About Us | Neal Schmitt, Ph.D.

Neal Schmitt NEAL SCHMITT, PH.D.
Senior Vice President of Research and Development

Dr. Neal Schmitt brings a variety of experiences in selection research to Polaris. He has been Professor of Psychology for over 35 years at Michigan State University where he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in personnel selection, psychological measurement and Organizational Psychology. During that time he has also conducted research and worked on projects for a wide variety of organizations, both private and public. He developed and evaluated assessment centers for the selection of high school principals for the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Jointly with Dr. Elaine Pulakos, he developed and validated entry level procedures for the selection of Special Agents for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has worked with the Alabama and Virginia state police on similar projects. For Ford Motor Company, he developed simulations used to select clerical personnel and validated procedures used to select skilled craftspeople. In other projects, he has developed and validated selection procedures for manufacturing personnel, supervisors, and clerical or administrative staff. Most recently, his work supported by the College Board has involved the identification of college student potential using non cognitive instruments including biographical data and situational judgment measures.

Neal Schmitt obtained his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1972 in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and is currently University Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at Michigan State University. He was editor of Journal of Applied Psychology from 1988-1994 and has served on ten editorial boards. In 1987-88, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He has received the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology’s Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award (1999) and its Distinguished Contributions Award (1998) and served as the Society’s President in 1989-90. In 2007-08, he served as the President of the Division of Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation of the American Psychological Association. He has received the Heneman Career Achievement Award from the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management, 2000 and the Career Achievement Award from the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management, 2007. He has coauthored three textbooks, Staffing Organizations with Ben Schneider, Research Methods in Human Resource Management with Richard Klimoski, Personnel Selection with David Chan, co-edited Personnel Selection in Organizations with Walter Borman and Measurement and Data Analysis with Fritz Drasgow and published over 200 articles and book chapters. He is editor of a forthcoming volume to be published by Oxford University Press titled Handbook of Assessment and Selection. His current research centers on the effectiveness of organizations’ selection procedures and the outcomes of these procedures, particularly as they relate to subgroup employment and applicant reactions and behavior.