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Erica Diehn

Assistant Professor

  • Education
  • B.S., Human Resource Management, Marquette University - College of Business Administration 
    M.A., Human Resources and Industrial Relations, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management 
    Ph.D., Human Resources and Industrial Relations, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management
  • Expertise
  • Leadership, organizational behavior, human resources, management, career development and transitions, expatriate adjustment.
  • Research Interests
  • “Managing Your Boss” study.

Erica Diehn, PhD, unites her passion for leadership and learning through teaching and research. She teaches MBA and undergraduate business courses in both management and leadership. Her classes are infused with applied case studies and interactive class exercises that emphasize evidence-based management best practices and experience in engaging ways.

Diehn’s previous work in the United Kingdom and Denmark inspired her contribution to a large grant-funded expatriate adjustment research project that was published in one of the top academic journals in the field. Applied research projects such as the “Managing Your Boss” study benefit current employees, managers and students by identifying the process and tactics to proactively have upward influence at work.

Diehn finds meaning and purpose in educating and empowering students to advance the common good through principled leadership. She equips undergraduate students and mid-career professionals to reflectively and experientially develop their leadership skills to have valuable impact both now and as their careers continue to change and advance.


  • Welsh, E. T., Henderson, K. E., & Diehn, E. W. (forthcoming). Aren't bosses supposed to manage you? A qualitative examination of managing your boss. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies,
  • Welsh, E. T., & Diehn, E. W. (2018). Mentoring and gender: Perception is not reality. Career Development International, (23), pp. 346-359
  • Zhu, J., Wanberg, C. R., Harrison, D. A., & Diehn, E. W. (2016). Ups and downs of the expatriate experience? Understanding work adjustment trajectories and career outcomes. Journal of Applied Psychology, (101)(4), pp. 549-568
  • Zhang, Z., Wanberg, C. R., & Diehn, E. W. (2010). Development of the "getting ready for your next job" inventory for unemployed individuals. Personnel Psychology, (63), pp. 439-478

  • Academy of Management Careers Division 2012 Best Paper Symposium of the Year Award, 2013
  • Academy of Management Human Resources Division, 2017
  • Teaching Excellence PhD Student Teaching Award, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Mgmt, 2010

  • Academy of Management
  • International Leadership Association
  • Mixed-Methods Research Interdisciplinary Group - University of Minnesota
  • Society of Human Resource Management
  • Society of Industrial & Organizational Psychology
  • River Valley Church, Other
  • Speak the Word Church International, Other
  • Women at the Well International, Board Member

  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St Paul / Minneapolis (2012 - present)
  • Distinguished Service Faculty, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2011 - 2012)
  • Research Assistant, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis (2007 - 2011)
  • Instructor, Bethel University, Shoreview (2008 - 2011)
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis (2005 - 2011)
  • Instructor, University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis (2009 - 2010)
  • Consultant, General Mills, Inc., Golden Valley (2008 - 2008)
  • Internal Research Consultant / Co-Op, General Mills, Inc., Golden Valley (2007 - 2007)
  • Human Resources Summer Project Manager, Microsoft Corporation, Redmond (2006 - 2006)
  • Human Resources Officer, Eaton Corporation, European Electrical Division, Birmingham, West Midlands (2003 - 2005)
  • Human Resources Generalist, Eaton Corporation, Electrical Division, Lincoln (2002 - 2003)
  • Human Resources Recruitment Specialist, Eaton Corporation, Electrical Division, Pittsburgh (2001 - 2002)
  • Human Resources Internship, Eaton Corporation, Electrical Division, Milwaukee (1999 - 2001)