Sara L. Rynes-Weller

Sara L. Rynes-Weller

Management & Organizations

Tippie-Rollins Chair in Excellence

  S374  Pappajohn Business Building
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1994

Academic History

  • PhD in Industrial Relations, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1981
  • MS in Industrial Relations, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1977
  • BA in Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1974


  • Academic-Practitioner Relationships
  • Compensation Strategies and Outcomes
  • Human Resource Strategies
  • Job Search and Recruitment
  • Management Education


  • University of Iowa Presidential Lecturer, 2013
  • University of Iowa Regents Award for Faculty Excellence, May 2013
  • Michael R. Losey Human Resource Research Award , 2011
  • Management Education Research Institute Fellow, Graduate Management Admissions Council, 2008
  • Herbert G. Heneman, Jr. Career Achievement Award, Human Resources Division, Academy of Management, 2006
  • Fellow of Academy of Management, 2005
  • Moskowitz Prize (with Marc Orlitzky & Frank Schmidt), 2004
  • Ulrich & Lake Award for Excellence in HRM Scholarship (with Ken Brown & Amy Colbert), 2003
  • Fellow , American Psychological Association, 1993
  • Fellow, Society of Industrial & Organizational Psychology, 1993

Selected Publications

Other Work

  • Qualitative Research: It Just Keeps Getting More Interesting! , Sara L. Rynes, , Handbook of Innovative Qualitative Methods/Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015 - Publication Details Forthcoming
  • Change the World: Teach Evidence-based Practice!, Sara L. Rynes, Denise M. Rousseau, Eric Barends, Academy of Management Learning & Education, vol 13, 2014, 305-321
  • Curriculum Matters: Toward More Holistic Graduate Education, Sara L. Rynes, Jean Bartunek, Disrupt or Be Disrupted: Evidence-Based Strategies for Graduate Business Schools. Jossey-Bass, 2013
  • Recruitment and Job Choice Research: Same as It Ever Was?, Todd Darnold, Sara L. Rynes, Handbook of Psychology -- John Wiley, vol 12, 2013, 104-142
  • The history of recruitment research, Sara L. Rynes, Cody J. Reeves, T. C. Darnold, The Oxford Handbook of Recruitment, 2013
  • Research Findings Practitioners Resist: Lessons for Management Academics from Evidence-based Medicine , Tamara L. Giluk, Sara L. Rynes, Oxford Handbook of Evidence-Based Management/Oxford University Press, 2012, 130-164
  • The Research-Practice Gap in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Related Fields: Challenges and Potential Solutions, Sara L. Rynes, Oxford Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Vol. 1, Oxford University Press., 2012, 409-452

Professional Affiliations

  • Editorial Board Member, Human Resource Management, January 2009 - December 2015
  • Editorial Board Member, Academy of Management Learning & Education, July 2011 - June 2014
  • Editorial Board Member, Academy of Management Review, November 2010 - June 2014
  • Editor, Academy of Management Journal, 2005 - 2007
  • Associate Editor, Lawrence Erlbaum Organization & Management Series, 2002 - 2007
  • Associate Editor, Academy of Management Journal, 2002 - 2005
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Applied Psychology, 1987 - 2001
  • Editorial Board Member, Academy of Management Journal, 1990 - 1996
  • Editorial Board Member, Personnel Psychology, 1987 - 1996


  • The Academic-Practice Gap in Management: Is It Unbridgeable?, Searle Center Research Roundtable on Workforce Science, Northwestern University Law School, Chicago, IL, November 2013
  • Motivating Millennials, Chinese Human Resource Managers Conference, Chinese Human Resource Management Organization, Hangzhou, China, October 2013
  • The Academic-Practice Gap in Management, International Symposium on Entrepreneurship & Family Business, International Association of Chinese Management Research., Hangzhou, China, October 2013
  • Why Business Schools Must Disrupt Their Curricula, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Academy of Management, Orlando, FL, August 2013
  • Curriculum Matters: Toward a More Holistic Management Education., GMAC Annual Conference, Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), Vancouver, BC, June 2013
  • Leading in the New Wave of Change, University of Iowa Presidential Lecture, University of Iowa President's Office, University of Iowa, Iowa City, February 2013
  • How an Overemphasis on Theory Impedes Evidence-based Management and Reduces Our Influence in Real Organizations., Academy of Management, Academy of Management, Boston, August 2012
  • Claimant Takes Nothing: Mental Injuries and the Workers’ Compensation System., Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology, Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology, San Diego, California, April 2012

Committees and Professional Service

  • Society for Human Resource Management Foundation
  • Sustainability Certificate Program Committee, 2010-2013
  • Dean's Advisory Committee, 2012-2013