We welcome new leadership to the CHRLS this fall: Professor Connie Wanberg is the new Chair of the Department of Work and Organizations, and Professor John Kammeyer-Mueller is the new Director of the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies. We asked the two of them to share a little bit about themselves, and their research and teaching:
Connie Wanberg holds the Industrial Relations Faculty Excellence Chair. She earned a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Iowa State University and joined the Carlson School in 1996.
“In addition to my department chair duties and role on the leadership team for the Carlson School, I will be continuing my research this fall. One of these projects (with John Kammeyer-Mueller and two colleagues from the University of Minnesota’s Psychology Department), involves an extensive quantitative review of the relationships between extraversion and work outcomes in education, in job application, on the job, and over the career and lifespan.
This fall I will also be going to the University of Illinois to do a program review for the School of Labor and Employment Relations. This involves assessing their student experiences, research, resource allocation, and the like.
In spring 2019 I will be teaching HRIR 4100W, which is our capstone course in HR for undergraduates. I’d like to put a pitch out for your organizations to consider hiring our great undergrads for HR internships or full time jobs.
I love teaching at the Carlson School because I have smart students and colleagues, great facilities, and access to wonderful guest speakers and industry experts. I love it when students ask questions. I think it would be useful for students to be curious and ask lots of questions.
In my free time, I like to ride long distances on my bike. I also like to try new restaurants, travel, hike, walk my dog in the woods, and watch Netflix.”
John Kammeyer-Mueller is Curtis L. Carlson Professor of Industrial Relations. He earned a PhD in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota and joined the Carlson School in 2013.
“I’m teaching the Staffing, Training, and Development course for our HRIR Master’s students this year, and am also reaching out to collaborate with HR professionals and faculty to coordinate our program with the field and learn more about recent trends in HR management.
I’m also working on a number of research projects related to employee onboarding, including the role of newcomer passion over time, the influence of prior experience with onboarding with later onboarding, and the role of supervisor-newcomer fit in proactive efforts to fit in at work. Other projects are looking at the role of extraversion in shaping work behavior, morality and ethics, and workplace diversity.
The students at Carlson are really engaged and ‘driven to discover.’ There’s a tremendous energy to learn and develop that is exciting to see as a faculty member.
One clear trend in HR management is the growing role of analytics. Our department is very well positioned to help develop these competencies, and I hope students take advantage of these opportunities.”