleased to welcome Dr. Tara S. Behrend, John Richard Butler II Endowed Professor, to our faculty in August 2023. Dr. Behrend is joining us from the Purdue University Department of Psychology. She brings with her an impressive record of scholarly achievements, research, and leadership in the field of industrial and organizational psychology and beyond.

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Efforts to Craft Gender-Neutral Job Postings Have Negligible Effects on Gender Equality

Hye Jin Rho

Gender segregation remains a significant problem in many occupations and organizations. To solve this problem, many U.S. employers now seek to craft gender-neutral job postings.

Do gender-neutral job descriptions make a difference in applicant behavior? According to new research by MIT Sloan Professor Emilio J. Castilla and Hye Jin Rho an Assistant Professor at the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University, attempting to make job postings more gender-neutral has negligible practical effects on whether men and women are likely to apply for a job.

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HRLR Associate Professor Maite Tapia and HCS Student Abbigail Foss Win Tomlanovich-Dimond Research Equity Award from MSU's Women's Leadership Institute

Maite Tapia and Abbigail Foss

School of Human Resources and Labor Relations Associate Professor Maite Tapia and Human Capital & Society student Abbigail Foss won the Tomlanovich-Dimond Research Equity Award, awarded by MSU's Women's Leadership Institute, for their research proposal entitled "Fighting for Equity against All Odds: Somali Muslim Women Standing Up against Amazon".

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Study Finds Early Childhood Reinforcement May Contribute to Women’s Underrepresentation in STEM Fields

Amanda Chuan

According to the American Association of University Women (AAUW), women make up only 28% of the workforce in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). According to a new study from Michigan State University published in the journal American Economic Association Papers & Proceedings, one source of this gap may arise in early childhood. The authors argue that women may be more likely to develop an early interest in non-STEM fields.

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