Michele Swift

Director for Assessment and Accreditation, Senior Instructor II

Office: 541-737-4110

Austin Hall

Austin Hall 364

2751 SW Jefferson Way

2751 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Ph.D., Organization Management, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
M.S., Human Resources & Industrial Relations, University of Oregon
B.S., Economics, University of California Irvine

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Affiliated with: 
College of Business
Research/Career Interests: 

Michele Swift currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in human resource (HR) management. She is also the faculty advisor for the HR/Management Association (SHRM student chapter), serves as the liaison between the Management program and student engagement, and is active on several university and college committees as well as the boards for NHRMA and LCHRA. Her current research interests include the motivation for employees to share their knowledge, the relationship between knowledge sharing and creativity, and human resource management practices for knowledge workers. She also has a special interest in the factors that influence persons with disabilities willingness to request accommodation.


  • Oregon State University, Assistant School Head - Management, Entrepreneurship, and Supply Chain, 2018 - Present
  • Oregon State Univeristy, Senior Instructor I, Management, 2018 - Present
  • Oregon State University, Instructor, Management, 2015 - 2018
  • Oregon State University, Assistant Professor, Management, 2007 – 2015
Courses Taught: 
  • MGMT 572  Strategic Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 453/553  Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 449/549  Compensation Management
  • BA 281  Professional Development
  • BA 352  Managing Individual and Team Performance
  • BA 352H Honors Organizational Behavior
Beyond OSU
  • California State University Bakersfield, Lecturer, 2006 – 2007
  • University of Colorado Boulder, Ph.D. Student, Instructor, and Research Assistant, 2002 – 2006
  • Cedar, Project Manager/Consultant, 1997 – 2002
  • Western Pneumatics, Human Resources/Payroll, 1994 – 1995
  • Lane County Medical Society, Placement Director, 1993 – 1994
  • Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Human Resource Coordinator, 1991 – 1993
  • Talent Tree Personnel Services, Personnel Consultant, 1988 – 1991
Professional Affiliations: 
  • Academy of Management
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)
Honors and Awards: 
  • Certificate of Reviewing Excellence, Human Resource Management Review (2014)
  • Awards Committee, OB Division, Academy of Management Conference (2010)
  • Best Reviewer, OB Division, Academy of Management Conference (2009).
  • "Top Prof", Mortar Board Senior Honor Society (2008).
  • Dissertation Proposal Award, Academy of Management HR Division/Society of Human Resource Management (2006).
  • Western Academy of Management nomination for Best Student Paper, Western Academy of Management (2006).
  • Research Fellowships, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder (2003, 2005, 2006).
  • College Relations Director, Northwest HR Management Association (SHRM affiliate) (Jan 2021 to present)
  • Member and Chair, College of Business Graduate Program Committee (Fall 2020 to present)
  • Member, Faculty Senate Academic Regulations Committee (Fall 2020 to present)
  • SHRM Academic Alignment Point of Contact, Management (Spring 2020 to present)
  • Course Coordinator for BA 352 (Fall 2019 to present)
  • Professional Development Coordinator, Management (Spring 2017 to present)
  • College Relations Chair, Lane County HR Association (SHRM chapter) (Jan 2016 to present)
  • Co-chair, Faculty Senate Curriculum Council (Fall 2019 to Summer 2020)
  • Faculty Senator (Jan 2019 to Dec 2020)
  • Search committees
    • Search Advocate - Baccalaureate Core Director (Winter 2021 to present)
    • Search Advocate - TT Clinical Psychology (Fall 2020 - Winter 2021)
    • Search Committee – COB Head Advisor (Spring 2020)

Dr. Michele Swift is a faculty member at Oregon State University’s College of Business where she is an Assistant School Head and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in HR Management. She received her PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Oregon. Prior to academia, Michele spent over 10 years in HR and HR systems consulting where she managed HR self-service implementation projects, assisted with business case development, counseled managers on employee relations issues, provided recruitment and placement services, and managed payroll and workers compensation. Michele is an active member of the Academy of Management and the Society for Human Resource Management, serves on the board for the Northwest Human Resource Management Association (NHRMA) and the Lane County HR Association (LCHRA), and is the chapter advisor for the OSU SHRM student chapter.

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