Julia Levashina, Ph.D. Receives SIOP 2020 Jeanneret Award for Excellence

KENT, Ohio –  Julia Levashina, Ph.D., associate professor of management at the Kent State College of Business Administration, and her co-author, Nicolas Roulin, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at St. Mary’s University in Canada, were awarded the SIOP 2020 Jeanneret Award for Excellence in the Study of Individual or Group Assessment. This annual award, honoring P. Richard Jeanneret, is given to the author(s) of a work judged to have the highest potential to further the understanding of individual or group assessment, especially when such assessment supports the creation of a diverse workforce.  

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) is an international organization for the science and practice of industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology. SIOP is an independent organization, but also an affiliate of the Association for Psychological Science (APS).


Levashina and Roulin published “LinkedIn as a New Selection Method: Psychometric Properties and Assessment Approach,” in the academic journal, Personnel Psychology. Their research suggests that LinkedIn is useful when assessing a job applicant's visible skills and personality traits: leadership, communication, planning, extraversion and cognitive ability. However, it is not useful when assessing skills and personality traits which are not as visible, such as conflict management, adaptability, conscientiousness and emotional stability.


Levashina and Roulin found that an applicant’s profile strength, including their photo and number of connections, plays a role in a hiring manager’s decision. Conversely, they found that listing more skills, collecting endorsements, joining groups or describing volunteer positions does not have a notable impact on a hiring decision.


“We wanted to provide our readers with information about LinkedIn’s effect on the hiring process since the platform has garnered such popularity,” Levashina said. “Despite the popularity of other social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, we chose to focus on LinkedIn because of its professional nature.”


In addition to winning the Jeanneret Award for Excellence in the Study of Individual or Group Assessment, Levashina and Roulin’s work is in the top 10% of most downloaded papers by online publisher Wiley.


About Kent State University's College of Business Administration


Kent State University's College of Business Administration is among the fewer than 1% of business schools worldwide to obtain dual Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation in both business and accounting. The college boasts 10 undergraduate majors, 14 minors and a Professional Sales Certificate program; master's degrees in accounting, business administration (MBA and EMBA), business analytics and economics; as well as a comprehensive Ph.D. program with concentrations in accounting, finance, information systems, management and marketing.


Kent State's College of Business Administration ranks as a top business college in Ohio and the number one public university in Northeast Ohio by U.S. News and World Report and is ranked as one of the nation’s Best Business Schools by The Princeton Review. The college is committed to sustainability as an advanced Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) signatory and is recognized by the Sales Education Foundation as a top university for professional sales education.


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POSTED: Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 1:56pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 11:03am