Ann Marie Ryan, Michigan State University

Identity Contingency Cues in Employee Recruitment and Selection
Ann Marie Ryan


Winter 2018
Lecture Time: 
Friday, February 9, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Lecture Location: 
R0220 Ross School of Business
Introduced By: 
Kelsie Thorne


For individuals who are members of socially stigmatized identity groups, recruitment and hiring processes can signal belonging, fairness and identity safety, or wariness and identity threat. This talk will focus on how the changing landscape of hiring processes, particularly the use of technology, can lead to subtle identity contingency cues affecting the experiences and performance of applicants. Results of studies on how demographic variability in assessment materials affects performance and assessments of organizational fit will be discussed as an illustration. Projections regarding how the use of avatars, algorithms, digital interviewing, mobile platforms, and other technological advances in hiring may affect identity safety and threat will be discussed.

Additional Notes

Ann Marie Ryan is a professor of organizational psychology at Michigan State University. Her major research interests involve improving the quality and fairness of employee selection methods, and topics related to diversity and justice in the workplace. In addition to publishing extensively in these areas, she regularly consults with organizations and government agencies on improving assessment processes. Dr. Ryan is a past president of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, past editor of the journal Personnel Psychology, and former associate editor of American Psychologist. In 2011 she received the Distinguished University Professor Award from MSU. In 2013 she received SIOP’s Distinguished Teaching Contributions Award and the Academy of Management’s Sage Award for Outstanding Scholarly Contributions to the Study of Diversity. She is a fellow SIOP, the American Psychological Society, and the American Psychological Association (Divisions 5 & 14). She has served as a member of the board of directors for the Society of Human Resource Management Foundation, technical advisory boards for Department of Defense, Department of State, ACT and Aon-Hewitt, as a number of National Academy of Science committees.