Michele Paludi, PhD.

Faculty Program Director, Human Resources and Leadership

Michele-Paludi-WEBMichele A. Paludi, PhD., is the faculty program director for human resources and leadership in the School of Business and Technology at Excelsior College. She is the author/editor of 54 college textbooks, and more than 200 scholarly articles, book chapters and conference presentations on developmental psychology, psychology of women, workplace violence, work/life integration, sexual harassment, campus violence, gender, and discrimination. Her book, Ivory Power: Sexual Harassment on Campus, (1990, SUNY Press), received the 1992 Myers Center Award for Outstanding Book on Human Rights in the United States.

Dr. Paludi served as chair of the U.S. Department of Education’s Subpanel on the Prevention of Violence, Sexual Harassment, and Alcohol and Other Drug Problems in Higher Education. She was one of six scholars in the United States to be selected for this subpanel. She also was a consultant to and a member of former New York State Governor Mario Cuomo’s Task Force on Sexual Harassment. Dr. Paludi serves as an expert witness in psychology for court proceedings and administrative hearings on sexual harassment, workplace violence and also race discrimination. She has had extensive experience in conducting training programs and investigations of equal employment opportunity issues for businesses and educational institutions. In addition, Dr. Paludi has held faculty positions at Franklin & Marshall College, Kent State University, Hunter College, Union College, Hamilton College, Siena College and Union Graduate College, where she directs the human resource management certificate program.


  • Life Span Developmental Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Human Resource Management
  • Psychology of Women
  • Statistics and Experimental Design
  • Andragogy
  • Diversity and Inclusive Excellence
  • Harassment and Discrimination Research, Advocacy, Expert Witness Testimony
  • Organizational Development
  • Leadership Styles
  • Psychology for Business Success
  • Women’s Leadership
  • Workplace/Campus violence


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology, University of Cincinnati, 1980
  • Master of Arts, Psychology, University of Cincinnati, 1978
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Union College, 1976

Awards and Recognitions

  • Book Awards:
    • Outstanding Business Reference Source, RUSA (for Women and Management), 2014 & 2015
    • Notable Business Reference Source, RUSA-BRASS (for Managing Diversity in Today’s Workplace), 2014
    • Myers Center Award for Outstanding Book in Human Rights (for Ivory Power), 1992
  • Advocacy Awards:
    • Human Rights Award Nominee, Schenectady NY Human Rights Commission, 2013
    • Woman of the Year, Schenectady, NY Business and Professional Women’s Organization, 2010
    • Emerging Leader in Psychology, American Psychological Association, Committee on Women, 1988
  • Teaching Awards:
    • Thurgood Marshall Award for Teaching, Union College, Academic Opportunity Program, 1996 & 1998

Selected Presentations

  • “Best practices in human resources for sexual harassment” panel presentation, International Coalition Against Sexual Harassment, New York, NY, August 2013
  • “Faculty development workshops for internationalizing the undergraduate psychology curriculum,” presentation, Eastern Psychological Association, New York, NY, March 2013.

Selected Publications

  • “Workplace bullying,” editor, 2015
  • “Sexual harassment in educational and work settings,” chapter(s) co-editor and contributing author, 2015
  • “Psychology for business success,” editor and author, 2013
  • “Women and management: Global issues and promising solutions,” author, 2013
  • “Managing diversity in today’s workplace,” editor and author, 2012