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Sarah E. Minnis

Sarah Minnis

Associate Professor

College of Education and Allied Professions

Human Services

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.3464
Office: 214 Killian Building


Sarah E. Minnis, PhD, has more than 25 years of career advising and organization development experience in higher education, non-profit organizations, and traditional corporate entities with more than 15 years specializing in military veterans’ civilian reintegration and employment. Her ongoing research and practice to provide support for employment communities to better understand the value, and more effectively utilize the skills, of veterans has been published and presented in journals and workshops nationally and internationally.<br>Through a lens of ethical and equitable practices, Sarah specializes in organization development and career development to help establishments build their strengths. With a sensitivity to the unique needs of veterans, she uses research-based content to help organizations focus on the military to civilian transition. Not only does this help build veteran-ready organizations, but it also helps civilians better understand the reason why veterans can become critical assets to their organization. She is qualified to speak on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) issues, leadership, disability, accessibility, and ADA compliance, and how to balance employee and employer needs such as remote work and productivity.<br>She has anchored panels, led workshops, and contributed to journals with a variety of co-authors. She is equally comfortable in one-on-one, small group, and large group situations.<br>Sarah holds a PhD in Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University, a Master of Education degree in student affairs from Western Kentucky University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Central Washington University. She is a tenured Human Resources professor at Western Carolina University.


  • Ph D, Texas A&M University, Human Resource Development
  • BA, Central Washington University

Research Interests

I am interested in exploring the post-military career transition of military veterans in civilian organizations, employment experiences of veterans with service-connected disabilities, underlying constructs of military friendly employment practices, and critical perspectives on servant leadership.

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