Throughout their time in the graduate program, the Graduate Director will serve as students’ graduate advisor. In this role, the Graduate Director will acquaint new students with the various procedures and requirements necessary for successful degree completion and assist in course selections. If a student decides to write a thesis, the Graduate Director will remain the student’s graduate advisor until a thesis committee chair is chosen.

If a student prefers, she or he may request that a different faculty member serves as their graduate advisor. If the faculty member consents, he or she assumes the role of the student’s graduate advisor

In coordination with the Graduate Director, you will receive regular contact from the Graduate Program Staff Assistant, Erin Hetzel. Mrs. Hetzel will assist in course selections, keep you on track by making you aware of timelines and important deadlines. For that reason, it is crucial that you check your Penn State email on a regular basis and respond in a timely fashion to all emails.

Graduate Director

Director, School of Labor and Employment Relations
Professor, Human Resource Management
Center Director, Center for International Human Resource Studies
(814) 867-3320

International/cross-cultural human resource management, Global talent management, Strategic human resource management (HRM) and firm performance, High performance work systems, HRM and employee well-being/engagement, HR as a department and as a profession

Graduate Program Staff Assistant

Education Program Assistant
(814) 867-4167