Marie-Line Germain’s Ph.D. is in Leadership with a specialization in Human Resource
Development. Her research interests include leadership, organizational psychology, and
human resource development, with a specific focus on the concept of human expertise. She
has authored several manuscripts presented at national and international conferences and
has published book chapters and research articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Human
Resource Development Quarterly, Human Resource Development Review, Human Resource
Development International, Performance Improvement Quarterly, Advances in Developing
Human Resources, etc. Dr. Germain is a current review board member for the journal Career
Development International and for the Mentoring and Coaching in Education journal. She
was a reviewer for The Journal of International Business Studies and is an ad-hoc
reviewer for half a dozen peer-reviewed journals. She is a member of several professional
organizations, including the American Psychological Association, the Academy of
Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Academy of
Human Resource Development and the Southern Management Association, and has been the
recipient of several national grants and research awards (including the national and
competitive "Dissertation of the Year Award" from AHRD) and several reviewer
awards. She is an assistant professor of Human Resources and Leadership at Western
Carolina University (The University of North Carolina). In 2014, she was a visiting
professor at a Helsinki, Finland university and was a scholar in Japan through the Japan
Studies Institute. She has presented her research at international conferences (India,
The Netherlands, Brazil, France, and Canada --Peru in June 2015). She has been a pro-bono
HR consultant to several dozens nonprofits and small businesses in SC, NC, TN, and VA
since 2011. She is the current Book Review Editor for the European Journal of Training
and Development. She is a leadership member of the Eastern Academy of Management
international. Also, she and three research colleagues from Canada and France are in the
process of creating an international coalition on Suicide Prevention in the Workplace.
Before her career in academia, Dr. Germain was a marketing manager for the 2nd largest
timeshare exchange company in the U.S. Her hobbies include dancing 1920s Charleston and
flying single-engine airplanes (private pilot license). 



Testing the existence of a green contract: an exploratory study (with David McGuire Ph.D.), Advances in Developing Human Resources (2015)

The Role of Swift Trust in Virtual Teams and Implications for Human Resource Development (with David McGuire), Advances in Developing Human Resources (2014)

Work-related suicide: An analysis of U.S. government reports and recommendations for Human Resource Development, Employee Relations (2014)


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 revisions) (2013)

Books and Book Chapters


Expertise through the HRD lens: Research trends and practical implications (with Robin S. Grenier Ph.D.), The Handbook of Human Resource Development (2014)


Mentoring and Identity Development: The Role of Self-Determination (with Terri A. Scandura), Supporting Women's Career Advancement: Challenges and Opportunities (2005)

Issues of Competencies and Ethics in Research. In Crossing Frontiers in Research Methods, Crossing Frontiers between Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods (2004)

Service to Journals and Research Conferences

Service to University


Measuring employee expertise for optimal organizational success (with Robin Grenier Ph.D.), Academy of Human Resource Development (2015)

Invited keynote speaker for the Association Quebequoise pour la Prevention du Suicide. Quebec, Canada. Portrait des Suicides au Travail en France et aux Etats-Unis, Grand Forum de la Prevention du Suicide (2014)


The Behavioral Edge of Human Expertise: Grounds for HRD Research, European Academy of Human Resource Development (2014)

Popular Press


Faculty Job Satisfaction, Quoted in the newspaper "Smoky Mountain News" (2013)