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Derek Avery


Derek Avery

Derek Avery

Title: Professor
Department: Human Resources Management

Office: Alter Hall 350
Phone: 215.204.4106

Research Interests: Demographic differences in the workplace; Diversity climate; Employee input

Dr. Avery’s Curriculum Vitae

Derek R. Avery, Ph.D., is a Professor of Human Resource Management and the Seymour Wolfbein Senior Research Fellow in the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Dr. Avery received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Rice University in 2001. His primary research interests are in workforce diversity (including, but not limited to racioethnicity, sex, age, experience, religion, and culture) and employee input mechanisms.

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Dr. Avery is perhaps best known for his work on diversity climates, which has established them as: (a) instrumental in reducing demographic differences in employee engagement, absenteeism, turnover, and individual performance and (b) key drivers of unit-level customer satisfaction and sales growth. He is an active member of the Academy of Management and a fellow of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Presently, he is an associate editor of the Journal of Business and Psychology and has served on editorial boards of numerous top tier journals in recent years. His publications total more than 50 articles and chapters and this research, which has earned commendation from the Academy of Management, has appeared in various outlets such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Organization Science, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Academy of Management Learning and Education.

Sample Publications

  • Avery, D. R., McKay, P. F., Tonidandel, S., Volpone, S. D., & Morris, M. A. (2012). Is there method to the madness? Examining how racioethnic matching influences retail store productivity. Personnel Psychology, 65(1), 167–199.
  • Avery, D. R. (2011). Support for diversity in organizations: A theoretical exploration of its origins and offshoots. Organizational Psychology Review, 1(3), 239-256.
  • McKay, P. F., Avery, D. R., Liao, H., & Morris, M. A. (2011). Does diversity climate lead to customer satisfaction? It depends on the service climate and business unit demography. Organization Science, 22(3), 788-803.
  • Avery, D. R., Richeson, J. A., Hebl, M. R., & Ambady, N. (2009). It doesn’t have to be uncomfortable: How behavioral scripts affect interracial interactions. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94(6), 1382-1393.
  • McKay, P. F., Avery, D. R., & Morris, M. A. (2008). Mean racial-ethnic differences in employee sales performance: The moderating role of diversity climate. Personnel Psychology, 61(2), 349–374.

Awards and Honors

  • Elected Fellow, Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology
  • Recipient of the Saroj Parasuraman Award by the GDO Division of the Academy of Management for the 2008 Outstanding Publication on Gender and Diversity
  • Recipient of the Dorothy Harlow Distinguished Paper Award by the GDO Division of the Academy of Management for the 2007 Best Conference Paper on Gender & Diversity


Fox School of Business, Temple University

  • Leadership & Organizational Management
  • Intro to Human Resource Management

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