March 2, 2024

Believe Your Success (With Good Reason)

Dunn Published in ‘Journal of Organizational Behavior’

Assistant Professor of Management Alexandra Dunn

Assistant Professor of Management Alexandra Dunn co-authored a paper titled “The role of discrete emotions in job satisfaction: A meta-analysis,” which was recently published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior. Read the article.

Women’s Leadership Colloquium Coffee Talk, Sept. 12

Assistant Professor of Management Alexandra Dunn

Assistant Professor of Management Alexandra Dunn

University of Mary Washington Women’s Leadership Colloquium presents the September Coffee Talk on Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Kalnen Inn Living Room at the Jepson Alumni Executive Center, 1119 Hanover St. Street parking is available. Register for the September Coffee Talk.

Join us at September’s Coffee Talk as we delve into Imposter Syndrome – the condition of feeling anxious and not experiencing success internally, despite being high-performing in external, objective ways. Discover how this psychological phenomenon affects many accomplished women, undermining their self-confidence and hindering professional growth. Together we’ll explore practical strategies to overcome Imposter Syndrome, empowering each other to embrace our achievements, unlock our full potential, and thrive in our diverse endeavors.

September’s Coffee Talk will be led by Assistant Professor of Management Alexandra Dunn.

Dr. Dunn is an organizational scientist who teaches management, human resources, and organizational behavior in the undergraduate and MBA program. She is a member of the Fredericksburg SHRM chapter and SHRM-CP certified. She enjoys collaborating on research projects with undergraduate and graduate students, professors from UMW and other universities, and local businesses.

Her research focuses on creating supportive work environments, recruiting and onboarding, high-reliability organizations (e.g., firefighters, police officers), and how to design effective surveys. Dr. Dunn’s work has been published in numerous academic journals including the Journal of Business and Psychology, Human Relations, and the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. She also has co-authored work that appears in The Cambridge Handbook of Meeting Science and has contributed to The SAGE Encyclopedia of Industrial Organizational Psychology.

Dr. Dunn’s work has been quoted in multiple media outlets including Men’s Health, the Charlotte Business Journal, and Fredericksburg.com. She has received fellowship awards from the National Science Foundation and P.E.O. International and was recently awarded the Waple Professorship at UMW.

‘J-term’ Helps Students Engage, Gain Credits

College students often spend the final weeks of winter break watching movies, playing video games and writing résumés for jobs and internships. Now, a University of Mary Washington offering called the January-term, or “J-term,” allows them to earn college credits for these and other types of activities. Before UMW’s spring semester begins – remotely on […]

‘J-term’ Helps Students Engage, Gain Credits

College students often spend the final weeks of winter break watching movies, playing video games and writing résumés for jobs and internships. Now, a University of Mary Washington offering called the January-term, or “J-term,” allows them to earn college credits for these and other types of activities. Before UMW’s spring semester begins – remotely on […]

Professors Pool Resources to Focus on ‘Compelling Courses’

Assistant Professor of Biology April Wynn is among the dozens of UMW professors participating this summer in Compelling Courses, a faculty learning community to help instructors design engaging courses.

Assistant Professor of Biology April Wynn is among the dozens of UMW professors participating this summer in Compelling Courses, a faculty learning community to help instructors design engaging courses.

To teach mitosis, April Wynn has students in her class act out the process, portraying chromosomes that divide into nuclei. The assistant professor of biological sciences hopes to replicate lively exercises like this – but virtually – in the fall.

“My goal is to promote the same level of engagement, energy and enthusiasm in an online space,” said Wynn, who, as faculty director of the University of Mary Washington’s First-Year Experience, is helping other instructors do the same for their classes.

Professors often spend their breaks on scholarly research, but Wynn is among dozens of UMW faculty members who went back to school this summer. Through a new faculty learning community called Compelling Courses, representatives from nearly every academic department have been teaching each other how to deliver dynamic online lessons and incorporate the best of the UMW experience into distance learning.

In March of this year, UMW professors – the majority of whom had never taught online – abruptly had to shift to a new method of teaching. The succeeding months have given these instructors time to tinker with and tweak tools so that they are fully prepared to teach virtually if necessary. Many, like Wynn, have found that this modality can even offer benefits.

“We believe teaching can be excellent regardless of medium,” said Professor of Economics Steve Greenlaw, who launched the group with Professor of Communication Anand Rao. “It all depends on how you design the course.” Read more.

Professors Pool Expertise to Create ‘Compelling Courses’

To teach mitosis, April Wynn has students in her class act out the process, portraying chromosomes that divide into nuclei. The assistant professor of biological sciences hopes to replicate lively exercises like this – but virtually – in the fall. “My goal is to promote the same level of engagement, energy and enthusiasm in an […]

College of Business Congratulates Class of 2020

UMW’s College of Business created a YouTube video to congratulate the Class of 2020, and specifically COB graduates, on completing their degrees. Compiled by Assistant Professor of Management Alexandra Dunn, the video features COB Dean Lynne Richardson, President Troy Paino and faculty from across the college.

Dunn: Fit and fairness are two words that managers should live by (The Free Lance-Star)