Appalachian State's IOHRM Alumni are doing incredible things.
Read about some of our Alumni, their experience in the IOHRM program, and see what a future in I/O Psychology and Human Resource Management can look like for you!
Amber Potier, MA - IOHRM Class of '19Director of Human ResourcesHospice of Acadiana, Inc
The IOHRM program gave me the foundational tools needed to succeed in a corporate setting. App State’s program allowed me to explore my potential interests in I/O and HR while continuing to develop both personally and professionally. After graduation, I had a clear understanding of my specific interests in both industry and HR. I’m able to utilize my knowledge on both I/O theories and practical HR experience to better serve my company. I believe this program establishes the necessary relationship between research and application providing students the perfect foundation to make meaningful, data-driven changes within their future organizations.
Cody Rusher, MA - IOHRM Class of '18Human Resources GeneralistATI Specialty Materials
I hit the ground running soon after graduating from the IOHRM program. I accepted a temporary assignment with a state agency, and received a permanent, full-time offer from the organization less than two weeks into this role. My supervisor at the time commented that “in only a matter of days, the education and preparation you received at App State couldn’t be more apparent.” The two years I spent with my cohort not only provided me with a foundation upon which to build my career in HR, but also gifted me with some of the greatest friends and colleagues I will ever know. The IOHRM program has opened many doors for me, and I am so grateful for my time and experience in the program.
Cheryl Nickel, MA, MBA - IOHRM Class of '18Organization Effectiveness ConsultantCharter Communications (Spectrum)
As someone without a background in Psychology, the IOHRM program was a perfect fit. A cross-functional partnership between the Psychology and Management departments is what sets App State’s program apart from others, ensuring that students build a strong research-grounded foundation for practical application. The faculty’s commitment to a collaborative program culture yields a truly unique and rewarding experience unlike any other. My experience in the program was monumental in building lifelong relationships and setting me up for success, as I seek to improve the world in which we work and live.
William L. Sparks, Ph.D. - IOHRM Class of '96Dennis Thompson Chair & Professor of Leadership at McColl School of BusinessQueens University of Charlotte
Ph.D. Organizational Behavior and Development - George Washington University
Dennis Thompson Chair of Leadership & Professor
McColl School of Business, Queens University of Charlotte
Co-Author: The Director's Manual: A Framework for Board Governance
"The masters program in IOHRM at Appalachian State University provided me with both the theoretical foundation and applied experience to excel in my career. Not only did the program prepare me for doctoral studies, it also equipped me to be an effective practitioner upon graduation. The distinct program format provides non-business degree majors with a unique opportunity to bridge the social sciences with business education. I give the IOHRM Program my very highest recommendation for the program – it changed my life!"
Rich Cober, Ph.D. - IOHRM Class of '98Chief Human Resources OfficerMicroStrategy
Ph.D. Industrial/Organizational Psychology – University of Akron
"The program at App State provided me with the theoretical and research foundation to think about issues as well as the practical lessons and activities to learn how to be a business partner. App State has a special set up that allows a student to either learn the field of HR Management and Organizational Behavior quickly and enter the world of work or to get the foundations of research that allow one to spring board to a PhD program and see what happens from there. I owe much of my career to the mentorship and advocacy of the faculty and built great relationships and connections that I enjoy years later."
Cynthia Miller* - IOHRM Class of '01Vice President of Human ResourcesCarolina West Wireless
"I have been so fortunate to have built cross-functional expertise even beyond my time at App State. That vast experience would not have been possible without the strong foundation I received through App State's IOHRM program."
Nicholas Graham, MA, PHR, SHRM-CP - IOHRM Class of '03Global HRIS LeaderAvanos Medical
"What I gained from my time in the App State IOHRM program from 2001-2003 goes beyond the technical curriculum knowledge that I learned; "softer" skills of critical thinking, debate preparation and engagement, leadership, and more have proved just as valuable post-graduation. This comprehensive program has proven to be a lifelong investment as I continually apply lessons and knowledge gained from those fulfilling 3 years."
Elizabeth Schmidt, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP - IOHRM Class of '04Regional HR Business PartnerAvis Budget Group
"The IOHRM degree from App State has been extremely beneficial to my career in human resources. The dual concentration in business and psychology opened doors I didn't realize could be opened in our field. The business classes provided a strong foundation to work as an HR business partner, and the psychology focus has enabled me to provide a perspective that is unique in an organization's corporate structure. The program also facilitated a great opportunity to connect with other students, professors, and colleagues, as well as exposure to several great organizations. Many of the HR Executives that I have had personal interaction within the Denver area either have an advanced degree in I/O Psychology, or recognize it's worth."
Jennifer Cline*, SHRM-SCP, GPHR, EEAC – IOHRM Class of '06Chief of StaffGlobal Investments at Nuveen
"Appalachian's IOHRM program provides a strong foundation of understanding and application across the business of human resources and the science of human behavior. These educational and practical experiences have afforded me the opportunity to build a record of accomplishment across a variety of HR roles including analytics, diversity and inclusion, compliance, change management, talent management, compensation, and mergers and acquisitions."
Andrew Smith* - IOHRM Class of '08Senior Director - Luxury Brand OperationsMarriott International
"Being part of the IOHRM program at Appalachian State was a remarkable experience. I received terrific guidance and mentoring from my professors in both the psychology and business areas of my coursework. The coursework was challenging but enriching, and I grew in both my appreciation and understanding for the I/O discipline within psychology. All my classes gave me opportunity to 'test' what I was learning, be it in doing deep research or in actually applying my learning real time in local businesses. The thesis and internship process were both enriching in that I was able to see how my training would apply in a real job, and also see if doing academic research would be a career I'd want to pursue. And as I've stayed connected to my peers and the program, I've seen that the alumni network from the IOHRM program is out there doing awesome work. I feel fortunate to say that I was a part of this tremendous program."
Amber Harrison*, PHR – IOHRM Class of '08Human Resources Business PartnerPremier, Inc.
"The curriculum in the IOHRM program was a perfect match for me. The program taught me how to make data-driven decisions about people, create a sound business case for human resources initiatives, and to better understand human motivation. I also made lifelong friends with my classmates and faculty!"
Ryan Felty* - IOHRM Class of '12Global Lead, Organization & People CapabilitiesDawn Food Products
"I am thankful for my time there. The exceptional faculty, environment, curricula, and fellow students of the App State IOHRM Program prepared me for adding evidence-based value to a variety of talent initiatives. I have yet to experience a day of work that is not positively impacted by the learning and development delivered through the App State IOHRM Program. As we learn more about the ever-changing workplace of today and prepare for the exciting (and challenging!) future, I remain convinced that committed IOHRM professionals of all disciplines are equipped for delivering significant contributions to the most critical of individual and organizational outcomes."
Amanda Hutchins*, PHR - IOHRM Class of '14Organizational Development ManagerMerz North America
"I am so thankful for my time at Appalachian State, and for the opportunities that the IOHRM program afforded me. The faculty are excellent. I felt I was treated as a colleague rather than a student. I gained a deep appreciation for our field through the coursework. The application of this knowledge during my internship and practicum experiences helped to prepare me for my current role and beyond."
Danielle Kretschmer - IOHRM Class of '15Senior ConsultantOrg Transformation CSM
"The coursework and experience with client-facing, applied projects equipped me with a solid foundation for succeeding in a corporate setting."
Kristen Kaufmann* - IOHRM Class of '15Senior Change Management ConsultantAcumen Solutions
"The IOHRM program was not the easy choice in grad schools but it ended up being one of the best choices I made. There are a variety of other programs out there that will lead you do the same 2 letters after your name, but will not leave you with the same rich experience. I learned not only how to be successful in a career but also how to problem solve, and think critically beyond my craft. I learned how be a successful and balanced adult and citizen which is skill set many other programs would not have left me with. You may never have to remember Kurt Lewin or Griggs vs. Duke Power but I can say without a doubt the program leaves you with the skill set and required knowledge to be successful in the HR."
Amber Hardesty* - IOHRM Class of '08Trail Race DirectorRagnar Relay Series
"The program at App State thoroughly prepared me to jump right into my internship and then a full-time position at Premier. From presenting our team's research at national conferences to working directly with an organization on process improvement, the combination of classroom and real-world experiences allowed me to learn the theory and then immediately put what I learned into practice. Coming from a large undergraduate university, the personal attention I received in the IOHRM program was extremely beneficial - I quickly built strong bonds with my classmates and professors that continued well beyond the 2-year program."
Sarah Light* - IOHRM Class of '14Human Resources GeneralistSmart Metals Recycling
"The IOHRM program truly prepared me to be a professional. It was much more than just gaining hard skills and knowledge, it also gave me the opportunity think critically, step outside of my comfort zone, and take learning to the next level. I'm extraordinarily grateful for the faculty there who have helped build a program that left me with not only competence, but also confidence in my ability to apply what I learned and make a difference in the workplace."
Elma Lloyd* - IOHRM Class of '12Learning and Development ProfessionalAXA
"My experience in the IOHRM program was critical to my success and professional development. The exposure to the various I/O and HR topics laid a solid foundation when I entered the job market. I have been able to excel at my job, but also speak intelligently with leaders from other parts of the organization because I understood the inner workings of HR, Training, Organizational Improvement, etc. The ability to do so has allowed me to participate in projects outside of my role and receive high exposure within the organization. Aside from the academic benefits, the two years I spent in the program produced some of the best friendships and memories I will ever have. There was always someone there during the good and the bad and I only hope I was able to impact my peers as much as they impacted me. Finally, the faculty is the best in the business. If all else fails, they will make sure you are a rock star when you leave this program."
Stacey Bumgardner* - IOHRM Class of '11HR ManagerTower Engineering Professionals
"I am grateful to have been a part of the IOHRM program at Appalachian State. The dual business and psychology curriculum and emphasis on research and analytics laid a strong foundation that has allowed me to excel in my career. The program also provided the opportunity to connect with students, faculty, alumni, and HR professionals. These relationships have proved invaluable and have lead to several opportunities that would not have been possible if it wasn't for the IOHRM program. I highly recommend this program for anyone looking to gain a unique and relevant skill set in the field of HR."
Daga Pawlowska* - IOHRM Class of '11Talent Management ConsultantLowe's Home Improvement
"The I/O-HRM Master's program at App State provided me with a well-rounded foundation that I have been able to leverage in my job day to day. The program balances classroom teaching with activities that allow you to apply your learnings and gain real-world experiences. The knowledge and experience I gained through the program have allowed me to work successfully in various areas within Talent Management/HR."
Chris Kapp - IOHRM Class of '98Global Business Leader / Culture & Change Management / Talent Management / Executive Coach / Organization EffectivenessNCI Building Systems Inc.
"I learned how to learn at App State... and even more importantly, I learn how to apply what I learned. That is the bottom line for me and my career. The Masters program at App State provided the foundation of applicable knowledge of HR, business and psychology that was properly balanced between theory, research, application and the real world. The program also provided valuable mentoring from professors and camaraderie of my fellow classmates. We even learned not to take ourselves too seriously and had some fun. I also learned the difference between "criteria" and "criterion" which still seems to baffle so many people. In all truth, the experience at App State truly enabled me to make an impact at the companies I've worked for and its employees. Great program, great culture, great people."