katie thiry

As someone who has designed custom training and performed as a facilitator of an international training system, I can speak to the quality of the courses and the relevance of the degree programs at Ashford University. Our students have made a great choice by selecting the Forbes School of Business!

Katie Thiry, PhD



Dr. Katie Thiry is the Program Chair for the Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) and the Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management (BAHRM) degree program in the Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University. She is also the founder and Faculty Advisor for the Ashford University Forbes School of Business & Technology SHRM Chapter, a virtual student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Dr. Thiry is a recognized expert and leader in the HR field having earned the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credential, Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP) from the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Performance Management Institute (PMI), and is a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) through the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). She holds a PhD with an emphasis in Training and Performance Improvement from Capella University, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

She has over 19 years of experience in Human Resources and Training and Development, where she has held titles such as Manager of Human Capital Development, Training and Performance Improvement Consultant, and Senior Training Specialist. In these roles, she partnered with organizations to implement successful training initiatives to increase the effectiveness and performance of their teams, reviewed and evaluated courses and resources to address identified needs for the organization, and designed, developed, and delivered custom training. In her previous role for a Fortune 50 company, she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of an enterprise-wide Learning Management System (LMS). It was in this technical role that she gained an increased appreciation for the use of technology to enhance learning experiences and working interactions.



Project Management Professional (PMP), Performance Management Institute (PMI)

SHRM Senior Certified Professional, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP)

Certified Performance Technologist (CPT), International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI)

Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP), Association for Talent Development (ATD)

CITI Management Researchers Certification, Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Program

Certified Trainer for Leadership Development & Customer Service, Miller Heiman Group 

Training Needs Assessment Certification, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota

Six Sigma - Green Belt Certification, GE Fleet Services


Doctor of Philosophy in Education, Training & Performance Improvement Specialization
Capella University - Minneapolis, Minnesota
MA in Organizational Leadership
St. Catherine University - St. Paul, Minnesota
BA in Communication
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

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