Graduate Students

Claire Abberger Florida Ph.D. Expected 2021

Research Interests

I am currently interested in well-being, meetings at work, leadership, employee attitudes, and organizational effectiveness


What career would you like to pursue after graduation?

After graduation, I'd like to pursue an academic career at a research-oriented university.

What is your academic background?

I have two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Florida, one in Psychology and one in Business Management.

What faculty are you working with and what are you working on with them? (i.e. through your GA)

I am currently working with Dr. Steven Rogelberg on research in the area of multitasking in meetings.

Do you have any practical/business/professional experience? If so, tell me a little about these experiences.

I was a research assistant in three research labs (an I-O psychology lab, a social-cognitive and affective development lab, and a leadership lab) during my undergraduate career. These gave me the opportunity to publish an encyclopedia entry and gain other valuable research experience. I also had an internship at an architecture firm.

What excites you most about starting the Organizational Science program?

I'm excited about how my peers are all studying different topics within organizational science, and I’m excited to learn as much as I can about each area. The interdisciplinary nature of the program allows students to apply different perspectives to their research ideas. I’m excited to have a chance to work with faculty from different fields of study.

What about the program and/or graduate life has been most surprising?

The upperclassmen in this program have been remarkably friendly, helpful, and encouraging. The students and faculty have been very welcoming and supportive.

What do you do for fun?

I like to take my dog to the park and go on hiking adventures. I also love yoga, biking, and painting. I’m from Florida and have a past as a competitive sailor. I enjoy all watersports.

What did you do over the summer?

This summer, I moved to Charlotte early to learn my way around the city, went sailing with my family, and looked for new restaurants and hiking trails in North Carolina.

What is your favorite movie?

The Little Mermaid.

What is your favorite food?

Chocolate anything.

Tell me an interesting fact/trivia about yourself.

During my undergraduate career at the Univeristy of Florida, I fostered 17 animals (13 dogs and four kittens). I love animals! I also collect shark teeth.

What would your recommendations be for prospective students?

It’s helpful to get a dual degree during your undergraduate career. It’s wonderful to have a knowledge base from more than one field when you’re going into your graduate career. Take the GRE early! Touring apartments and moving early helps so much with the adjustment to graduate school.

 

 

Chelsea Beveridge Maryland Ph.D. Expected 2018

Research Interests:

In the past I have completed research on virtual teams, leadership development, assessment centers and trust/trustworthiness. In the future I hope to explore topics such as management, employee training methods, organizational communication, and perceived organizational support.


What career would you like to pursue after graduation?

 

I am interested in pursuing an applied career, most likely in internal consulting.

What are your Academic Background and Major of Study? (i.e. previous undergrad or masters colleges attended)?

Recent graduate of Elon University with majors in Psychology and English Literature

What faculty are you working with and what are you working on with them? (i.e. through your GA)

Will be completing research with Dr. Loril Gossett as well as working as a TA for a research methods course

Do you have any practical/business/professional experience? If so, tell me a little about these experiences.

Last summer and fall I completed an internship at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina. I worked in the innovation and research department studying virtual teams, with Jean Leslie, and leader order of development, with Ellen Van Velsor. During this time, I read literature on both topics, content coded transcripts, created operational definitions for terms, and created a master list of terms, definitions, and variables.

What excites you most about beginning the Organizational Science program?

Beginning the OS program is a new adventure. I am looking forward to working alongside so many talented people, expanding my research lens into this interdisciplinary world and discovering new avenues of interest.

What about the program and/or graduate life has been most surprising?

One surprise so far is that we have so few textbooks to buy- I expected there to be a lot more! The other surprise is how natural it’s felt to be joining the program, which I didn’t expect six months ago.

What are some of your hobbies/interests/ what do you do for fun?

I enjoy reading, writing, watching movies, going hiking and camping, playing with animals, and going to the beach.

What did you do over the Summer?

This summer I am going to Emerald Isle with my family, visiting a lodge in Blue Ridge, Georgia, attending my cousin’s wedding, and spending a lot of time with family and friends.

What is your favorite Movie?

One of my favorite movies is Across the Universe

What is your favorite Food?

Anything Italian.

Tell me an interesting fact/trivia about yourself.

My favorite animal is the alpaca (I have a slight obsession with strange/ awkward animals…)

What would your recommendations be for prospective students?

  Focus on becoming involved in research opportunities through your school, find a trustworthy and invested mentor to help you through the process of applying to graduate school and become familiar with the program (i.e. read articles by professors, look through the program website, ask others’ opinions).  

Robert Bickmeier Ohio Ph.D. Expected 2016

Research Interests:

Broadly, I am interested in quality of life and wellbeing, work-life balance, stress, and occupational health. In an organizational context, my interests skew to the micro-level.


What discipline do you identify with the most?        

Psychology

Do you know what career you would like to pursue after graduation? If so, please tell me about it!           

Research/Applied work (consultant or HR)

What are your Academic Background and Major of Study? (i.e. previous undergrad or masters colleges attended)?      

B. A. in Psychology, Ohio University

What faculty are you working with and what are you working on with them? (i.e. through your GA)    

Dr. Rogelberg-Research on euthanasia workers                                                             

Dr. Beck and Dr. Zellars-Research on teacher resiliency

Do you have any practical/business/professional experience? If so, tell me a little about these experiences.           

I worked as a research assistant and study coordinator at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for several years on various projects investigating depression, stress, social functioning, electronic social technology, and mentoring.

What excites you most about beginning the Organizational Science program?     

Learning! I am looking forward to developing my own research voice.

What about the program and/or graduate life has been most surprising?  

I think the most surprising thing was that there were no surprises; the people in the program have been very transparent about what to expect.

What are some of your hobbies/interests/ what do you do for fun?             

I like to discover new restaurants and foods, listen to live music, cook, watch movies (especially zombie movies), and play games.

What is your favorite Movie?            

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

What is your favorite Food?             

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, and gourmet hamburgers, and peanut butter, but not in the same meal, of course.

Tell me an interesting fact/trivia about yourself.      

I once ate a hamburger so big the server took my picture and had me sign it.

What would your recommendations be for prospective students?   

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Leann Caudill Kentucky Ph.D. Expected 2016

Research Interests:

I am interested in leadership, specifically in the development of leaders, recruitment, work-life balance, and general workplace well-being.


What discipline do you identify with the most?

Industrial-Organizational Psychology

Do you know what career you would like to pursue after graduation? If so, please tell me about it!

At this point, I see myself in a consulting role, specializing in leadership development and talent recognition, and being an adjunct professor.

What are your Academic Background and Major of Study? (i.e. previous undergrad or masters colleges attended)?

B.A. in psychology from the University of Kentucky and M.A. in Industrial-Organizational psychology from Xavier University.

What faculty are you working with and what are you working on with them? (i.e. through your GA)

I have a research assistantship with Dr. Anita Blanchard, working in the Virtual Community Research Lab.

Do you have any practical/business/professional experience? If so, tell me a little about these experiences.

Before attending UNC Charlotte, I had a Talent Management internship with Chiquita Brands International and worked as a full-time psychology research assistant at the University of Kentucky. I also try to stay active in SIOP.

What excites you most about beginning the Organizational Science program?

I can’t wait to become more involved in research and applied projects. UNC Charlotte has so many opportunities for both.

What about the program and/or graduate life has been most surprising?

How fast I acclimated to the program and the University. The professors and returning students have been very welcoming and my cohort quickly hit it off.

What are some of your hobbies/interests/ what do you do for fun?

I like to ride my bike and read books. I also enjoy going to concerts and playing board games and trivia.

What is your favorite Movie?

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Forrest Gump, and Halloween

What is your favorite Food?

Pizza and peaches (but not together)

Tell me an interesting fact/trivia about yourself.

I love to karaoke, but I am an awful singer.

What would your recommendations be for prospective students?

Keep an open mind and be ready to challenge yourself. I am already starting to look at my research interests from a different viewpoint other than psychology. And get an early start on the application process!

Allison Chandler North Carolina Ph.D. Expected 2021

Research Interests:

Work/life balance, Coaching, Working with Chronic Illness, Working Mothers


What discipline do you identify with the most?       

Sociology

What are your Academic Background and Major of Study?

B.S. in Psychology, Appalachian State University

B.A. in Sociology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

M.A. in Sociology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

What faculty are you working with and what are you working on with them?

I am working with Dr. McGonagle examining coaching strategies for employees with chronic illness, as well as the impact chronic illness has on the worker in general.

Do you have any practical/business/professional experience? If so, tell me a little about these experiences.            

I worked as a research assistant at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I have also worked at an inpatient mental health facility and large corporation in Human Resources.

What excites you most about beginning in the Organizational Science program?         

The opportunity to read various perspectives on large issues!

What are some of your hobbies/interests/ what do you do for fun?             

I really enjoy being outdoors, cooking, shopping, and hot yoga.

What is your favorite Movie?                  

Wedding Crashers

What is your favorite Food?                    

Tacos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tell me an interesting fact/trivia about yourself.        

I won a pair of goldfish at the fair when I was little, Cheese and Cracker, and they lived for 14 years. :)

What would your recommendations be for prospective students?   

Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Everyone is really helpful and open to talking about the program!

 

Elizabeth Clayton Alexandria Ph.D. Expected 2020

Research Interests:

Elizabeth's research interests include team and organizational performance. I am primarily interested in how to improve performance in multi-team systems by evaluating inter-team dynamics in order to minimize process loss. Also, I am interested in how to retain, develop and attract a diverse, creative, and skilled workforce. Lastly, I am interested in how work-life balance and organizational support for work-life balance affects job satisfaction, retention rates and, performance.


What faculty are you working with and what are you working on with them?

For the 2016/2016 school year, I will be working with Jaime Bochantin on her current project on work-life  balance.

What excites you most about beginning the Organizational Science program?

I love to every aspect about research. I am excited to be around fellow researchers and hear about their ideas and interests and work with them on projects. Additionally, I believe the interdisciplinary nature of this program will broaden my understanding of how society functions.

What about the program and/or graduate life has been most surprising?

I have been pleasantly surprised as to how driven the program is to create a cohesive atmosphere among the fellow first years.

What are some of your hobbies/interests/ what do you do for fun?

I love to cook, ski, and plan fun activities for my children. I love to walk in the woods and spend a day at the lake with my family.

What did you do over the Summer?

I got my family settled in Charlotte. We have gone to “Food Truck  Friday” in downtown Matthews, the children’s library in Uptown, spent vast amounts of time and the pool, shopped at the Matthews Farmer’s Market, and ran down to my family’s lake in Greenville as much as possible.

What is your favorite Movie?

I do not have one favorite. I do like one movie that no one has ever heard of, Downloading Mona.

What is your favorite Food?

Currently, I love chips and fresh salsa.

Tell me an interesting fact/trivia about yourself.

I tend to store lots of slightly useful information like a file cabinet in my brain. I believe it comes from watching too many documentaries and reading too many articles. The only problem is that people want to know where I learned things and I read and watch too many things to remember where I learned it all.

What would your recommendations be for prospective students?

Be prepared. Learn how to read scholarly articles before you begin the program. Read the first few chapters of the assigned textbooks, become familiar with the terminology, and answer the questions at the end of each chapter.

Daniel Davis North Carolina Ph.D. Expected 2018

Research Interests:

My previous research examines how the individual characteristics of displaced workers – age, education, and job tenure – differ in either new economy or old economy labor markets. Subsequent work will further explicate how, as the U.S. transitions to high-technology and service oriented labor markets, social and economic inequality persist and grow. Another area of research which I plan to pursue is work on the social construction of market categories. Specifically, how the structure of categories and classification systems influences product valuation and organizational performance.  This area of research is uniquely interdisciplinary drawing on work from psychology, sociology, and management. Finally, as an overarching theme, I am interested formally modelling  a wide range of dynamic social processes through mathematical, statistical, and computational methods.


What career would you like to pursue after graduation?
I plan to pursue a career in academia. I am also interested in statistical/quantitative analysis and strategy consulting.

 

What are your Academic Background and Major of Study? (i.e. previous undergrad or masters colleges attended)?
BS Psychology (Summa Cum Laude) – Appalachian State University
MA Sociology – University of North Carolina at Charlotte
 
What faculty are you working with and what are you working on with them? (i.e. through your GA)
I will be working with Wei Zhao.
 
What excites you most about beginning the Organizational Science program?
I am excited to begin work on new areas of research.
 
What about the program and/or graduate life has been most surprising?
The ease of transition to become a part of the program.
 
What are some of your hobbies/interests/ what do you do for fun?
I like to run, play guitar (unfortunately not very well), collect fossils, and spend time with family.
 
What did you do over the Summer?
I worked as a GA in the College of Computing and Informatics at UNCC, spent a great deal of time at the beach, and read many research articles.
 
What is your favorite Movie?
I do not have one.
 
What is your favorite Food?
Seafood
 
Tell me an interesting fact/trivia about yourself.
I spent some of the summer finding and collecting fossils of various marine fauna of the upper Cretaceous.
 
What would your recommendations be for prospective students?
I recommend that all students begin to explore and identify their research interests early and to not falter when doubts and challenges arise during your investigation of their topic. It is through overcoming these obstacles that real progress is made.

Krista Engemann New York Ph.D. Expected 2018

Research Interests:

I am interested in the sociological and cultural factors that impact productivity in a globalized workplace.


What career would you like to pursue after graduation?
I see myself striking a balance between practice and academics

What are your Academic Background and Major of Study? (i.e. previous undergrad or masters colleges attended)?
I earned a BA from Georgetown University with majors in German and Psychology and a minor in Economics. I also hold an MBA in Management and International Business from Iona College.
 
What faculty are you working with and what are you working on with them? (i.e. through your GA)
I am working with Dr. Kellermanns in the Belk College of Business, and with Dr. Hall-Hertel in the Center for Graduate Life.
 
Do you have any practical/business/professional experience? If so, tell me a little about these experiences.
During my graduate business studies, I worked as a Graduate Assistant to the Dean and Associate Dean of the graduate business school. In that time, I reviewed for and published in such academic journals as the International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management, Benchmarking: An International Journal, and the International Journal of Technology, Policy, and Management. I also headed the business school’s efforts to maintain the intellectual contributions and citations of its faculty in support of continued AACSB accreditation.
 
What excites you most about beginning the Organizational Science program?
I am most looking forward to immersing myself in the interdisciplinary approach of the program. I am also excited to see how my interests develop under the influences of coursework, faculty, and fellow students.
 
What about the program and/or graduate life has been most surprising?
I am pleasantly surprised by the palpable camaraderie and support among faculty and students. 
 
What are some of your hobbies/interests/what do you do for fun?
I enjoy listening to new music—my brother is usually my go-to source for new genres and artists. I also enjoy spending time with my family and dogs, Schatze and Cleo.
 
What did you do over the Summer?
I earned my MBA, took up Krav Maga, and performed with my dad’s rock n’ soul band, U-GUYS.
 
What is your favorite Movie?
Mrs. Doubtfire
 
What is your favorite Food?
Salt and vinegar kettle chips
 
Tell me an interesting fact/trivia about yourself.
I studied choral music in a small chamber ensemble for several years at Georgetown. While there were many performances of challenging works for notable audiences and events, the most memorable remains the one that never was: a scheduled performance for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was cancelled, due to His Holiness’ decision to leave the papacy a mere week before my arrival in Vatican City. This untimely news nonetheless made for an exciting, unforgettable experience abroad!

What would your recommendations be for prospective students?
Always look to demonstrate what you know or what you can do, rather than dwell on what you do not know or what you cannot do.
 

Brittany Ernst Massachusetts Ph.D. Expected 2021

Research Interests:

At the moment, my research interests are centered around how employees interact with technology in organizations. I am interested in how employees use technology to communicate with one another, the perception of technology in the workplace, and also how organizations collect and analyze information from their employees’ behavior with new technologies, such as fitness tracking devices. I’m sure this will all change over the next few months, but it is at least a starting point for me right now.


What career would you like to pursue after graduation?

I am leaning toward an applied career; I would love to work as an internal consultant for a large company where I can do organizational research in a practical setting.

What are your Academic Background and Major of Study? (i.e. previous undergrad or masters colleges attended)?

I received my undergrad in Psychological Science with a minor in Business.

What faculty are you working with and what are you working on with them? (i.e. through your GA)

I will be working with Dr. Anita Blanchard, and we will be studying virtual communities.

What excites you most about beginning the Organizational Science program?

I think the most exciting thing for me is being able to devote all of my time to school and academic activities. In the past I have always split my time between sports, work, school, and other commitments, but I am very excited to really specialize in a certain area and focus all of my attention on learning as many new things as I can about the field.

What about the program and/or graduate life has been most surprising?

Although I only started the program a week ago, I think what has been most surprising is how different everyone’s (both faculty and students) interests are. It is incredible how each person is interested in such a unique topic, while still falling under the umbrella of Organizational Science.

What are some of your hobbies/interests/ what do you do for fun?

I really like to play sports and be active whenever I can. My favorites are volleyball, softball, running, and yoga. I also love trivia, so I enjoy watching TV shows like Jeopardy and listening to trivia show podcasts.

What did you do over the summer?

This summer I worked as an intern for a small management consulting company and as a server at Chili’s. I tried to get back into running, and went to a lot of group fitness classes. I also attempted to learn some Spanish by listening to CDs in the car.

 What is your favorite movie?

I don’t think I have one, I am not a big movie person.

What is your favorite food?

Right now, avocados. But in general, Mexican food.

Tell me an interesting fact/trivia about yourself.

This year I grew my own vegetables in my backyard in Connecticut, and brought them to North Carolina with me when I moved. Somehow they survived and are still growing!

What would your recommendations be for prospective students?

I would recommend studying for a long time (months) before taking the GREs and taking a full practice test before the real thing so you don’t have to pay to take it twice! Also, I would recommend visiting apartments in person before deciding on one to move into for graduate school. 

Kelcie Grenier Massachusetts Ph.D. Expected 2021

What are your Research Interests?

I am interested in the stigmatization of certain populations (such as those with mental health conditions) from both an internal and external perspective, and how that stigma affects the workplace. I also appreciate Carol Dweck’s fixed and growth mindset research and hope to eventually incorporate that into a project or two!


What excites you most about beginning the Organizational Science program?

I adore the interdisciplinary approach this program takes, so I look forward to continuing classes and becoming involved in research with those outside my primary discipline.

What are some of your hobbies/interests/ what do you do for fun?

I absolutely love cooking, and as can probably be expected, I also love eating (not just my own food, but also exploring new foods and restaurants). When I’m not eating, I’m usually reading, crafting (knitting, sewing, etc.), or playing with my dog.

What did you do over the summer?

I moved down to Charlotte early to start to explore the area (and enjoy southern food!). I also finished up some research projects I had been involved in during my time at Smith.

What is your favorite movie?

I don’t watch a lot of movies, so I’m more partial to genres: dark/satirical comedies and admittedly, cringey B-rated horrors.

What is your favorite Food?

I love Mediterranean food—especially Greek and Lebanese foods.

Tell me an interesting fact/trivia about yourself.

I am a licensed vehicle inspection technician in my home state (although I believe it needs to be renewed by now!).

What would your recommendations be for prospective students?

First, I would recommend getting the GRE done early enough to do it twice if needed. If you’re applying to graduate programs while still an undergraduate, the GRE can really be a burden if it interferes with your midterms! Second, if possible find a mentor to give objective, critical feedback, not only for your personal statement, but for the application process as a whole (especially if you need to send in writing samples, etc.).

Courtney Guler St. Petersburg Ph.D. Expected 2020

Research Interests:

Courtney is interested in the antecedents of a good leader and leadership development.  I’m also interested in how positive leadership qualities differ by organization type.


What faculty are you working with and what are you working on with them?

I am working with Dr. George Banks on a meta-analysis of Charismatic Leadership.

What excites you most about beginning the Organizational Science program?

I am very excited to begin a program with an interdisciplinary model.Education and experience in the four disciplines will allow me to be a more proficient organizational scholar.

What about the program and/or graduate life has been most surprising?

The overwhelming sense of community that is present among all members of the program.I expected to feel comradery with my first-year cohort mates, but I did not expect the sense of belonging and acceptance that I feel with more established students in the program and faculty members.

What are some of your hobbies/interests/ what do you do for fun?

I love baking, movies, and live music.

What did you do over the summer?

I traveled to Cape Town, South Africa.

What is your favorite movie?

The Royal Tenenbaums

What is your favorite food?

Pizza

Tell me an interesting fact/trivia about yourself.

I can sing and dance!  I used to perform in a touring musical and different theatre groups.

What would your recommendations be for prospective students?

I discovered this program while searching for I/O psychology graduate programs as a psychology undergraduate.  I advise prospective students in a similar situation (no matter the discipline) to be open and curious about the interdisciplinary nature of this program.  It has become my favorite part about the program and I am thankful that I pursued this opportunity

Travis Jones North Carolina Ph.D. Expected 2018

Research Interests:

I am interested in cultural approaches to issues related to diversity and inclusion, marketing strategy, and cross-cultural communication. I want to explore the ways cultural symbols are created, change, and can be used for good within organizations.


What career would you like to pursue after graduation?
Although flexible, I am focused on continuing my work as a writer and consultant. I would love to take the work I produce in this program and use it as catalyst for starting my own practice someday. I hope to create enough freedom in my career to continue teaching in the classroom part-time as well.

What are your academic background and major of study? (i.e. previous undergrad or masters colleges attended)?
I have a BA in Philosophy and a MA in Sociology from UNCC.

What faculty are you working with and what are you working on with them? (i.e. through your GA)
I hope to work with Dr. Shawn Long on research related to diversity issues in organizations.

 

Do you have any practical/business/professional experience? If so, tell me a little about these experiences.
I spent several years as a sales representative with Verizon Wireless, before leaving to teach Sociology full time at Stanly Community College. After 3 years as a college instructor, I left to work as a diversity and inclusion consultant for The Winters Group Inc.
 
What excites you most about beginning the Organizational Science program?
I have always wanted to marry my passion for research with practical issues that would be useful to organizations. I feel like I have found the perfect home. I can’t wait to be around the other faculty and students who share similar interests.
 
What about the program and/or graduate life has been most surprising?
I haven’t officially started, but already this summer the communication from Dr. Rogelberg and the support of the faculty have been amazing.
 
What are some of your hobbies/interests/ what do you do for fun?
I love to travel—any chance I get.  I also love to play basketball, go out with friends, and sit on the couch tweeting way more than I should.
 
What did you do over the summer?
I went on a cross-country train trip out West for the 1st time. I also spent time in Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama.
 
What is your favorite movie?
Bourne Identity
 
What is your favorite food?
Street meat of any kind
 
Tell me an interesting fact/trivia about yourself.
I’ve been to 30 countries
 
What would your recommendations be for prospective students?
One, Find research that you are passionate about. When its personally meaningful to you, it will show up in your work and carry you through the long days. Two, work-life balance is vital. You can’t let your research consume you.

Melissa Medaugh Charleston Ph.D. Expected 2018

Research Interests:

As a second-year student in the Organizational Science program, I enthusiastically take a transdisciplinary approach to talent and organizational development research. I fully embrace opportunities to collaborate across disciplines and with business partners who value fresh approaches to understanding and positively affecting today's workplace. I pursue topics relevant to today's organizations that foster connections between research, practice, and pedagogy. My primary interests include:

Creativity & Innovation
- innovation-driven enterprises
- entrepreneurial creativity
- creative work groups
- creative talent development

Change Management
- strategic change management
- sensemaking and sensegiving
- organizational identity

I also have strong interests in related areas of social entrepreneurship, collaboration, motivation, and organizational culture. I plan to pursue a tenure-track academic position in entrepreneurship at a research-intensive university after completing my training at UNC Charlotte.

Beyond my individual research endeavors, I'm involved in multiple group projects. I'm currently collaborating on projects to examine how Facebook affects workplace relationships; how tomorrow's businesses benefit when research and business principles are presented as natural partners in the classroom; and how people in high emotion labor occupations benefit from virtual professional communities (V.I.C.E. Research Group).

Connect with me: LinkedIn | Twitter | Academia.edu


What career would you like to pursue after graduation?

Ideally, I’ll have the opportunity to bring my interdisciplinary edge to management research and practice, sharing scholarship as both professor and consultant.

What are your academic background and major of study? (i.e. previous undergrad or masters colleges attended)?

I earned a B.A.  in Communication Studies – Organizational Communications at UNC Charlotte. However, my diverse academic experiences have also included the study of management, entrepreneurship, psychology, and political science.

What faculty are you working with and what are you working on with them? (i.e. through your GA)

I’m currently working with Dr. Anita Blanchard on a professional virtual community project, as well as with Dr. Blanchard and Dr. Cliff Scott on an exploratory study of Facebook in the workplace. As a research assistant, I’ll be working with Dr. Tammy Beck, who is studying religiosity in the workplace and other management-related phenomena.

Do you have any practical/business/professional experience? If so, tell me a little about these experiences.

I’ve had many professional experiences that will enrich my academic study. I’ve managed multiple employees, owned a consulting business and a direct sales business, and worked in a doctor’s office juggling patient care and finances.

What excites you most about beginning the Organizational Science program?

Most importantly, I’m thrilled to be in the company of other “thinkers.” I’m also excited to learn how to better use research tools to explore my ever-expanding interests, work with talented professors and investigate their passions, increase and enhance the resources in my knowledge reservoir, and enjoy the evolution of myself as a future scholar.

What about the program and/or graduate life has been most surprising?

I appreciate the supportive, collegial OS environment that contrasts with other hypercompetitive doctoral programs.

What are some of your hobbies/interests/ what do you do for fun?

I love being outdoors: catching rays by the ocean,  rock climbing, backpacking, hiking,   or biking. I enjoy "health-i-fying" my favorite eats to fit my diet lifestyle and growing my own organic fruits, veggies, and herbs. I try to play sand volleyball at least once a week and take in a session of power yoga or high intensity Zumba. My favorite card game is Pinochle, and I'm merciless at Monopoly!

What did you do over the summer?

I visited the ocean, mountains, family and friends, while attempting to follow the sound advice of advisors to “relax.” Yet, I felt compelled to analyze data for an ongoing project in preparation for conference, develop a new research proposal, and brush up on never-applied statistics knowledge.

What is your favorite movie?

I say it’s a toss-up between Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and The Freedom Writers.

What is your favorite food?

Lemon pesto salmon, caprese salad, and most anything Italian

Tell me an interesting fact/trivia about yourself.

My French teacher in high school once told me that, with my pronunciation, I could become a great spy.

What would your recommendations be for prospective students?

Do your research and think long-term. Interdisciplinary research is the future of scholarship. Get on the bandwagon now to stay ahead of the curve!
 

Miles Moffit California Ph.D. Expected 2019

Research Interests:

Implicit and explicit attitudes are the approaches we use, either involuntarily or voluntarily—respectively—to interpret and interact with the world and individuals around us. My primary research interests are in identifying these attitudes, where they come from, and how they can be impacted to improve an individual’s fit and performance within their organization. I am particularly interested in applying my findings to selection and feedback practices, as well as to novel research in psychometrics.


What career would you like to pursue after graduation?
I am so grateful to be a part of a program that is plainly open to both academic and applied tracks. Though I entered the program leaning applied, I am now much more strongly leaning toward academics. I am greatly looking forward to the opportunity to connect with and mentor students.

What are your academic background and major of study? (i.e. previous undergrad or masters colleges attended)?
I have two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Georgia, the more recent in Psychology and one in Journalism from 2006, with a Minor in English. I also have an Associate’s degree in Arts from Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia (2004).

What faculty are you working with and what are you working on with them? (i.e. through your GA)
I am currently working with Dr. Steven Rogelberg and a great team of students on research in the area of self-talk. Self-talk is one of three empirically notable ways in which individuals steer their own thoughts and explicit attitudes (Manz & Neck, 1999). Our current project aims to create a novel measurement technique for four different dimensions of self-talk. As of this writing, we are still in the early stages of coding and analyzing our data.

Do you have any practical/business/professional experience? If so, tell me a little about these experiences.
I have five years of management experience, all of which were with GameStop. The latter three were spent as a Store/Unit Manager. Though it has been a few years, I remain grateful for the opportunity to have opened and maintained a location for a Fortune 500 company. I owe a broader perspective on leadership, selection and training, as well as on interpersonal accountability, to my experience with that company, and would encourage every college student to pursue similar opportunities early in life.

What excites you most about beginning the Organizational Science program?
I/O Psychology is already one of the fastest growing and most critically relevant fields in modern research, and I was excited about that even before being invited to visit UNCC. The interdisciplinary nature of this program allows my peers and me to take important questions in I/O to veteran scholars and fellow students in Management, Communications, and Sociology. From them, we can learn and apply entirely different perspectives that none of our fields could have cultivated on their own.

What about the program and/or graduate life has been most surprising?
So far, it’s been the friendliness and encouragement. One expects graduate work to be challenging and rigorous, but accompanying that, one might be tempted to expect an atmosphere of weariness or humorlessness, and I have found neither. It has to be a very pleasant surprise for any student to be welcomed into the most intense chapters of their academic careers with the warmth and camaraderie this program possesses.

What are some of your hobbies/interests/ what do you do for fun?
My biggest social hobby is ballroom dancing, in which I got an empowering start from the vibrant and thriving dance community at UGA (especially the BPG and BDC). For myself alone, or when home with friends, I enjoy the challenge of strategy games from classic chess to the more complex and modern digital alternatives. I am also becoming more and more of a reader as the months go by.

What is your favorite movie?
You can never have just one favorite movie across all genres. Gladiator is my hands-down favorite of all time, as well as favorite drama. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is my favorite fantasy work, with a close grapple between Liar Liar and the original Home Alone for my favorite comedy.

What is your favorite food?
I am a sucker for excellent sushi. And good hot wings.

Tell me an interesting fact/trivia about yourself.
I am an author of two published fantasy books under the name Miles McClellan. They are the first and second installments in a continuing series, written in a universe which I first conceived a little over ten years ago. If for no other reason than simple therapy, I hope to pen a simpler—separate, but interwoven—tale during some of my time at UNC Charlotte.

What would your recommendations be for prospective students?
Get lots of good research experience as early as you can, while still an undergraduate. Develop an idea of what you want to do, but don’t become too set on your research interests. Keep an open mind to other perspectives; not only those of your peers and other areas of research, but of entire disciplines as well. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the schools that impress you, including specific professors. Learn as much as you can about the students and professors you aspire to work with before you apply to work with them, and you’ll be that much more prepared to make a really good decision.

Jessie Olien Oregon Ph.D. Expected 2015

Roxanne Ross Colorado Ph.D. Expected 2021

Research Interests

Presently, I am studying how the peer review process may encourage questionable research practices. Generally, I’m also interested in studying research methods and leadership.


What excites you most about beginning the Organizational Science program?

The culture at the Organization Science program is great for students at all levels. Especially as a first year, faculty encourage exploration of research topics and career options.

What are some of your hobbies/interests/ what do you do for fun?

Free time can be hard to come by in graduate school. But when I do have time I enjoy going to the climbing gym or reading science fiction.

What did you do over the summer?

I relaxed before going to graduate school by road tripping through New Zealand among a few other places. Highly recommend it! Traveling can be a good way to open your mind. I’ve found that to be beneficial in my graduate studies so far.  

What is your favorite Movie?

The Blues Brothers

What is your favorite food?

Sushi, massaman, pho….

Tell me an interesting fact/trivia about yourself.

I sometimes get hiccups that last for many days. They sound really weird too. It’s quite the production.

What would your recommendations be for prospective students?

Enjoy your summer. Be open to new experiences and having your opinion changed. Cultivate topics that make you excited both inside and outside of your studies!

 

David Scheaf Ohio Ph.D. Expected 2018

Research Interests:

David’s research interests revolve around topics of perception, judgement, and decision-making during the entrepreneurship process. Specific areas of interest include entrepreneurial theory, entrepreneurial judgement, and opportunity evaluation.


What discipline do you identify with the most?

Management

Do you know what career you would like to pursue after graduation? If so, please tell me about it!

I am pursuing a career in academia

What are your Academic Background and Major of Study? (i.e. previous undergrad or masters colleges attended)?

I attended Queens University of Charlotte and received a B.A. in Psychology. My area of focus was cognitive psychology. 

What faculty are you working with and what are you working on with them? (i.e. through your GA)

Justin Webb- Entrepreneurship research

Eric Heggestad- Psychometrics and Scale Development

Do you have any practical/business/professional experience? If so, tell me a little about these experiences.

Before graduate school, I worked for Apple as a Specialist and a member of the Business Team.

What excites you most about beginning the Organizational Science program?

I get excited about building and testing theory. 

What about the program and/or graduate life has been most surprising?

The most surprising aspect of the program thus far has been the transformation from disciplinary, single perspective thinking to incorporating multiple perspectives. Applying multiple perspectives allows for bolstering theoretical arguments as well as highlighting the disadvantages of theoretical arguments and empirical designs. 

What are some of your hobbies/interests/ what do you do for fun?

I like to read. I am also an avid Fantasy Football fan, and have designed my own long-term contract fantasy football league for me and my friends.

What is your favorite Movie?

Top Five: Moneyball, Dark Knight, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Good Will Hunting, Fantastic Mr. Fox

What is your favorite Food?

Krazy Fish, Seafood Diavolo; Midwood Smokehouse, Ribs

Tell me an interesting fact/trivia about yourself.

I eat, roughly, the same meals each week.

What would your recommendations be for prospective students?

Don’t be afraid of the unknown.  Allow yourself to explore your interests.  It’s ok not know exactly what you want to do or have a 20 year plan, it will be ok.  Study, work hard, and apply yourself. 

Sabrina Speights Virginia Ph.D. Expected 2017

Research Interests:

Motivation, satisfaction, effect of social class on work outcomes


What career would you like to pursue after graduation?

Undecided

What are your Academic Background and Major of Study? (i.e. previous undergrad or masters colleges attended)?

BA in Psychology from George Mason University

What faculty are you working with and what are you working on with them? (i.e. through your GA)

Beth Rubin

Do you have any practical/business/professional experience? If so, tell me a little about these experiences.

No experience to date

What excites you most about beginning the Organizational Science program?

Developing knowledge in all the subdisciplines to combine into new ideas

What about the program and/or graduate life has been most surprising?

I was most surprised by the genuine helpfulness of everyone in the department (faculty, students, and staff) 

Tell me an interesting fact/trivia about yourself.

I spent 4 weeks in Argentina

What would your recommendations be for prospective students?

Come with a completely open mind and expect (and be co mfortable) with your interests changing

Aly Stetyick Pennsylvania Ph.D. Expected 2021

Research Interests

  • First Responders
  • Police-Community Relationships
  • Effects of Organizational Structuring/Restructuring
  • Employee Retention
  • Emotional Exhaustion in the Workplace

What career would you like to pursue after graduation?

After graduation, I'd like to pursue an applied career in consultancy with a focus on human resource management. I'm also open to teaching as an adjunct or associate professor in addition to applied work. 

What is your academic background?

I obtained a BA in Organizational Development through the Interdisciplinary Studies program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in May of 2016. I designed my major, pulling courses from Economics, Psychology, and Management, and completing my undergraduate career with a Capstone Project on retention rates among Associate Auditors in the Big Four public accountancy firms. 

What faculty are you working with and what are you working on with them? (i.e. through your GA)

Right now, I am working with Dr. Cliff Scott on issues surrounding first responders. We are also in the process of establishing a lab focused on extreme teams with Dr. Jaime Bochantin and some other faculty. 

Do you have any practical/business/professional experience? If so, tell me a little about these experiences.

I do. I served for three years as a Resident Assistant, including a year as a Lead RA, which included a decent amount of psychology- and management-related experiences. I've also worked as an Executive Management Intern for Kohl's, and as a Business Development Intern for Social Solutions. 

What excites you most about starting the Organizational Science program?

I'm excited to learn and grow with my peers, and to form close connections with faculty members studying topics included in my research interests.

What about the program and/or graduate life has been most surprising?

The sheer amount of reading has been stunning, but it's almost all very interesting material. The program itself has been very pleasantly surprising - the faculty and upperclassmen are all genuinely interested in your wellbeing and development as a professional. 

What do you do for fun?

I spend a lot of time with my pets (and other people's pets...). I love being outside, hiking, swimming, and exploring new places. I paint and draw, check out the farmer's markets, and try to learn new things when I can, since the past few years left me too busy to pursue many hobbies. 

Right now, I'm rereading the Harry Potter series. 

What did you do over the summer?

This summer, I spent a lot of time preparing for the move, swimming, going to the beach, and vacationing with my family. 

What is your favorite movie?

That's a tough one. Some of them are Office Space, Pulp Fiction, and Spirited Away.

What is your favorite food?

Penne ala Vodka with chicken. 

Tell me an interesting fact/trivia about yourself.

I volunteered at a shelter in Baltimore whose intake was 99% pitbulls. I helped run playgroups with 3-10 of them at a time! So much fun.

What would your recommendations be for prospective students?

Definitely take into account the huge value added of an interdisciplinary education. It's hard to find something this applicable to today's job climate anywhere else!

Nicole Thurmond Georgia Ph.D. Expected 2018

Research Interests

I am interested in psychological measurement, especially as it employee selection and leadership positions. I am also interested in investigating organizational structure as a whole.


What career would you like to pursue after graduation?

Originally, I wanted to pursue academics but after interning at a consulting firm I am indecisive. Ask me again in a year or two!

What are your Academic Background and Major of Study? (i.e. previous undergrad or masters colleges attended)?

I graduated from The University of Georgia with a B.S. in Psychology in 2011.

What faculty are you working with and what are you working on with them? (i.e. through your GA)

I will be doing research with Dr. Enrica Ruggs t as well as working as a TA for an undergraduate research methods course

Do you have any practical/business/professional experience? If so, tell me a little about these experiences.

Last year I interned at a consulting firm, Sperduto & Associates,  in Atlanta where I performed data analysis and put together survey reports. As an undergraduate I also conducted research on personality and leadership.

What excites you most about beginning the Organizational Science program?

I am looking forward to seeing my interests through an interdisciplinary approach as well as developing new interests of my own.

What about the program and/or graduate life has been most surprising?

How helpful and friendly everyone has been. I was also surprised about the large number of faculty involved in the program.

What are some of your hobbies/interests/ what do you do for fun?

I enjoy running and hiking and I  love to go to the beach. I really enjoy trivia, although I am terrible. I also enjoy playing with my cats.        

What did you do over the Summer?

I continued working as a cognitive skills trainer throughout June and then took a refreshing three week vacation in Destin, FL.

What is your favorite Food?

Pretty much any kind of bread.

Tell me an interesting fact/trivia about yourself.

I have a twin brother.

What would your recommendations be for prospective students?

Stay on top of your applications and stay organized!
 

Allison Toth Massachusetts Ph.D. Expected 2020

What is your full name?

Allison Toth

What is your hometown?

Hopkinton, Massachusetts

What is your expected date of graduation?

2020

Please give me a few sentences regarding your research interests.

I am interested in social skills in the workplace, emotion regulation, and how organizational cultures are created, maintained, and changed over time.

What are some of your hobbies/interests/ what do you do for fun?

I love to cook, read, and workout. I also love checking out everything that Charlotte has to offer!

What is your favorite movie?

That’s a tough one. Toss-up between Stepbrothers, Legally Blonde, and Guardians of the Galaxy

What is your favorite food?

Carbs.

Tell me an interesting fact/trivia about yourself.

I lived in Salamanca, Spain for six months and am fluent in Spanish

What would your recommendations be for prospective students?

Be willing to push yourself and try new things. If you’re uncomfortable, then you’re on the right track.  

Lea Williams Virginia Ph.D. Expected 2018

Research Interests:

At this point I am really trying to keep an open mind and not limit myself.  With that said, I find myself drawn to teams, occupational safety, and assessment.


What career would you like to pursue after graduation?

I would say I currently lean about 70% practice with 30% of me wanting to explore academics.  I can see myself doing internal consulting in a smaller shop, but I also do not want to rule out academics!

What are your Academic Background and Major of Study? (i.e. previous undergrad or masters colleges attended)?

I graduated from Davidson College in May of 2013 with a BS in Psychology.

What faculty are you working with and what are you working on with them? (i.e. through your GA)

My first GA assignments are with Drs. Rogelberg and Scott, and I’m very excited to get started with them!

Do you have any practical/business/professional experience? If so, tell me a little about these experiences.

My biggest piece of practical experience comes from my internship at Ingersoll Rand during my time at Davidson.  I worked in Talent Management under the Industrial Technologies umbrella for about six months and learned a ton about 360 feedback, interviewing, and tracking talent analytics.  

What excites you most about beginning the Organizational Science program?

What a tough question…right now, as I am anticipating starting the program, everything excites me!  I think what excites me the most, though, is being able to really take advantage of the interdisciplinary nature of the program which will allow me to get my feet wet in many different areas.  I’m also looking forward to moving to downtown Charlotte.

What about the program and/or graduate life has been most surprising?

What has been most pleasant surprise so far is how inclusive the program has already been.  From day one we have been getting emails about great opportunities, I have heard from my student mentor, and overall I just really feel like everyone is embracing our cohort already.  

What are some of your hobbies/interests/ what do you do for fun?

Eating and cooking…my brother is training to be a chef and my Dad is a fabulous cook, so I guess it’s in my genes.  I also LOVE animals, and can’t wait to get a dog.  

What did you do over the Summer?

Talk about a lazy summer—for the past few months I have been living with my parents in Hilton Head, SC while being a part time nanny…living has been pretty easy.  

What is your favorite Movie?

Wedding Crashers, Anchorman, or The Hangover…think this answer speaks to my type of humor.  
 
What is your favorite Food?

I spent a semester in Rome…so good Italian food is certainly my weakness.  
 
Tell me an interesting fact/trivia about yourself.
 
My family is currently sponsoring a guide dog puppy named “Olive” who will hopefully become a certified seeing eye dog next year!
 
What would your recommendations be for prospective students?
 
Take the GRE as soon as you realize you might be interested in applying for grad school—it can get very stressful to take it at the last minute, and the scores stay good for five years, so there’s no reason not to take it early.