Industrial/Organizational Psychology MA (Concentration in Organizational Behavior)
One of the key elements of the concentration in Organizational Behavior program is the assignment of a personal mentor for each student in selected courses. This mentoring program is designed to introduce the student to a variety of experienced “organizational behavior experts,” who can reflect on the student's background and style, examine their work role, and guide them to develop themselves through appropriate readings, exercises and self analysis. In this way, we can extend and augment the traditional classroom learning experience. We would expect that a student will work with two or more mentors in the course of their studies.
The Mentoring Process
Mentors are expected to confer with their students on a regular basis and at least twice in person: once to initiate the mentor-student dialogue, and again at the conclusion of the process to wrap-up and summarize the mentoring interaction. These meetings can be arranged in the Psychology Department facilities or a mutually convenient location. Almost all other contact is likely to be by voice or e-mail. One or more “field trips” (to the mentor’s workplace) may be in order as well.
Mentors are expected to recommend, encourage and or conduct the following activities and assignments:
- Assigned readings: 1) At least one popular or text book related to the current courses to be read and/or reviewed in light of student’s personal work experiences. This may be a “favorite” book or one that your mentor finds most useful in his or her work. 2) Journal articles - HBR or similar pieces that they feel are relevant, for review and discussion.
- One or more “interview” assignments, where you will survey managers or colleagues to explore some facets of the work situation in some depth.
- A short “research” paper, where you may be asked to explore a relevant topic in some depth by using internet or library resources. These papers will generally be limited to 5 pages or less.
Coaching or mentoring sessions. Personal meetings or conversations where your plans, goals, work roles, concerns and opportunities for growth are discussed. Most students are eager to discuss their current work related interpersonal situations and appreciate advice from more experienced faculty. Guidelines for personal development can be very useful.
Mentors are asked to remember that a hallmark of our program is that it intrudes as little as possible into the students work responsibilities. For example, some students may have a heavy travel schedule, or a short period of extensive overtime. We ask all mentors to be flexible!
We expect that after the first meeting, the mentor will provide a brief outline of his or her plans, and after the wrap-up meeting, provide a short summary of the work accomplished. We also ask the mentor for any grade recommendations he or she may have.
Current Program Mentors are:
Lynne Allegra. Organizaitonal Development Consultant*
Anita Attridge, Organizational Development Consultant
Daniel Ginsberg, V.P. Human Resources, Macy's Inc.*
Robert Goodall, Managment Consultant and Executive Coach
James O’Hern, Vice President HR, Hess Corporation
Damon Montal, Executive Coach and Consultant*
Hania Qubein, Human Resources Consultant*
Hilda Silverman. Human Resources Consultant
Christine Troianello, Director, Lucent Technology Learning Organization*
John Walsh, Organizational Development Consultant*
*Alumni of our Organizational Behavior Program
Dr. Paul Strauss
Director of the Applied Leadership Programs
Department of Psychology and Counseling
Fairleigh Dickinson University
285 Madison Ave - M-AB2-01
Madison, NJ 07940