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Liz Welsh

Associate Professor

  • Education
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
    M.B.A., Computer Science, University of California
    M.S., Computer Science, University of California
    Ph.D., Human Resources & Industrial Relations, University of Minnesota
  • Expertise
  • Mentoring, human resources, management.
  • Research Interests
  • Questions that leaders need answers to, or tries to make research more relevant for leaders.

Liz Welsh, Ph.D., teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in interpersonal relationships, employee and organizational development and human resources. She also leads the capstone course in the Health Care MBA program.

Before earning her Ph.D., Welsh worked as the vice president of organizational development at InstallShield Software Corp., as a consultant at McKinsey & Co., as a program manager at Microsoft and as a financial analyst at First Boston.

Welsh uses her professional experience in both her teaching and research. When teaching, she uses her experience for examples, cases studies and role plays. Her classroom is a place where students engage with the class material and connect with each other.

When conducting research, Welsh chooses projects that either address questions that leaders need answers to, or tries to make research more relevant for leaders. She has done significant work on mentoring - a key contributor to career success - and recently published work on how employees successfully manage their bosses.


  • 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
  • Welsh, E. T., & Dixon, P. (2016). Improving mentoring outcomes: Examining factors outside the relationship.. Journal of Managerial Issues, (28), pp. 231-247
  • Welsh, E. T., Bhave, D., & Kim, K. Y. (2012). Are you my mentor? Informal mentoring mutual identification. Career Development International, (17)(2), pp. 137-148
  • Welsh, E. T., Ganegoda, D. B., Arvey, R. D., Wiley, J., & Budd, J. W. (2012). Is there fire? Executive compensation and employee attitudes.. Personnel Review, (41)(3), pp. 260-282
  • Welsh, E. T., & Wanberg, C. R. (2009). Launching the post-college career: A study of mentoring antecedents. Journal of Vocational Behavior, (74), pp. 257-263
  • Wanberg, C. R., Welsh, E. T., & Kammeyer-Mueller, J. D. (2007). Protégé and mentor self-disclosure: Levels and outcomes within formal mentoring dyads in a corporate context. Journal of Vocational Behavior, (70), pp. 398-412
  • Glomb, T., & Welsh, E. T. (2005). Can opposites attract? Personality heterogeneity in supervisor-subordinate dyads as a predictor of subordinate outcomes. Journal of Applied Psychology, (90), pp. 749-757
  • Welsh, E. T., Wanberg, C. R., & Simmering, M. (2003). E-learning: Emerging uses, empirical results and future directions. (7), pp. 245-258
  • Wanberg, C. R., Welsh, E. T., & Hezlett, S. A. (2003). Research in Personnel & Human Resources Management Vol 22. In J.J. Martocchio & G.R. Ferris (Ed.), Mentoring research: A review and dynamic process model (pp. 39-124). Oxford, England: Elsevier Science

  • U of M - Herbie Award in HRIR Program, 2008

  • Academy of Management
  • Organizational Behavior Teaching Society
  • Society of Human Resource Management
  • Academy of Management, Reviewer
  • Career Development International, Reviewer
  • HRM - Human Resources Management, Reviewer

  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul / Minneapolis (2015 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2010 - 2015)
  • Instructor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (2006 - 2009)
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (2004 - 2004)
  • Research Assistant, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (2001 - 2003)
  • Vice President of Organizational Development, InstallShield Software Corporation, Schaumburg (1997 - 2000)
  • Marketing Manager, Tellabs, Inc, Naperville (1997 - 1997)
  • Consultant, McKinsey & Company, Chicago (1992 - 1996)
  • Teaching Assistant, University of California, Los Angeles (1990 - 1991)
  • Financial Analyst, The First Boston Corporation, New York (1987 - 1989)