Professor, Strategic Leadership Studies

Year Started at JMU: 2013

Contact Info

  • Ph.D. Business Administration, University of Georgia (major in Human Resource Management)
  • M.A. Counselor Education, Appalachian State University
  • B.A. Psychology, Southwest Baptist University
Professional Interests
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Human Resource Management
  • Corporate Reputation
  • Career Transitions
Professional Background
  • Visiting professor at the University of Maryland, and the Helsinki School of Economics and Business with appointments in Finland and South Korea.  
  • Extensive consulting and executive education experience with private and public organizations in the areas of leadership, human resource management, and organizational behavior.  Clients have included Lockheed Martin, Harris Teeter, BDO Seidman LLP, Marriott, Sears, BankofAmerica, Wachovia, and the cities of Charlotte, NC, and El Paso, TX.
Positions Held
  • Dean of the College of Business, James Madison University (2013-2018)
  • Professor of Management, Elon University (2007-2013)
  • Dean of the Martha and Spencer Love College of Business, Elon University (2007-2013)
  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor of Management, School of Business, The George Washington University (2005-2007)
  • Associate Professor, School of Business, The George Washington University (2002-2007)
  • Additional faculty positions at the University of Central Florida, UNC Charlotte, UT El Paso, Mercer University
  • Additional higher education positions at Wingate College and Mars Hill College
Awards and Recognitions
  • Outstanding Dean of the Year, Beta Alpha Psi, 2017
  • Invited participant, Work and the Liberal Arts as Civic Arts Workshop, 2014 and 2015, Kettering Foundation
  • Triad Business Journal Women in Business Award, 2009
  • Piedmont Triad Leadership Initiative (select group of 32 emerging leaders for region), 2008
  • Carl H. Galloway Faculty Performance Incentive Award for Outstanding Research, Department of Management, University of Central Florida, 1999
  • BarclaysAmerican Research Award, Belk College of Business Administration, UNC Charlotte, 1997
  • Outstanding Professor of the Year, Department of Marketing and Management, University of Texas at El Paso, 1995
  • Educator of the Year Award presented by the State of Texas, Society of Human Resource Management, 1994
  • Outstanding Division Paper & Best Student Paper Award, Human Resource Division, Academy of Management, 1992
  • Staff Member of the Year, Mars Hill College (selected by senior class), 1983
  • Southern Business Association of Administrators (SBAA), Board of Directors
  • Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS), Board of Governors
  • Past board member of: Society for Human Resource Management Foundation, Institute for Sustainable Development, Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce, Human Resource Division of the Academy of Management, Southern Management Association, Christian Service Center of Central Florida
  • Extensive experience as associate editor, member of editorial boards and journal reviewer
Key Publications

Human Resource Management:  Managing Employees for Competitive Advantage (3rd edition), co-authored with David Lepak

Gowan, M., & Salazar-Porzio, M. (2015). Crossing disciplinary boundaries with civic literacy. Peer Review, 17(3): 27-29  (also available online at

Zhang, L, Gowan, M., & Treviño, M. (2014). Cross-cultural correlates of career and parental role commitment, Journal of Managerial Psychology, 29(6): 736-754.

Gowan, M.  (2014).  Job loss research:  Past, present, and future research directions.  Human Resource Management Review, 24(3):  258-270.  Doi: 10.1016/j.hrmr.2014.03.007.

Gowan, M.   (2012).  Employability, well-being and job satisfaction following a job loss.  Lead Article for special issue on job loss.  Journal of Managerial Psychology, 27(8):  780-798.   

Zhang, L., & Gowan, M.  (2012).   Corporate social responsibility, applicants' individual traits, and organizational attraction:  A person-organization fit perspective. Journal of Business and Psychology, 27:  345-362.  

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