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Professor of Management


  • Ph.D., University of Alabama (Industrial Relations/Human Resources Management)
  • M.A., University of Alabama (Human Resources Management
  • MBA, Jacksonville State University (Management)
  • B.S., Jacksonville State University (Accounting & Finance)

Teaching Specialties

  • Human Resources Management
  • Labor Relations & Collective Bargaining
  • Compensation Management
  • Invited lecturer-University of Austria since 2005

Research Interests

  • Organizational commitment
  • Organizational justice
  • Perceptions of Organizational Support and Organizational-Based Self-Esteem
  • Union Commitment and Participation


  • Academy of Management
  • Southern Academy of Management
  • Southwestern Academy of Management
  • Industrial Relations Research Association


Hester is a Professor of Management, and has been at Arkansas State University since receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Alabama in 1997.  Prior to attaining her Ph.D., she worked as Financial Director of a healthcare corporation, Assistant Controller for a manufacturing subsidiary, and with a CPA firm. 

In addition, she taught as an adjunct instructor for management courses at Jacksonville State University.  She has published dozens of scholarly articles, and presented papers at various international, national, and regional conferences.  She has also been an invited guest lecturer at a university outside of Salzburg, Austria for the past three years.