Frank J. Minor, Ph. D. 
Industrial/Organizational Psychologist
CEO, Chairman, Career Dimensions Inc.

  Founder, Career Dimensions Inc. (1990) 


Career Dimensions Missions and System Services

Career Dimensions, Inc. was founded  by Dr. Frank J. Minor in 1990. The mission of Career Dimensions is to develop and provide students in colleges, universities and high schools with online computer assisted career and education planning services. Ongoing research is conducted in support of this mission.

Our Computer Based Systems

Our systems are designed to enable students and adults in career transition to explore and make decisions and plans about their career path and education goals based on their personal attributes and strengths.  This means their choices and plans will be compatible with their interests, values, abilities and personality. Our systems also enable them to search for colleges that can provide the major areas of study they wish to pursue and also support their goals.  Summary reports are produced for the individual users and their guidance counselors or advisors. 


Two basic systems are available for to our customers. They are FOCUS 2 for students in College and Universities, and MCP for high school students, teenagers in youth development programs and adults in career transition.

  • FOCUS 2 is designed for use by students enrolled in 2-year and 4-year Colleges and universities. FOCUS-2 is an online program that is available for leasing by colleges Career Service Centers, Admissions Centers, Academic Advising Centers, Freshman First Year Experience Programs and Alumni Associations.
  • MCP (My Career Profile) is designed for use by high schools students (grades 7-12), teenagers enrolled in vocational development programs, and adults in career transition. MCP is an online program that is leased to high schools, government agencies and private organizations that provide career and educational planning services.

Origin of Career Dimensions

Career Dimensions is a byproduct of an IBM project created and directed by Dr. Frank Minor.  In 1967 Frank Minor initiated and launched a project to develop one of the very first computer assisted career and education exploration and planning system used by high school students.  Dr. Minor organized and led a team of nationally prominent psychologists, consisting of Professors Donald E. Super and Roger A. Myers of Columbia University Teachers College and Professor David V. Tiedeman of Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

The project resulted in the development of the IBM Education and Career Exploration system (ECES). ECES was pilot tested in high schools and thoroughly evaluated in numerous research projects. The evaluation results were very favorable and were widely published in professional journals and textbooks authored by Frank Minor, his team members, and independent researchers. The research results were also presented at professional association conferences and workshops sponsored by the American Psychological Association, National Career Development, International Association of Applied Psychology, and the British Psychological Society.

Education: University Degrees Fellowships

University Degrees

B.S., Business Administration, Rutgers University

Ph. D, M.A., Industrial/Organizational Psychology & Statistics, The Ohio State University

University Fellowships: Ohio State University William Green Fellowship Positions

Laboratory of Aviation Psychology:  Conducted research to evaluate US Airforce aircraft flight controls and displays. Research required US Air Force pilots to perform maneuvers using flight simulators under computer control. 

Research Board: Conducted research to investigate team building dynamics.  Evaluated team decision making and productivity  performing under different conditions of resource allocations. 

IBM Positions Held by Frank J. Minor

IBM HQ, Senior Psychologist

IBM Corporation Management Positions (Retired 1987)

  •  IBM Corporation Manage, Human Factors & Engineering Research 
  • IBM USA Systems Development Director, Career & Education Information 
  • IBM Europe Coordinator, Human Resources Information Systems                                 
  • IBM HQ Senior Psychologist


IBM Field Research Projects

  • Mayo Clinic: Medical, Patient Self-Description of symptoms
  • US Air Force: Military Intelligence: Message construction
  • United Nations HQ, Geneva: Human Resource data bases design
  • Boeing Aircraft: Data capture in aircraft manufacturing 
  • Bell Telephone Laboratories: Recorded Speech Intelligibility
  • Science Research Associates: Computer assisted educational curriculum 
  • Columbia University, Teachers College:  Career and education exploration and planning 
  • IBM San Jose Laboratories: Technical trouble shooting diagnostic methods 
  • IBM HRM Research: Employee performance appraisal methods & employee relocation mobility
  • General Motors Mott Foundation & Genesee County, MI Schools: Computer assisted career services

Awards Granted to Frank J. Minor

Belgium Honorary Achievement Award  

The Belgian Honorary Achievement award was presented to Dr. Frank Minor and Professor Donald E. Super at the University of Mons, Belgium in recognition of their achievements and innovations in the fields of Psychology and Education.

IBM Award

Dr. Frank Minor received an IBM awards in recognition of outstanding achievement for the development and launching of The IBM Employee Development Planning System (EDPS) in support of Human Resource Management Programs. EDPS is an interactive computer based system enabling employees to self-initiate an exploration of occupational and educational options that are compatible with their experience and aspirations. Research showed that EDPS increased employee participation in education and training programs that enhanced their professional development and increased their ability to adapt to an organization’s changing business needs.

IBM Award

Dr. Minor received an IBM award for the development of the IBM Education & Career Exploration System. (ECES).  It was a pioneering system that enabled students in high school to explore and make decisions and plans about their career and future education based on their personal qualities.  ECES was one of the very first systems developed and used in the field of career development planning.  The ECES model has been adopted for use throughout the USA, Canada, and Europe.


University and College Professor Positions

University & College Professor Positions

Upon retirement from IBM, Dr. Frank Minor accepted a professorship position with Saint Anselm College and became a fully tenured Associate Professor in the Economics and Business Administration department.  Prior to his retirement from IBM, Frank Minor concurrently held Adjunct Associate Professor positions in the Columbia University Teachers College Graduate School and the Graduate School of Business at Pace University.  Dr. Minor taught courses in Organizational Behavior, Statistics, and Human Resource Management.


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Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH,
Tenured Associate Professor  (Retired), 
Economics & Business Department. 

Columbia University Teachers College, NYC, NY, 
Adjunct Associate Professor
Graduate School of Psychology & Education

Pace University, White Plains, NY,
Adjunct Associate Professor, 
Graduate School of Business 

Professional Affiliations

  • Rutgers University Alumni
  • Ohio State University Graduate School Alumni
  • American Psychological Association
  • National Career Development Association
  • National Association of Colleges and Employers 
  • Society for Human Resource Management

              Community and Social Services

Saint Anselm College, Melia Community Services Center

Since 2009, Frank Minor has partnered with the Saint Anselm College, Melia Community Services Center. Dr. Minor provides Saint Anselm College with the Career Dimensions MCP career and education planning system to support the college’s community youth development programs. The Saint Anselm College Melia Center Director, Dan Forbes, provides the MCP services to refugees enrolled in New Hampshire high schools and teenagers in juvenile detention centers.  Dr. Minor analyzes how the refugees and juvenile offenders use the MCP system in order to identify ways to improve their career and education exploration and planning activities while using the MCP system.  The MCP computer based system enables the users to self-assess their career related interests, values, skills and abilities and personality type. The system then guides the users through a process of discovering and exploring occupations and education programs that are compatible with their assessment results.  MCP then enables them to make decisions about career path preferences, and search for colleges or training institutes that can provide the training needs to achieve their goals.  Frank Minor and the Melia Director, Dan Forbes, have jointly presented the results of their joint effort and advantages of MCP to the Annual conference sponsored by the National Association of Career Development, the National Institutes of Corrections, and the New England Workforce Development Association.


Professional Publications & Speeches
by Frank J. Minor

Publications in Professional Journals & Textbooks

  • Minor, F. J., (1991). Field evaluation of a computer-based career planning system. Journal of Career Development, 18, 111-122.
  • Minor, F. J., (1986) Computer-Applications in Career Development Planning. In D.T. Hall (Ed.) Career Development in Organizations. Jossey-Bass Publications, San Francisco.
  • Minor, F. J., Myers, R. A., & Super, D. E. (1969). An experimental computer based educational and career exploration system. Personnel and Guidance Journal, 47, 564-569.
  • Minor, F. J., (1970). An experimental Educational & Career Exploration System. In D. E. Super (Ed.), Computer Assisted Counseling. New York: Teachers College Press, Columbia University.
  • Minor, F. J., Slade, L. &  Myers, R. A. (1991) Career Transitions in Changing Times. In Morrison, R. F. & Adams, J (Eds) Contemporary Career Development Issues. (109-120)   Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Publishers, Hillsdale, NJ 
  • Minor, F. J., & Slade, L., (1991) Managing Employee Career Transitions. In Jones, J.W., Steffy, B.D. & Bray, D. W. (Eds) Applying Psychology in Business (pp 423-429) Lexington Books Publisher, Lexington, MA
  • Minor, F. J., Myers, R. A., & Super, D. E. (1969). An experimental computer based educational and career exploration system. Personnel and Guidance Journal, 47, 564-569.
  • Super, D. E. & Minor, F. J. (1987) Career Development Planning in Organizations. In B. Bass & P. Drenth (Eds.), Advances in Organizational Psychology, International Review (pp 83-98) Sage Press, Beverly Hills, CA
  • Minor, F.J. (1958) The prediction of turnover of clerical employees, Personnel Psychology, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 393–402
  • Minor, Frank J., Revesman, Stanley L (1961)   Experimental evaluation of binary codes for console display.  Journal of Applied Psychology; Dec 61, Vol. 45 Issue 6, pp 381-386
  • Minor, Frank J.; Revesman, Stanley L., (1962.)  Evaluation of input devices for a data setting task.  Journal of Applied Psychology vol. 46 issue 5 October pp 332-336
  • Miller, Irwin; Minor, Frank J.  (1963) Influence of multiple-choice answer form design on answer-marking performance. Journal of Applied Psychology vol. 47 issue 6 December 1963 pp. 374-379
  • Pepinsky, H., Pepinsky, P. N. , Minor, F. J.,   Revesman, S.R. (1959) Team productivity and contradiction of management policy commitments. Journal of Applied Psychology, Volume 43, issue 4 (August 1959), pp. 264-268

Invited Speeches at Professional Conferences

  • Minor, F. J. (1967) Design Features & Research Results of the Use of a Computer-based Career Planning System.  Key Note speech, Ontario School Counselors National Conference, Toronto, Canada
  • Minor, F. J. (1973) Evaluation Results of a Computer Based Career Exploration System in High Schools in the USA. Paper presented at International Association of Applied Psychology Annual Conference, Brussels, Belgium
  • Minor, F. J. (1990) Effectiveness of a Computer-Based Career Explorations System.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Saint Louis, MO.
  • Minor, F. J., & Myers, R. A. (1986). Computer Applications to Support Employee Development Planning. Workshop and Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association, New York City, NY.
  • Myers, R. A., & Minor, F. J. (1970) Design & Development of a Computer-based Career & Education Exploration System. Paper presented at the International Teleconference on Technology and Career Development Planning, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.
  • Myers, R. A., & Minor, F. J. (1985) Field Evaluation of a Computer-Based System for Employee Development Planning. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society, University of Warwick, Warwick, United Kingdom.
  • Super, D. E., & Minor, F. J. (1969) An experimental computer-based educational and career exploration system (ECES). Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Vocational Guidance Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Super, D. E. & Minor, F. J. (1969) Using Computers in Career Guidance in Secondary Schools in the USA. Paper presented at International Association of Applied Psychology Annual Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Super, D. E. & Minor, F. J. (1970) Computer Applications in Career Guidance. Talk given to the Executive Committee, International Association of Applied Psychology Geneva Switzerland
  • Super, D. E. & Minor, F. J. (1970) Development of Systems for Use in Career Guidance: Paper presented at Cambridge University Conference sponsored by the Career Research Advisory Center, Cambridge, United Kingdom

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