As the new school year began and students returned to campus, they were greeted by two new faces in the Department of Work and Organizations: Assistant Professors Beth Campbell and Le (Betty) Zhou will teach the undergraduate Contemporary Management course, and Campbell will also teach a graduate course on Leadership and Personal Development.
Assistant Professor Beth Campbell earned her PhD in management and organization at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Her dissertation, "The dimming effects of shining stars: Consequences earned and posed by high performers at work," highlights her interest in organization behavior and human resources.
"I am fascinated with problems, phenomena, and puzzles that involve social dynamics, motivation, and performance in collective work environments," Campbell says.
Her goal to become heavily involved in research, and is eager to begin teaching.
"Teaching has offered me chances to have tangible, positive impacts in ways I never imagined," she says. "It has brought greater meaning to my professional life."
She hopes to create an environment of intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm where students engage, contribute, and learn from one another. According to Campbell, some of her best instructors acted as great facilitators rather than teachers.
"I believe in setting clear expectations from day one," she says. "I communicate to students that I have high standards for them as active participants and for myself as an instructor."
Campbell believes one of her biggest challenges will be finding time to manage all of her tasks.
"Managing focus is really critical and, being raised in the Midwest, I am too agreeable, so it's sometimes difficult to say no," she says.
Assistant Professor Le (Betty) Zhou became interested in human behavior research after majoring in psychology as an undergraduate student. She earned her PhD in management from the University of Florida. Her dissertation, "A formal model of leadership in team goal pursuit: Team composition, team design, and dynamic leader regulatory processes," accents her research interests in workplace training and development
"My overall career goal is to contribute to understanding individuals' work life and improving employee well-being, through my research and teaching," Zhou says.
She finds it rewarding when she helps students develop new perspectives about themselves and people they interact with in the workplace. In addition, she aims to help students build analytical thinking skills.
"The training students received in school might influence how they think and behave in their jobs," she says. "It's great to know that what students learned in class actually helped them in their jobs."
Teaching her first general introductory class for students in their first or second years, Zhou knows she'll need to keep a balance between the depth and breadth of the materials covered.
"I'll want to make sure to explain everything thoroughly while still keeping students engaged in every topic," she says.
Even though both Campbell and Zhou are a bit nervous as they begin the semester, they are also looking forward to working with colleagues on research projects and getting to know the students, faculty and staff at the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies.
"It's always exciting to hear where students are coming from and where they want to be in the future," Zhou says.