2015 - Present
Name: Bryan Ruppert, PhD.
PhD, University of Birmingham (UK)
BA, Politics, University of Washington
Bryan Ruppert has a PhD in discourse analysis and teaches communication in the Albers School. His primary research interest is in the roles of language in creating contexts and in building relationships. His most recent publications are in Business Communication Quarterly and the Journal of the Academy of Business Education. In addition to teaching, Dr. Ruppert also works with local businesses to help them become more aware of communication behaviors and to maximize their communication effectiveness.
Dr. Ruppert is the faculty advisor for Alpha Kappa Psi, Men's Club Soccer, and Toastmasters. Before starting his PhD, he was a political lobbyist in London, where he was responsible for writing briefing papers and building relationships with audiences that were potentially hostile to proposed legislation.
2013 - 2015
Name: Colette Hoption, PhD
PhD, Management, Queen's University
MSc, Queen's University
BA (Honours), Queen's University
BA, Queen's University
Collete Hoption completed her PhD in Management at the Queen's School of Business in Kingston, Ontario. Her research interests include followership and leadership at individual- and dyad-levels of analyses, such as the bidirectional influence between leaders and followers over time. In addition, she has also conducted research investigating humor, proactive behavior, and aggression in the work place.
2012 - 2013
Name: Rubiná Mahsud PhD, MD
PhD, SUNY, Albany
MPh, SUNY, Albany
MS, Social Sciences, University of Birmingham
MD, Jinnah College, Pakistan
Rubiná Mahsud joined Albers in 2007. Prior to Albers she held a visiting professor position at the Tobin College of Business Administration at St. John’s University, New York. Dr. Mahsud teaches in the areas of competitive strategy, blue ocean strategy, and leadership. Her recent work submitted to Strategic Management Journal tested a central issue in strategy: Why do some firms perform better than others? Her work specifically looks at strategic leadership actions in terms of policies, programs and systems with regard to firm level efficiency, innovation, and quality of human resource strategies resulting in a firm’s overall effectiveness. This is the first empirical research involving Fortune 500 companies to test how the three performance determinants jointly affect the financial performance of a firm. Her other research is in the area of institutional responsibility, and blue ocean strategy.
2008 - 2012
Name: Holly Slay Ferraro, PhD
PhD, Organizational Behavior, University of Maryland - College Park MA
MA, Human Resource Development, Western Michigan University
BChE, Chemical Engineering, University of Dayton
BS, Interdisciplinary Science, Wilberforce University
Holly Slay Ferraro's current research examines the role of networks and identity in career transition decision making, career decision making at midlife/mid-career and the impact of demographic diversity on leadership attributions. She is especially interested in issues of professional identity and the influence that other identities (including race, gender, and organizational) may have on the construction of professional identity and the outcomes associated with professional identity. She recently published an article in Human Resource Management and a book chapter in the Handbook of Career Studies. Dr. Ferraro's research on midlife/midcareer transition won a Cutting Edge Award from Academy of Human Resource Development.