Kevin Carlson has been appointed associate dean for research and faculty affairs in the Pamplin College of Business.

Carlson will work with Dean Robert Sumichrast, department heads, and other administrators in the college to enhance the effectiveness of its faculty.

He will focus on improving research activities by helping faculty be more productive, attracting new scholars, and supporting doctoral education in the college. He will also work closely with Pamplin’s two centers, the Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics.

Carlson, who has served as head of the Department of Management since 2013, joined Virginia Tech as an assistant professor in 1997. He specializes in teaching and research on human resources (HR) management, HR metrics and workforce analytics, and performance improvement.

His current research interests include evaluating recruitment and staffing effectiveness, human resource metrics and workforce analytics, and modeling the determinants of individual performance outcomes.

He received the 2016 McDonald Advancement of Organizational Research Methodology Award from Sage Publications for his paper, “The Illusion of Statistical Control: Control Variable Practice in Management Research,” published in Organizational Research Methods.

Carlson has taught courses in HR management, staffing effectiveness, individual productivity and quality improvement, HR information systems and workforce metrics, and analytics and research methodology.

His awards include the college’s Warren Lloyd Holtzman Faculty Research Award and Outstanding Faculty in Doctoral Education Award, and the department’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Carlson earned a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, an MBA from the University of South Dakota, and a B.S. from Iowa State University.

Carlson, whose appointment is effective Jan. 1, succeeds Kent Nakamoto, who will be retiring from Virginia Tech at the end of next summer.

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