Melody L. Wollan, PhD, SPHR


Dr. Wollan joined Eastern Illinois University's faculty in Fall 2005 teaching in the fields of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska (PhD, 2002), Gonzaga University (MBA, 1997), and Central Washington University (BSBA, 1993). She maintains certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), was President of the Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management (IBAM, 2005-2007), and has served as co-adviser of the EIU Chapter of SHRM and liaison with the local professional chapter (HRA-ECI). In August 2012 she assumed the role of Graduate Coordinator for Business Studies (MBA program).

Fall 2012 Class: MBA 5680 - Organizational Behavior and Group Dynamics, M 7 pm - 9:30 pm


Her Background

Melody previously taught at the University of Nebraska, Clemson University, and Touro University International. She chaired dissertations of three graduated PhD students and served on dissertation committees of four other graduated PhD students. She is a three-time award recipient in Who's Who Among America's Teachers, was recognized for her Contributions to Students by the Parents Association and Teacher's Council at the University of Nebraska. She was the receipient of the 2006 Outstanding Teaching Award for the EIU School of Business, received special recognition for teaching excellence in 2009 and 2011, the 2006 Excellence in the Use of Technology Award, Lumpkin College of Business and Applied Sciences, and received the OASIS EIU faculty award in 2007 for Excellent Service to Nontraditional Students. She has been recognized by EIU twice with an Achievement and Contribution Award: for Service in 2007 and for Teaching in 2011. The School of Business recognized her with the 2007 Outstanding Service Award and in 2009 the Outstanding Balanced Contribution Award. Her non-academic work experience spans three states (WA, ID, NE), from serving as Business Manager for a state political party and an internet start-up venture, and to credit finance experience at two major financial institutions.

Her Research

Dr. Wollan's research interests lie with individual level behavior in work environments. Specifically, she has a goal of developing practical and theoretically supported processes for organizational exits and managing the exit process effectively. Her dissertation focused on the effects expressed by coworkers when a colleague exits, or the "snowball effect" of turnover. Related, she has been researching organizational ceremonial activities for different types of exits (e.g., voluntary, involuntary, retirements, downsizing), and how employees engage in information and feedback seeking behavior to attain workplace knowledge. She has presented research at Academy of Management multiple years, the Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management (IBAM), European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS), Western Academy of Management and Eastern Academy of Management. Work with former PhD student Dr. Sharon Kendrick has earned three recent honors: 2007 IBAM Best Paper in HR Division Award, and the 2009 North American Management Society Distinguished Paper Award on Conference Theme and the 2009 Midwest Business Administration Association International McGraw-Hill/Irwin's Distinguished Paper Award for Conference Theme. Recent publications are "Recall of autobiographical memory: A longitudinal analysis of franchisee experts" that appears in the International Entrepreneurship & Management Journal, and "Motives for helping: Exploring cultural influences on extra-role behavior" in the Multinational Business Review. She is currently the Associate Editor of the Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management, and serves on the Editoral Review Board of the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and as an ad hoc reviewer for Journal of Managerial Issues, Journal of Small Business Management, and Career Development International.

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