Program History

Timeline of Main Events

  • 1981 MA program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology is founded in the Department of Psychology.
  • 1988 Hugh Hindman (PhD, Ohio State University) joins the Department of Management.
  • 1993 Peter Villanova (PhD, Virginia Tech) joins the Department of Management.
  • 1993 The faculty in the Department of Psychology decide to dissolve the I-O Psychology program after it is reduced to a single faculty, Dr. Mary Powell. Powell (PSY) and Hindman (MGT) reconstitute the program as the MA program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management, a joint offering of the Departments of Psychology and Management. Hindman takes the role of Program Director. Peter Villanova joins the program.
  • 1994 Tim Ludwig (PhD, Virginia Tech) joins the program after being hired in the Department of Psychology.
  • 1995 Tim Ludwig assumes role of Program Director.
  • 1996 Lyle Schoenfeldt (PhD, Purdue University) is hired as Chairperson of the Department of Management and joins the program.
  • 1997 Tim Huelsman (PhD, Saint Louis University) joins the program after being hired in the Department of Psychology.
  • 2003 Tim Huelsman assumes role of Program Director.
  • 2004 The program is ranked as a top I-O program by Kraiger & Abalos (2004); #2 in Program Culture, #3 in Program Resources, and #7 in Program Costs.
  • 2004 Jim Westerman (PhD, University of Colorado) joins the program after being hired in the Department of Management.
  • 2005 Jacqui Bergman (PhD, University of Tennessee) joins the program after being hired in the Department of Management.
  • 2005 Program is dubbed “IOHRM” to facilitate branding efforts. 
  • 2007 Shawn Bergman (PhD, University of Tennessee) joins the program after being hired in the Department of Psychology.
  • 2010 Brian Whitaker (PhD, University of Akron) joins the program after being hired in the Department of Management.
  • 2011 Lyle Schoenfeldt retires from Appalachian State University after 15 years of service.
  • 2011 The first issue of the program newsletter, Eye on IOHRM, is produced under the guidance of Shawn Bergman. Bergman is named “PR Czar” of the program and commences a redesign of the program webpage.
  • 2012 The IOHRM Advisory Board is founded.
  • 2012 Peter Villanova leaves IOHRM program to concentrate on undergraduate education.
  • 2013 Hugh Hindman receives the IOHRM Lifetime Service Award; he is the first and only person so honored. 
  • 2014 Kemp Ellington (PhD, North Carolina State University) joins the program after being hired in the Department of Management.
  • 2014 Tim Huelsman creates new IOHRM logo and tagline, “The People Side of Business, The Business Side of Psychology.” 
  • 2015 Hugh Hindman retires from Appalachian State University after 28 years of service. He is named “IOHRM Program Godfather.”
  • 2015 The Safety Summit, an annual conference devoted to behavioral safety developed by Tim Ludwig, draws almost 100 attendees in its inaugural meeting.
  • 2015 The IOHRM program curriculum is revised.
  • 2016 Yalçın Açıkgöz (PhD, Middle East Technical University) joins the program after being hired in the Department of Psychology. Due to a failed coup attempt, his arrival is delayed until September. 
  • 2018 Three independent research groups rank the IOHRM program among the Top 10 in the US, with several #1 rankings (see the Spring 2018 issue of The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist (Volume 55, Issue 4).
  • 2018 Kristl Davison (PhD, University of Tulsa) joins the program after being hired in the Department of Management.
  • Annually The IOHRM program graduates a stellar group of alumni and recruits awesome new students; students, alumni, and faculty do wonderful things.