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The Leadership Research Colloquium 2017

The Leadership Research Colloquium provides a forum for leading experts and faculty to present developing, extant and cutting edge new research as it affect leadership in organizations and in our communities. The colloquium features the work of the recipient of The Center’s prestigious Alvah H. Chapman Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award and hosts faculty members from other universities.


  • Date

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

2017 Presenters

  • Ravi Gajendran, Ph.D.

    Ravi Gajendran

    Ravi Gajendran is an Assistant Professor at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign in the College of Business. He has a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include leadership, telecommuting, virtual teams and communication technology. His research has been cited in prominent media outlets in the US and internationally including the New York Times, Forbes, Scientific American, and USA Today.

  • Wongun Goo, Ph.D

    Wongun Goo

    Wongun Goo is an assistant professor at the School of Business and Economics at Indiana University East. Wongun received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management from Georgia State University. He received his M.S. in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior and his Bachelor of Business Administration Korea from Seoul National University in South Korea. His teaching interest include organizational behavior, human resources management, and leadership. He has taught leadership and human resource management in the Master of Science in Management program at Indiana University East. His research interests are in the field of organizational behavior and leadership. Specially he is interested in person-environment fit, transformational leadership, and well-being.

  • Cindy Zapata, Ph.D.

    Cindy Zapata  

    Cindy P. Zapata, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Management and a Mays Research Fellow at Texas A&M’s Mays College of Business. She received her Ph.D. in Management at the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business, and earned her B. S. in Psychology from the University of Florida. As an academic, Dr. Zapata’s research focuses broadly on understanding and ultimately improving managerial-employee relationships by studying issues of justice, trust, and workplace diversity. Dr. Zapata is an award-winning, highly cited scholar with multiple publications in top Management journals, including: the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, among others. Dr. Zapata has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in organizational behavior, leadership, and research methods. She also teaches leadership and diversity, among other topics, for the Mays Center for Executive Development. As an instructor, she is passionate about teaching evidenced-based best practices to her students. When relevant, she enjoys integrating her own research into her lectures. In her free time, Dr. Zapata likes to read, eat great food, and spend time with her husband and young daughter.

  • Dr. Nathan Hiller (Moderator)

    nathan hiller moderator fiuDr. Nathan Hiller
    Academic Director - FIU Center for Leadership
    Associate Professor of Management and International Business,
    Florida International University

    As an academic, Dr. Nathan Hiller's focus is on understanding the strategic implications of executive personality, as well as enhancing the way that organizations build their leadership pipeline. Nathan’s research has appeared in most of the top journals in the field of management, including the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, and The Leadership Quarterly. He holds editorial board positions at the Journal of Applied Psychology and The Leadership Quarterly, and has won several research awards.

    As a consultant, Nathan has led projects and consulted with organizations such as: Boston Scientific, Hewlett Packard (HP), the US Secret Service, Bacardi USA, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and The Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In his role at the Center for Leadership, Nathan oversees the academic content of all leadership programs, and is the Faculty Director of The Senior Executive Leaders Program, The High-Impact Leadership Program, and an internal FIU program geared for senior leaders of the university. He is the primary author of The Center’s Leadership Competency Builder, which forms the backbone of all Center programming.

    Dr. Hiller has held visiting faculty appointments at Cornell University and the University of Washington, and has taught a graduate leadership course at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in Rio de Janeiro. Nathan loves to travel and draws regularly from his experience living in four countries on three continents in ten cities. He received his Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.