Dr. Cocchiara has vast experience both as an academician and a management practitioner. She currently teaches organizational behavior and organizational diversity courses at the University of Texas Arlington’s College of Business.

Cocchiara was awarded tenure at Arkansas State University, where she also served as the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer. She is a certified human resource professional who served for more than 13 years in a variety of mid-level management positions with Sabre in installation services, marketing, and human resource management. Her research interests include fairness in employment selection, employee performance stereotypes, and sex-based stressors and coping and appears in such outlets as the Journal of Organizational BehaviorOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision ProcessesHuman Resource Management, Academy of Management Learning & Education, and Career Development International. In her latest Human Resource Management publication, Dr. Cocchiara and her colleagues propose that decision-makers will use sociolinguistic cues alone to categorize job applicants then judge their employability based on those categorizations.