Russell Guay

Associate Professor of Management

Tim Williams Junior Faculty Fellow


Bachelor of Science in Management (HR emphasis) from Northern Illinois University; MBA from Northern Illinois University; PhD in Organizational Behavior/Human Resources from the University of Iowa.

Teaching Interests

Leadership, Management, Negotiations, Human Resources, and Organizational Behavior (undergrad, MBA, or executive).

Research Interests

Leadership, Fit, Personality, Work Attitudes, Job Performance

Professional Accomplishments

Russel has 10 years of HR experience in the manufacturing, hospitality, and consulting industries. He has worked in all aspects of HR, with primary focuses in staffing, training, governmental compliance, and employee relations. He has held SHRM-CP and PHR certifications and was the recipient of a teaching award as a doctoral student at the University of Iowa, a recipient of a 2013 Apple Polisher Award, 2014 Apple Polisher Award, 2014 University Book and Supply Outstanding Teacher Award, 2016 UNIBusiness Distinguished Scholarship Award, 2016 NISG Above and Beyond Excellence in Teaching Award, 2017 Apple Polisher Award, 2017 UNIBusiness Distinguished Teaching Award, and was recognized as the first Tim Williams Junior Faculty Fellow. He is also the co-advisor of the Leadership and Management Association and is the advisor for UNI-SHRM. Professor Guay's research is published in Personnel Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, Human Resource Management, Human Performance, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Applied Psychology: An International Review, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Personality and Individual Differences, as well as the APA Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. In addition, he has made several presentations at the Academy of Management conference and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology conference and has been a reviewer for several journals and conferences. He is also a member of AOM, SIOP, and SHRM.

Latest News & Views

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University of Northern Iowa senior business management major, Carter Nordman, was elected as a Republican to the 19th District of the Iowa House of Representatives, and at 22, he will enter as the youngest legislator in the chamber.

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