Richard EvittsRichard Evitts

Master’s Student & Project Associate

Areas of Interest: Organizational Culture, Leadership, Training and Development, Compensation

Richard is currently a project associate for the Center for Organizational and Human Resource Effectiveness (COHRE).  Recently, he assisted in development and implementation of training for the Tennessee Highway Patrol's (THP) Cadet selection process. He also assisted in administration, implementation, and evaluation for the THP's Lieutenant and Sergeant promotional processes.  Prior to working for COHRE, he also assisted management at Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant in Murfreesboro, TN to develop new motivation, training, and rewards programs for all employees. 

Before attending college at Middle Tennessee State University, he served in the United States Navy as an Intelligence Specialist and Surface Search and Rescue (SAR) Swimmer from 2007 to 2015.  While in the military he gained experience in strategic consulting, leadership development, group dynamics, data analytics, stress management, multi-source intelligence, and public speaking.  He has given more than 200 tactical and strategic intelligence presentations to senior-level military leadership on board the USS Makin Island, the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center (NMITC), and United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM).  He served as Junior Sailor Association President for SOUTHCOM from 2012 to 2013.  He also collaborated with United States and partner nation military leaders to develop long-term plans for improving security, logistics, risk assessments, and technology.

While he was an undergraduate student, Richard conducted research on cognitive attention span, organizational culture, job-school similarity, and work-school interference.  He has given presentations at the River Cities Industrial/Organizational (RCIO) conference in 2018, and both the 2017 and 2018 Middle Tennessee Psychological Association (MTPA) conferences in Murfreesboro, TN. He also worked as a research assistant for a cognitive psychology professor at Middle Tennessee State University.  He is currently conducting research regarding the role of narcissism in selection processes.

In May 2018, Richard graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with his Bachelors of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.  He is currently a first-year graduate student in the I/O Psychology Master’s Program at MTSU; he plans to graduate in 2020.