Michael Horvath (Mike), PhD
 Title: Associate Professor
 Dept: Psychology
 Office: UN 240
 Phone: 216-687-2574
 Fax: 216-687-9294
 Email: M.HORVATH59@csuohio.edu
 Web: http://www.csuohio.edu/sciences/organizational-psycho
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. UN 240, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Recruitment, Recruiting, Recruitment Source, Hiring, Personnel Selection, Job Applicant Behavior, Job Applications, Job Applicants, Onboarding, Employee Attitude Surveys, Motivation, Goals, Goal setting, Goal orientation, Calling perceptions, Training, Justice, Fairness, Fairness Perceptions, Organizational Justice Perceptions, Work-nonwork balance, Work-life balance, Spirituality, Religion
B.S., Psychology, Bowling Green State University, 1996
M.A., Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Michigan State University, 1999
Ph.D., Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Michigan State University, 2001
Brief Bio:
Dr. Horvath received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Bowling Green State University, followed by his masters and PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Michigan State University. After completing his education, he worked for several years at Clemson University before finally returning to Ohio to join the psychology department at Cleveland State in 2007.

As a member of the Industrial-Organizational Research group at Cleveland State, Dr. Horvath researches and applies psychological principles in the work world. His primary interest is in different types of employee attitudes and motivation (such as the motivation of job applicants or trainees). In collaboration with his mentors, colleagues, and graduate students, Dr. Horvath has also applied his skills to address real-world issues for organizations such as Michelin, Torrington, Microsoft, Ford, and the City of Columbus, Ohio.

Finally, Dr. Horvath is an active member of his professional community. As a member of the Education and Training Committee of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, he recently led a team that runs a web-based resource for instructors of I-O psychology, where they can find (and post) syllabi, exercises, and other information. He is also an active reviewer for professional journals and conferences.
Honors and Awards:
Phi Beta Kappa
Psi Chi of Clemson University "Outstanding Teaching Award," 2005-2006.
CSU Psychology Department Outstanding Teaching Award, 2014.
College of Sciences and Health Professions' Jearl Walker Outstanding Teacher Award, 2014.
Research Interests:
Dr. Horvath's research interests can be loosely categorized as the study of work-related motivation and attitudes. More specifically, his research tends to fall into four categories (see the sample research questions below):

1) Recruitment / Job Applicant Motivation and Attitudes: What can organizations do to  make their recruitment more efficient? What attracts potential employees -- what motivates them to apply to a company and accept job offers from a company? Which characteristics of organizations are most important to applicants? How do an organization's recruitment and selection policies affect applicant attraction? How does the type of recruitment medium (such as newspaper ads vs. Internet websites vs. personal networking) affect applicant quality, attitudes, and behavior? How does a perception that one is 'called' to a vocation affect job-seeking, as well as posthire behavior? How does fair treatment during the hiring process affect applicant outcomes?

2) Motivation in Training or Back on the Job: In a work world that is changing at an increasing pace, how can organizations motivate their employees to want to learn? What organizational policies and cultures enhance or inhibit learning motivation? What can trainers do before, during, and after training to maximize trainee motivation? What can managers to after training to encourage trainees to continue to develop their new skills back on the job? How do the personalities of individual trainees interact with assigned training or performance goals to influence trainee goals and motivation?

3) Work / nonwork balance: How do people attempt to manage the boundaries between work and nonwork activities? What effects do these efforts have on factors such as job and life satisfaction?

4) Spirituality in the workplace: What influence does one's religion have on workplace cognition and behavior?
Teaching Areas:
PSY 311 (Behavioral Science Statistics)
PSY 331 (Industrial-Organizational Psychology)
PSY 412 (Psychology Laboratory)
PSY 512 (Research Methods)
PSY 518 (Personnel Psychology)
PSY 522 (Organizational Psychology)
PSY 593 (Advanced Organizational Psychology Seminar: "From Applicant to Organizational Insider")
PSY 611 (Advanced Data Analysis with Computer Applications (Multivariate Statistics))
Professional Affiliations:
Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Association for Psychological Science
University Service:
Current service:
Undergraduate Advisor, Department of Psychology
Member, Psychology Department Undergraduate Program Committee
Member, College of Sciences and Health Professions Curriculum and Instruction Committee
Member, CSU Student Grievance Board
Professional Service:
Member, SIOP Small Grants Subcommittee
Member, SIOP Education & Training Committee
Guest Editor, Journal of Business and Psychology
Research Grants:
Successfully Funded Grants:

Horvath, M., Bracken, C., Dong, L., & Goodell, J. E. (2020). Achieving excellence and equity through academic leadership development. National Science Foundation ADVANCE Adaptation award ($985,999 in total costs)

Horvath, M. (2020). Who Forgives Whom? The roles of transgressor religiosity, victim religiosity, and apologies. Jack Shand Research Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion $3,149.

Kosteas, V., Goodell, J. E., & Horvath, M. (2015). STEM teacher turnover and identity. Cleveland State University Multi-College Interdisciplinary Research Program grant. $25,000.

Horvath, M. (2009). Job Search Motivation. Cleveland State University Faculty Research Development Grant. $15,000.

Horvath, M. (2004). The Effects of Different Goal Types on the Learning and Performance of Adults. Clemson University Research Grant. $3465.

Horvath, M., Millard, M. R., & Dickinson, J. M. (2003). The Effects of Recruitment Source on Applicant Cognitions and Attitudes at Multiple Stages of the Selection Process. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Small Grant. $2500.