Shawn Bergman

Position: 
Associate Professor
Department: 
Department of Psychology
Office: 
Smith-Wright 114
Phone: 
828-278-9608

Education

  • Ph.D. 2008, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • M.A. 2001, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC: General Psychology
  • B.S. 1998, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO: Psychology

Academic Positions

Director, Office of Research Consultation

Founder & Co-Director, HR Science Research Team  

Associate Director, Center for Analytics Research and Education

Research Interests

Broadly, my research interests include statistics/quantitative methods, big data and analytics, social networking/social media, and person-environment fit. More specifically, my current research interests are focused on three projects:

  • Exploring how online resources (e.g., social media, social networking sites, job boards) can be used for recruitment, brand management, and selection and the legal implications for using these sources.
  • Investigating how analytics and big data can be used to help organizations, human resources in particular, meet organizational goals.
  • Applying research and quantitative methodologies in academic and professional settings.

Applied Projects

I have a number of applied projects I am currently involved.  These projects are collaborations with graduate students where we work with organizations to help them find solutions to a variety of issues. Recent examples of these applied projects include:

  • Examining popular social media outlets, reasons individuals use these specific social media outlets, and how organizations can use social media for employment recruitment or to manage an organization's image.
  • Partnering with GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) and applying a variety of research and analytic methodologies to:
    • Increase the academic performance and preparation for postsecondary education for high school students.
    • Increase the rate of high school graduation and enrollment in postsecondary education.
    • Increase high school students’ and their families’ knowledge of postsecondary education options, preparation, and financing.
  • Collaborating with a local non-profit organization that helps employers meet their workforce needs, individuals build careers, and strengthens the local economy.  Specifically, our team is using: 
    • Descriptive analytics to build demographic profiles of the organization's clients at the different stages of their services process.
    • Diagnostic analytics to determine what factors relate to client dropout and employment success.
    • Predictive and prescriptive analytics to build an integrated dashboard to help employment counselors identify the most effective training and service sequence for clients.
  • Working with a local medical group to:
    • Determine the relationship between cost and quality metrics for various types of medical procedures, and
    • Compare internal metrics to external standards to identify opportunities for cost reductions.
  • Developing mobile gamification and compliance applications and using analytics to:
    • Promote behaviors that reduce health risks associated with exposure to ambient pollutants, and
    • Encourage individuals to make long-term changes to their behaviors to reduce air pollution.

Selected Publications

Acikgoz, Y.*, Bergman, S. M. (2016). Chasing the Run Away Bandwagon: Using Social Media for Recruitment.  In. R.N. Landers & G.B. Schmidt (Eds.), Using Social Media in Employee Selection: Theory, Practice, and Future Research. New York: Springer.

Guilfoyle, S.*, Bergman, S. M., Hartwell, C., & Powers, J*. (2016). Mo’ Data, Mo’ Problems? The potential of big data and analytics in employment decisions.  In. R.N. Landers & G.B. Schmidt (Eds.), Using Social Media in Employee Selection: Theory, Practice, and Future Research. New York: Springer.

Pawlowska, D. K.*, Westerman, J. W., Bergman, S. M., & Huelsman, T. J. (2014). Student personality, classroom environment, and student outcomes: A person-environment fit analysis. Learning and Individual Differences.  Learning & Education, 36, 180-193. doi:10.1016/j.lindif.2014.10.005. (PDF)

Bergman, S. M., Small, E. E., Bergman, J. Z. & Bowling, J. J.* (2014).  Leadership emergence and group development: A longitudinal examination of project teams.  Journal of Organizational Psychology, 14(1), 111-126. http://www.na-businesspress.com/JOP/SmallEE_Web14_1_.pdf

Bergman, J. Z., Westerman, J. W., Bergman, S. M., Westerman, J., & Daly, J. P. (2014). Narcissism, materialism, and environmental ethics in business students.  Journal of Management Education, 38(4), 489-510. doi: 10.1177/1052562913488108 (PDF)

Weathington, B.L., Bergman, S. M., & Bergman, J. Z.  (2014). Training science-practitioners: Broadening the training of Industrial–Organizational Psychologists.  Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 7(1) 35-38. DOI: 10.1111/iops.12101 (PDF)

Davenport, S.W., Bergman, S.M., Bergman, J.Z., & Fearrington, M.E. (2014).  Twitter versus Facebook:  Exploring the role of narcissism in the motives and usage of different social media platforms.  Computers in Human Behavior, 32, 212-200. dio: 10.1016/j.chb.2013.12.011 (PDF)

Bergman, R. J., Spellman, J. W., Hall, M. E., & Bergman, S. M. (2012).  Is there a valid app for that? Validity of a free pedometer iPhone application. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9, 670-676. (PDF)

Bergman, S. M., Fearrington, M. E., Davenport, S. W., & Bergman, J. Z. (2011). Millennials, narcissism, and social networking: What narcissists do on social networking sites and why. Personality and Individual Differences, 50(5), 706-711. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2010.12.022

Bergman, S.M., McIntyre, M.D., & James, L.R. (2004). Identifying the Aggressive Personality. The Journal of Emotional Abuse, 4, 81-93.

Recent Presentations

Bergman, S. M. (2016, October). Safety Analytics: How measurement and analytics can identify hidden hazards. Presentation made at the Annual ASSE Western Carolina Safety School, Ashville, NC.

Belinda, C.*, Lesniak, K.*, Wasowski, B.*, & Bergman, S.M. (2016, October). Leadership & Graduate School: Project, Process, and Personal Improvement. Session at the annual River Cities Industrial-Organizational Psychology Conference, Chattanooga, TN.

Clodfelter, M.**, Booth, H.*, Obi-Melekwe, N.*, LaTowsky, N.**, Hartwell, C., & Bergman, S.M. (2016, October).  LinkedIn vs. Facebook: Examining job seekers’ reactions to organizations’ use of social media screening. Poster session presented at the annual River Cities Industrial-Organizational Psychology Conference, Chattanooga, TN.

Harris, J.**, Hollars, J.**, Ellis, L.**, Collins, K.**, Lesniak, K.*, & Bergman, S.M. (2016, October).  The effect of perceptions of profile images on hireability. Poster session presented at the annual River Cities Industrial-Organizational Psychology Conference, Chattanooga, TN.

Modi, B.**, Brown, C.*, Hartwell, C., & Bergman, S.M. (2016, October).  Looking for red flags: Using Facebook as a background screen in hiring. Poster session presented at the annual River Cities Industrial-Organizational Psychology Conference, Chattanooga, TN.

Temple, T.**, Maples, C.**, Smith, E.**, Lesniak, K.*, & Bergman, S.M. (2016, October).  Exploring the relationship between LinkedIn and perceived hireability by employers. Poster session presented at the annual River Cities Industrial-Organizational Psychology Conference, Chattanooga, TN.

Wasowski, B.*, Sherrill, D., Bishop-Price, M., & Bergman, S.M. (2016, October). Using analytics to identify patterns in client services. Session at the North Carolina Department of Commerce NCWorks Conference, Greensboro, NC.

Thibodeaux, K.*, & Bergman, S.M. (2016, September).  Advanced SPSS Data Preparation Techniques. Workshop presented at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.

Morgan, Z.*, & Bergman, S.M. (2016, September).  New statistical approach: If no p-value, then what?  Workshop presented at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.

Bergman, S. M. (2016, August). Big Data Analytics in Occupational Safety. Presentation made at the National Institute for Occupation Safety and Health, Morgantown, WV.

Bergman, S. M. (2016, July). Applying Multilevel Modeling in GEAR UP. Workshop conducted at the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships, Washington, DC.

Wilson-Kearse, J., Bergman, S. M., & McGee, J.  (2016, July). Improving the Delivery of Gear Up Services with Partnerships, Analytics, and Evidence-Based Practices. Session at the annual National Council for Community and Education Partnerships Conference, Washington, DC.

Nolt, T., & Bergman, S. M.  (2016, July). Consumable Data: Presenting Student Level Data to GEAR UP Stakeholders. Session at the annual National Council for Community and Education Partnerships Conference, Washington, DC.

Bergman, S. M. (2016, May). The Numbers Don’t Tell You Everything: Or Maybe They Do. Presentation made at the Appalachian Safety Summit, Boone, NC.

Bergman, S. M., Davison, H.K., Tamanini, K., Weathington, B. L., & Winter, J. (2016, April). Social Media for Employment Decisions: The Risk, Reward, and Unknown.  In R. Chambers (Chair) & S. Bergman (Chair), panel discussion conducted at the Annual Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Anaheim, CA.

McClelland, R.*, Ebert, E.*, & Bergman, S.M. (2016, April).  Multiple Regression, Moderation, Mediation, and Path Analysis.  Workshop presented at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.

Ebert, E.*, McClelland, R.*, & Bergman, S.M. (2016, March).  Multiple Regression & Relative Importance Analysis.  Workshop presented at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.

Ritchie, S.*, & Bergman, S.M. (2016, February).  Introduction to Text Analytics: IBM Modeler.  Workshop presented at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.

Kamberaj, D.*, Bergman, S.M., & Bergman, J.Z. (2015, November). Recruiting via Social Media and Online Job Sites: Does It Restrict Diversity and Lead to Adverse Impact?.  In K. O'Connor (Chair), The Impact of Social Media on Human Resource Activities.  Symposium at annual meeting of the Southern Management Association, St. Pete Beach, FL. 

Westwood, J.*, Kamberaj, D.*, Powers, J.*, & Bergman, S.M. (2015, October). Using HR Analytics for Predicting and Measuring Performance: What you need to know. Session at the annual River Cities Industrial-Organizational Psychology Conference, Chattanooga, TN.

Powers, J.*, Bergman, S.M., & Cazier, J.A. (2015, August). Analytics for Good: Predicting Secondary Education Attainment with Text Analytics.  Interactive poster session presented at annual meeting of the Americas Conference on Information Systems, Puerto Rico.

* ASU Graduate Student, ** ASU Undergraduate Student