For the first three years of her undergraduate degree at Texas A&M University, Stephanie Pane-Haden was a Biomedical Science major and had real hopes that she would be an orthopedic surgeon until she witnessed a knee replacement surgery during a “Shadow Program” at the Scott & White Clinic. Pane-Haden then changed her major to psychology and thought she would attend physical therapy school after she graduated from College Station. She realized that she had enjoyed all of her psychology classes so much that she decided to look into the field of industrial-organizational psychology. Pane-Haden attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and earned her Master’s in I/O Psychology. After taking a few management courses and meeting some business professors while completing her master’s, Pane-Haden decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Management at RPI, focusing in the areas of organizational behavior and human resources.
A Conversation with Dr. Pane-Haden
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
“I would tell students thinking about attending A&M-Commerce that we have a diverse group of faculty in our department who will give them both the academic and theoretical background behind the topics and concepts they will study, as well as the practical and real-world perspective regarding each. We have a fantastic internship program headed by our career services coordinator who is able to find real-world experiences for students to pursue. These experiences are extremely valuable to students with respect to figuring out their career path and setting them apart from other applicants when they graduate and are on the job market.”
What draws you to your discipline?
“People draw me to the management discipline and particularly, organizational behavior. Trying to figure people out and trying to help others be motivated, productive and satisfied as well as happy at work is why I am so interested in the field.”
What has been your favorite course to teach?
“Organizational Behavior (OB), at both the graduate and undergraduate level, has always been my favorite course to teach. We cover such a broad range of topics in that course and they are all interesting. Psychology underlies so much of what is taught in there and I have a bachelor’s and master’s in psychology, so my educational background really helps me fully understand and then teach the concepts. Figuring out what makes people “tick” and why they do the things they do is fascinating and studying and teaching OB helps us figure those things out.”
Tell us about a project you are currently working on or recently completed.
“My primary research and writing partner is Dr. Humphreys (TAMUC Provost) and our projects usually explore leadership. It is an OB topic that interests both of us and we examine leaders from the past and try to extend theory and offer practical implications for today’s leaders. We study these leaders from a management history perspective and have recently published articles about Whitney Young, Jr. (American Civil Rights leader), Milton Hershey (American chocolatier, businessman, and philanthropist), and Andrew Carnegie (American industrialist and philanthropist).”
- Ph.D., Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2006
- M.S., Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2001
- B.S., Psychology, Texas A&M University, 1998
- Professor, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2015 – Present
Awards and Honors
- Journal of Management History John F. Mee Award, Management History Division of the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2020
- Best Reviewer Award, Southwest Academy of Management, Developmental Divisional, 2017
- Journal of Management History Award for Best Paper with an International Theme, Management History Division of the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2015
- Best Paper Proceedings, Management History Division of the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2015
- Academy of Management
- Green Management
- Corporate Social Responsibility
ACCT 2301 Principles of Accounting I
ACCT 311 Global Financial Statement Analysis