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Alumni Spotlight: Ghadir Dridi ’05

Continuing the tradition of academic excellence that she brought to Ursinus, Ghadir Ishqaidef ’05 has completed her Ph.D. in business administration, accepted a position as assistant professor at California State University, Chico and published several award-winning papers in respected journals in the few years since graduation. See what she’s up to now.

As an undergraduate, Ghadir Ishqaidef studied business and economics with minors in math and computer science. Since graduating from Ursinus, she has earned her Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Kansas. Her doctoral work focused on human resource management and the role that strategic positioning and high-performance work systems play in temporary staffing firms. Ghadir then accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where she taught several courses on human resources, compensation and benefits management and training and development before becoming an assistant professor of management at the California State University, Chico. In her current position, Ghadir teaches courses on human resource management, recruitment and selection and in training and development.

In addition to teaching, Ghadir conducts academic research in human resource management practices and work climates, non-traditional work arrangements and career management. Her work has been published in the journals Health Care Management Review and the Journal of Healthcare Management and presented at several regional and international conferences. Two of her publications have received Best Paper Awards from the Academy of Management’s Health Care Management Division (2008) and the Association on Employment Practices and Principles (2009). Furthermore, Ghadir serves as a reviewer for the Academy of Management and the Southern Management Association annual meetings and the Academy of Management Learning and Education journal.

While at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Ghadir was the faculty advisor for the local chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. Under her direction, the chapter won two consecutive merit awards from the national chapter of the Society (2012-2013, 2013-2014) and the 2013 award for Most Improved Student Organization from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Recently, Ghadir served as the keynote speaker for the 26th Annual Undergraduate Economics and Business Conference hosted by the Ursinus business and education department. At the conference, she spoke of her experience at Ursinus and how it gave her the foundation for success in graduate school and in developing her own research.

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