AROS Consulting is part of Louisiana Tech University’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology doctoral program in Ruston, LA and is managed by faculty and graduate students. Its purpose is to assist organizations in the development of cost effective solutions. Our core philosophy is the belief that organizations have the expertise and knowledge to find their own solutions if provided the tools and structure to do so. By developing partnerships with organizations through process consultation, we work to develop synergistic relationships aimed at providing organizations with the tools needed to achieve their goals.
Our faculty advisors have numerous years of experience in applied I/O Psychology. The faculty are essential to the consulting group, providing guidance and oversight to all AROS projects with their experience in employee selection, organizational metrics, test development, psychometrics, research design, statistics, and personnel legal issues.
Our students come from diverse backgrounds and bring not only academic excellence, but real world experiences to AROS Consulting. Working under the guidance of our world-class faculty advisors, our students use research and practical solutions to enhance the organizations for which they work.
I/O Psychology at La Tech
The Industrial/Organizational Psychology program at Louisiana Tech had its beginnings in 1988 as a Master’s program called Human Relations. The program has had great success and has trained many leaders. In 2001, with the support of Louisiana Tech’s top administrators, a group of faculty began the process of bringing the Industrial/Organizational doctoral program to life. The doctoral program was officially established in 2009 and has since gathered talented students and faculty from across the country.
The mission of the Industrial/Organizational Psychology doctoral program at Louisiana Tech University is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform as consultants and educators. Knowledge gained in the classroom is blended with real-world, applied experience. The program is also committed to the Scientist-Practitioner model of psychology, where the application of psychology in the workplace is accomplished through careful documentation and evaluation.
Students in the program receive training in survey design and administration, measurement (metrics), advanced statistics, job analysis, training, program evaluation, teams in organizations, organizational behavior, work motivation, career development, performance appraisal, assessment, employee selection, EEO case law, consulting, and research. In addition, students are required to complete a practicum wherein they apply these skills to solve organizational problems.
In the first year of the program, faculty and students formed a consulting group, Applied Research for Organizational Solutions (AROS). Managed by faculty and leveraging the energy, enthusiasm and creativity of its graduate students, AROS develops innovative yet practical solutions to develop, utilize and enhance the experience and contribution of people at work. For students, AROS provides a unique opportunity to work on real-world issues alongside a theory-based, research-intensive doctoral curriculum. In the brief time since its inception, AROS has worked with national and global organizations in telecommunications, engineering, healthcare, education, manufacturing, and non-profit agencies. This rich source of experience has proven to of tremendous benefit to both Louisiana Tech doctoral students and to the organizations served.read more