Founders

Dr. Mark Bing, Co-Founder & CEO

Associate Professor of Management

University of Mississippi

Degree(s)

PhD, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, The University of Tennessee at Knoxville - 2002

MS, Experimental Psychology, Villanova University - 2000

 

 

Dr. Mark Bing is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist with an expertise in personnel selection, prediction equations, personality measurement, and test development and validation, as well as the legal issues that are pertinent to employment decisions (e.g., screening, selection, hiring, etc.).

From 2001 to 2005 he was Director of Psychological Screening for the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Force and the SUBSCREEN Principal Investigator. He was an Intergovernmental Personnel Administration (IPA) employee, hired through the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for several years, and as such was the equivalent of a regular GS-13 civil servant with all the privileges pertaining thereto prior to his departure to the University of Mississippi (see the attached letter).

In this capacity, Dr. Bing oversaw the psychological screening of approximately 2,500 Basic Enlisted Submarine School (BESS) students per year. He also oversaw the psychological screening of Submarine Officer Basic Course (SOBC) students. In 2001 via a large-scale field study of submariner attrition, Dr. Bing developed the SubMarine Attrition Risk Test, or SMART. The SMART provides the probability with which the Navy can expect a submariner in training to fail for negative cause (e.g., psychological dysfunction, substance abuse, performance problems, suicidal ideation, etc.) before he completes his first-term of enlistment.

Soon after developing the SMART via regression equations with the SUBSCREEN test’s various scale scores, Dr. Bing obtained the very first explicit, flag-level (i.e., Admiral-level) endorsement of the SUBSCREEN program and the SMART (formerly the SARS). Dr. Bing drafted this letter as the SUBSCREEN Principal Investigator in October of 2002, and then in collaboration with Captain Tom Gudewicz and Commander Ken Eisenberg, sent the letter for endorsement to Rear Admiral John B. Padgett III, Commander of the Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Rear Admiral Padgett endorsed the letter on 18 November 2002 (click here to see the letter), while also sending it to SUBSCREEN’s financial sponsor in Washington, D.C. (i.e., Chief of Naval Operations—Code N779), along with a host of other important Naval Commands that included the U.S. Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (see “Copy to” list at the end of RADM Padgett’s Endorsement Letter of SUBSCREEN and the SMART). This accomplishment greatly increased the probability of convincing the U.S. Navy to actively apply SUBSCREEN’s SMART in order to enhance the accuracy of selection decisions in the Submarine Service. The SMART is used to this day to enhance the accuracy of retention and separation decisions made on enlisted submariners during their training and prior to fleet service.

To listen to a presentation while viewing the accompanying PowerPoint slides that Dr. Bing gave on attrition in the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Force, and on the development and validation of SUBSCREEN’s SMART entitled “Psychological Screening of Submariners: The Development and Validation of the SubMarine Attrition Risk Test (SMART)”, click here. This presentation was given in Houston, TX, at the Human Performance 2003: Driving Progress in Individual and Team Performance conference, co-chaired by NASA and NIOSH.

In 2005, Dr. Bing developed the Submarine Officer Retention Test, or SORT, which provides the probability with which the Navy can expect submarine officers to ascend in the Submarine Force to the Submarine Officer Advanced Course after a tour of duty. From 2010 to 2011, in cooperation with Mr. Tim Blanchard, Dr. Bing consulted pro bono for the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Force to move the psychological screening of submariners to an earlier date in the training pipeline to help save and conserve federal funds and training resources. During his work with the Navy, Dr. Bing acquired and oversaw approximately $1.5 million dollars in both operational funding as the Director of Psychological Screening and grants as a Principal Investigator.

Since 2005 he has been an faculty member at the University of Mississippi. He was a member of the Faculty Senate at Ole Miss from January 2007 to August of 2011. Dr. Bing’s research and teaching have won many awards. In 2002, his research as a graduate student won him the International Personnel Management Association Assessment Council’s 26th Annual International Student Paper Competition - The James C. Johnson Student Paper Award. This award is now sponsored by the International Personnel Assessment Council, or IPAC. In 2007, he received the Honorable Mention Runner-Up Award for the Best Publication in the journal Organizational Research Methods, which is the primary statistical and methodological peer-reviewed scientific publication outlet for the Academy of Management. In 2008, Dr. Bing won the Most Outstanding Publication of the Year Award in the School of Business Administration, and the Most Outstanding MBA Teacher of the Year Award, both at the University of Mississippi. In 2010, Dr. Bing obtained 2nd place in the BusinessWeek Magazine Faculty Support Competition. He won this award for innovative use of BusinessWeek Magazine when revising and teaching his courses in the School of Business at the University of Mississippi. Also in 2010, Dr. Bing won the Best Assistant Professor Researcher of the Year Award for Excellence in Research in the School of Business Administration. Finally, in 2010 as well, Dr. Bing served as the faculty mentor and sponsor of Jack Smothers, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Management, for Jack's entry into the School of Business Administration's (SBA's) Best New Business Plan Award contest. On the basis of a personnel selection test that Dr. Bing developed in 1997 and copyrighted in 1999, as well as Dr. Bing and Jack Smothers' web-based personnel selection testing concepts, Jack entered and won the SBA’s Business Plan Contest. Jack Smothers has since graduated with his Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from the University of Mississippi, and is now a faculty member in the College of Business at the University of Southern Indiana. In 2013, Dr. Bing obtained 3rd place in the BusinessWeek Magazine Faculty Support Competition, again for innovative use of BusinessWeek Magazine in his business classes at the University of Mississippi. Also in 2013, Dr. Bing and his colleagues at the University of Mississippi were honored as finalists for the Academy of Management Learning and Education's Outstanding Article of the Year Award. To see this publication click here. To see the award for this publication click here.

Dr. Bing has presented over 45 scholarly papers at national and international conferences such as the Academy of Management Meetings, American Psychological Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Organizational Research Methods, Journal of Business Ethics, and the Journal of Personality Assessment. Dr. Bing is on the editorial boards for the journal Organizational Research Methods, the Journal of Applied Psychology, and the Journal of Business and Psychology. He also served as the Organizational Behavior Track Chair for the Southern Management Association’s (SMA’s) 2009 Conference, which is the largest Track Chair position in the SMA. In 2009 the OB Track at SMA received 113 submissions, and obtained approximately 150 reviewers. Dr. Bing made editorial acceptance and rejection decisions based on input from the reviewers on papers submitted to the OB Track, ultimately accepting 57 papers for conference presentations, which resulted in a 50% rejection rate for the OB Track that year. Dr. Bing's research areas of expertise include human resource selection, personality measurement, test development, test validation, and research methods.

Dr. Bing has served as a HR consultant and subject matter expert for companies such as Whirlpool Corporation, AT&T Wireless, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. National Guard, Bank of America, Michelin North America, and AK Steel. Of late in 2010, Dr. Bing served as an expert job analyst for the Baker-Donelson and Mayo Mallette law firms to provide job requirement interpretations for the Department of Homeland Security. In 2010 and 2011, Dr. Bing consulted pro bono to aid the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Force by serving as a subject matter expert in Human Resource operations and optimizations, especially in the areas of personnel selection systems and prediction equations.

Because of Dr. Bing's work with the Submarine Force as the former SUBSCREEN Principal Investigator, he was interviewed by NBC just after Hurricane Sandy regarding how people handle claustrophobic environments and sustained co-operative living for extended periods of time. To see this article click here.

To see a selected list of some of Dr. Bing’s publications please click here. For a full list of publications and Dr. Bing’s consulting experience please see the "Dr. Bing's Vita" hyperlink below.

The University of Mississippi, School of Business Administration, Dr. Bing's Profile Page

The University of Mississippi, Dr. Bing's Profile Page

Dr. Bing's Vita

Dr. Bing's BIO

Dr. Bing's Selected Publications

 

Dr. Jack Smothers, Co-Founder

Instructor of Management

University of Southern Indiana

Degree(s)

Ph.D., The University of Mississippi - 2012

MBA, The University of Tennessee at Martin - 2008

BS and BA, Union University - 2007

Dr. Jack Smothers is a faculty member in the College of Business at the University of Southern Indiana, and has a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. Jack Smothers worked in higher education at Union University before entering the Ph.D. Program in Business Administration at the University of Mississippi. He has also worked in the insurance, retail, fitness, and construction industries. Jack has conducted research on CEO reputation and HR actions to investigate the reciprocal relationship between the CEO and the HR Department.

Jack has researched the origins of the discipline of business history, and published on the importance of the managerial role for organizational performance. His research on leadership effectiveness was presented at the Academy of Management’s 2009 Annual Meeting. He is currently researching strategic alliances between firms as well as how CEO reputation and company upsizing, stabilizing, and downsizing decisions affect a company’s ability to remain in the Fortune 500 for a decade or longer. Recently in 2010, Jack published a paper along with several colleagues in the Journal of Management History. Also in 2010, Jack won 1st Place for the Best New Business Plan in the School of Business Administration at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Bing served as the faculty mentor, sponsor, and co-owner for this business award. Recently, in 2011, Jack won 1st place in the BusinessWeek Magazine Faculty Support Competition. He won this award for highly innovative use of BusinessWeek Magazine when teaching his Principles of Management course at the University of Mississippi.

Dr. Jack Smothers' Vita

 

Associates

 

Dr. H. Kristl Davison, Senior Scientist

Clinical Assistant Professor of Management

University of Mississippi

Degree(s)

PhD, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Tulane University - 2001

MS, Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Tulane University - 1995

 

 

Dr. H. Kristl Davison is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist with an expertise in compensation, personnel selection, and test development and validation.

Dr. H. Kristl Davison has been a Clinical Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Mississippi since 2005. While a faculty member in the Department of Management in the Business School at Ole Miss, Dr. Davison won 1st place in the Business Week Magazine Faculty Support Competition. She won this award for innovative use of Business Week Magazine when revising and teaching her courses in the School of Business at the University of Mississippi. Also while at Ole Miss, Dr. Davison served as the Faculty Advisor to the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society in 2008 and 2009.

Before joining the University of Mississippi faculty she served as the Director of the Master’s of Science in Organizational Behavior at the University of Hartford. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Tulane University. Dr. Davison also received her B.S. from Tulane University with a double-major in Psychology and German.

She has worked as a personnel selection specialist for GTE/Verizon and has consulted in the areas of compensation, performance appraisal, and statistical modeling. Dr. Davison has presented over 35 scholarly papers at national and international conferences such as the Academy of Management Meetings, American Psychological Association, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles on various topics including test validation, personality measurement, and employment discrimination in journals such as the Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Research Methods, and the Journal of Business Ethics. She has been an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Applied Psychology since 2007, and is an ad hoc reviewer for various other journals such as the Journal of Personality, the Journal of Workplace Rights, and the Journal of Managerial Issues. Her research focuses on personnel selection, personality testing, and organizational fairness.

Because of Dr. Davison's work and expertise with the use of social networking websites and social media for personnel selection purposes, she was recently interviewed by Scientific American regarding the use of Facebook profiles for human resource management decisions. To see this article click here.

Dr. H. Kristl Davison's Vita

 

 

Dr. Bart Garner, Senior Scientist

Clinical Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems

University of Mississippi

Degree(s)

PhD, Management Information Systems, University of Mississippi - 2004

BS, Physics, University of California at Riverside - 1988

 

 

Dr. Bart Garner is a professor of Management Information Systems with an expertise in database management, information systems, network security, and computer-based model development techniques. He also serves as the Director of Information Technology in the School of Business Administration at Ole Miss. From 1994 to 1999, Dr. Garner served as the network administrator responsible for the design and implementation of all information technology within the School of Business at Ole Miss, including the Conner/Holman complex network, which includes a 2000 drop switched 100 Mb network with optical fiber Gigabit Backbone, distance learning facilities, classroom instructional technologies, Cabletron MMAC Plus networking systems, as well as numerous other information technologies.

From 1999 to 2003, Dr. Garner served as the Director of Implementation and Support at FNC, Inc., where he was also a Software Architect. In this position, he was responsible for hardware and software systems design and development for the Banking and Real Estate Industries. In this capacity, Dr. Garner directed teams of systems analysts, development systems administrators, production systems administrators, and support operations personnel.

Dr. Garner's expertise database management, computer systems security, and information technology systems is extensive, with over 20 years of experience in the fields of Information Technology, Computer Science, and Management Information Systems.

Dr. Bart Garner's Vita

 

 

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