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 and
mental health in the workplace. 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 on the Reviewer Board 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 associate
professor of Human Resources and Leadership at Western Carolina University (The
University of North Carolina). In 2015, she was a scholar in South Korea. In 2014, she
was a visiting professor in Finland and a scholar in Japan through the Japan Studies
Institute. She has presented her research at international conferences (India, The
Netherlands, Brazil, France, Canada, India, and Peru). She has been a pro-bono HR
consultant to over 40 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 Problem Climate change has been identified as one of the most significant challenges of...


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


Career Development Issues of Women Pilots (with Rose Opengart Ph.D. and Julie Gedro Ph.D.), Academy of Human Resource Development (2016)

The Workplace’s a Stage: Using Improv theater techniques to develop high performing employee skills (with Jason Moats and Mikayla Moats), Academy of Human Resource Development (2016)

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)


Popular Press


The Codependent Leader (podcast), (podcast) (2015)



Codependency in the Workplace (podcast), Codependency in the Workplace (podcast) (2015)



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