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Biography

Foster School of Business
Associate Professor of Management

Education

  • PhD Tulane University (2003)
  • BA University of Texas (1997)

Academic Expertise

  • ethics
  • organizational behavior

Current Research

  • Ethical Decision Making, Organizational Justice, Diversity Issues

Positions Held

  • At the University of Washington since 2011
  • Associate Professor at Texas A&M University, 2009-2011
  • Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University, 2003-2009

Honors and Awards

  • Star Teacher Winter Quarter Executive MBA, University of Washington, 2017
  • Star Teacher Autumn Quarter Undergraduate, University of Washington, 2016
  • Pacific Coast Banking School Dean’s Leadership Award, University of Washington, 2016
  • Evert McCabe Endowed Fellowship, University of Washington, 2016
  • Star Teacher Winter Quarter Executive MBA, University of Washington, 2016
  • Star Teacher Winter Quarter Executive MBA, University of Washington, 2015
  • Faculty Advisor to Foster MBA Team who took 1st Place Finish in a National MBA Ethics Case Competition, 2015
  • Core Professor of the Year, Evening MBA (Class of 2015), University of Washington, 2014
  • Star Teacher Winter Quarter Evening MBA, University of Washington, 2014
  • Star Teacher Spring Quarter Undergraduate, University of Washington, 2013
  • Star Teacher Autumn Quarter Executive MBA, University of Washington, 2011
  • Summer Research Grant from the Mays Business School, 2010
  • Texas Transportation Institute Grant, An Analysis of the Workforce Climate at the Texas Transportation Institute, Principal Investigator, 2008
  • The Association of Former Students of Texas A&M College Level Distinguished Teaching Award, Texas A&M University, 2007
  • Mays Research Fellow, Texas A&M University, 2007-2010
  • Montague Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar, Texas A&M University, 2006
  • NASA Cooperative Agreement, An Analysis of the Workforce Sustainability of Two Gulf Coast Shuttle Program Locations Following Hurricane Katrina, Principal Investigator, 2006
  • Summer Teaching Grant, Texas A&M University, 2006
  • Summer Teaching Grant, Texas A&M University, 2005
  • Murphy Institute Fellowship for Doctoral Student Research, Tulane University, 2002
  • Best Papers Award from the Organizational Management Theory Division of the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, 2000

Academic Service

  • Editorial Board Member, Academy of Management Journal, 2010-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Academy of Management Review, 2005-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 2007-present
  • Reviewer, Administrative Science Quarterly, 2006-present
  • Reviewer, Journal of Applied Psychology, 2005-present
  • Reviewer, Social Justice Research, 2003-present

Courses Taught

  • Dr. Umphress teaches Dynamics of Negotiations and Ethical Leadership to executive, global, and full-time MBAs at the University of Washington. She uses cases and classroom exercises to help students experience classroom concepts, which facilitates learning and the transfer of those class concepts into the workplace. With regard to teaching, she was voted the Professor of the Year for the evening MBA program in 2014 and recognized as a Star Teacher for exemplary teaching many times since joining the faculty at the University of Washington. In addition, she was the recipient of two competitive college-level teaching awards from her former institution. Dr. Umphress also has extensive consulting and executive education experience. She has conducted executive education programs for companies such as Microsoft, ExxonMobil, and the Texas Transportation Institute. She specializes in teaching executives Strategic Communications and Negotiations, Ethical Leadership, and Organizational Leadership. Her consulting work focuses on empowering employees and enhancing productivity in the workplace. She has worked with companies such as NASA, Citigroup, and Lockheed Martin. Further, she is committed to teaching and mentoring doctoral students, exemplified by authoring eleven publications with current or former doctoral students.
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