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Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD - Villanova University. Villanova, PA, US

Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD

Dean Emeritus, Villanova School of Business | Professor of Management | Villanova School of Business | Villanova University


Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, has vast expertise in leadership and management development, negotiation and executive coaching.



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Areas of Expertise (10)


Women in Business




Career Coaching

Executive Coaching

Management Development

Industrial & Organizational Psychologist

Business Education


Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, served as the Helen and Willian O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business and Professor of Management from 2016-2023, during which time VSB experienced tremendous success. Under her direction, VSB strengthened faculty scholarship and teaching; enhanced programming for undergraduate, graduate and executive students; and created an Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion based on Villanova’s Augustinian Catholic mission. Dr. Russell also worked to upgrade classrooms, labs and study spaces; expand connections with alumni and employers; and maintain strong fundraising, helping VSB to strengthen its reputation as an international leader in business education. She has been named dean emeritus and will remain at Villanova University as a professor of management.

Additionally, she is a licensed industrial and organizational psychologist and has more than 35 years of experience consulting with both private and public sector organizations. Her expertise is primarily in the areas of leadership and management development, negotiation tactics, executive coaching and change management.

Education (3)

The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio: PhD, Industrial/Organizational Psychology

The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio: MA, Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland: BA, Psychology

Cum Laude

Select Accomplishments (4)

Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence

Selected three times for the Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Maryland.

Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Tennessee National Alumni Association

Received the Outstanding Teaching Award from The University of Tennessee National Alumni Association.

UT Chancellor’s Award

Received the University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Team Development and Team Teaching of the Integrated MBA Curriculum.

John B. Ross Award for Outstanding Teaching

Honored with the College of Business Administration’s John B. Ross Award for Outstanding Teaching among senior, tenured professors.

Affiliations (5)

  • Academy of Management
  • Society of Industrial & Organizational Psychology
  • Association for Talent Development
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Forum of Executive Women

Select Media Appearances (16)

Leaders: To Retain Employees, You Need To Invest In Emotional Compensation

Forbes  online


People have a strong desire for affiliation—to feel cared for, heard and listened to, to be seen, and to be treated fairly and with respect. This can come from their peers, but also their leaders.

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So, You’re Ready To Take On The World: Tips For New College Grads

Forbes  online


Tips for standing out at work when you start a new job include: showing initiative, demonstrating high performance, and being collaborative and positive.

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Leadership Is More Than Just Efficiency And Processes

Forbes  online


Leadership is about more than simply efficiency, and machines can't replace them all. We need authentic, positive, empathetic leaders for employees to be at their peak morale and performance.

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Creating a Sense of Belonging

BizEd  online


As the Villanova School of Business in Pennsylvania considers its future, one of the questions we’re asking ourselves is, “How do we ensure that all of our students, faculty, and staff continue to have a strong sense of belonging and a feeling of inclusion?”

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Celebrating Each Other To Create An Enjoyable Work Culture

Forbes  online


"Do you have a best friend at work?" This is one of the questions in the well-known Gallup’s Q12 Index to measure employee engagement.

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Being Honest And Nice At Work Actually Works

Forbes  online


Recently, I heard Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson being interviewed at the MTV Awards, and one comment he made really resonated with me. He said when he was 15 he heard a quote that stuck with him: "It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice."

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Failure Is An Option—If We Learn From It

Forbes  online


Remember in the movie Apollo 13 when the Commander at the NASA mission control center said, "Failure is not an option"? Well, we often think exactly that when at work or in school. We portray an image of how we have it all together and are always succeeding.

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How To Succeed In A New Job

Forbes  online


One of the first things people ask me once they get a new job is for advice on what to do to ensure that they are successful in the job and have opportunities for later promotions. What you most need to remember is that the first few months on your new job really create the impressions people will have of you.

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Leaders: For Staff Appreciation Don't Forget The Little Things

Forbes  online


It’s amazing how much the little things can matter to our employees. Taking the time to say hi to them by name, asking about their children, listening when they tell you about a project they are working on, among other things.

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Women Leaders, You're Not Immune To Bullies At Work: How To Handle Them

Forbes  online


Sadly, the incidents of bullying seems to have gotten more pervasive with the growing incivility in the workplace.

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7 Nontraditional Jobs for MBA Graduates

U.S. News & World Report  online


While it's common for MBA recipients to work as management consultants or investment bankers, there are many other types of careers that business school grads can pursue… Joyce Russell, the dean of the Villanova School of Business who holds a doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology, says that MBA programs can prepare students for "the jobs of the future" at technology companies like Amazon, Airbnb and Uber.

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Villanova dean says to grow female CEOs, get girls interested in finance

Philadelphia Inquirer  


Kudos to the STEM movement for building girls’ interests, says Joyce Russell, dean of Villanova University’s nationally-ranked business school.

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Villanova's business dean: "Happy" Cats flocking to analytics

Philadelphia Inquirer  


What’s trending in business school? "Business analytics. Anything with data. I walked into a great situation. We already had a center for business analytics. Our undergrads all take analytics. That’s really hot. When I talk to prospective students, they’ll say, 'I’m going to major in finance and analytics, accounting and analytics, marketing and analytics.' They know that no matter what they end up doing, they need to have analytics."

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The Unintentional Trailblazer At Villanova's Business School

Poets & Quants  


Joyce Russell, the first female dean at Villanova University’s business school, finds herself in the unique position of being an unintentional trailblazer.

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How Ethics Training Adds Value for Business Students

The Chronicle of Higher Education  online


Joyce E. A. Russell, who became dean of Villanova University's School of Business this past summer, says the Roman Catholic institution's emphasis on Augustinian values is part of its appeal. Ethics training helps make graduates attractive to businesses, she says. Ms. Russell describes what it's like to be a new business dean and the steps she is taking to improve female representation among students and on the faculty, and to pave the way for women to rise to positions in senior administration.

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Employer-education Tie-ups: Working for the Firm

The Economist  


“We have these conversations already with employers, but we wanted to formalise it,” explains Joyce Russell, dean at the Villanova School of Business. The school is working hand-in-hand with KPMG, one of the big-four accounting firms, to provide a specialised business programme. A taskforce from Villanova is holding meetings with KPMG to thrash out the curriculum that will be taught next year. Though it is early days, Ms Russell is keen to see other organisations become more involved with drawing up tuition...

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Select Academic Articles (3)

The “How To” Guide to Millennial Talent: Thought Leaders Share Their Views on the Hr Profession and Its Direction for the Future

Strategic HR Review

2016 Attracting and retaining Millennial talent is a hot topic right now. The trick to finding and keeping the best talent is to understand what drives them personally and professionally. This year, Adecco conducted two major pieces of research to provide insight into how best-in-class companies attract talent and to learn the perspectives that Millennials and Gen Z have around the workplace.

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Understanding Managerial Development: Integrating Developmental Assignments, Learning Orientation, and Access to Developmental Opportunities in Predicting Managerial Competencies

Academy of Management

Lisa Dragoni, Paul E. Tesluk, Joyce E. A. Russell and In-Sue Oh

2009 Integrating the work experience, leadership development, and learning literatures, we developed and tested a model of managerial development linking experience in highly developmental assignments, a learning goal orientation, and access to developmental assignments. Based on multisource data on early-career managers, our results demonstrate that the developmental quality of managerial assignments has a positive association with end-state competencies that exceeds the association explained by tenure. Furthermore, we found that managers with stronger learning orientations, especially those with access to growth assignments, were more likely to be in developmental assignments and achieve higher levels of competence based on those experiences.

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Promoting Subjective Well-Being at Work

Journal of Career Assessment

Joyce E. A. Russell

2008 Research has clearly shown the relationship between subjective well-being and work performance, even though there is debate over the causality of that relationship (i.e., does subjective well-being cause higher work performance or does greater work performance lead to subjective well-being?). Regardless, researchers and practitioners would agree that having employees who are productive and have high subjective well-being is valuable. The purpose of this article is to review research in this area and to discuss strategies for promoting well-being at the workplace.

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