Newly promoted Professor John Kammeyer-Mueller has big plans to carry forward his innovative teaching methods and to continue his organizational research in the upcoming school year.
In his two years at the Carlson School, he has taught a number of subjects in both the MA-HRIR and MBA programs. Currently, he teaches a class on employee staffing and development that trains students to make informed decisions about hiring, placement, career development, and learning.
“For the MBA program, I teach a class on leadership from an organizational psychology perspective,” he says. “This class focuses on things like social influence, building cooperation, fairness, and decision making."
Kammeyer-Mueller will also be teaching a class on research methodology for the PhD program this coming year.
“The variety in teaching is really engaging for me. Facilitating and participating in active discussions with students is also one of the best parts of teaching,” he says.
Kammeyer-Mueller focuses on research questions about adaptation to new jobs and work roles, and studies how individual personality traits can influence how people react to workplace situations. He collects data from a combination of surveys in the workplace, assessments of company practices, and work outcomes like job performance and employee turnover.
“I mostly work by collaborating with employees and employers, learning what we can discover together about their work experiences and how to improve them,” he says.
He uses a collaborative approach in his research. Among the Carlson School faculty, Kammeyer-Mueller has published articles with Professors Connie Wanberg and Theresa Glomb, is working on a project with Assistant Professor Le (Betty) Zhou, and collaborates with a number of doctoral students including Yeonka Kim, Yuening Jin, Jin Park, and Benjamin Stafford.
“Throughout my career, I've also developed relationships with scholars in other universities, both within the United States and internationally," he says.
Kammeyer-Mueller began his academic career at the University of Florida in 2002, after earning his PhD at the University of Minnesota, but always maintained connections with faculty back in Minnesota.
“Besides the excellent faculty within the Department of Work and Organizations, the Carlson School has excellent connections with the local business community,” he says. “Being able to connect my research and teaching with so many companies has been very stimulating.”