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Alan Cabelly


Professor of Management

Office: KMC 510C
Phone: 503-725- 3789 
Fax: 503-725-5850 

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Alan Cabelly teaches and coaches in Human Resource Management and Leadership.Alan has a B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, an M.B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University, a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and is accredited as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute.

Prof. Cabelly has been a Human Resource Management faculty member at Portland State University since 1980, and has served as Area Director for the Management/HRM Area since 1997. He teaches HRM, negotiation strategies, reward systems, and performance management at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels, as well as to many diverse groups in high tech, service, manufacturing, public, and private sectors nationally and internationally. He speaks, does research, and consults in the areas of Authentic Leadership, Generational Issues in the Workplace, Work-Life Balance, Corporate Culture, Reward Systems, Performance Management, and effective methods of managing human resources. He has taught in PSU's Professional Development Center since 1982, initiating the Certificate Programs in HRM, and with the Food Industry Leadership Center since 1994.

Alan excels at being an Executive Coach, helping leaders improve and succeed at their craft. As Coach, he focuses on helping clients make necessary changes in their behavior that will enable them to enhance their effectiveness. He uses the DiSC© as a Leadership Tool to identify leadership strengths and facilitate change.

Alan is active within the human resource profession, having served many roles within the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Northwest Human Resource Management Association (NHRMA), and the Portland Human Resource Management Association (PHRMA). He serves on the Oregon State Council of SHRM, and will become its Director in 2009.

In 1981 he founded HRMA, the PSU SHRM/NHRMA Chapter, which has won the SHRM Superior Merit Award for 25 consecutive years, the second longest streak in the nation. He was named SHRM Advisor of the Year in 2001, Distinguished Member of NHRMA in 1997, and earned the Human Resources Award of Excellence from PHRMA in 1992. In 2000 he was President of NHRMA.

Alan's current interests are in Generational Issues in the Workplace, identifying the best ways that members of different generations can work together effectively, and in Work-Life Balance for the 21st Century, focusing on how we can best achieve our personal mission. He has made many presentations on both topics. An article in the Fall 2007 issue of Portland State Magazine focuses on his Generations work.

One of Alan's good friends, Eric Wilson, keeps the most complete guide to Human Resource Management sites, The Human Resource Professional's Gateway to the Internet. Please visit.

Alan's recent travels have been extensive. He has visited his ancestral homeland in Greece; has taught in China, Germany, Russia and Serbia; and seen the wonders of the Japan, Korea, and the Czech Republic. In this country his explorations have taken him from Juneau to San Antonio and New Orleans, and from the Tetons, Yellowstone and the Little Bighorn (for the Crow Fair in Crow Agency), to Crater Lake and Mts. Rainier, Adams, St. Helens, and Shasta. In 2004 he met Gina, the love of his life, at a Sweat Lodge in Breitenbush; they were married the next summer. Together they do healing work.

Alan keeps active physically, having run more than sixty marathons and ultramarathons. (If you google him you will find his most famous quote: "Any idiot can run a marathon; it takes a special kind of idiot to run an ultramarathon.") For many years he was on the Board of the Oregon Road Runners Club, was a race director for many races, and pace group leader for the Portland Marathon Training Clinic. He lives in Northwest Portland.