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Suzanne Gosden Kitchen

Workplace Diversity, Training & Development, and Organizational Behavior

Suzanne Kitchen

Workplace Diversity, Training & Development, and Organizational Behavior

Dr. Suzanne Gosden Kitchen, a Teaching Associate Professor in the Department of Management at WVU's College of B&E, prepares American and International students to become leaders in Human Resource Management. Her areas of expertise include: Human Resource Management, EEO, Workplace Diversity, Training & Development, Business Writing, and Organizational Behavior. She received the 2013 Dean’s Award for Distinction in Teaching, as well as the 2012 Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year Award. Additionally, she serves as the MSIR Graduate Program Advisor.

In her previous role, Dr. Kitchen worked as a Senior Consultant for the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a service of the USDOL Office of Disability & Employment Policy. For her clients, Dr. Kitchen resolved ADA cases and developed accommodation ideas for employees with cognitive/neurological impairments. During this time, Dr. Kitchen emerged as a training expert on the topic of Disabilities and Workplace Accommodations.

Dr. Kitchen graduated from West Virginia University with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education, and a Doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club. She holds a leadership role in SHRM State Council, and sits on an Advisory Board for WV HEAT (Hospitality Education and Training). In addition, she serves as the faculty advisor for the WVU chapter of SHRM, which twice won the Regional Case Study Competition.

Dr. Kitchen began her professional career as a public school teacher and Speech & Debate coach in Virginia. Currently, she designs disability awareness activities to educate the public, and enjoys finding new ways to promote disability etiquette in society. The legal profession requests her as an expert witness on ADA and disability cases. She regularly grants interviews to the media on disability-related topics. Furthermore, Dr. Kitchen still provides private consulting and training.

When not teaching, training, or writing, Dr. Kitchen can be found gardening at her Morgantown home with her delightful young son Charlie, her husband, and her Pomeranians.