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

Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD

The Helen and William O'Toole Dean, 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, was named The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business (VSB) in 2016. She serves as the chief executive, academic and fiscal officer for VSB. Russell represents the school locally and nationally, to the University community and to all external constituencies, including the business community.

As the chief academic officer, Russell recruits, retains, and develops world-class and diverse faculty, students and staff and works closely with educational organizations and external organizations to carry out the mission of the University.

Russell is a licensed industrial and organizational psychologist and has 30+ 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. Some of her clients have included: Lockheed Martin, Marriott, U.S. Department of Defense, University of Maryland Medical Systems, UnderArmour, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, CSX Transportation, National Institute of Health, SAIC, Frito-Lay, Quaker Oats, M&M Mars, ALCOA, Entergy, Yodlee, Black & Decker, Boeing Corporation, Hughes Communications, McCormick, Sprint/Nextel, Tennessee Valley Authority, State of Tennessee, Bell-South, L.M. Berry & Company and Bryce Corporation.

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 (17)

Back To School? Tips For Working Parents

Forbes  online


It’s that time of year again when employees have been dropping their kids off to schools to start the new school year. By Joyce E.A. Russell, the Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business.

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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. By Joyce E.A. Russell, the Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business (VSB).

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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. By Joyce E. A. Russell, the Helen and William O'Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business.

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Failure Is An Option -- If We Learn From It

Forbes  online


Remember in the movie Apollo 13 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. By Joyce E.A. Russell, dean of the Villanova University School of Business.

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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. By Joyce E. A. Russell, the Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business.

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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. By Joyce E.A. Russell, the Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business.

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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. By Joyce E. A. Russell, the Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business.

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'How Do I Ask For More Flexibility at Work?'



"Most great leaders today recognize that employees are trying to balance multiple parts of their lives, and they are willing to make these adjustments once they are aware of them," says Dr. Russell. If you're still not able to get the meetings permanently moved, then talk to your HR department, and let them know about your former setup and how it’s not being honored by new management.

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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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'Should I Take a New Job Offer Right After Returning From Maternity Leave?'

Working Mother Magazine  


Still, it’s important to maintain a good relationship with your former co-workers and managers. Joyce E.A. Russell, Ph.D., Dean of the Villanova School of Business, suggests meeting with your manager or human-resources department before deciding to move on. Tell them why you’re considering this new position and allow them to make a counteroffer or give you a new opportunity to grow at your current company. You also might bring up whether they can provide the kind of flexibility options you want as a new mom. After this meeting, re-evaluate your situation and make your choice.

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10 Ways to Move Forward After Suffering a Big Setback



Op-ed by Joyce E. A. Russell, PhD, The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of the Villanova School of Business.

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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 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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