Frank Schmidt Family Meta-Analysis Graduate Fellowship

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Frank Schmidt’s first job was as a faculty member at Michigan State University, where he met John E. (Jack) Hunter, with whom he began a prolific and impactful collaboration that lasted until Hunter’s death in 2002. They jointly invented the methods of psychometric meta-analysis and collaborated extensively for three decades. However, his desire for real-world impact led him to leave in 1974 and take a research position at the Personnel Research and Development Center at the U.S. Civil Service Commission. During this time, he also served an adjunct professor at George Washington University.

In 1985, Frank was recruited by the University of Iowa’s College of Business, where he retired in 2012. His scientific leadership at Iowa elevated the stature of its management department. His keen intellect and generous support helped advance methodological skills, clear thinking, and scientific contributions of not only in his students but his faculty peers. Schmidt joined Gallup as a Senior Scientist in 1993, training and advising Gallup associates in meta-analysis, measurement, employee selection methods, and individual differences. In retirement, Schmidt remained Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa, continuing to work on research projects and giving talks.

Psychometric meta-analysis was Frank’s most far-reaching contribution. Schmidt co-authored four widely cited and used books on the technique. Meta-analysis not only transformed psychology and management science but extended to hundreds of fields where psychometric meta-analyses have become the bedrock of scientific knowledge.

Frank was a teacher and mentor who cared deeply about his students. He advised and directed over 20 theses. He modeled what it means to be an exceptional mentor, supporting and encouraging his intellectual children and grandchildren. He was an advocate for junior scientists

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