Faculty Affiliates

Meet our dedicated and impressive faculty affiliates and learn more about their experience and expertise.

Meghna Virick

Dr. Meghna Virick
Dr. Meg Virick is Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Professor of Management at SJSU, specializing in Human Resource Management. She conducts research on HR practices and employment related issues such as staffing, unemployment, underemployment, succession planning, and gender diversity.

Shari Moore

Shari Moore
Shari Moore is an experienced HR leader with an extensive track record as an HR executive. Shari holds multiple certifications in HR, including SHRM–SCP, Senior Professional in Human Resources, and Prosci Change Management.

Cheryl Van

Cheryl Van
As head of Management Development at NVIDIA, Cheryl Van is an accomplished senior human resources executive with demonstrated success developing innovative strategies that attract, develop and retain talent to achieve personal and organizational objectives. 

Deanna Fairchild

Deanna Fairchild
Deanna Fairchild teaches the HR Fundamentals course in the undergraduate program at SJSU and is a lecturer and an advisor for the SHRM prep course for the IPP. She advises the HR student association in all aspects of leadership and operations and promotes the HR emphasis within the college of business.

Ekta Vyas, PhD

Dr. Ekta Vyas
As current Chief Human Resources Officer of Keck Medicine of USC, Dr. Ekta Vyas' areas of expertise and research interests include strategic human resource management, transformational change and leadership, emotional intelligence, employee engagement, people analytics, performance management, and compensation.

Leslie Howard

Leslie Howard
Leslie is Senior HRBP at Block in Silicon Valley and SHRM-SCP. Having completed IPP’s SHRM prep course at SJSU, Leslie shares her real-work experience and knowledge of the SHRM certification process to help other participants achieve their career goals.

Matthew Maguire, PhD

Dr. Matthew Maguire
Dr. Matthew Maguire has a background in comparative political economy, business-government relations, and corporate social responsibility. He has held visiting positions at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne and the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna.

Nancy Da Silva, PhD 

Dr. Nancy Da Silva
Dr. Nancy Da Silva is a professor of Management with fields of research in positive psychology with a focus on employee creativity, innovation, and job engagement. She also consults on survey development, validation of assessment tools, and statistical analysis.

Nancy Long

Nancy Long
Nancy Long is a highly accomplished global human resources executive. She has been part of the executive leadership team at Hitachi Data Systems, was Senior VP of HR for O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, and VP of HR at HP. Nancy has received several industry awards, including HR Executive of the Year (HR Symposium, Silicon Valley).

Sumita Raghuram, PhD

Dr. Sumita Raghuram
With more than 30 years of teaching and research experience, Dr. Sumita Raghuram specializes in virtual work, international human resource management, and tech workers. Employee identity, employee turnover and engagement, wellbeing, and impact of tech work on human resource management are of particular interest to Dr. Raghuram. 

Lucille Headrick, PhD

Lucille Headrick

Dr. Lucille (Lucy) Headrick is an assistant professor in the School of Management at San José State University. She received her Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations (H.R.I.R.) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research examines psychological mechanisms of work stress on health-related behavior, recovery, and work-life boundary management within various temporal and social contexts.

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