Management professor Kevin D. Carlson has been appointed head of the Department of Management in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech after serving as interim head since July 2013.

A faculty member at Virginia Tech since 1997, Carlson teaches courses related to staffing, recruitment, training and development, turnover, productivity improvement, human capital metrics and analytics, and the effective use of technology in organizations.

He has published studies on topics related to the measurement and evaluation of individual, process, and organizational effectiveness. His research examines the determinants of individual performance and how knowledge affects individual and organizational outcomes. 

He also studies research methodology with an emphasis on understanding what it means to make progress in the organizational sciences.

Carlson currently chairs the board of directors of the International Association of Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM). He speaks and has taught professional development courses throughout the United States on the topic of workforce analytics.

His work has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, IHRIM Journal, and Organizational Research Methods. He has published numerous book chapters and presented research papers at the meetings of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the International Association for Human Resource Information Management.

Carlson served as his department’s director of graduate studies for four years. He has won departmental and college awards for teaching excellence.

He received a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, an MBA from the University of South Dakota, and a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University.

Before beginning graduate studies, Carlson worked for Cargill Inc. and later in the Iowa Community College system as an administrator and instructor of business and microcomputer courses.

He succeeds Anju Seth, who returned to full-time teaching and research after serving as department head from 2008 to 2013.