At Kelley Indianapolis, faculty research is as regular as the setting sun. Throughout the year, in addition to their teaching responsibilities, professors conduct research, submit papers to top-tier journals, edit papers written by their peers, and present at academic and professional conferences and workshops across the country and, often, around the world.
Many times, that research immediately translates to lessons students can learn here at Kelley—directly from those who’ve conducted the research themselves. Just ask Elizabeth Malatestinic’s students.
The senior lecturer in human resource management introduced her class to Kelley colleague and management professor Christopher O.L.H. Porter, who shared his research on RecycleForce, a local not-for-profit organization that offers recycling services while providing life-changing workforce training to formerly incarcerated individuals.
“The professors here at Kelley Indianapolis do a lot of interesting and important research, but this particular study by Dr. Porter jumped out at me as something that could have immediate practical implications for our HR majors, especially those who are already working in the field,” explained Malatestinic.
Porter, a Kelley Venture Fellow, along with Don Conlon of Michigan State University and Cindy Devers of Texas A&M, has spent the last several years conducting research at RecycleForce. One of the researchers’ goals is to identify a fine-grain model to show what the re-employment process could look like for ex-offenders working to successfully re-enter society.
Porter and RecycleForce President Gregg Keesling spoke to Malatestinic’s human resource selection class, a required course for HR majors. Most of the students are seniors, and many are already working in HR.
“What Dr. Porter has started is something that can help employers all across the country: to be able to see this population as a labor force willing to work, wanting to work, wanting to be a part of organizations, so I’m excited about it,” said Keesling.