Yalcin Acikgoz

Assistant Professor
Smith-Wright Hall 308


Ph.D. 2016, Middle East Technical University

M.A., 2013, Appalachian State University

B.S., 2004, Turkish Military Academy

Teaching Interests

I am interested in teaching both introductory and advanced courses in the areas of Strategic HRM, Job Analysis, Performance Appraisal, Staffing, Research Methods, and Statistics.

Research Interests

My research interests include employee recruitment and job search, applications of social media in human resources, and impression management in the workplace. My main research interest is on employee recruitment, and I am currently working on developing a comprehensive model of employee recruitment and job search which combines employer and employee behaviors in the pursuit of filling a position.


Acikgoz, Y., & Bergman, S. M. (2016). . Chasing the Run Away Bandwagon: Using Social Media for Recruitment. In Landers, R.N., & Schmidt, G.B (Eds.), Social Media in Employee Selection and Recruitment (pp. 175-195).

Acikgoz, Y., Sumer, C., & Sumer, N. (2016). Do employees leave just because they can? Examining the perceived employability – turnover intentions relationship. The Journal of Psychology, 150(5), 666-683. doi: 10.1080/00223980.2016.1160023.


Acikgoz, Y., Toker, Y. (2016). Social Interest Complexity Scale: A Novel Approach to Interest Assessment. Poster presented at the 31th Annual Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Anaheim, CA.

Acikgoz, Y., Sumer, H. C., & Sumer, N. (2015). Do Employees Leave Just Because They Can? Examining the Perceived Employability – Turnover Intentions Relationship. Poster presented at the 30th Annual Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Nelson, L. A., Webb, R. M., Açikgöz, Y., Huelsman, T. J., & Bleske-Rechek, A.  (2013, June).  How strangers use facial features to make personality and competence judgments. Presented at the 3rd biennial convention of the Association for Research in Personality, Charlotte, NC.

Krulikowski, C., Solook, K., Acikgoz, Y., Bergstrom, J.R., & Bergman, S. (2013, May). Social Media Usage among Young Adults: What, How, and Why? Poster presented at the 68th Annual Conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, Boston, MA.

Nelson, L. A., Webb, R. M., Acikgoz, Y., Huelsman, T. J., & Bleske-Rechek, A.  (2013, May).  How objectively-measured facial markers influence strangers’ judgments of personality. Poster presented at the 25th annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Acikgoz, Y., Bergman, S. M, Bergman, J.Z., & Huelsman, T. J. (2013, April). User Attitudes toward Social Recruiting Practices. In S. Bergman (Chair), Empirical Evidence for Successfully Using Social Media in Organizations.  Symposium session conducted at the 28th Annual Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference, Houston, TX.

Bergman, S. M, & Whitaker, B. G. (moderators), Carroll, R., Acikgoz, Y., Ferrise, M., & Felty, R. (panelists) (2012, October). Organizational goals and social media: Much to do about nothing? (Panel Discussion).  8th Annual River Cities Industrial-Organizational Psychology Conference: University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN.