Marie-Line germain, PhD

    Dr. Marie-Line Germain

    Dr. Marie-Line Germain



Dr. Marie-Line Germain is a research, teaching, and service award-winning Associate Professor of Human Resources and Leadership at Western Carolina University (The University of North Carolina System). Her Ph.D. is in Leadership with a specialization in Human Resource Development.

She has published over three dozen peer-reviewed research articles and presented over 40 research papers nationally and internationally (Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Peru, The Netherlands, Scotland, and Spain). She is the recipient of several national awards and competitive grants. She holds several leadership roles at research and professional associations nationally and internationally.

In 2011, Germain founded The HR Consulting Initiative, which provides pro bono HR consulting nationwide. Under her guidance, over 554 of her graduate students - HR experts have helped 93 nonprofits, small businesses, and local government agencies in 14 states.

Germain has been a visiting scholar in Ghana, Japan and South Korea, and a visiting professor in Helsinki, Finland.  She has lived, studied, and worked in France, England, and Scotland. She is a recent Fulbright Specialist research grant recipient from the U.S. Department of State. A list of her publications, grants, awards, and research roles is available upon request.

Associate Professor of Human Resources and Leadership


Fulbright grant recipient  



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Western Carolina University (University of North Carolina System)

Award-winning researcher and professor. In the past 17 years: Over 36 research publications, 40 presentations worldwide, 18 awards, and competitive grants.  
Fulbright recipient, U.S. Department of State

Author of the book, "Narcissism at Work: Personality Disorders of Corporate Leaders". Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN 978-3-319-60330-8
Director of The HR Consulting Initiative where current and former graduate students serve as HR consultants to nonprofits, small businesses, and government agencies nationwide. To date, 524 graduate students have helped over 78 organizations in 10 states.

Visiting Scholar at the following universities/research centers and countries:

  • Finland (2013, Helsinki Business School)
  • Japan (2014, Japan Studies Institute)
  • South Korea (2015, Hannam University)
  • Ghana (2016, Central University)
  • Fulbright research grant recipient, U.S. Department of State (2017, Central University, Ghana)
  • China (2018 - scheduled - University in Beijing)
  • Cuba (2018 - scheduled, Cuba Institute for Cultural Research - Instituto Cubano de Investigación Cultural)
  • France (2019 - scheduled, Toulouse Business School)
  • Croatia (2019 - under consideration, Rochester Institute of Technology)

Several leadership roles in research journals (editor & reviewer) and international research associations
Serves as Ph.D. dissertation committee member and chair. Executive training experience. On the Board of Directors of WNCAP

Member of the American Psychological Association (APA), The Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD), and the Eastern Academy of Management (EAM)

Numerous media appearances (television, radio) and speaking engagements worldwide

Selected Awards
2017: ACLU Champion Award, NC
2017: Excellence in Community Engagement Award. Nomination. WCU                                                                                           2017: Botner Award for Outstanding Teaching. Nomination. WCU
2016: Outstanding Achievement for Service in Teaching. WCU
2016: Outstanding Journal Issue of the Year. Academy of Human Resource Development. Green HRD: The Greening of Society and the Implications for HRD Theory and Practice. 2015, 17(4).
2015: STAR Community Engagement Award. WCU
2015: Forward Publishing Award. Academy of Human Resource Development
Grenier, R. S., & Germain, M.- L. (2014). Book Chapter: Expertise through the HRD lens: Research trends and practical implications. The Handbook of Human Resource Development. Wiley Publisher. ISBN: 978111845402-2
2015: Curtis W. Wood Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring. Nomination. WCU
2012: Integration of Learning Award. Nomination. WCU
2010: Integration of Learning Award. Finalist for Applied Leadership. WCU
2008: Faculty Scholarship Award. St. Thomas University
2007: Cutting Edge Research Award. Academy of Human Resource Development
2006: Ph.D. Dissertation received the Malcolm S. Knowles Dissertation of the Year (national award)

Foreign Languages: Fluent in French. Written German. Conversational Spanish

Interests: Geopolitics, architecture, urban planning, amateur art collector, and international travel. Private pilot and 5K runner 


  • St. Thomas University, FL (Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership)
  • City College, FL (Department Chair)
  • Barry University, FL (Instructor)
  • The University of Miami, FL (Lecturer)
  • Interval International, Miami, FL (Marketing Manager)
  • GRETA - Department of Higher Education, Paris, France (Professor)
  • Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (Library Archives Assistant)
  • Pro Lingua, Paris, France (Translator & Tour Guide in England and the U.S.)

selected publications

  • Germain, M.-L. (2017). Narcissism at Work: Personality Disorders of Corporate Leaders. Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN: 978-3-319-60329-2 (Print) 978-3-319-60330-8 (Online)
  • McGuire, D., & Germain, M.-L. (2015). Testing the Existence of a Green Contract: An Exploratory Study. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 17(4). doi: 10.1177/1523422315599622. Journal issue received the 2016 Outstanding Issue of the Year from the Academy of Human Resource Development. Green HRD: The Greening of Society and the Implications for Human Resource Development Theory and Practice. Editors: Ellen Scully-Russ and Maria Cseh, George Washington University, November 2015, 17(4).
  • Germain, M.-L., & Grenier, R. (2015). Facilitating Workplace Learning: Lessons Learned from the Lectores in Pre-war Factories and Implications for Human Resources. Journal of Workplace Learning, 27(5), 366-386. doi:
  • Grenier, R. S., & Germain, M.-L. (2014). Wiley Publisher – Book Chapter: Expertise through the HRD lens: Research trends and practical implications. In N. E. Chalofsky, T. S. Rocco, and M. L. Morris, The Handbook of Human Resource Development. Wiley Publisher. ISBN: 978-1-118-45402-2. Book received the 2015 Forward Publishing Award from the Academy of Human Resource Development.
  • Germain, M.-L., & McGuire, D. (2014). The Role of Swift Trust in Virtual Teams and Implications for Human Resource Development. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 16(3), 356-370.
  • Germain, M.-L. (2014). Work-related suicide: An analysis of U.S. government reports and recommendations for Human Resource Development, Employee Relations, 36(2), 148-164.
  • Article about Germain’s work: Our Inexpert Judgment of Expertise, Training & Development, 22. (October 2012).
  • Germain, M.-L., & Tejeda, M. J. (2012). A preliminary exploration on the measurement of expertise: An initial development of a psychometric scale. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 23(2), 203-232.
  • Germain, M.-L., Herzog, M. J., & Hamilton, P. (2012). Women employed in male-dominated industries: Lessons learned from female aircraft pilots, pilots-in-training, and mixed-gender flight instructors. Human Resource Development International, 15(4), 435-453.
  • Germain, M.-L. (2012). Traits and skills theories as the nexus between leadership and expertise: Reality or fallacy? Performance Improvement Journal, 51(5), 32-39.
  • Germain, M.-L.  (2011). Developing trust in virtual teams. Performance Improvement Quarterly, 24(3), 29-54.
  • Germain, M.-L.   (2011). A chronological synopsis of the dimensions of expertise: Toward the Expert of the Future. Performance Improvement Journal, 50(7), 38-46. doi: 10.1002/pfi.20231
  • Germain, M.-L. (2011). Formal mentoring relationships and attachment theory: Implications for human resource development. Human Resources Development Review, 10(2), 123-150. doi:10.1177/1534484310397019
  • Germain, M.-L. (2010). The role of HRD in crisis situations: Learning the lessons of Hurricane Katrina. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 12(5), 536-551. doi:10.1177/1523422310394432
  • Germain, M.-L. (2010). Perception of college instructor expertise: An exploratory qualitative study. The Journal of Career Education Principles and Practices, 2(1), November 2010 issue.
  • Germain, M.-L., & Ruiz, C. E.  (2009). Expertise: Myth or reality of a cross-national definition? Journal of European Industrial Training, 33(7), 614-634.
  • Kendrick, L. M., & Germain, M.-L. (2009). Pitfalls of the use of films in management education. Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, 1(1),16-25. 
  • Germain, M.-L., & Scandura, T. A. (2005). Grade inflation and students’ individual differences as systematic bias in faculty evaluations. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 32(1), 58-67.
  • Germain, M.-L., & Scandura, T. A. (2005). Mentoring and identity development:  The role of self-determination. Book chapter. In Supporting Women’s Career Advancement: Challenges and Opportunities. R. Burke and M. C. Mattis, (Eds.), pp.106-123. MA: Elgar Publishing.
  • Germain, M.-L. (2004). Issues of competencies and ethics in research. In Crossing Frontiers in Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods. H. Savall and M. Bonnet (Eds.). Vol. 2, pp. 897-910. Published by ISEOR.


  • 2006: Ph.D. in Leadership. Specialization in Human Resource Development. Barry University, FL                                                                                           Dissertation title: Development and Preliminary Validation of a Psychometric Measure of Expertise: The Generalized Expertise Measure (GEM)

       Ph.D. Dissertation received the Malcolm S. Knowles Best Dissertation of the Year award (Academy of Human Resource Development)

  • 1994: 1st year Ph.D. (DEA). British Urban Planning, University of Paris-X, France
  • 1993: M.A. in Anglo-American Studies, University of Paris-X, France
  • 1992-1993: B.A. in English Language and British Civilization, University of Stirling, Scotland