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Professor Elected to National HR Committee

Huntsman School associate professor Tim Gardner was recently elected to the Academy of Management Human Resource Division Executive Committee, a group that provides a disciplinary headquarters for members with specific scholarly interests around the field of human resources.


“Students that graduate from business schools with a specialization in human resources have excellent placement rates and starting salaries; they also make great alumni as they have a major impact on which schools their employers choose to hire from,” Professor Gardner said. “This election will allow me to influence the direction and quality of basic scholarship on the role human capital plays in organizational success and ensure that the human resource curriculum in AACSB accredited business schools remains relevant and useful to students and the companies that hire them.”


Professor Gardner will serve with 12 other executive committee members – the chair, treasurer and program chairs – to develop and administer conferences, awards, teaching seminars, research seminars, etc.


The Huntsman MHR Program is seeing a steady increase in enrollment and visibility. Job placement rates are approximately 95 percent for graduates, and starting salaries are above average compared to many other HR graduate programs. With Professor Gardner’s membership on this committee, more attention will be drawn to the MHR program outside of Utah among the academic community.


“Faculty play a big role in helping students decide where to pursue graduate study,” Professor Gardner said. “By networking with top HR scholars from around the US and the world, these people will be more willing to refer their students to our program.”


The Academy of Management is a global collection of over 18,000 management scholars (faculty and doctoral students).