Dr. Hugh Hindman


  • Ph.D. 1989, Ohio State University: Labor and Human Resources
  • M.L.H.R. 1989, Ohio State University: Labor and Human Resources
  • M.A. 1984, Ohio State University: Public Administration
  • B.A. 1972, The College of Wooster: Psychology


Before his retirement from Appalachian State in 2015, Dr. Hugh Hindman was with the university since 1988. He taught labor relations, organizational behavior, employment law, compensation, and child labor in the Management Department of the Walker College of Business. He made several contributions to academic research on child labor and labor relations.

He proposed and was the founding director of the joint IOHRM program, and has been instrumental in its success and growth over the years. The IOHRM program is what he considers one of his most significant contributions of his career, but when asked about what direction he would like the program to take, his focus was on sustaining quality. He expressed that the high value of the IOHRM program lies in its ability to survive as a small "niche" program­, and he hopes that the high quality of faculty and students can be maintained in spite of recent trends in academia and pressures for general growth in student numbers.

At the IOHRM Alumni Professional Development Conference in the fall of 2013, Dr. Hindman was presented with the IOHRM Lifetime Service Award for his contributions to the IOHRM program. The award includes the inscription, "with heartfelt appreciation from all of those whom you have mentored, counseled, and inspired." We are very appreciative of everything Dr. Hindman has done for the program and are grateful for the opportunity to honor such a deserving person.

Selected Publications

McKinney, J. L.,* Whitaker, B. G., & Hindman, H. D. (2012). Discharge policy information in job offer letters: It's impact on recruit perceptions of psychological contract formation and organizational attraction. Employee Rights and Responsibilities Journal, 24(1), 55-75.

Hindman, H. D. (2011). Understanding the persistence of child labor in American crop agriculture. In G. Lieten & E. Meerkerk (Eds.), Child Labour's Global Past. (pp. 391-416). Bern: Peter Lang Publishers.

Hindman, H. D., & Grosshuesch, A. (2011). US Child Labor Policy. In P. Quirk & W. E. Cunion (Eds.), Governing America: Major Decisions Of Federal, State, And Local Governments From 1789 To The Present. New York: Facts On File.

Hindman, H. D. (Ed.). (2009). The world of child labor: an historical and regional survey. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe. (a reference encyclopedia)

Smith, C. G., & Hindman, H. D. (2007). How industrial relations informs the teaching of ethics in human resource management. Southern Business Review, 32(2), 16-32.

Hindman, H. D. (2006). Unfinished business: The persistence of child labor in the US. Employee Rights and Responsibilities Journal, 18(2), 125-131.

Pennell, S. W.*, Livesey, J. B.*, & Hindman, H. D. (2005). Child labor in North Carolina cotton mills: 1908, the beginning of the end. (a photo gallery) http://ncatwork.org/childlabor/child_labor_in_north_carolina_co.htm

Hindman, H. D. (2002). Child labor: An American history. Armonk, NY: Sharpe.

Selected Conference Presentations

Hindman, H.D. (2011, March). "Child Labor Then and Now." Presented at the 100th anniversary commemoration conference Out of the Smoke and Flame: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and Its Legacy, New York City.

Buckner, G.E.*, Hindman, H.D. (2011, January). "Managing Workplace Sexual Harassment: The Role of Manager Training." Presented at the poster session of the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, Denver, CO.

Hindman, H.D. (2010, March). "Capitalism and Child Labor: The Continuing Legacy of Adam Smith's Pin Factory." Poster Presented at the World History and Economics Conference, Boone, NC.

Edwards, S.*, Hindman, H.D. (2010, January). "Leader Self-Awareness, Personality, and Performance." Presented at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, Atlanta, GA.

Hindman, H.D. (2009, November). "Child Labor Policy Options: An Historical Perspective." Presented at Children's Rights at a Cross-Roads: A Global Conference on Research and Child Rights, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Whitaker, B., Whitaker, J.*, Hindman, H.D. (August 2009). "The Impact of Discharge Policy Information on Applicant Perceptions." Presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Chicago, IL.

*Indicates IOHRM graduate student

Title: Program Godfather, Emeritus Professor of Labor and Human Resources
Department: Department of Management

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