J. Bret Becton, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Operations and Accreditation
Associate Professor of Management

J. Bret Becton, Ph.D. currenty serves as the Associate Dean for Operations and Accreditation and an Associate Professor of Management in the College of Business at Southern Miss. He received a B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, a M.A. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Tulsa, and a Ph.D. in Management from Auburn University. As Associate Dean for Operations and Accreditation, Dr. Becton provides leadership for the faculty management, budgeting, and accreditation for the College of Business. In this role, Dr. Becton participates in the college’s strategic planning, collaborates with department chairs to accomplish the action initiatives for strategic progress, ensures adherence to USM and Department policies, procedures and regulations, helps lead the faculty, staff, and students of the college in implementing the mission and vision commensurate with the vision of USM, and represents the college at the university level and coordinates with other divisions in the absence of the Dean. 

Since coming to Southern Miss in 2008, Dr. Becton has taught courses in human resource management, organizational behavior, and leadership. His research interests revolve around employee recruitment and staffing, employee turnover, organizational citizenship behavior and counterproductive work behavior and his research has been published in Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Corporate Governance: An International Review, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and Journal of Management & Organization. 

Prior to joining academia, Dr. Becton served as a consultant for numerous private and public sector organizations such as the San Antonio Police Department, Denver Police Department, Alabama Department of Transportation, Alabama Department of Environmental Quality, Office of Governor of the State of Alabama, Alagasco, Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, Johnson Controls World Services Inc., Mississippi Valley Gas Company, Newsprint South Inc., Smith and Nephew, and Southern Natural Gas.

Selected Publications

Becton, J.B., Walker, H.J., & Jones-Farmer, A. (2014). Generational Differences in Workplace Behaviors. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Becton, J.B., Matthews, M.C., Hartely, D.L., & Whitaker, L.D. (2012). Biodata as a Predictor of Errors, Tardiness, Policy Violations, Overall Job Performance, and Turnover among U.S. Nurses. Journal of Management & Organization, 18(5), 714-727. 

Frankforter, S.A., Becton, J.B., Stanwick, P.A., & Coleman, C. (2012). Backdated stock options and boards of directors: An examination of committees, structure, and process. Corporate Governance: An International Review, 20(6), 562-574. 

Walker, H.J., Feild, H.S., Bernerth, J. & Becton, J.B. (2012). Personality and Applicant Web Behavior on Recruiting Web Sites. Journal of Applied Psychology, 97, 214-224. 

Becton, J.B., Carr, J., & Judge, T.A. (2011). Is the Past Prologue for Some More than Others?: The Hobo Syndrome and Job Complexity. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 79, pp. 448-460. 

Becton, J.B. & Feild, H.S. (2009). Cultural Differences in Organizational Citizenship Behaviors: A Comparison of Chinese and American Workers. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 20(4), 792-810. 

Becton, J.B., Matthews, M.C., Hartley, D.L., & Whitaker, D.H. (2009). Using Biodata to Predict Turnover, Organizational Commitment, & Job Performance in the Healthcare Industry. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, 17(2), 189-202. 

Becton, J.B., Feild, H.S., Giles, W.F., & Jones-Farmer, A. (2008). Racial Differences in Promotion Candidate Performance and Reactions to Selection Procedures: A Field Study in a Diverse Top-Management Context. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 29, 265-286.

Becton, J.B., Giles, W.F., & Schraeder, M.S. (2008). Evaluating and Rewarding OCBs: Potential Effects of Incorporating Organizational Citizenship Behavior in Performance Appraisal Systems. Employee Relations, 30 (5), 494-514. 

Becton, J.B., & Schraeder, M. (2004). Participant Input Into Rater Selection: Effects On The Quality And Acceptance of 360o Feedback Ratings. Public Personnel Management, 33, 23-32.

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Academy of Management
  • Southern Management Association

Awards &  Honors

  • Dr. Joseph A. Greene Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Business, University of Southern Mississippi (2012-2013)
  • Business Advisory Council Faculty Research Scholar, University of Southern Mississippi (2010-2011; 2011-2012; 2012-2013; 2013-2014)
  • Governor’s Award for Distinguished Service to the State of Alabama, Governor Bob Riley, Montgomery, Alabama (2004)