Dr. Michelle Dean
No doubt about it: Dr. Michelle Dean is a superstar in the field of human resources education.
Dean, an associate professor in SDSU’s department of management, put in place the human resource management specialization in 2008 and founded the university’s Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) chapter in 2011 with just seven students. Today, the HR specialization averages 150 students and the SHRM chapter routinely has over 50 student members per semester. The student chapter has collectively received over 30 awards including being honored in 2018 for the fourth time in the past five years as an Outstanding Student Chapter, the highest honor awarded to student chapters by SHRM’s national organization.
In 2016, Dean was recognized as the national SHRM Advisor of the Year. This award goes to one of the approximately 250 student chapter advisors in the U.S. “who is recognized for his/her outstanding service and leadership based on a variety of criteria, including contributions to the development of student leaders and the development of innovative initiatives conducted by the chapter.” She has also been the recipient of numerous advising, teaching, and “most influential faculty” awards since she began her career at SDSU in 2002.
Dean earned her Ph.D. in organizational behavior and human resource management from Louisiana State University. Since coming to SDSU, she has been responsible for a substantial portion of the SDSU human resource program’s curriculum development and serves as the program’s area coordinator. She has served on many department, Fowler College of Business, and university-level committees—many of which focus on the advancement of undergraduate education in the areas of curriculum development and student engagement and achievement.