Professional Bio

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Business, Organization and Management, Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2008
  • Master of Science in Management, Human Resources Management, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas, 2004
  • Bachelor Arts in History, Columbia College, Missouri, 2002

Professional Credentials & Memberships

  • Senior Professional in Human Resource Management
  • Certified Behavioral Consultant
  • Quality Matters Reviewer Certification (pending)
  • Academy of Management (South)
  • Society of Business, Industry and Economics
  • Society of Human Resource Management
  • Colorado HRM Association
  •  Western Business & Management Association
  • Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society

Academic and Professional Experience

Teaching:

  • Assistant Professor, School of Management, Regis University, 2011-present
  • Assistant Professor, Business, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas
  • Adjunct Professor, Business, Columbia College, Fort Worth, Texas
  • G.E.D. Instructor, Weatherford College, Weatherford, Texas

Other:

  • Regional Human Resource Manager/Master Chief Petty Officer, United States Navy, JRB Fort Worth, Texas
  • Recruiting Director/Regional Human Resource Manager, United States Navy, Alameda, California and Denver, Colorado

Research & Scholarship

Publications

  • Mills, L. H., Vrba, T., & Deviney, D. (2012).  Enriching the Short-Term Study Abroad Program through Collaboration: A Tale of Two Universities.  Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences, 24 (3), 117 - 130.
  • The Relationship of Student Behavior Factors and Interest in Summer Study Abroad Programs. Western Journal of Human Resource Management 2011 Edition. Co-authors: Dr. David Deviney, Elizabeth Ball, and Dr. Lavelle Mills.

Proceedings

  • 2013. Contextual issues impacting faculty roles in the twenty-first century. International Academy of Management and Business Conference Proceedings 2013. Co-author: P. Bemski
  • 2013. Leadership and Follower Behaviors. Presented at Northern Colorado Society of Human Resource Association Monthly Meeting. June 2013.
  • 2013. Contextual issues impacting faculty roles in the twenty-first century. International Academy of Management and Business; Presented IAMB Conference 2013.  Co-author: P. Bemski
  • 2012. Enriching the Short-term Study Abroad Program: A Case Study. Accepted for presentation with American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences Conference, Las Vegas NV. Co-authors: Dr. LaVelle Mills and Dr. David Deviney
  • 2012. Enriching the Short-term Study Abroad Program: A Case Study. American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences Conference Proceedings, Las Vegas NV. Co-authors: Dr. LaVelle Mills and Dr. David Deviney
  • 2011. Teaching Online: A Principled-Based Look at Lessons Learned.  Society of Business, Industry, and Economics Conference Proceedings. Co-authors: Dr. David Deviney and Elizabeth Ball
  • 2011. Teaching Online: A Principled-Based Look at Lessons Learned.  Presentation at Society of Business, Industry and Economics Conference, San Destin, FL. Co-authors: Dr. David Deviney and Elizabeth Ball
  • 2011.The Relationship of Student Behavior Factors and Interest in Summer Study Abroad Programs. Proceedings and Presentation at Western Business & Management Association Conference; University of Hawaii. Co-authors: Dr. David Deviney, Elizabeth Ball, and Dr. Lavelle Mills.
  • 2010. Behaviors and Leadership Preferences. COBA Research Seminar Series, Stephenville, TX
  • 2009. Do Behaviors Influence Perception of Effective Leadership Characteristics? Southern Management Association Proceedings
  • 2009. Relationship Between Follower Behavior Style and Perception of Effective Leadership Characteristics of Adult Learners. Society of Business, Industry, and Economics Proceedings
  • 2009. Relationship Between Follower Behavior Style and Perception of Effective Leadership Characteristics of Adult Learners. Presentation at Society of Business, Industry and Economics Conference, San Destin, FL
  • 2009. Do Behaviors Influence Perception of Effective Leadership Characteristics of Adult Learners? Presentation at Southern Management Association, Ashville, NC

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors

  • Awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Secretary of the Navy for exemplary personal achievements, including involvement in revising national awards policies and promotion criteria

Grants Awarded

  • University Research Grant (2010-2011). Study Abroad Participant Behaviors: Risk, Extroversion, and Compliance.
  • L. Wells, 2010. Age and IT Skill in the Modern IT Work Environment: Attitudes Surrounding the Older Worker. Presented at Society of Business, Industry, and Economics Conference, San Destin, FL
  • Keeping it REAL: Real-world Experiences Applied to Learning Grant (2011):
    • COBA Canada Study Abroad Program 2011
    • Labor Union Leadership Experience 2011

Community Involvement & Service

Professional Service

  • Served in the U.S. Navy for 24 years, retired as Master Chief Petty Officer

University Service

  • Chair, Search Committee for Dean of School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Member, Solutions Group, presidential-level strategic planning group
  • Representative, Society of Human Resource Management, responsible for certification of programs, and serve as SHRM Student Chapter Advisor