Paul Spector is a distinguished professor who has been on the faculty at the University of South Florida since 1982. He is currently teaching Executive Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) students in USF’s Muma College of Business. He is also co-PI on an NSF research grant in the Department of Electrical Engineering to improve the professional preparation of engineering students.
Paul was born in New York City and moved with his family to Sarasota, Florida when he was 9. He attended the University of South Florida where he received a BA in psychology and an MA and PhD in industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology. After spending seven years in a variety of academic and practice positions, he returned to the USF Psychology Department in 1982 where he retired in 2020 as a distinguished professor. During that time he served for 15 years as the director of the USF I-O psychology doctoral program and was the founding director of the interdisciplinary occupational health psychology (OHP) program. The OHP program bridges the Psychology Department with the NIOSH-funded USF Sunshine Education and Training Center (ERC), housed in the College of Public Health.
Paul explains how he became an I-O psychologist
Paul’s research interests include both the content and methodology of the field. Content areas concern the impact of jobs on the behavior and well-being of employees, including accidents/injuries, counterproductive work behavior, job satisfaction, job stress, and workplace violence. He’s written books on both methodology and content, including an I-O psychology textbook (Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Research and Practice). A complete list of his publications can be found in Google Scholar and ResearchGate.
In 2019 Paul began blogging to reach a broader audience than his academic papers and books. He blogs about business, IO psychology and business. More information and a place to subscribe are here.
Paul’s work has been highly influential in the fields of business management and I-O psychology. The Academy of Management Research Methods Division awarded him a lifetime achievement award in 2014, and the Academy of Management Human Resources Management Division awarded him a lifetime mentoring award in 2013. His acceptance address can be found here: Part 1 Part2. He is a fellow of several scientific and professional societies, including American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Psychological Association (APA), Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and Southern Management Association. He was listed among the most influential scholars in business and management worldwide in a 2012 Indiana University and a 2019 Stanford University study.