Dennis R. Laker

Dennis R. Laker, PhD

  • Associate Professor

Programs I Teach


  • PhD, Industrial Organizational Psychology (1984)
    University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • MA, BA, Industrial Organizational Psychology (1978)
    University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign (IL)
  • BA, Psychology (1974)
    Hanover College (IN)

About Me

My teaching interests include management, human resources, performance management, and organizational development.

Research Interests

My research interests include training and training transfer, management, career exploration and planning, self-efficacy and behavior change, and behavioral finance.


  • Laker, D.R., & Powell, J.L. (2011). The differences between hard and soft skills and their relative impact on training transfer. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 22 (1) 111–122.
  • Laker, D. R., & Laker, R. (2007). The five year resume: A career planning exercise. Journal of Management Education, 31 (1), 128–141.
  • Tachau, S., Beck, T., Carpenter, C., Haman, D., & Laker, D.R. (2013). Cents and Sensibility: A guide to money management for people with disabilities. Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Academy of Management (AOM)


  • Fitz Dixon University-Wide Teaching Award Finalist, 2012
  • Frank Lordi Teaching Innovation Award, 2011
  • William J. Zahka SBA Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2006, 2012

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