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UTA management professor named Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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Wendy J. Casper, a University of Texas at Arlington professor of organizational behavior, human resource management and research methods and an expert in work-life balance in organizations, has been named a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Wendy Casper

Wendy Casper, a UTA organizational behavior professor in the College of Business, was named a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Casper becomes the second UTA Fellow in the Society after James “Jim” Quick, professor of leadership and organizational behavior and the John and Judy Goolsby and Jacqualyn A. Fouse Endowed Chair at the Goolsby Leadership Academy.

Casper joined the UTA College of Business in 2004 and in addition to her teaching and research serves as the co-director for all doctoral programs in the College of Business. Her research examines how organizations can support employees in balancing work with their personal lives and how that support relates to human resource outcomes such as recruitment and retention effectiveness.

The Society recognized Casper’s prolific research and many contributions to the field of organizational behavior. She will be formally inducted into the Society as a Fellow on April 13 during a ceremony at the annual conference of the Society in Anaheim, Calif.

“Being named a SIOP Fellow is a tremendous honor, and signifies that my research program as a whole has made an outstanding contribution to the field,” Casper said. “Because this is an honor bestowed upon me by other Fellows in my field, it indicates that my scholarship has made an impact on the field and that I have earned the respect of my peers for my scholarly contributions. I am delighted and am very appreciative of my colleagues who nominated me for this honor.”

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology is the premier membership organization for those practicing and teaching industrial and organizational psychology, and is a self-governing division within the American Psychological Association. 

Management Department Chair Abdul Rasheed said, “Dr. Casper’s work has sought to build an understanding of what people actually mean when they use the term ‘work-life balance.’ She has found that people may think about how satisfied they are, how successful they are, and how involved they are in their roles when they use this term, but that people differ in terms of what makes them feel balanced. This is a new insight into our understanding of work-life balance.”

Rachel Croson, dean of the College of Business, said Casper’s honor is well-deserved recognition of her significant scholarly contributions.

“Her contributions to the fields of organizational behavior and human resource management are impressive and nationally recognized. The impact of her research is significant as well, helping organizations to support a better-performing workforce through work-life balance,” Croson said. “Dr. Casper’s innumerable contributions to the college have contributed to the success of our Ph.D. students and to our strong management curriculum. I’m pleased and proud that she has been recognized with this highest honor in her field.”

Casper has studied extensively a variety of work-life balance topics, including the impact on job attitudes, the function of gender roles in managing work-life issues, how policies that support work-life balance benefit organizations and employees, international perspectives and single employees in the workplace.

She and her colleagues, including fellow management professor Marcus Butts, recently published a study of employees at an engineering consulting firm and found that supervisors rated employees who had greater balance as performing better at work than those who were less balanced.

“This finding often surprises people, as we often assume that top performance requires total investment in work to the exclusion of all else, but the research does not support that assumption,” Casper said.

Casper’s research has earned her numerous awards and research grants, among them a UTA Dean’s Fellowship and a Society for Human Resource Management Grant for research on work-family policies co-published with Butts.

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie “highest research activity” institution of more than 50,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UTA as one of the 20 fastest-growing public research universities in the nation in 2014. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2016 Best for Vets list. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more, and find UTA rankings and recognition at www.uta.edu/uta/about/rankings.php.

-- written by Amanda Tower

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