Biographical statement

I earned my Ph.D. in Management from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in 2005. Prior to this I completed a 30 plus year career in HR in both public and private organizations, most recently as Corporate Vice-President of Organizational & Leadership Development for a $7 billion global auto parts manufacturer. I teach the senior level undergraduate and MBA courses in Business Policy Strategy, Strategic Human Resources, Leadership, Career Success, and Entrepreneurship.


  • Ph.D. in Management, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 2005. Area of Concentration: Strategy
  • M.A. in Management, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 2002.
  • M.A. in Management, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona, 1992. Areas of Concentration: Organizational Behavior, Human Resources
  • B.S. Secondary Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 1974. Area of Concentration: Social Studies

Professional activities

  • Academy of Management—Member 2000–present
  • Academy of Management—Careers Section Member 2006–present
  • Academy of Management—Strategy Section Member 2006–present
  • Academy of Management—Human Resources Section Member 2006–present
  • Midwest Academy of Management—Member 2009–present
  • Society for Case Research—Member 2009–present
  • North American Case Research Association—Member 2009–present

Courses taught

  • MBA Module 1 Strategy, Alignment and Change
  • MBA Module 3 Global Perspectives and Human Resources
  • MBA Module 6 Managing and Leading
  • MBA Professional Development Thread
  • BUS-J 401 Administrative Policy
  • BUS-Z 440 Personnel-Human Resources Management
  • BUS-F 490 Independent Study in Finance
  • BUS-Z 480 Independent Study in Human Resources
  • BUCO-D 594 Competitive Strategy Global Industries
  • BUCO-X 574 Special Topics
  • BUCO-W 511 Entrepreneurship
  • BUCO-X 551 Career Management
  • BUCO-Z 511 Human Resource Management
  • BUCO-J 518 Strategic Management
  • BUCO-W 590 Independent Study in Management and Administration
  • BUCO-Z 512 Leadership

Administrative & service responsibilities

IUPUI All Campus Sabbatical Review Committee; Business Advisory Committee, IUPUC Grievance Committee; Admissions review committee for undergraduate and MBA; Executive Education management committee; Selection committee for 2007 Trustee Teaching and campus Faculty Awards; Faculty Affairs Committee; IUPUC Technology Advisory Panel; Multiple faculty and staff search and screen committees.

Research activities

My research interests include the role of executive search firm relationships in executive career attainment, executive decision making; organizational change, leadership, management development and succession planning, and cultural issues associated with mergers and acquisitions.

Awards & activities

  • Global Business Simulation Game Master Professor Presented by University of Alabama, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005
  • Indiana University Trustee Teaching Award, 2010
  • Outstanding MBA Faculty Member Presented by IUPUC, 2009
  • Best Proceedings paper Award at the Academy of Management Conference Chicago, Ill, 2009
  • (2) Best Paper Nominations International IRHR Conference Louisville, KY, 2009
  • Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award Presented by IUPUC, 2007
  • Career Division Applied Paper Award Nominee at the Academy of Management Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, 2006
  • Outstanding MBA Faculty Member Presented by IUPUC, 2006
  • Spirit of Philanthropy Award Presented by IUPUI, 2004
  • Ivy Tech Region X Commencement Speaker, 2000
  • Ivy Tech Regional Trustee, 1999


  • 2011 Arvin Gift Fund. Arvin Computational Analysis Simulation and Engineering Laboratory (CASEL) $400,000. Grant I facilitated from the Arvin Gift Fund Committee to support the undergraduate mechanical engineering program at IUPUC. CASEL will be a unique multidisciplinary education and applied research laboratory that will enhance engineering education collaboration and the quality of learning and is directly linked to the BSME program, as well as the Division of Science at IUPUC and IU-CAD in downtown Columbus.
  • 2008 Grant I helped write that resulted in an award by the Lilly Foundation to the Columbus community. I serve as principal investigator and will lead team to develop curricula for sessions/modules/courses in Advanced Manufacturing Management at bachelors, masters, and executive education levels $26,000
  • 2006 Grant I facilitated from the Arvin Gift Fund Committee to renovate space for MBA and executive education, and provide executive education program start-up funding $675,000
  • 2003 Grant I facilitated from the Arvin Gift Fund Committee for 3-year bridge funding for business faculty $600,000


  • Clerkin, T.A. (2014) Executive search relationships impact careers in multiple ways, Executive search relationships have positive career impact: Taking the headhunter’s call pays in multiple way, Saarbrücken Germany: Scholars’ Press.
  • Clerkin, T. A., Jones, K.J. ,Oakes, M.O. (2013) A Study of Conflict in Top Management Decision Making: The Impact of Contribution Motive, The Coastal Business Journal. Volume 12, Number 1.
  • Clerkin, T. A. (2011) “Assessment Issues in Estimating Managerial Potential in a Global Context", International Management Review.  In Press Vol. 7, No. 1, 2011.
  • Brewer, R.M., Pedersen, P.M., Lim, C.H., & Clerkin, T.A. (2011). Examining the value of sport clubs: A cross-sectional intrinsic valuation of NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football programs. International Journal of Applied Sport Science, 23(2), 1-21.
  • Dreher, G. F., Lee, J. Y., & Clerkin, T. A., (2010) Labor market mobility and cash compensation: The role of executive search firms in explaining the white-male advantage. Journal of Management April DOI: 10.1177/0149206310365728 
  • Clerkin, T. A., Lee, J. Y. (2010). Executive Search Relationships - Contacts Between Executives and Search Firm Professionals: Scale Development and Validation, Organizational Management Journal. (2010) 7, 179–180. doi:10.1057
  • Clerkin, T. A. (2010) Rebuilt to Last: An Organizational Change Initiative, Case Study Journal of Applied Case Research.  April Vol.8, No. 1, p-51-61.
  • Clerkin, T. A., & Hittler, J (2010) Rebuilt to Last: An Organizational Change Initiative, Teaching Note Journal of Applied Case Research. April Vol.8, No. 1, p-51-61.
  • Wills, K. V., & Clerkin, T. A. (2009) Incorporating reflective practice into team simulation projects for improved learning outcomes. Business Communication Quarterly June Vol. 72, No. 2, p 221-227.,

Published general press

  • Bolte, H. R., & Clerkin, T. A. (2009). Should I stay or should I go? Business Connection, January, pp. 14-15.  Student co publication
  • IN Review:  Indiana Department of Labor:  Working to make Indiana business clean and safe, and wages fair and competitive.  Occupational Safety 2006 Student co publication (2)

Civic engagement

  • Arvin Gift Fund Committee-Director