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Jessica Hurst


Title: Associate Professor
Department: Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management

Office: 1070 Lebaron 626 Morrill Rd., Ames, IA 50011
Phone number: +1 515 294 5284
Email: hurstj@iastate.edu

Research interests

  • Human Resource Management(i.e. employee recruitment and retention, job-fit/job-match, career development )
  • Internship Conversion
  • Rural Retailing and Economic Development
  • Tourism Shopping

Published works

Current research projects

My primary research focuses on human resource management issues (i.e. employee recruitment and retention). Currently, I am working on a research project that extends my dissertation research regarding conversion rates of interns into full-time employees. It is a joint project with Michigan State University that is partially funded by MonsterTrak.com. The study focuses on what factors motivate college interns to accept/decline a position upon completion of their internship. I am also part of a research team that is working on a research project regarding rural community development/ sustainability and creative class individuals. Recent funding has come from the American Collegiate Retailing Assoc. (ACRA), Saks, Inc., the College of Human Sciences New Faculty Seed Grant Competition, College of Human Sciences Teaching Innovation Initiatives (TII), and College of Human Sciences Entrepreneurial Program Initiative (EPI).