Stuart Sidle, Ph.D.

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Executive Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

College of Arts and Sciences

B.A., The American University

M.A., DePaul University

Ph.D., DePaul University

About Stuart

Dr. Stuart Sidle joined the University of New Haven faculty in the autumn of 2003 as the Director of the Industrial- Organizational Psychology program. Since his arrival, he has worn many hats at the University of New Haven, including those of department chair, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (twice) and Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Faculty Development. Currently, he is serving on the Academic Affairs leadership team as the Executive Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and also helping with corporate partnerships and graduate program development. His greatest source of professional pride in his work at the University of New Haven stems from his contributions to the career achievements of graduates of the MAIOP program.

Dr. Sidle was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Lacking the musical talent to become a rock star or the athletic ability to become a professional baseball player, he decided to move to Chicago to pursue the rewarding field of Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  As an I/O psychologist, he has worked as a full-time academic and as a management consultant.

Dr. Sidle's primary teaching interests are in the areas of organizational behavior, change management, leadership, stress management, and strategic human resource development.  In all of his university courses and workshops for business executives he tries to create a learning environment that inspires respect, creativity, and even some fun.   Passionate about excellence in higher education, he takes great pride in the teaching awards he has received at Saint Xavier University, at DePaul University’s Graduate School of Business, and here at the University of New Haven.   The two greatest influences on Dr. Sidle's approach to teaching, research and consulting were his graduate school professors from the DePaul University I/O Psychology program and the improvisational theater teachers he trained with in Chicago. While earning his Ph.D. in I/O Psychology in Chicago, he was studying and performing with several improvisational theater troupes and realized  that the skills needed to succeed in improvisational comedy are similar to the ones organizational leaders need to manage teams and to inspire workplace innovation.  As a matter of fact, many of the exercises he uses when training managers or teaching MBA and I/O Psychology students are based on techniques used to develop improvisational theater teams.  

Dr. Sidle is actively involved in a variety of scholarly pursuits and has published and presented research in the areas of leadership development, workplace humor, job stress, employee surveys, job satisfaction, and gender bias in the workplace. In addition to teaching and research, he provides consulting services to a wide range of organizations in the areas of managerial selection, leadership development, employee surveys, the building of high performance teams, and the creation of  human resource solutions (e.g., employee selection methods, supervisor training, and performance evaluation systems) that effectively  align employee performance and strategic goals.  Dr. Sidle is a card-carrying member of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the Society of Human Resource Management.

When not at work Dr. Sidle is usually spending time with his wife and their two sons. He is obsessed with political news and finding excellent pizza (and  is quite impressed with the New Haven varieties).

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Publications and Presentations

Dr. Sidle’s research interests include the impact of leadership behavior on worker job satisfaction and job stress; leadership assessment and development; employee surveys, work place humor; and stereotyping in the personnel selection process. He has published in such journals as the Academy of Management Executive, Academy of Management Perspectives, Organizational Research Methods, the Journal of Applied Social Psychology and the Journal of Business and Psychology. And he has presented his research at national conferences including the American Psychological Association (APA), Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the Academy of Management (AOM).

Courses Taught
  • Psych 6619 Organizational Behavior
  • Psych 6640 Motivation and Morale
  • Psych 6642 Organizational Development and Change
  • Psych 6645 Seminar in Industrial & Organizational Psychology
  • EM 613 Organizational Change & Development
  • EMBA Cultural Transformation: Building the Team
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