Faculty Profile

Annie Kato

Annie Kato

Assistant Professor of Management

Email: akato@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2243
Office: McKenna Hall 217

Education: BA, Seattle Pacific University, 2009; MS, Baruch College, City University of New York, 2019; PhD, The Graduate Center, City University of New York. At SPU since 2020.

Dr. Annie Kato teaches undergraduate and graduate Human Resources and Leadership courses. Prior to starting at SPU, Annie served as an Adjunct Instructor of Psychology and Teaching Assistant at Baruch College, City University of New York. Annie’s research focuses on issues of diversity, technology, and validity in the context of measuring individual differences for employee selection.

Before joining academia, Annie spent six years at The Boeing Company in a variety of Finance and HR roles. Her experience leading strategic talent initiatives at Boeing fostered her research interests and led her to pursue a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. She also has two years of experience with a human resources management consulting firm.

Annie is happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest after spending seven years on the east coast. She is actively involved with her church and enjoys travel, food, music, the outdoors, and daily life with her husband and two sons.


Dr. Annie Kato Speaking at a Podium

Why I Teach at SPU

Annie Kato, Assistant Professor of Management

"Teaching at SPU is my dream job! My own experience as an SPU undergraduate student introduced me to a Christian theological perspective on work and developed my understanding of how business can serve the common good. It is a joy to be back at SPU exploring these transformational ideas with other learners, whether in a human resources management class or over coffee. I teach at SPU because I want to help inspire and equip the next generation of leaders to build effective and sustainable organizations."