MTSU I/O Student #1 Nationally (Again!)

Skiorski MattCongratulations to MTSU I/O student Matthew Sikorski for winning the prestigious national outstanding graduate student of the year award from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)!

Matthew was up against both doctoral and master’s students across the U.S. from all HR-related fields. SHRM typically receives 150+ nominations and only selects between 2-4 for its award each year, and Matthew was selected this year. Other winners in recent years have come from places like Cornell, Columbia, Rice, and U. Michigan.

MTSU’s I/O Psychology program has the unprecedented distinction of three students earning this top national award within the past six years (and 4 within the past 15 years).

Congratulations to Matthew, and to the many other MTSU I/O Psychology graduate students whose dedicated efforts have achieved sustained excellence and national prominence.


#1 Growth + 100% Success = Bright Future

ImageIndustrial-Organizational Psychology is now the #1 “fastest growing occupation” in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Labor in 2014 (

With a projected growth rate of 53% for the I-O field through the year 2022, the future continues to look bright for the graduates of MTSU’s Industrial-Organizational Psychology master’s program.

Our graduates’ typical placement rate is already 100% for landing good career-relevant jobs. Now our students face even greater opportunities ahead!

Workplace Violence National Expert at MTSU

We have an extraordinary guest speaker coming from Washington, D.C., Friday (Nov. 16) at 8-10am to address the topic of workplace violence

Please join us for a morning of captivating insights from a uniquely qualified expert:

 Speaker Bio: Samuel Blackstone, a crisis management executive and graduate of the FBI National Academy, spent over twenty years as a special agent with the United States government as a foreign intelligence officer and criminal investigator involved in counterintelligence, counter-terrorism, and criminal investigative activities.  He directed and supervised dignitary protection operations globally for two Secretaries of Defense, senior presidential cabinet officials and foreign dignitaries of cabinet ranking, with dignitary protection responsibilities that included handling personnel extrications around the world.  In the private sector, Mr. Blackstone has managed corporate crisis and risk programs, personnel crisis management programs, and workplace violence issues. He provides security and risk management analyses to fortune 500 corporations, major legal firms, high level law enforcement agencies, the U.S. intelligence community, and numerous federal and state government enforcement agencies. He is recognized as a subject matter expert to the Department of Homeland Security concerning matters of risk management.

Click here for more information, including event location, and to learn more about our other recent guest speakers.


Our student chapter of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) kicks off a new semester this week! Students interested in SHRM were invited to attend an informational meeting this afternoon. Our first event of the semester will be a Breakfast Series speaker Friday, September 21st. There will be a continental breakfast followed by keynote speaker David Hutchens, who will be speaking about organizational storytelling. We encourage students and local professionals to attend our first event of the year! Check out MTSU SHRM‘s website for more information about the event.

MTSU’s New I/O Crew

We’re glad to welcome our new generation of I/O graduate students, who come to us from a variety of states (Georgia, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Missouri, Ohio, Maryland, Kentucky, Utah) and around the globe (Bangladesh). They all arrive with an impressive array of talents and accomplishments, and we’re excited to help them launch their careers here! Look out I/O world, here comes Wesley Camp, Kimmy Do, Amber Fritsch, Tricia Harris, Sarah Janisewski, Tasneem Kashem, Kristen Schilling, Matt Sikorski, D.J. Steffensen, Jessie Stidham, and Dave Wright.

Another National Award

Congratulations to our MTSU-SHRM chapter for earning the honor of Superior Merit Award from the national Society for Human Resource Management.

This award recognizes student chapter achievements and a commitment to providing meaningful programs and services to members. National SHRM sets high standards for this award, and selects only a limited number of chapters for this honor.

MTSU’s Industrial-Organizational Psychology students particularly distinguished themselves in leading our chapter to this award. This year’s achievement further enhances our decade-long reputation as one of the most acclaimed student chapters in the country.

Congratulations to all the students whose efforts made this achievement possible!

Last Breakfast Series Tomorrow

Friday, Apr. 20th is the last Breakfast Series of this academic year. The speaker will be Melissa TeHennepe, an E-learning Instructional Developer and Performance Consultant at Affinion Benefits Group. The topic will be “LMS/LCMS Survival Guide for Today’s Human Resource Leaders” and will cover what a LMS/LCMS can do for a business, the types that are available and how to select one, and tips for using an LMS. We hope to see you there for our last Breakfast Series of the year!

Event Information:

  • Location: Foundation House- 324 West Thompson Lane; next to the Miller Coliseum
  • Time: 8:00am-10:00am
  • Cost: $5 for MTSU students and $15 for professionals- includes a continental breakfast
  • Note: This event has been approved for 1.5 hours of HRCI credit