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Katie Thiry

As someone who has designed custom training and performed as a facilitator of an international training system, I can speak to the quality of the courses and the relevance of the degree programs at The University of Arizona Global Campus. Our students have made a great choice by selecting the Forbes School of Business!

Katie Thiry, PhD

Department Chair - Professor


Biography

Dr. Katie Thiry is the Department Chair for Organizational Studies in the Forbes School of Business & Technology at the University of Arizona Global Campus. Dr. Thiry also serves as Lead Faculty (Professor) for the Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) and the Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management (BAHRM) degree programs and Faculty Advisor for the University of Arizona Global Campus/Forbes School of Business & Technology SHRM Chapter, a virtual student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Dr. Thiry is one of the founding Board members for the Center for Women’s Leadership (CWL) established by the Forbes School of Business & Technology to provide a community for networking and professional development and make recommendations to organizational practices through existing and novel research. As an active CWL Board member, Dr. Thiry co-established the CWL Mentorship Program to support the Center's vision of a world in which all women are empowered as leaders.

Dr. Thiry is a recognized expert and leader in the HR field having earned the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credential, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and is a Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP) from the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) through the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). She holds a PhD with an emphasis in Training and Performance Improvement from Capella University, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Dr. Thiry has over 20 years of experience in human resources and training and development, having held titles such as Manager of Human Capital Development, Training and Performance Improvement Consultant, and Senior Training Specialist. In these roles, she partnered with organizations to implement successful training initiatives to increase the effectiveness and performance of their teams; reviewed and evaluated courses and resources to address identified needs for the organization; and designed, developed, and delivered custom training. In her previous role for a Fortune 50 company, she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of an enterprise-wide learning management system (LMS). It was in this technical role that she gained an increased appreciation for the use of technology to enhance learning experiences and working interactions.

Certifications

SHRM Senior Certified Professional, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP)

Certified Performance Technologist (CPT), International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI)

Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP), Association for Talent Development (ATD)

Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification, HR Certification Institute (HRCI)

CITI Management Researchers Certification, Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Program

Certified Trainer for Leadership Development & Customer Service, Miller Heiman Group 

Training Needs Assessment Certification, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota

Six Sigma - Green Belt Certification, GE Fleet Services

Education

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Training & Performance Improvement Specialization
Institution
Capella University - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Degree
MA in Organizational Leadership
Institution
St. Catherine University - St. Paul, Minnesota
Degree
BA in Communication
Institution
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

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