Traci M. Sitzmann

BUSB 6206

Traci Sitzmann's current research focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion—including religion and the gender wage gap, the effect of the gender wage gap on firm performance, and optimizing firms’ diversity and inclusion strategies. Sitzmann also has numerous publications on the effectiveness of online training, maximizing learning and reducing attrition from training, and evaluating training effectiveness. Her research has been published in leading academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Human Decision Processes, and Journal of Management. She is currently or has formerly served on the editorial board for the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Human Resource Management Review. Her research has also won multiple awards and has been covered by a variety of media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Forbes.

In addition to serving the university, Sitzmann  currently serves as a scientific advisor for Space Force, providing guidance for creating a more inclusive workforce. Prior to joining the University of Colorado Denver, Sitzmann worked as a consultant for the Department of Defense.


PhD, University of Tulsa

MA, University of Tulsa

BS, Iowa State University

Areas of Expertise

Training and Development


Gender & Wage Allocation

Multilevel Theory and Methods

Select Publications

All publications are available on Google Scholar.


Academy of Management Responsible Research in Management Award, 2021

Academy of Management Learning & Education Decade Award, given to the most highly cited paper published in the last 10 years, 2020

Ethics Fellowship Award, Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, 2018

Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 2018

Researcher of the Year, University of Colorado Denver Business School, 2017 and 2012

Personnel Psychology Best Reviewer Award, 2017

Finalist for the Personnel Psychology Best Article Award, 2015

Finalist for the Academy of Management Human Resource Division’s Scholarly Achievement Award, 2014

Academy of Management Learning and Education Best Article Award, 2010

Scientist Practitioner Award, University of Tulsa, 2005

Consortium of Universities Research Fellowship, 2003-2005

Research Stories

Management Professor Received Prestigious Award for Inequities Exposed Through Her Research, CU Denver Business School Newsroom, July 29, 2021

Personality matters when looking at career satisfaction, CU Denver Business School Newsroom, February 6, 2019

Breaking down barriers for women in the workplace, CU Denver Business School Newsroom, October 25, 2017

The modern workplace: Researching the relationship between beauty and women’s career success, CU Denver Business School Newsroom, August 21, 2017

Business School professor’s study finds video games highly effective training tool, CU Denver Business School Newsroom, October, 20, 2010