From the army to academia: One professor’s journey to Northeastern


Charn McAllister, assistant professor of management and organizational development.

Charn McAllister was recently appointed as an assistant professor of management and organizational development, as just one of the many new faces at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business this semester. McAllister served in the U.S. Army for seven years after graduating from West Point in 2005 with a degree in engineering and psychology.

“I felt fortunate to be afforded all the privileges that freedom can offer and I felt the need to give back,” said McAllister.

McAllister served as an air cavalry platoon leader and troop commander, before a fateful phone call from his wife, Michelle, who suggested a new path for them both, as college professors. He left the army in 2012 and enrolled in Florida State University’s doctoral program for organizational behavior and human resources.

“Management is really just applied psychology in the workplace,” explained McAllister, who received his doctorate this past spring. “I wanted to leverage my years in the military and I felt like the workplace was the setting to do that,” he added. “I care about people’s happiness and I thought my research would have an impact on employee wellbeing.”

McAllister is joined at Northeastern by Michelle, who will serve as a visiting professor of accounting for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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