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Ron Karren

Professor Emeritus



PhD, University of Maryland, 1978
MA, New School for the Social Research, 1973
BA, Rutgers University, 1971

Professional Experience

Professor, University of Massachusetts, 1982-Present
Ph.D. Director, Isenberg School of Management, 1989, 1990-1998
Personnel Psychologist, U.S. Department of Justice, 1981-1982
Personnel Research Psychologist, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 1978-1981

Academic Appointments

Professor of Management, University of Massachusetts, 9/2014-9/2016
Associate Professor of Management, 9/1989-9/2014
Assistant Professor of Management, 9/1982-9/1989

Research Interests

Personnel Selection
Job Interviews
Job Loss
Age Discrimination
Career Decision Making
Personality and Honesty Tests
Decision Making
Research Methods
Policy Capturing

Teaching Interests

  • Research Methods
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Current Issues of HRM
  • Human Resource Management
  • Staffing

Selected Publications

Karren, R. and Sherman, K. (2012). Layoffs and unemployment discrimination: A new Stigma. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 27 (8), 848-863.

Karren, R.  (2012). Introduction to the special issue on job loss. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 27 (8), 772-779. 

Till, R. and Karren, R. (2011). Organizational justice perceptions and pay level satisfaction. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 26 (1), 42-57.

Peters, L. Shmerling, S., & Karren, R.J. (2011). Constructivist pedagogy in asynchronous online education: Examining proactive behavior and the impact on student engagement levels. International Journal on E-Learning, 10 (3), 311-330.