Rutgers Professor Susan Jackson Receives Prestigious SHRM Foundation Award For Research Advancing HR Management

Dr. Susan Jackson, a distinguished professor at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, has been awarded the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation’s 2015 Michael R. Losey Excellence in Human Resource Research Award. The award, which comes with a $50,000 prize, recognizes HR experts who significantly advance the field of HR management through empirical research and its application to practice. Dr. Jackson was presented the award at the SHRM annual Volunteer Leaders’ Summit held on November 19-21, 2015 in Washington, D.C., with more than 800 human resource professionals from across the United States in attendance.

Over the course of her almost 30-year career, Jackson has conducted research on a wide range of human resource issues and has published more than 150 scholarly articles. Her primary areas of expertise for teaching and scholarship include managing for environmental sustainability, work team diversity and strategic human resource management systems.

“An enduring feature of her work is that it very often represents the leading edge of ideas that are not yet but will soon become of widespread interest,” wrote a colleague in a recommendation letter for this award. “Her work has had a major impact on HR scholarship, HR education and the HR management.”

Jackson holds master’s and doctoral degrees in organizational and social psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology from the University of Minnesota.  

“This award is an honor I never imagined receiving and for which I am truly grateful,” Jackson said. “None of my work would have been possible without the full engagement and support of dozens of seasoned HR professionals who understood and appreciated the inherent value of empirical research. To all the HR professionals who have collaborated in the many studies I’ve conducted in their organizations, I offer my sincerest thanks. Using the funds that accompany this award, I look forward to our continued collaborations.”

The Michael R. Losey Excellence in Human Resource Research Award was named after Michael R. Losey, SPHR, CAE, a past-president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The Losey Award is presented annually to a scholar with a significant body of work in the field of HR, including published research in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals such as Human Resource Management (HRM), Journal of Management (JOM), Journal of Applied Psychology (JAP), Academy of Management Journal (AMJ), and Personnel Psychology (PP). For more information about the award, please visit