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WVU prof to head national academic organization

A West Virginia University professor has been elected president of the national University Council of Industrial Relations and Human Resources Programs (UCIRHRP) in Atlanta.

Jeff Houghton

Jeff Houghton, associate professor of industrial relations at the College of Business and Economics, will serve for two years.

The UCIRHRP comprises program directors of the top industrial relations and human resources programs from around the country, including Cornell University, the University of Illinois, Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota, Pennsylvania State University and Rutgers University, among others. Prior to joining WVU in 2007, he was an associate professor and researcher-in-residence for Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, where he also served as faculty-in-residence at ACU’s campuses in Montevideo, Uruguay and Oxford, England. Previously he had been chairperson of the management department at Lipscomb University in Nashville.

Houghton received a Ph.D. degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, an MBA from WVU and a bachelor’s degree from Fairmont State University. He coordinates the Master of Science in Industrial Relations program at WVU and his research on leadership, self-leadership and personality and individual differences has been published in numerous academic journals including the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology, Leadership and Organizational Development Journal, Team Performance Management, Human Resource Management Review, Public Personnel Management and Journal of Management Development.

“I was quite honored that my colleagues on the council had confidence in my abilities to lead the organization for the next two years, and I believe that this will be great exposure for WVU and our Master of Science in Industrial Relations program,” Dr. Houghton said.