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Dr. Jessica M. Magnus

Dr. Jessica M. Magnus, Professor of Management

"I aspire for my students to know how to navigate the laws and practical barriers to be effective in leading organizations both domestically and internationally."

Degrees Held

  • Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology – Florida International University, 2005
  • M.S. in Applied Psychology – Christopher Newport University, 2000
  • B.S. in Psychology & Mathematics – University of Florida, 1999

Career Highlights

Jessica Mesmer Magnus, Ph.D. is a Professor of Management in the Cameron School of Business at University of North Carolina Wilmington. She teaches courses in human resource management and organizational behavior, and has been awarded the Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award as well as UNCW’s Distinguished Teaching Professorship. Her research interests include team cognition and behavior, workplace humor and work/family conflict. She’s published over 40 peer-reviewed publications. Her research has been supported by extramural research grants from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation. Jessica earned her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Florida International University in 2005. Prior to her academic career, she worked as a human resource manager and consultant for a national environmental engineering consulting firm. She is certified as a Senior Human Resource Professional (SPHR) and Society for Human Resource Management’s Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida, and has lived in Gainesville, Florida; Marco Island, Florida; Galveston, Texas; and Newport News, Virginia, before settling in Wilmington.

In which online programs do you teach?


Which class do you teach online?

MBA 527: International Human Resource Management

What types of projects can online students expect in your course?

Research/applied team projects

What do you want students to learn in these courses? What is the expected learning outcome?

Human resource management is one of the world’s fastest growing fields and presents an unprecedented opportunity for global advancement. This global HRM course prepares you to deal with all aspects of human resources within a worldwide context, including U.S.-based organizations doing business internationally and non-U.S.-based organizations operating worldwide. MBA 527 is a comprehensive study of global human resource management covering the cultural context of global HRM, as well as all aspects of the HR function in international contexts including sourcing, performance management, training, development and compensation. Particular attention will be focused on HR’s role in expatriation. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to demonstrate intercultural competencies; identify trends in the globalized workforce; and analyze policies, practices and functions in global HRM.

Why did you start teaching?

I love imparting knowledge of human resources to the next generation. My practical and research experience has affirmed that human resources can really make or break an organization. I aspire for my students to know how to navigate laws and practical barriers to be effective in leading organizations both domestically and internationally.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know.

My husband and I lived on a boat for four years in Florida while I worked on my Ph.D.

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