BGSU names Ohio Eminent Scholar


Dr. Scott Highhouse, a Bowling Green State University professor of psychology, has been named BGSU’s Ohio
Eminent Scholar in industrial/organizational psychology.
Highhouse, a Bowling Green faculty member since 1996, fills the position that opened in June with the
retirement of Dr. Milton Hakel, who had been the university’s Ohio Eminent Scholar in I/O psychology
since 1991. Highhouse is one of two Ohio Eminent Scholars at BGSU, along with Dr. Peter Lu, in
photochemical sciences. A colleague of Lu’s and another Eminent Scholar, Dr. Michael A.J. Rodgers, also
retired recently.
The program was created by the Ohio Board of Regents 25 years ago and funded by the legislature to
attract world-class scholars to the state’s universities. Bowling Green’s psychology department was
awarded the Eminent Scholar position in I/O psychology in 1990. The industrial/organizational program
has an international reputation for its research on human behavior in organizations and is ranked fourth
among such programs nationwide in this year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings.
Ohio Eminent Scholars are typically hired from outside the state, noted Dr. Michael Zickar, BGSU
psychology department chair. I/O psychology faculty, in consultation with the provost’s office and Dr.
Simon Morgan-Russell, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, "came up with an objective list of
scholars who we thought would be great fits" for the position, Zickar continued.
"We also felt that using nearly any objective criteria, Scott Highhouse would have been at the top
of that list," he added, calling Highhouse "one of the field’s leading scholars in the area of
managerial decision making.
"After consulting with university leaders, we felt that the best option was to choose the best
Highhouse, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1992, was associate editor
of both the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, from 2007-09, and Organizational
Behavior and Human Decision Processes, from 2001-07. He has been named a Fellow of the American
Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science and the Society for Industrial
Organizational Psychology.
"His research is cited by scholars around the world," said Zickar of Highhouse, whose primary
areas of expertise are assessment/selection for employment and human judgment/decision making. "He
has served in leading positions in scholarly societies and is regularly consulted by leading companies
on how to improve their hiring processes."
Highhouse formerly worked in organizational development at Anheuser Busch Companies. His work has been
featured in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and Chronicle for Higher Education.
Graduates of BGSU’s doctoral program in I/O psychology typically move on to academic positions or private
industry. In the latter case, they often work for consulting companies or Fortune 500 businesses,
helping develop employee testing and training programs, for example. "We do a lot of the science
behind human resource management," Zickar has said.

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