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Patrick Schutz

Associate Professor of Business

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Dominguez Hall 210J



PhD, Educational Leadership and Human Resource Studies, Colorado State University

MS, Human Resource Management in Economics, University of Utah

BS, English Literature and Language / Education, Eastern Michigan University

Nationally certified Senior Professional in Human Resources by Human Resources Certification Institute of the Society for Human Resource Management


Pat Schutz, PhD, specializes in Human Resource Management. Schutz teaches, but is not limited to Human Resource Management, Employee Assessment and Evaluation (organizational staffing), Strategic Human Resource Management (MBA HR Course), Organizational Behavior, Principles of Management and Freshman Business Seminar.

Schutz holds the credential of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute. Additionally, he is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi scholastic honor society. In 2004, he was named HR Educator of the Year in the South-Western United States, and HR Professional of the Year in 2008. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Western Colorado Human Resource Association for many years. Schutz has published book chapters and articles, as well as a successful college textbook, Career Development.

Schutz has more than 30 years of direct management experience in both the private and public sectors. Human Resource Management is his passion, and for many years he has shuttled between direct management responsibilities and classroom teaching of HR and management theory. He has plied the trade of HR in organizations where there was no formal HR presence. His current research is primarily directed toward seeking a greater understanding of the ramifications of the relationship between employee performance appraisal systems and individual, as well as overall, organizational performance.

Schutz believes that university professors should be continuously involved in their personal field of expertise. He has been an active member on the Board of Directors for the Western Colorado Human Resource Management (WCHRA) for more than 13 years. Through this hands-on involvement in the workings of the WCHRA BoD, he stays current in the rapidly evolving field of HR.

Schutz subscribes to an andragogical model of teaching in which the primary responsibility of learning resides with the learner, and the responsibility of teaching with the professor. Unlike the pedagogical model where the teacher assumes the responsibility for the students' learning, this philosophical framework is tied to adult learning theory. Postsecondary students have made a conscious choice to continue their education, he notes. This choice is essential to an understanding of his adoption of an andragogical approach. "If they have made the decision to attend college, then they have also made a decision to learn. Of course, the degree of vigor with which they pursue this end is as variable as the students themselves."

According to Schutz, of all of his service work, the activity that has had the most impact on his HR students is his performance of the duties of advisor to the CMU Student Chapter of SHRM. Although he has been in this role for 16 years, he said he is still amazed at how the students grow their knowledge of HR through internship opportunities and a solid relationship with members of the Western Colorado Human Resource Association (150+ membership) and other HR professionals in the geographical area around the university.

Patrick Schutz's Curriculum Vitae

Awards and Honors

Recipient of "2010 Best Paper in Management" award, Mountain Plains Management Conference in Ogden, Utah, October 2010

Recipient of 2008 "Human Resources Professional of the Year" award, Western Colorado Human Resource Association, presented at WCHRA Fall Conference, September, 2008

Recipient of "2004 Educator of the Year in Human Resources" award, Human Resource Management Association for South Western United States, Presented in San Antonio, Texas, October 2004

Recipient of Edward W. Chance Memorial Rural Education Dissertation Research Award, presented at National Rural Education Association Annual Convention - Fall 2003

Nominated for Michael R. Losey Human Resource Research Award, national Society of Human Resource Management, by Western Colorado Human Resource Association Board of Directors, January 2004

Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society, May 2004