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Tracey Rizzuto

Dr. Tracey Rizzuto, Associate Professor

"I'm fortunate to have a job that allows me to apply my scientific knowledge and research skill toward societal concerns of importance to me."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology — Pennsylvania State University, 2004
  • M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology — Pennsylvania State University, 2002
  • B.S. in Psychology—Louisiana State University, 1998

Career Highlights:

I'm fortunate to have a job that allows me to apply my scientific knowledge and research skill toward societal concerns of importance to me. One example is delivered in my February, 2015, TED Talk -- Invisible Threads.

In which online degree program do you teach?

Master of Science in Human Resource Education

Which classes do you teach online?

Organizational Change Management (HRE 7575); Organizational Training and Development (HRE 7577)

Why did you start teaching?

Born into it. My parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles are all teachers.

What's the best advice that you could give your students?

Don't listen to advice. Follow your instincts.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

Nickled and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the profession face today?

Dwindling belief that education is a public good.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in human resources?

Extraversion

How do you see online learning affecting the future of education?

Online learning is forcing brick-mortar institutions to self-reflect and innovate. That's a good thing!

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