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Work experience

Aug 2009Present

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Pennsylvania State University

Responsibilities

  • Attend course lectures and take notes on course material.
  • Answer student questions regarding assignments, exams, and study habits.
  • Evaluate and grade exams, assignments, and papers.
  • Maintain an accurate record of student grades.

Courses Assigned

  • Interpersonal/Intergroup Relations (Dr. Janet Swim)
  • Psychology of Language and Thought (Dr. Janet van Hell)
  • Selection and Assessment in Organizations (Dr. Rick Jacobs)
  • Work Motivation (Dr. Jim Farr, Dr. Alicia Grandey)
  • Senior Seminar - Assessment Centers (Dr. Rick Jacobs)

Notable Accomplishments

  • Guest lectured on Statistics and the Social Sciences.
  • Guest lectured on Applied Motivation Theories at Work.
  • Guest lectured on Exercise Design and Assessors.
Aug 2009Present

Consultant

Pennsylvania State University

[AUGUST 2010 - MAY 2011]

Client: PNC Bank - Pittsburgh

Project: Assessment Center 

Role: Co-Lead

Responsibilities:

  • Organize focus groups with job incumbents to gather information for assessment exercises.
  • Create assessment center exercises.
  • Develop assessor training materials, rating materials, and feedback reports.
  • Delegate tasks to team members for more efficient progress.

Client: Pennsylvania State University - Development Office

Project: Redesigning the Current Selection Process 

Role: Support Member

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development of a competency model for the job of Major Gifts Officer.
  • Contribute to the development of various project materials (e.g. agendas, memos).

[AUGUST 2009 - MAY 2010]

Client: Pennsylvania State Education Association 

Project: Distribution and Analysis of Teacher Satisfaction Survey 

Role: Support Member

Responsibilities: 

  • Contributed to organization-wide survey review and development.
  • Conducted literature reviews on relevant topics, resulting in the generation ofsurvey questions.

Client: Pennsylvania State University - University Police 

Project: Organizational Diagnosis

Role: Primary Member

Responsibilities:

  • Participated in meetings with key personnel to evaluate the current strengths and weaknesses of the department.
  • Contributed to report and presentation of findings.
  • Reviewed documents related to Field Training Officer (FTO) program.

Client: Pennsylvania State University - Human Resources

Project: Redesigning the Current Performance Appraisal System

Role: Support Member

Responsibilities:

  • Conducted focus groups to generate behavioral exemplars of various jobs.

  • Edited surveys for retranslation of behavioral exemplars.

  • Formatted technical report materials to present to client.

Nov 2009Present

Staff Writer

IOATWORK

Responsibilities

  • Summarize current academic work-related articles to facilitate a broader readership.
May 2010Aug 2010

Sales Associate

Ann Taylor Loft

Responsibilities 

  • Greet customers and ascertain what each customer wants or needs.
  • Describe and explain care of merchandise to customers.
  • Recommend, select, and help locate merchandise based on customer needs.
  • Compute sales prices, total purchases and receive and process payment.
  • Answer questions regarding the store and its merchandise.
  • Maintain knowledge of current promotions, payment and exchange policies, and security practices.
Aug 2007Jun 2009

Consultant Intern

HRCatalyst

Responsibilities

  • Conducted literature reviews and composed summary reports on a variety of personnel topics.
  • Formatted brief surveys regarding specific organizational workshops for web distribution.
Jan 2007May 2009

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Auburn University

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Co-authored a chapter on negative customer service interactions.
  • Reviewed literature on the impact of emotional expressions on performance.
  • Reviewed current literature on perfectionism and work-family conflict.
  • Prepared IRB protocol for perfectionism in work-family conflict study.
  • Planned and executed study on faking behavior on personality tests.
  • Contributed to a manuscript on faking behavior on personality tests 
  • Completed Undergraduate Honors Thesis.
  • Formatted and edited a manuscript on the validation of the Desirability of Control Scale.
  • Formatted and edited a manuscript on behavioral checklists.
  • Presented research at local, regional, and national conferences
  • Collected and entered data on change blindness in specific phobias.
  • Contributed to a study on effects of specific phobia on attention bias.
May 2007May 2009

Resident Assistant

Auburn University

Responsibilities

  • Assessed and responded to the needs of 35-100 residents per year.
  • Created, planned, and implemented educational, social, and recreational programs.
  • Counseled peers on personal, academic, and career concerns.
  • Managed various administrative duties including incident reports and room transfers.
May 2004May 2008

Supervisor

Rave Motion Pictures - Lee Branch 15

Responsibilities

  • Managed others' work tasks to ensure smooth daily functioning.
  • Greeted and interacted with customers to foster quality service experience.
  • Sold tickets and concessions; totaling orders and tendering payment.
  • Maintained stock and counted inventory.

Notable Accompishments

  • Promoted to Supervisor after less than 3 months on the job (July 2004)
  • Employee of the Month (July 2007)

Education

Aug 2009Present

Master of Sciences

Pennsylvania State University

Relevant Coursework

*Research Methods

*Data Analysis

*Assessment Centers

*Performance Appraisal

*Micro-Organizational Behavior

*Work Motivation

*Personnel Selection

*Customer Service

*Advanced Social Psychology

Aug 2006May 2009

Bachelor of Arts

Auburn University

Major: Psychology ... Minor: Statistics

Summa Cum Laude

GRE Total = 1400 (V-650, Q-750)

Psychology Coursework:

*Research Methods in Psychology

*I/O Psychology

*Social Psychology

*Training and Supervision in Industry

*Theories of Personality

*Cognitive Psychology

*Psychology of Learning

*History of Ideas in Psychology

*Abnormal Psychology

*Developmental Psychology

Statistics Coursework:

*Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences

*Statistics for Engineers and Scientists

*SAS Programming

*Applied Regression Analysis

*Advanced Regression Methods: Logistical Regression

Skills

Qualtrics
Survey Monkey
SAS Statistical Software
Java Programming Language
SPSS Statistical Software
Microsoft Publisher
Microsoft Powerpoint
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Word

Select Presentations and Reports

Select Article Reviews

Affiliations

*Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP)

*Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

*Association for Psychological Sciences (APS)

*Psi Chi International Honor Society

*Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society

*Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

*Golden Key National Honor Society

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Psychology Teaching Assistant (Spring 2010)
  • Graduate Award – Incoming PSU Graduate Student (2009)
  • Georgia G. Vallery Award – Outstanding Psychology Senior (2009)
  • Edgar C. Gentle III Award – Outstanding Graduating Honors Student (Spring 2009)
  • College of Liberal Arts Commencement Marshal (Spring 2009)
  • Outstanding Research Presentation – Undergraduate Research Fellowship (April 2008, 2009)
  • Auburn University Undergraduate Research Fellowship (07-09)
  • Sam Long Hutchison Scholarship – Psychology Department (08-09)
  • Drummond Company Honors College Scholarship (07-09)
  • Auburn University Board of Trustees Scholarship (07-08)
  • Robert M. and Diana G. Hagler Scholarship (06-09)
  • Freshmen Presidential Scholarship (06-09)
  • Freshmen Academic Scholarship (06-09)
  • Valedictorian/Achievement Scholarship (06-09)
  • College of Liberal Arts Dean’s List (all semesters enrolled)