About the Course Instructor

Thomas Mobley

Tom is employed by the University of Cincinnati as an Assistant Professor - Educator  in their Organizational Leadership/Human Resource Program. A UC MALER graduate with over 30 years of experience, Thomas Mobley, SPHR is a respected expert in the HR field. As a Professor and HR Consultant  he has a proven ability to transfer knowledge and provide others with the tools they need to succeed. In Mobley HR Consulting he has combined his corporate and teaching experience to create workshops and presentations that are practical and effective.  His HR Certification Prep Course has had several sessions with 100% test pass rates.  

As a professor he takes pride in being student focused.  At UC he has launched the innovative HR Succeeds Initiative helping to prepare future HR leaders by providing them mentors, internships, HR Certification, as well as networking opportunities at the local and national level.  He was honored to be recognized a finalists for Miami University’s 2013/14 Distinguished Teaching Award and to be nominated for the George Barbour Award for Good Faculty-Student Relations Award at UC in 2017.

Tom’s broad background includes work with Fortune 100 firms, government agencies, start-ups, and international companies. His expertise has been sought out and included in articles in USA Today, CNBC, MSNBC, and Dow Jones’ MarketWatch. Tom is a past State Council Director for the Ohio State Council of SHRM, has served on the SHRM Board of Director’s Membership Advisory Council and as a Representative for SHRM’s North Central Region. In 2011, he co-founded GETDOT Cincy – a non-profit professional networking group which has raised over $15,000 for local children’s charities.

He regularly works with international Chinese students and travels to China to teach HR Management and Negotiation Courses for graduate students at Dalian University of Technology. He has consulted for organizations in China and South Korea. 

Tom has taught at a multitude of universities within the United States including Miami University, University of Cincinnati, DeVry University, as well as being present on the international teaching level due to his work at Dalian University of Technology located in Dalian, China. 

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In addition to teaching, Tom also started a new initiative to help UC students looking to reach professional goals in their human resources career called UC HR Succeeds. With a mission to provide students with enriching, professional, and educational experiences, HR Succeeds hopes to grow students skills and knowledge in human resources. 


HR Succeeds

Over the last five years, our HR program at the University of Cincinnati has more than doubled in size. 

Our HR IS class launched during the fall semester of 2017 in a partnership with Paycor Cincinnati. This allows students to get a broad overview as well as receiving hands on experience with one of the best HR IS platforms available. 

Are you looking to hire an intern or do you have an entry level HR job? Contact me so I can get you in touch with students from our chapter of over 100 students. We are always looking for mentors, coaches, and potential students of HR Succeeds.


HR Succeeds Activities

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Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Thomas Mobley, SPHR

Attending college as an undergraduate and graduate student, I never dreamed that someday I myself would be teaching at the college level. Shortly after graduation, I had the opportunity to work with one of my undergraduate professors and a federal mediator in the development of a labor-management training program. After that I had the opportunity to speak at a regional labor-management conference. I found that I enjoyed doing the research and preparation and that the participants appreciated my presentation style. I believe that these two events influenced my decision to accept an opportunity to teach at the college level, coincidentally taught on Miami University’s Hamilton Campus.

Over the years I have adjusted my teaching style as new technology has become available, but my focus on student development has not changed. I am constantly striving to ensure that my courses have a high degree of rigor. Whenever I teach, it is my goal to encourage students to increase their knowledge of the subject and to be able to apply that knowledge to their professional life. As someone who has been both a traditional and non-traditional student, I understand the importance of applying what is going on in the classroom to the student’s current and/or future career. In working with students, I tell them up front that I consider our relationship to be more consultative rather than teacher-student. Students, one way or another, are paying and making a sacrifice to attend college; therefore, I tell them upfront to consider me their personal consultant. Part of my goal is to deliver course content to them; even more important is my desire to help them grow as an individual and in their career. 

In the classroom I am able to take the subject matter and apply it to real life examples which I have experienced either directly or indirectly through those that I know in the professional community. My course evaluations consistently point out that students gain more understanding when they see how concepts apply to real life examples. When I develop course assignments, I focus most on case studies which encourage students to apply what they are learning.

Summarizing, my goal as an instructor is twofold: first, to advance the students knowledge of the subject matter presented; second, to directly assist the students in their pursuit of their personal and career goals. 

My areas of expertise include: 

  • Human Resources  
    • Compensation, labor relations, staffing, benefits, employment law, training, HR systems
  • Organization Behavior 
    • Negotiations, leadership, motivation, critical thinking & problem solving
  • General Business  
    • Management, business & the economy, management & supervisory skills, management & worker relations

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