Ryan Zimmerman has been appointed an associate professor in the Department of Management at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business.

Zimmerman is one of nine new faculty members at Pamplin this fall. They are part of the college’s efforts to strengthen and expand its teaching, research, and business outreach programs under the leadership of Robert Sumichrast, who became dean in July.

Zimmerman received a Ph.D. in 2006 and an MBA in 1999, both from the University of Iowa. He received a bachelor’s degree from Regents College of The University of State of New York in 1996.

He teaches and conducts research in human resources management. His research interests include employee selection and retention, individual differences (e.g. personality and general mental ability), person-environment fit, and meta-analysis.

His research has been published in such journals as Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Human Resource Management.

Zimmerman received a 2012 Emerald Management Reviews Citations of Excellence Award for his 2008 Personnel Psychology article, “Understanding the impact of personality traits on individuals’ turnover decisions: a meta-analytic path model.” The award was given to the top 50 out of 15,000 articles published in 2008 from the top 300 management, business, and economics journals.

Zimmerman is also a co-recipient of the 2006 Scholarly Achievement Award of the Academy of Management’s human resources division for the most significant paper in human resource management. This co-authored paper — “Consequences of individuals’ fit at work: A meta-analysis of person-job, person-organization, person-group, and person-supervisor fit”, Personnel Psychology, 2005 — is the most frequently cited article in the fields of human resource management and organizational behavior since 2003.

An award-winning teacher as well, Zimmerman received a 2012 Dean’s Roundtable Outstanding Educator Award and a 2010 Teaching Performance Award at Texas A&M University, where he was an assistant professor of management and directed, for three years, the master’s program in human resource management.

He serves on several editorial boards and on the executive committee for the HR division of the Academy of Management. He has worked as a manager and an HR specialist.



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