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Faculty: Brian Cawley

Professor Cawley holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron. Dr. Cawley teaches Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at Calvin. He has previously taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Colorado Christian University and Colorado State University. Over the past 20 years, Dr. Cawley has served as an internal and external human resource consultant to over 80 organizations in various industries, including financial, healthcare, retail, hospitality, technology, consumer products, transportation, and public safety. Dr. Cawley's research has been presented at numerous national conferences and published in the Journal of Applied Psychology and the Journal of Business and Psychology. His current research interests include individual and organizational virtuousness, and leveraging business strategy, values, and vision in talent management processes and tools.

Professional experience

Internal and External Consulting

  • Partner and Co-Founder,
    Talent Asset Advisors, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Business Strategist,
    Corvirtus, LLC, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Director of Consulting-Products,
    SHL Group Ltd., Chicago, IL
  • Managing Director,
    SHL Group, Ltd., Boulder, CO
  • Senior Consultant and Practice Director,
    Landy Jacobs and Associates, Inc., Boulder, CO
  • Staff Analysis Intern,
    Wells Fargo Bank, San Francisco, CA

Academic and Teaching

  • Affiliate Professor, School of Business and Leadership and the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, CO
  • Faculty Affiliate, Graduate Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • Instructor, Department of Psychology, The University of Akron, Akron, OH

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    The University of Akron, Akron, OH
  • M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    The University of Akron, Akron, OH
  • B.S. in Psychology
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Honors, Awards, and Publications

Professional Publications

  • Cawley, B.D. & Snyder, P.J. (2012). Beyond Resource-Based Theory: Further Avenues for I-O Psychology Ventures into Strategic Management. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 5(1).

  • Cawley, B.D., Keeping, L.M. & Levy, P.E.  (1998). Participation in the performance appraisal process and employee reactions: A meta-analytic review of field investigations. Journal of Applied Psychology, 83(4), 615-633.

  • Levy, P.E., Cawley, B.D., & Foti, R.J. (1998). Reactions to appraisal discrepancies: Performance ratings and attributions. Journal of Business and Psychology, 12(4), 437-455.

  • Levy, P.E., Albright, M.D., Cawley, B.D. & Williams, J.R.  (1995). Feedback seeking, feedback bypassing, and the tendency to reconsider and modify one's initial desire to seek feedback: Individual and contextual factors. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 62(1), 23-37.

Recent Invited Addresses

  • Cawley, B. D. and Shankster-Cawley, L. J. (2012). Business for the Glory of God: Ideas and Discussion about Studying Business at Calvin. Invited speaker for the Calvin Young Women’s Business Institute. July 19, 2012.

    Cawley, B. D. (2009). Assessments for Hiring Employees That Can Bring Your Customer Experience to Life. Invited address at the Taleo World Conference, Las Vegas, NV. September, 2009.

  • Cawley, B. D. (2009). Character and Self-awareness for Leaders: Tools for Helping You and Your Team Grow. Invited address and workshop at the Saying Yes Worship Arts Conference, Colorado Springs, CO. October, 2009.

Recent Refereed Conference Presentations

  • Cawley, B. D. (2012). Virtues in Action: Character Strengths and Building Organizational Cultures of Virtuousness. Workshop and expert panel accepted and presented by Stansbury, J., Cawley, B., Whatley, L., & Wong, K. Organizational Virtue: Prospects and Problems for Christian Business Scholarship. Presented at the 2012 Christian Business Faculty Association Annual Conference. Langley, British Columbia, Canada. June, 2012.

  • Cawley, B. D. and Villavaso, G. (2009). Beyond Service – Delivering Intended Experiences: I/O and This New Economy. Paper presented at the 24th Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. New Orleans, LA. April, 2009.

    Cawley, B.D. (2007). Turning the Tables on Turnover: A Foodservice Workforce Solutions Workshop. National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) Expert panel participant at the 2007 National Restaurant Association Show. Chicago, IL. May, 2007.

  • Baker, R. C., Myers, T., Rogers, D. A., Murphy, C., and Cawley, B. D. (2007). The Impact of Counterproductive Work Behaviors on Customer Perceptions of Service Quality. Paper presented at the 22nd Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. New York, NY. April, 2007.
  • Cawley, B.D. and Baker, R.C. (2006). Leaders Generate Profit by Creating Cultures that Keep Promises to Employees. Paper presented at the 2006 Gallup Leadership Summit, Washington, D.C., October, 2006.

Additional information

Brian has started a new consulting organization where he helps organizations leverage business strategy, values, and vision in their talent management processes and tools. Brian enjoys volunteering with his church in the areas of worship arts and small group community and coaching youth sports. He also enjoys skiing, music, soccer, golf, and the Green Bay Packers.

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Brian Cawley
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  • Advanced Topics in Human Resources
    (BUS 366)
  • Management and Organizational Behavior (BUS 360)
  • Human Resource Management (BUS 365)