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Assistant Professor

Department: Dayton School of Business

Office: MO 409

Phone Extension: 2695

Dr. Yoder has a passion to develop students, inspiring them to think critically and constantly strive for growth. Integrating business practices within higher education to prepare students for their life and careers has been a primary focus of his research and instruction. Dr. Yoder has taught online and in the classroom at Asbury University’s Dayton School of Business and the School of Business, Government, and Economics at Seattle Pacific University. He also has professional experience working in both private and publicly held organizations.

Dr. Yoder’s research interests include narratives in organizations, specifically how stories help individuals and organizations navigate challenges and transitions. He has also researched human resource initiatives and strategies for their successful implementation. Other current research is focused on measuring holistic student development and the factors that lead to a student’s psychological capital and well-being.

Dr. Yoder earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management at Whitworth University in Washington State as well as a Masters of International Management. Dr. Yoder completed his Ph.D in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Seattle Pacific University where his dissertation explored what institutions should be measuring in terms of wholly developing their students and what factors might contribute to that development.

He and his wife recently moved to Kentucky from Washington state. Whenever possible, they can be found hiking and exploring God’s creation.

Courses offered: 

  • BU/BUA 211 Principles of Management
  • BU/BUA 331 Human Resource Management
  • BU 335 International Business Ventures
  • BU/BUA 412 Organizational Behavior/Structure
  • MKT 342 Consumer Behavior & Decision-Making
  • MBA 616 Human Resources/Organizational Behavior
  • NPM 626 Human Resource Management in Nonprofits

Selected/Recent Publications: 

Yost, P. R., Yoder, M. P., Chung, H. H., & Voetmann, K. R. (2015). Narratives at work: Story arcs, themes, voice, and lessons that shape organizational life. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 67, 163-188.

Presentations: 

Chung, H. H., Voetmann, K. R., & Yoder, M. P. (2019) Metaleptic Moments in Organizational Life. Paper to be presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, August 9-12, Boston, MA. 

Chung, H. H., Yoder, M. P., Yost, P. R. Matthew, N., Voetmann, K. R., & Kinzer, C. (2015). The stories we tell ourselves. Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, August 7-11, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Yost, P. R., Blees, T. S., Pelosi, E. M., & Yoder, M. P. (2015). Critical success factors for thriving HR initiatives. Paper presented at the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Philadelphia, PA.

Yost, P. R., Pelosi, E. M., Yoder, M. P., & Blees, T. (2014). Built to last: Sustainable on-the-job development interventions. In S. Ashford (Co-Chair) & S. DeRue (Chair), Experience-driven leader development: New tools and practices. Symposium at the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Honolulu, HI.

Affiliations: 

Academy of Management – International Management and Organizational Behavior Divisions

Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology

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