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Industrial-Organizational Division

Program Description

The Ph.D. program in Industrial-Organizational Psychology has been among the very top in the nation for over 40 years. Focusing on the study of psychological phenomena within work organizations, faculty and students currently affiliated with the I/O Program are actively pursuing research in areas such as organizational justice, personnel selection, job attitudes, work withdrawal, sexual harassment, psychometrics, motivation, performance, and developmental assessment centers. The philosophy of our doctoral program at its inception and continuing today is to train graduate students for fundamental research and theory applied to individuals in organizations. Our graduates have taken positions within prestigious research universities, teaching colleges, work organizations, consulting firms, and governments. Our alumni include journal editors, presidents of national societies (e.g., SIOP), and other now-prominent I/O Psychologists.


Our philosophy of training Ph.D. candidates is evident in our course offerings and requirements. The program imposes few requirements beyond those of the Department. Our students are expected to demonstrate depth in their special area of interest in I/O psychology as well as breadth in I/O psychology in general and some breadth in the general field of psychology. Breadth requirements are satisfied by appropriate coursework with faculty members in other areas of psychology or in other disciplines. Depth requirements are satisfied by an individualized program of study developed by the students with their advisors. These programs are heavily weighted towards advanced seminars and independent study. The relative lack of formal requirements means that individuals' programs are as varied as the interests of our students.

Facilities and Resources

Students and faculty of the I/O program work very closely with one another. Faculty members have large research laboratories that support both lab and field research. These modern laboratories are equipped with the most current equipment and software available. Students often work in multiple labs over the course of their time in the program. In addition, students are provided offices and have 24-hour access to state-of the art computer labs, both that are on the same floor as the faculty offices, creating a collegial environment for all.

Affiliated Departments, Programs, and Institutes

Our program is nested within the Social-Personality-Organizational Psychology division, and we also have close ties to the Quantitative Psychology division, the business school, the Human Resource Education Department, and the School of Labor and Employment Relations.

Industrial-Organizational Division Faculty

Nichelle C. Carpenter, Assistant Professor

Nichelle Carpenter

Measurement of counterproductive (e.g., theft, abuse, sabotage) and prosocial (e.g., helping) work behaviors; construct redundancy issues; and the (mis)match between performance theory and measurement (e.g., why are behaviors that are supposedly separate so highly related?).

Office: Room 308 | (217) 300-0223 |

Fritz Drasgow, Professor and school of Labor and employment relations Dean

Fritz Drasgow

Development, application, and evaluation of quantitative methods in industrial/organizational psychology; and the use of multimedia technology to assess social and interpersonal skills.

Office: Room 219D | (217) 333-2739 |

Daniel A. Newman, Associate Professor

Daniel A. Newman

Race disparity in personnel selection (adverse impact); Time, job attitudes, personality, and work performance (dynamic models, role engagement); Social networks and levels of analysis (group agreement, climate emergence); Research methods (missing data in longitudinal/multilevel models, survey nonresponse, Bayesian meta-analysis).

Office: Room 227 | (217) 244-2512 |

Jim Rounds, Professor

Jim Rounds

Vocational interests and how they change over the life span; the structure of interests and how this develops and changes over the life course; career development in adulthood, assessment of personality traits and work values; health psychology.

Office: Room 188R Education Building |

Associated Faculty

Charles L. Hulin, Professor Emeritus

Charles L. Hulin

Organizational and individual antecedents and behavioral consequences of job attitudes. Applications of latent trait theory to problems in I/O psychology. Computational modelling of organizational, work, and job withdrawal behavior patterns.

Office: Room 219 | (217) 333-3798 |