Dr. Debra Louis
Dean - Glenn R. Jones College of Business
Dr. Louis is the Dean for the Glenn R. Jones College of Business. Her main area of expertise is Organizational Behavior. She has been with TUI since May 2003.
Dr. Louis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBA from Southern Illinois University (where she was named “Most Outstanding MBA Student”), and a PhD from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Prior to joining the faculty at TUI, she taught at Carnegie Melon University and the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Dr. Louis’ research interests fall generally in the area of intergroup cooperation and conflict. She is active in the Academy of Management and has served as an officer of the Conflict Management Division. She has won several awards for her research including a Best Dissertation Award and a Best Paper Award from the Academy.
Her teaching experience spans the range of undergraduate, masters, PhD, and executive education. Dr. Louis is particularly passionate about creating courses that involve direct learning through an experiential approach. She has won several teaching awards and was named as one of the most popular professors at SUNY Buffalo by Business Week.
Dr. Louis has a long and varied consulting history, working with such companies and organizations as: United Cerebral Palsy, Occidental Chemical, Corning Incorporated, American Publishing Management Services, Drake Beam Morin Inc., and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
Trivia fact: Dr. Louis (then Connelley) served on the staff of Governor Bill Clinton in Arkansas.
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Science in Human Resource Management
- Master of Science in Leadership
- Ph.D. in Business Administration
- Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
- Woodhull. M.D and Louis, DJ (2009) Why did they do that??? A cross-cultural study of daily decision-making by Mexican maquiliadora and US/Canadian managers. The Business Journal of Hispanic Research, (3) 1, 77-93.
- Connelley, Debra Louis and Robert Folger. (2004) Hidden bias: The impact of relational models on perceptions of fairness in human resource systems. In Nick Haslam (Ed.) Relational Models Theory: A Contemporary Overview. Lawrence Erhlbaum Associat
- Elmes, M. and D.L. Connelley. (1997) Dreams of diversity and the realities of intergoup relations in organizations. In P. Prasad, A.J. Mills, M. Elmes, & A. Prasad (eds.) Managing the Organizational Melting Pot: Dilemmas of Workplace Diversity.
- Louis, D.J., Culpepper, A. and van Heerden, E. (2010). “Quality Education on Demand.” WASC-ARC conference, Long Beach, California.
- Connelley, D.L. and E. Goodrick. (2005) "When a rose is not a rose: A 21st century vision of institutional conflict." 2005 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI.
- Connelley, D. L. and D. Conlon. “The effect of social identity on negotiation expectations”, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Chicago, 1999.
Conferences in the Disciplines Grant
Graduate Management Association Teaching Award
Best Paper Award, Conflict Management Division, Academy of Management
Best Dissertation Award, Women in Management Division, Academy of Management
Graduate Fellowship, School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Benjamin Miller Research Scholarship
Teagle Foundation Scholarship
Sekaran Award for Outstanding Female MBA
Beta Gamma Sigma
Representative to the Academy of Management Council of the Board of Governors
Representative-at-large, Conflict Management Division, Academy of Management
Cross-cultural Communication and Leadership
Coaching and Mentoring
Power. Influence, and Persuasion