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Erich DierdorffErich C. Dierdorff
Associate Professor of Management
DePaul University Driehaus College of Business

Erich C. Dierdorff is a management professor, consultant and nationally published researcher/commentator on graduate management education issues. His expertise focuses on curricular challenges facing contemporary schools of business.

Supported by grants from the GMAC Management Education Research Institute, much of Dierdorff’s research has centered on issues of “real-world” relevancy in business education. He is a co-editor of the recently released GMAC-commissioned book, “Disrupt or Be Disrupted: A Blueprint for Change in Management Education.” Other research interests include improving the effectiveness of individual- and team-level learning; examining the predictors and consequences of organizational citizenship; and studying contextual factors that affect work analysis, work design and performance effectiveness.

Dierdorff’s published works have appeared in leading management journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology and The Leadership Quarterly. He serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Academy of Management Learning & Education, Human Performance, and Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies. He also has contributed articles and commentary to numerous industry and news media outlets, including Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Washington Post.

Dierdorff, who teaches courses on human resource management and training and development at DePaul, has received several awards for teaching excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in sociology, from the University of Florida. He has both a master’s and a doctoral degree in industrial and organizational psychology from North Carolina State University.

Outside the university, Dierdorff has worked with dozens of organizations in areas of human capital consulting. This work has spanned both the private and public sectors for organizations such as Nortel Networks, Siemens Systems, Law School Admission Council, U.S. Department of Labor, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages. This work has focused on a variety of issues, including strategic workforce development, selection system design, training effectiveness and leadership development.

Robert RubinRobert S. Rubin
Professor of Management
DePaul University Driehaus College of Business

Robert S. Rubin is a management professor, consultant and author of numerous articles about management education published in leading journals. He co-authored the textbook “Managing Organizational Behavior: What Great Managers Know and Do.”

Rubin’s research expertise focuses primarily on the content of MBA curricula and its relevancy to managerial work. He also has explored issues of accreditation, assessment and MBA program quality. His work has earned three grants from the GMAC Management Education Research Institute and he is one of the authors featured in GMAC’s “Disrupt or Be Disrupted: A Blueprint for Change in Management Education” released in 2013. Rubin’s other research interests extend to effective leadership, managerial assessment and development, citizenship behavior and emotions at work.

Rubin’s work has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Personnel Psychology, The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, and Academy of Management Learning & Education. His research has attracted national media attention, including articles in Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Rubin is an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Learning & Education.

Rubin earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana University and a master’s degree in industrial and organization psychology from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He received his doctoral degree in organizational psychology from Saint Louis University. At DePaul, Rubin teaches courses in human resources, consultation skills and organizational behavior.

Beyond his academic work, Rubin has been an active human resources and organization development consultant to a variety of industries, including biotechnology, healthcare, dentistry and transportation. These organizations have included Capsim, Fifth-Third Bank, OfficeMax, XTRA Corporation, SymphonyIRI, Law School Admission Council, Discover Financial Services and USG. His consulting work has spanned employee selection, organization development, and leadership assessment and development. He frequently serves as a managerial coach for purposes of management skill development.

Robin FlorzakRobin Florzak
Assistant Dean for Marketing and Communications
DePaul University Driehaus College of Business

Robin Florzak is an award-winning communications professional with experience managing strategies for media and public relations, marketing, web content and social media, and internal, executive, crisis and emergency communications. In her current role at DePaul she directs communications strategies that support the business school’s marketing goals and advance the reputation of the college. She previously served as interim assistant vice president of public relations and communications and news bureau director for DePaul. A former journalist, Florzak began her career as a wire service reporter/editor and broadcast news assignment editor. She earned her MBA in marketing from DePaul and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University.

DePaul Ovetta SampsonOvetta Sampson
Communications Analyst
DePaul University Driehaus College of Business

A communications professional for more than 18 years, Ovetta Sampson has extensive experience as a web content developer, managing editor and newspaper and book editor, and is also a published author. She has worked with various global companies and organizations with offices in more than 20 countries, creating communications, websites, email marketing and direct-mail campaigns. As a journalist, she was an award-winning writer for the Colorado Springs Gazette. Her writing has appeared in more than 40 newspapers nationwide including The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor.

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