Andrew Speer

Andrew Speer

Assistant Professor

 5057 Woodward Ave   |   Room 8402.24   |   Detroit MI, 48202

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Andrew Speer

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  •  My research falls in the areas of personality and personnel selection, judgment and assessment of others, people analytics and machine learning, turnover, and performance measurement. These interests have largely been influenced by practice, as I spent the first several years of my career in the private sector. During this time, I worked as an external consultant, building and validating selection tests for several dozen organizations. I also worked internally within a single human resources (HR) department, and most recently as the manager of a People Analytics team that addressed topics such as employee diversity, prediction of employee turnover, attitude measurement (e.g., engagement), employee selection, performance measurement, prediction of leadership outcomes, and 360-degree surveys. My goal as a researcher is to produce research that builds and applies theory to tackle everday work problems. If interested in research or consulting regarding employee selection (e.g., assessment development), performance management (e.g., 360's), or people analytics (e.g., attrition modeling), you can reach me at

Selected publications

Speer, A.B. (2020). Scoring dimension-level job performance from narrative comments: Validity and generalizability when using natural language processing. Organizational Research Methods.

Speer, A.B., Tenbrink, A.P., Schwendeman, M.G., & Wegmeyer, L.J. (2020). Individual differences in effective interview design: Factors affecting question choice. International Journal of Selection and Assessment.

Speer, A.B., Tenbrink, A.P., & Schwendeman, M.G. (2020). Creation and validation of the performance appraisal motivation scale (PAMS). Human Performance.

Speer, A.B. (2020). Judging performance: General mental ability and the accuracy of operational performance ratings. Journal of Personnel Psychology.

Speer, A.B., Siver, S.R., & Christiansen, N.D. (2019). Applying theory to the black box: A model for empirically scoring biodata. International Journal of Selection and Assessment.

Speer, A.B., Dutta, S., Chen, M., & Trussell, G. (2019). Here to stay or go? Connecting turnover research to applied attrition modeling. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science & Practice.
Speer, A.B., Tenbrink, A., & Schwendeman, M. (2019). Let’s talk it out: The effects of calibration meetings on the accuracy of performance ratings. Human Performance.
Speer, A.B., Christiansen, N.D., Laginess, A. (2019). Social intelligence and interview accuracy: Individual differences in the ability to construct interviews and rate accurately. International Journal of Selection & Assessment.
Fisher, P., Robie, C., Christiansen, N.D., Speer, A.B., & Schneider, L. (2019). Criterion-related validity of forced-choice personality measures: A cautionary note regarding Thurstonian IRT versus classical test theory scoring. Personnel Assessment & Decisions.
Speer, A.B., Schwendeman, M., Reich, C.C., Tenbrink, A.P., & Siver, S.R. (2018). Investigating the construct validity of performance comments: Creation of the Great Eight Narrative Dictionary. Journal of Business & Psychology.
Speer, A.B. (2018). Quantifying with words: An investigation of the validity of narrative-derived performance scores. Personnel Psychology.
Christiansen, N.D., Robie, C., Burns, G.N., & Speer, A.B. (2017). Using item-level covariance to detect response distortion on personality measures. Human Performance.
Speer, A.B., Robie, C., & Christiansen, N.D. (2016). Effects of item type and estimation method on the accuracy of estimated personality trait scores: Polytomous item response theory models versus summated scoring. Personality and Individual Differences, 102, 41-45. 
Speer, A.B., King, B.S., & Grossenbacher, M. (2016). Applicant reactions as a function of test length: Is there reason to fret over using longer tests? Journal of Personnel Psychology, 15, 15-24.
Speer, A.B., Christiansen, N.D., & Honts, C. (2015). Assessment of personality through behavioral observations in work simulations. Personnel Assessment and Decisions, 1, 43-56.
Love, K.G., Speer, A.B., Buschlen, E. (2015). The impact of university culture on unionized faculty intention to strike: Antecedents and factors beyond financial gain. Journal of Higher Education Management, 30, 34-50. 
Speer, A.B., Christiansen, N.D., Goffin, R.D., & Goff, M. (2014) Situational bandwidth and the criterion-related validity of assessment center ratings: Is cross-exercise convergence always desirable? Journal of Applied Psychology, 99, 282-295.
Speer, A.B., Christiansen, N.D., Melchers, K.G., König, C.J., & Kleinmann, M. (2014). Establishing the cross-situational convergence of the ability to identify criteria: Consistency and prediction across similar and dissimilar assessment center exercises. Human Performance, 27, 44-60.
Christiansen, N.D., Hoffman, B.J., Lievens, F., & Speer, A.B. (2013). Assessment centers and the measurement of personality. In Tett, R.P, & Christiansen, N.D. (Eds.), The Handbook of Personality at Work. Taylor & Francis/Psychology Press: New York, NY, 477-497.


Currently teaching

  • Principles in Development and Evaluation of Employee Selection Procedures


    Psychology in the Workplace

    Criterion Development and Performance Evaluation