Sarah S. Walker, PhD
Sarah S. Walker, PhD

Sarah S. Walker, PhD

Heider College of Business

Academic Appointments


  • Marketing and Management


  • Professor


Dr. Walker’s training in Industrial Organizational Psychology provides her specific expertise in diversity, recruitment, selection, training, testing and measurement.  Dr. Walker is an active researcher and has published in top research journals including the Journal of Applied Psychology. She is a reviewer for journals such as the Academy of Management Learning and Education, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, International Journal of Human Resource Management and Sex Roles. Dr. Walker also has applied work experience with experience working with organizations in both the public and private sector involving projects related to Human Resource Management (e.g., recruitment, selection, performance appraisal).

Publications and Presentations


  • Singletary Walker, S.Ruggs, E. N., Botsford Morgan, W., & Degrassi, S. (2019). Diverse Perspectives on Diversity: Exploring Interpersonal Interactions and Attitudes in Heterogeneous Groups.  Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, 38, 2-19. , Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: An International Journal, 38, 2-19, 2019
  • Singletary Walker, S., Ruggs, E. N., Taylor, R., & Frazier, L. (2019). Reporting sexual harassment: The role of psychological safety climate.  Manuscript in press at the Journal of Industrial and Organizational Psychology Perspectives on Science and Practice. , Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 2019
  • Ruggs, E., Singletary Walker, S.,Blanchard, A., & Gur, S. (2016).The Use of Social Media in Talent Acquisition. InLanders & Schmidt’s Using Social Media in Selection and Recruitment: Theory, Practice and Future Research (pp. 289-305). Springer, Cham., Using Social Media in Selection: Theory, Practice and Future Research, 2016
  • Ruggs, E. N., Hebl, M. R., Singletary Walker, S., & Fa-Kaji, N. & (2014). When Age Meets Gender on Job Applications: The Double Jeopardy of Women or the Jeopardy of Older Men Seeking Employment?", Journal of Managerial Psychology, 29, 1028-1043, 2014
  • Singletary Walker, S., Madera, J. M., & Hebl, M. (2013). Effects of leader race and leader mistake on patronizing behaviors.  , Journal of Business Diversity, 2013
  • *Botsford Morgan, W., *Singletary Walker, S., Hebl, M., & King, E. B. Pregnant Applicants Who Individuate: A Field Study Investigation of Reducing Interpersonal Discrimination., Journal of Applied Psychology, 98, 799-809, 2013
  • Ruggs, E. N., Spreights, S., & Walker, S. S. Are you in or out? Employment discrimination in online and offline networks., Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 6, 466-471, 2013
  • Jones, K., Botsford Morgan, W., Singletary Walker, S., & King, E. B. Bias in Promoting Employed Mothers., The Psychology for Business Success: Volume 1, 105-124, 2013
  • Botsford Morgan, W., Singletary Walker, S., Wang, Y., & Aven, F. Proactive and Committed: Ideal Characteristics for Retention., Journal of Organizational Psychology, 12, 97-108, 2012
  • DeGrassi, S., Botsford Morgan, W., Singletary Walker, S., Wang, Y., & Sabat, I. Ethics in organizations: Does homogeneity impair ethical decision making?, journal of accountability, 9, 51-65, 2012

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

    • Diversity/Discrimination
    • Job Performance
    • Job Satisfaction
    • Selection

Current Research Projects

  • Dr. Walker's current research projects examine issues related to diversity and discrimination in the workplace and focus primarily on three areas: 1) manifestations of discrimination, 2) individual and organizational consequences of discrimination, and 3) individual and organizational-level strategies for remediating differential treatment.  There is a lack of research that specifically examines discriminatory behavior, and as a result there are many unanswered questions relating to diversity and discrimination. Dr. Walker's current research projects examine the experiences that individuals have at work, and specifically examine the differences in treatment that emerge as a result of contextual factors.