John Varlaro

Professor,  College of Business

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Professor John Varlaro
I teach graduate and undergrad courses in HR management, industrial/organizational psychology, international business and business strategy.”


As a faculty member, John Varlaro teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in human resource management, industrial/organizational psychology, international business and business strategy.

During his tenure as chair of the management department, he led extensive curricula and outcomes initiatives, including the development of new degree programs and revisions to existing programs.

Varlaro is a member of the HR Certification Institute’s Certification Council, which oversees the development, maintenance and administration of the certification programs. Previously, he had participated for several years in the development of HR certification exams. He also chaired the writing of “The HR Certification Institute’s A Guide to the HR Body of Knowledge,” first published in 2015.

He is currently writing a textbook about human resource management; in the past, he has contributed to textbooks on both HR management and strategic management. His Ph.D. is from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and his MBA with a focus in Japanese Management is from the University of Hawai’i.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business policy and strategy
  • Intercultural management and communication strategies
  • Japanese management strategies
  • Organizational behavior
  • Talent management and succession planning

Sample Courses

  • HRM 5020: Labor and Employee Relations
  • MGMT 3060: Training and Development
  • MGMT 4070: Strategic Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 2001: Human Resource Management
  • HRM 6020: HR Metrics & Statistical Research
  • HRM 5040: Organizational Training and Development
  • HRM 6800: HR Management Capstone MGMT 3005: Workforce Planning

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Management, 2009-present
  • American Psychological Association, 2015-present
  • Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 2011-present
  • North American Case Study Association, 2015-present