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Schmitt Neal Schmitt
University Distinguished Professor
Ph.D. Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN Major: Industrial Psychology; Minor: Social Psychology 1972
Masters Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN Major: Industrial Psychology; Minor: Social Psychology 1969
Bachelors Loras College, Dubuque, IA Major: Psychology; Minor: Biology 1966
Primary Program: Organizational
340C Psychology
(517) 355-9607

Research Statement
Professor Schmitt’s recent research has been in personnel and selection and academic admissions. He has been developing procedures to assess college students’ ability and motivation in noncognitive domains that might predict their success in college. In these and other selection-related projects he is interested in the construct and predictive validity of our measures and the impact they have on the people who take the measures as well as the institutions that may use them in their decision making.

Related Research Websites
Student Behavior and Experience Inventory (SBEI) A large number of today's colleges and universities define their missions much more broadly than before. As a result, their criteria for successful development of their student bodies cannot be adequately captured with traditional measures (e.g., GPA, graduation rate).

Based on information contained in mission statements of higher education institutions, research literature, interviews with college staff, and surveys of college graduate employers, we found support for a 12 dimension taxonomy [A1] of student performance. Included are aspects of educational development reflecting traditional academic notions (e.g., knowledge, continuous learning) as well as broader aspects related to the social and psychological development in college students (e.g., multicultural tolerance, leadership, perseverance, ethics)
Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research PI: Dr. Frederick Leong
Our primary mission is to generate and apply psychological science to increase our understanding of multicultural issues in both domestic and international contexts.

Research Publications    
2011Schmitt, N., Golubovich, J. & Leong, F.T.L. (in press). Impact of Measurement Invariance on Construct Correlations, Mean Differences and Relations with External Correlates: An Illustrative Example Using Big Five and RIASEC Measures. Assessment,
2009Friede Westring, A.J., Oswald, F. L., Schmitt, N., Drzakowski, S., Imus, A., Kim, B., & Shivpuri, S. (2009). Estimating trait and situational variance in a situational judgment test. Human Performance, 22, 44-63.
2009Schmitt, N., Fandre, J., Quinn, A., Oswald, F. L., Pleskac, T. J., Sinha, R., & Zorzie, M. (2009). Prediction of four-year college student performance using cognitive and non-cognitive predictors and impact on demographic status of admitted students. Journal of Applied Psychology, 94, 1479-1497 PDF
2008Schmitt, N. (2008). The interaction of neuroticism and gender and its impact on self-efficacy and performance. Human Performance, 21, 49-61.
2008Schmitt, N., Oswald, F. L., Friede, A., Imus, A., & Merritt, S. (2008). Perceived fit with an academic environment: Attitudinal and behavioral outcomes. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 72, 317-335.
2008Schmitt, N., & Kuljanin, G. (2008). Measurement invariance: Review of practice and implications. Human resource management review, 18, 210-222.
2008Pachulicz, S., Schmitt, N., & Kuljanin, G. (2008). A longitudinal model of the career success of emergency physicians. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 73, 242-253.