Faculty Fellows

Current Faculty Fellows

Examining the Process of Leadership Learning, Dr. David Rosch, Assistant Professor, Agricultural Leadership Education

Many people believe that: a) leadership cannot be learned – that people either “have it” or they do not; and b) that regardless, measuring the degree of leader capacity is next to impossible.  My research is focused on these two areas, 1) Mapping the trajectory of leadership development in young adults as a result of participation in programmatic intervention; and 2) rigorously assessing the methodology of leadership evaluation.

To see a video of Dr. Rosch talking about his research, visit: https://youtu.be/wSTtbk7Jt6k

The Effects of Congruence in Member and Leader Organizational Identification on Work Outcomes, Dr. Ying Chen, Assistant Professor,  Labor and Employment Relations

Drawing on social identity theory and self-categorization theory, we integrated research on shared social identity and identity threat to examine the effects on work outcomes of congruence vs. incongruence in both members’ and leaders’ identification with their organization. A multi-level polynomial regression analysis showed that when members and leaders were congruent in their organizational identification, they enjoyed higher (member) job satisfaction, higher (leader) organizational citizenship behaviors, and member-leader agreement on the member’s performance rating. Our results demonstrated further that incongruence affected member and leader outcomes, in that a comparatively higher level of organizational identification on the part of one led to relatively higher job satisfaction and OCBO for that party in contrast to when that party’s organizational identification was comparatively lower.

Double Whammies in Workplace Harassment: Implications for University Leadership, Dr. Kathryn Clancy, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, PEEC, Beckman Institute

Dr. Clancy (Anthropology, PEEC, Beckman Institute) has examined workplace harassment in two academic science populations: fieldwork conducted by field scientists, and workplaces among astronomers and planetary scientists. She has found that gendered violence disproportionately affects female trainees and is often perpetrated by supervisors, representing a double whammy of gender and rank targeting. She has also found that women of color experience the highest rates of hostile workplace behaviors, representing a double whammy of gender and race targeting. Clancy discusses the ways in which intersectional approaches offer an opportunity for university leaders to eliminate harassment.

To see a video of Dr. Clancy talking about her research, visit:  https://youtu.be/rnWS8RP8_7w

Leading for Social Change, Dr. Nathan Todd, Assistant Professory, Department of Psychology 

Leaders work for social justice and change in their larger communities.  My research examines how and why individuals and groups work together for social justice.  In particular, we examine the role of religion and spirituality in shaping social justice attitudes and actions.  We focus on religious settings, such as congregations and interfaith groups, as places that may provide opportunity for social justice action.  We also investigate how to engage people from privileged groups (e.g., people who are White in the U.S.) in social justice with an interest in how religious beliefs and religious settings may facilitate such engagement.  

The Utility of University-Based Leadership Development in Early Employment, Dr. K Peter Kuchinke, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership.

Dr. Kuchinke has worked as a researcher and as a consultant in corporate settings in leadership development for some 20 years and has observed the complexities of leadership practice and the challenges of effective leadership development first hand.  His appointment as a Faculty Fellow is providing the opportunity to provide an ‘outside-in’ view of university-based leadership development, that is to better understand how the skills, knowledge, attitudes and other characteristics gained through involvement in Leadership Center activities transfer to early employment, defined as the first two years of full-time work after graduation. In a first study, Dr. Kuchinke will contrast the expectations that university juniors and seniors who are involved in various levels of intensity in formal levels of leadership development with the actual experiences of recent graduates with similar leadership preparation in their first two years of employment. This study involves UIUC and the University of Minnesota, with hopes of contrasting two leadership development models and settings and two different settings, one college-town based, the other in a major urban environment. In a second phase, employers will be surveyd to gain an understanding of the importance ranking of different leadership competencies from the organizational perspective and to learn how the transfer of leadership behaviors in college graduates can be maximized.

Former Faculty Fellows

The Eye of the Beholder: A Meta-Analytic Examination of the Convergence between Leader and Observer Perceptions of Leadership, Dr. Nichelle Carpenter, Assistant Professor, Psychology & Labor and Employee Relations

The convergence between a leader’s assessment of his/her leadership behaviors and assessments from the leader’s subordinates, peers, and superiors—also known as “leader insight”—is critical for the understanding of leadership and is also linked to important organizational and leader outcomes. Unfortunately, many questions remain regarding the extent to which leaders have insight into their leadership behaviors. This study examines whether leaders’ perceptions of their leadership behaviors are similar to or different from observers’ perceptions. We also investigate whether leader-observer agreement is influenced by type of observer and type of leadership.  

To see a video of Dr. Carpenter talking about her research, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhhcYqRblpA