Business professor earns national student impact award

Contact: Molly Goaley
Pictured is Dr. Christina Stamper


KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Dr. Christina Stamper, professor of management, has been selected for the 2020 Society for Human Resource Management Student Chapter Advisor Impact Award from the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation.

The highly competitive award is presented to an SHRM student chapter advisor who has made a positive impact in student members’ lives. Several student organization members and professional colleagues nominated Stamper, who has served as advisor to the Western Michigan University chapter of the Society for Excellence in Human Resources since 2018. She was selected from among more than 200 chapter advisors nationwide.

“I am honored to have been chosen as the advisor of the year for SHRM,” Stamper says. “My job preparing the next generation of HR professionals is a true privilege. Our program at Western Michigan University's Haworth College of Business is top of the line, and students graduate well-prepared to take on the challenges of today’s HR roles. Our alumni all over the country, working for a variety of the best Fortune 100 companies, attest to the quality of the program.”

The nominations are vetted by expert judges in the area of HR student professional development, and the advisor impact awardee is selected based on a variety of factors such as contribution to the development of student leaders, development of innovative programs or projects, obstacles overcome, consistency of chapter quality and involvement with local SHRM activities. The WMU chapter has experienced substantial growth in membership with Stamper at the helm. Additionally, student leaders have developed a significant number of new professional development programs for members, including working closely with both the Kalamazoo-area Human Resource Management Association and the Zhang Career Center on events like the chapter’s HR Games, Networking Night and Resume Revamp.

“The 2019-20 SEHR executive board, led by recent graduate Riley Husted, did an amazing job of growing the interest in SEHR membership by providing new and innovative programming to help our students grow and polish their HR-related knowledge,” Stamper adds. “I am so proud that I had the opportunity to work with this group of students.”

“Dr. Stamper has led our chapter into exciting new territory in terms of networking, mentorship and competition through the SHRM-hosted HR Games,” says recent graduate Holly Harmon. “I was lucky enough not only to have Dr. Stamper as my SEHR advisor but also as my thesis chair—she is one of the kindest and most motivating professors at Western. When the SEHR executive board heard about this opportunity to recognize her, we all agreed to help with the nomination process. Dr. Stamper is adored at Western, so it is only fitting that we help her get the recognition she deserves.” 


Stamper joined WMU’s Haworth College of Business in 2001. She has served as a professor of management since 2010, as well as the associate dean for undergraduate programs from 2011-16, during which enrollment in the B.B.A. program increased approximately 10%. She is currently the human resource management program director and teaches a variety of courses related to human resources, organizational behavior and business ethics. Her research focuses on understanding the factors involved in a healthy and positive employer-employee relationship, including diversity and inclusion issues, and has been published in numerous management journals. 

Stamper currently serves as the associate editor for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: An International Journal, and on the editorial board for the Journal of Organizational Behavior. She also served as an executive member and chair of the Academy of Management Diversity and Inclusion Committee from 2012-16.


The Society for Human Resource Management is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today's evolving workplaces. With more than 300,000 human resource and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of over 115 million employees and families globally.

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