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Dr. Marie-Line Germain

Associate Professor of Human Resources and Leadership
Department of Human Services

Dr. Marie-Line Germain


Phone: 828-227-3959
Office Address: 91 Killian Building Lane, Room 214B

Research Interest: Leadership, organizational psychology, and human resource development. Her research specialization is on the concept of human expertise, dysfunctional leadership behaviors, and on occupational suicide.


  • Ph.D., Barry University, Miami, FL
  • M.A., University of Paris-X, France
  • B.A., University of Paris-X, France and Stirling University, Scotland.


Dr. Marie-Line Germain is a research, teaching, and service award-winning Associate Professor of Human Resources and Leadership. Her Ph.D. is in Leadership with a specialization in Human Resource Development.

She has published over three dozen peer-reviewed research articles and presented over 40 research papers nationally and internationally (Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Peru, The Netherlands, Scotland, and Spain). She is the recipient of several national awards and competitive grants. She holds several leadership roles at research and professional associations nationally and internationally.

In 2011, Germain founded The HR Consulting Initiative, which provides pro bono HR consulting nationwide. Under her guidance, over 554 of her graduate students - HR experts have helped 93 nonprofits, small businesses, and local government agencies in 14 states.

Germain has been a visiting scholar in Ghana, Japan and South Korea, and a visiting professor in Helsinki, Finland. She has lived, studied, and worked in France, England, and Scotland. She is a recent Fulbright Specialist grant recipient from the U.S. Department of State. A list of her publications, grants, awards, and research roles is available upon request.

Selected Publications:


Perceptions of Workplace Incivility and Employee Well-Being: The Moderating Role of Emotional Resilience (with David McGuire Ph.D., Indravidoushi Dusoye Ph.D., Gillian Mauchline Ph.D., and Sudhir H. Saha Ph.D.), 17th International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice across Europe (2016). Manchester, England.

Germain, M. L. (2016). The Role of Self-Efficacy in Recruiting and Retaining Women in Male-Dominated Occupations: The Case of Women Pilots . European Journal of Training and Development, (Accepted pending minor revisions).


Germain, M. L., & McGuire, D. (2015). Testing the existence of a green contract: an exploratory study. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 17(4), 489-503.

Germain, M. L., & Grenier, R. (2015). Facilitating learning in the workplace: Lessons learned from the lectores in pre-war cigar factories and implications for Human Resources. Journal of Workplace Learning, 27(5), 366-386.

Grenier, R. S., & Germain, M. L. (2014). Book Chapter: Expertise through the HRD lens: Research trends and practical implications. In N. E. Chalofsky, T. S. Rocco, and M. L. Morris, Handbook of Human Resource Development. Wiley Publisher. ISBN: 978-1-118-45402-2.

Germain, M. L., & McGuire, D. (2014). The Role of Swift Trust in Virtual Teams and Implications for Human Resource Development. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 16(3), 356-370.

Germain, M. L. (2014). Work-related suicide: An analysis of U.S. government reports and recommendations for Human Resource Development , Employee Relations, 36(2), 148-164.

Article about Germain’s work: Our Inexpert Judgment of Expertise, Training & Development, 22. (October 2012).

Germain, M. L., & Tejeda, M. J. (2012). A preliminary exploration on the measurement of expertise: An initial development of a psychometric scale. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 23(2), 203-232.

Germain, M. L., Herzog, M. J., & Hamilton, P. (2012). Women employed in male-dominated industries: Lessons learned from female aircraft pilots, pilots-in-training, and mixed-gender flight instructors. Human Resource Development International, 15(4), 435-453.

Germain, M. L. (2012). Traits and skills theories as the nexus between leadership and expertise: Reality or fallacy? Performance Improvement Journal, 51(5), 32-39.

Germain, M. L. (2011). Developing trust in virtual teams. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 24(3). (Accepted for publication / in press)

Germain, M. L. (2011). A chronological synopsis of the dimensions of expertise: Towards the Expert of the Future. Performance Improvement Journal. 50(7). (Accepted for publication / in press).

Germain, M. L. (2011). Formal mentoring relationships and attachment theory: Implications for human resource development. Human Resources Development Review, 10(2), 123-150. doi:10.1177/1534484310397019

Germain, M. L. (2010). The role of HRD in crisis situations: Learning the lessons of Hurricane Katrina. Advances in Developing Human Resource, 12(5), 536-551. doi:10.1177/1523422310394432

Germain, M. L. (2010). Perception of college instructor expertise: An exploratory qualitative study. The Journal of Career Education Principles and Practices, 2(1), November 2010 issue.

Germain, M. L., & Ruiz, C. E. (2009). Expertise: Myth or Reality of a Cross-National Definition? Journal of European Industrial Training, 33(7), 614-634.

Germain, M. L., & Kendrick, L. (2009). Pitfalls of the use of films in management education. Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 1(1), 16-25.

Germain, M. L., & Scandura, T. A. (2005). Mentoring and Identity Development: The Role of Self-Determination. In R. J. Burke and M. C. Mattis (eds.), Supporting Women's Career Advancement: Challenges and Opportunities. Northampton, MA: Elgar Publishing, 106-123.

Germain, M. L., & Scandura, T. A. (2005). Grade Inflation and Students Individual Differences as Systematic Bias in Faculty Evaluations. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 32, 58-67.

Germain, M. L. (2004). Issues of Competencies and Ethics in Research. In Crossing Frontiers in Research Methods. In H. Savall and M. Bonnet (Eds.), Crossing Frontiers between Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods. ISEOR. 897-910.

Online Podcasts

Germain, M. L. (2015, October 26). CNM Podcast Episode 23. The Codependent Leader. Retrieved from

University Service and Service to Professional organizations

Member, Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Book Reviews Editor, European Journal of Training and Development

Leadership member, Eastern Academy of Management International (EAMI)

Editorial Review Board member, Career Development International journal

U.S. Division Director, LIFEline - Suicide Prevention in the Workplace

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