Dr. Katie Thiry


Dr. Katie Thiry is the Department Chair for Organizational Studies and Professor / Lead Faculty for the Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) and the Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management (BAHRM) degree programs in the Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University. She is also a Faculty Advisor for the Ashford University Forbes School of Business & Technology SHRM Chapter, a virtual student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Dr. Thiry is a recognized expert and leader in the HR field having earned the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credential, Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP) from the Association for Talent Development (ATD), and is a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) through the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI).

She holds a PhD with an emphasis in Training and Performance Improvement from Capella University, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Outside of Higher Education, she held titles such as Manager of Human Capital Development, Training and Performance Improvement Consultant, and Senior Training Specialist. In these roles, she partnered with organizations to implement successful training initiatives to increase the effectiveness and performance of their teams, reviewed and evaluated courses and resources to address identified needs for the organization, and designed, developed, and delivered custom training.