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Mick Sheppeck

Associate Professor

  • Education
  • B.A., Psychology, Slippery Rock University
    M.A., General Psychology, Statistics, Western Washington University
    Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of South Florida
  • Expertise
  • Human resource management strategy, organization development and change management, psychological assessments, competency modeling, employee surveying.
  • Research Interests
  • Alignment of human resource management practices with business strategy.

Mick Sheppeck, PhD, teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in management and organizational behavior, human resource management, organization change, and storytelling.

Sheppeck’s research focuses on the alignment of human resource management practices with business strategy and how people learn to think and act with a systems perspective. More specifically, he investigates how organizations with different customer strategies shape their organization cultures, hire employees with the requisite skills and values, develop their internal processes, and structure how the organization is operated on a daily basis. In addition, he studies how people in organizations learn to think and act with a systems perspective when solving organizational problems and making decisions.

His research is published in Human Resource Management, International Journal of Human Resource Development & Management, Human Resource Planning Journal, Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences, and the Journal of Health and Human Services Administration. He was the recipient of the Ulrich-Lake Award in 2001, for best human resources paper. He has received numerous “best paper” awards at academic conferences.

Sheppeck is passionate about combining his subject-matter expertise and prior industry experience in human resource management and organization development to train undergraduate students, mid-career and senior-level executives. He encourages thinking deeply about how the most important asset in an organization - its people - should be hired and motivated to achieve the organization’s goals, their career and personal goals, and satisfaction.


  • Sheppeck, M. A., & Militello, J. F. (2018. A case of organization expertise: An ideal-types organization typology that predicts market performance. Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences, (30)(2), pp. 4-20
  • Sheppeck, M. A., & Militello, J. F. (2014). An exploratory study of market strategy configurations in for-profit health care clinics. Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, (37)(1), pp. 4-36
  • Militello, J. F., Sailors, J. J., & Sheppeck, M. A. (2010). The equifinality of success in the operational excellence market discipline. (22)(1), pp. 2-24
  • Militello, J. F., & Sheppeck, M. A. (2008). Strategic focus/core assets relational analysis: Aligning the firm for competitive advantage. (16)(3),
  • Sheppeck, M. A., & Militello, J. F. (2008). The mediating effect of strategic processes in affecting firm market performance. (19)(2), pp. 180-198
  • Militello, J. F., & Sheppeck, M. A. (2007). Determining organizational alignment: A research model. (15)(1), pp. 128-143
  • Ramlall, S. J., & Sheppeck, M. A. (2007). Educating highly competent and principled HR professionals in the 21st century. International Journal of Human Resource Development and Management, (7)(3/4), pp. 215-226
  • Ramlall, S. J., & Sheppeck, M. A. (2006). Increasing the relevance of graduate HR education. (29)(2), pp. 6-11
  • Militello, J. F., & Sheppeck, M. A. (2003). Making the right match: Finding a consulting style that fits your firm. (1)(10),
  • Sheppeck, M. A. (2000). Strategic HR configurations and organizational performance. Human Resource Management Journal, (39)(1), pp. 5-16

  • Academy of Management, Reviewer
  • SIOP - Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • The Academy of Management
  • Twin Cities Human Resource Association

  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (1996 - present)
  • Assistant Dean, Division of Executive and Professional Development Organization: College of Business, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2004 - 2007)
  • Invited Lecturer, University of the West Indies - Mona School of Business, Kingstown (2005 - 2005)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (1991 - 1996)
  • Director, Organization Development Department, Honeywell Inc., Corporate Headquarters, Minneapolis (1987 - 1991)
  • Adjunct Instructor, College of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (1985 - 1991)
  • Manager, Systems & Planning Department, Honeywell Inc., Corporate Headquarters, Minneapolis (1985 - 1986)
  • Senior Human Resource Development Specialist, Honeywell Inc., Corporate Headquarters, Minneapolis (1985 - 1985)
  • Project Director, Assessment Designs Inc. (now a part of Wilson Learning), Orlando (1984 - 1984)
  • Manager, Human Resources Research Department, Honeywell Inc., Corporate Headquarters, Minneapolis (1980 - 1984)
  • Adjunct Instructor, College of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (1980 - 1983)
  • Human Resource Specialist, Honeywell Inc., Aerospace Division, Clearwater (1979 - 1980)
  • Adjunct Instructor, Wayne State University, Detroit (1978 - 1978)
  • Manager, Personnel Research & Planning Department, National Bank Of Detroit, Detroit (1977 - 1978)
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of South Florida, Tampa (1976 - 1977)