Leadership Fellows

Dr. Joyce E. A. Russell

Dr. Joyce E. A. RussellDr. Russell is the Vice Dean at the Robert H. Smith School of Business where she is responsible for overseeing the MBA, MS, UG, EMBA and Global programs in the school.

She is also a Ralph J. Tyser Distinguished Teaching Fellow in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Since joining the UM faculty, she has consistently been honored for being one of the outstanding (Top 15%) Teachers. She has also been selected three times for the Allen J. Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence given for Outstanding Teaching among tenured, tenure-track, and teaching professors.

Russell is the Director of the Executive Coaching and Leadership Development Programs for the Smith School EMBA programs located in College Park and in Beijing, China. She was also the Director of a similar program at The University of Tennessee. As the Director of all of these Coaching programs, she has provided executive coaching for hundreds of executives over the past decades as well as selected and trained numerous executive coaches.

She is a licensed Industrial and Organizational Psychologist and has over 25 years of experience consulting with both private and public sector organizations. Her expertise is primarily in the areas of leadership and management development, negotiation tactics, executive coaching, and career development. Some of her clients have included: National Institute of Health, Lockheed Martin, Marriott, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, National Security Agency, Frito-Lay, Quaker Oats, M&M Mars, ALCOA, Entergy, Yodlee, Black & Decker, Boeing Corporation, Hughes Communications, McCormick, Sprint/Nextel, Tennessee Valley Authority, State of Tennessee, Bell-South, L.M. Berry & Company, MedChi, and Bryce Corporation.

Russell writes a weekly Career Coach column and a monthly online chat for The Washington Post and can often be seen on Maryland Public Television offering her insights on negotiations and leadership development. Prior to joining UM, she was a tenured full Professor in the College of Business Administration at The University of Tennessee. At UT, she received numerous teaching and research awards for her work with Executive MBAs, MBAs, doctoral students, and undergraduates. Some of them include: The University of Tennessee National Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award, the College of Business Administration’s John B. Ross Award for Outstanding Teaching among senior, tenured professors, the Tennessee Organization of MBAs Outstanding Teaching Award, the UT Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Team Development and Team Teaching of the Integrated MBA Curriculum, and the College of Business William B. Stokely Research/Teaching Scholar Award.

Russell has published over 50 articles, books, or book chapters and has presented her research at national and regional conferences. She served as the Associate Editor for the Journal of Vocational Behavior, and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Resource Management Review, and Performance Improvement Quarterly. She received her Ph.D and M.A. degrees in Industrial & Organizational Psychology from The University of Akron, Ohio and her B.A. degree in Psychology from Loyola College in Maryland.

Dr. Hui Liao

Dr. Hui LiaoDr. Hui Liao is the Smith Dean’s Professor in Leadership and Management in the Department of Management and Organization at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. Before joining Maryland, she was on the faculties of the Rutgers University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her Ph.D. with concentrations in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, and her BA in International Economics from the Renmin University of China.

Liao’s current research interests include leadership, service quality, strategic human capital management, and workforce diversity and inclusion. She has conducted field research in various cultural settings including the United States, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Europe, the UAE, and other cultural contexts, involving both small business and multinational companies’ worldwide operations. Her work received the Academy of Management's Dorothy Harlow Distinguished Paper Award, was featured in the American Psychological Association's Press Releases, and has appeared in the field’s top journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Organization Science, and Personnel Psychology.

Liao was honored with the 2012 Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award. The prestigious award is one of the highest professional honors in the field of Organizational Behavior, given annually by the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management to recognize outstanding early- to mid-career scholarly achievement. In 2010, she won the “Scholarly Achievement Award” from the Academy of Management’s Human Resources Division, and in 2009 she was recognized with the “Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award” from the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and the “Early Career Achievement Award” from the Academy of Management’s Human Resources Division. Professor Liao now serves as an Action Editor for Personnel Psychology.

IIn addition to her research accomplishments, Liao has also been consistently recognized for her exemplary teaching at Ph.D., MBA/EMBA, and undergraduate levels. Professor Liao was a recipient of the 2008-2009 and 2010-2011 Top 15% Teaching Award at the Smith School of Business, was the Advisor for the OBHR Doctoral Program, and is a faculty advisor for the Asian Business Association – Maryland Chapter.

Dr. Cynthia Kay Stevens

Dr. Cynthia Kay StevensDr. Cynthia Kay Stevens is Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, where she has been on the faculty since 1990. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Washington and holds a Master’s degree in social psychology from Miami University (Ohio). She has taught in the Smith School’s MBA, EMBA, and Ph.D. programs; in addition, she has taught in EMBA programs at Seattle University, University of Iowa, and Wuhan University, China.

Stevens’s research focuses on the cognitive and social factors that influence individual and group decisions and behavior. She has studied these processes in the context of negotiation skill development (skill acquisition, maintenance and transfer), staffing (interviews, job search and choice, recruitment), and work-group settings (influence of personalities on teams, impact of difficult coworkers on work-group functioning).

Stevens has written over 30 scholarly articles and book chapters, and her work has appeared in outlets such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Public Personnel Management, Organizational Behavior & Human Decision Processes, and the Academy of Management Journal. In 1999, she was recognized as one of the top 10 women scholars published in Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology during the preceding 10 years. In addition, she holds memberships in and has presented her research at national conferences of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and the American Psychological Association.

Stevens has taught in numerous corporate development programs, including: CSX’s Business Leadership Program, Black & Decker’s Technical Operations and Business Education (TOBE) Program, Force 3’s Leadership Program, Lockheed Martin’s Fundamentals of Leadership Program, McCormick’s Senior Leadership Development Program, Northrop Grumman’s IMPACT program, Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Leadership Institute, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration’s senior leadership development program, ARINC University (for director-level leadership development), Washington Post-Newsweek Interactive’s mid-management development program, Maryland State’s Government Executive Institute, and Millennium Resource’s Leading with Dignity™ program. She has also served as a coach to over 75 managers and executives, and consulted with organizations ranging in size from 15 to 35,000 employees. Her consulting work focused on using multi-rater assessments and coaching to improve leadership skills, strategic human resource management, designing and implementing effective performance management systems, and workforce diversity.

Stevens teaches MBA and Ph.D. seminars on negotiations, leadership development, managing difficult employees, decision making, and human resource management. She has also conducted training on topics including managing group processes, salary negotiation, performance review processes, interviewing skills, and employee development. She received the Smith School’s Krowe Award for outstanding teaching in 1992 and 1996, as well as the Phi Kappa Phi Mentor Award for outstanding teaching and a Teaching and Learning Quality Award for outstanding syllabus construction.

Dr. J. Gerald Suarez

Dr. J. Gerald SuarezDr. J. Gerald Suarez is a premier educator, speaker and consultant in the fields of Organizational Design, Systems Thinking and Total Quality Management. Suarez joined Smith in 2005 as Executive Director of the multidisciplinary Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) Honors Fellows program. He was a Ralph J. Tyser Teaching Fellow and an Executive Education Senior Fellow. From 2008 to 2010 he served as Associate Dean of External Strategy, leading the offices of marketing communications, recruitment and career services. Suarez earned the prestigious Allen J. Krowe Teaching Excellence Award and has been consistently selected a Top 15% Faculty Member at the Smith School. He teaches at the corporate, executive MBA, custom EMBA, international, and undergraduate levels. He was selected by Lockheed Martin as a Visiting Technical Fellow.

Prior to joining the Smith School, Suarez served under two administrations in the White House as the Director of Presidential Quality -- the first such post in the institution’s history. In this capacity, he initiated efforts to inculcate systems thinking and organizational redesign into the White House Communications Agency, the White House Military Office and the Executive Office of the President of the United States. He also served as Director of Customer Support and Organizational Development for the White House Military Office. Suarez traveled aboard Air Force One and Presidential helicopters in numerous missions worldwide. He received many Presidential awards and commendations for his work, including the Exceptional Civilian Service Medal, the White House Distinguished Service Award, the Commander-in-Chief Coin, and the White House Certificate for Meritorious Service.

Prior to his White House assignments, Suarez worked for the Office of the Under Secretary of the Navy’s Total Quality Leadership Office and for the Navy Personnel Research and Development Center in San Diego, California. In these roles, he served as a researcher, instructor and consultant for both the Department of the Navy and the Department of Defense (DoD).

Suarez has been active academically in both the United States and abroad. For ten years, he was a Visiting Professor at the Asturias Business School in Spain and was presented with the 49th Jovellanos Award in 2002 and the 4th Dali Original Sculpture Award in 2008 for his significant contributions to the advancement of social responsibility. At the National Graduate School of Quality Systems Management, he led the development of the institution's academic vision as the Chief Academic Officer, and was subsequently named Faculty Member of the Decade (1993-2003). Suarez has traveled to Shanghai and Tianjin, China as an educator and consultant, and in 2006 he designed and delivered an accelerated MBA train-the-trainer program to a select team of faculty members of the Islamic University of Gaza in Cairo, Egypt.

Suarez has produced several publications and instructional videotapes on teamwork, organizational redesign, and how to manage fear in the workplace. He collaborated with the late W. Edwards Deming and served as facilitator during his famous 4-day quality seminars. His publications and training strategies for educating the Defense workforce in quality management received DoD-wide distribution. His work has been showcased in international publications such as the Harvard Deusto Business Review as well as in national publications such as Quality Progress, the Journal for Quality and Participation and Executive Excellence. His research on “Fear in the Workplace” was featured on public television and showcased in the commercially available video series, "Better Management for a Changing World."

Suarez holds a master's degree and a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, and he has been certified as a Chief Information Officer by The National Defense University Information Resources Management College. He is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences. Currently he resides in Fairfax County, Virginia with his wife and three children.

Dr. Alexander J. Triantis

Dr. Alexander J. TriantisDr. Alex Triantis is a Professor of Finance at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1988. Prior to joining University of Maryland’s faculty in 1996, he was a visiting scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and an Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin. He served as Chair of the Smith School’s Finance Department from 2006-2011.

Triantis has published numerous articles related to corporate finance and valuation in leading academic journals including Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Finance, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, Management Science, and the Review of Financial Studies, and in practitioner journals such as RISK, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions. His research has been featured in Business Week, CFO magazine, Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and numerous other periodicals.

He is currently on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, and a Senior Editor of Production and Operations Management. He has also served as Editor of Financial Management (1999-2005) and Associate Editor of Management Science.

Professor Triantis has consulted and provided executive training in the areas of corporate finance and valuation, including issues related to capital investment decision making, financing strategies, risk management, real options analysis, derivatives pricing, and project finance. Clients have included multinational corporations and organizations such as Accenture, Airbus Industrie, BHP Billiton, CSX, Dupont, EY, Hyatt, Jefferies and Company, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, Morgan Stanley, Northrop Grumman, PricewaterhouseCoopers, U.S. Dept. of Energy, and the World Bank. He is a frequent speaker at domestic and international conferences and executive forums. He has received numerous awards and citations for teaching excellence, including being a two-time recipient of Smith School’s top award (Krowe Award), and being named by Business Week as an Outstanding Professor at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Maryland.

Dr. Karen Wouters

Dr. Karen WoutersDr. Karen Wouters is a Tyser Teaching Fellow and Academic Director of the Smith Experience and MBA Consulting Program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Prior to joining the Smith School, she was a research associate at the Vlerick Management School, a top-ranked school in Europe. Her expertise is primarily in the areas of leadership development, executive coaching, learning from on-the-job experiences and e-learning.

Wouters received her Ph.D. in Applied Economic Sciences with a major in Organizational Behavior from Ghent University, Belgium, her M.S. in Human Resource Management from the University of Antwerp, Belgium and her B.S. in Educational Sciences from the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Wouters has successfully taught in Executive Development, MBA and undergraduate programs on Leadership, Human Capital Management and Leadership Development. She has been honored for being one of the Outstanding (Top 15%) teachers at the Smith School.

She has been actively involved and served as a coach in Smith’s Executive Education Programs. Additionally, she has provided consulting services in the area of training and development to both public- and private-sector organizations in the United States and Europe. Some of the organizations that she worked with include: Anne Arundel Medical Center, DPP, NIH, Lockheed Martin and SAIC.

Wouters has written articles in the areas of e-learning, vocational training, on-the-job learning and executive coaching, and has presented her research at national and international conferences. One of her articles was given the 2002 Highly Commended Award by Emerald Literati Club. In 2006 and 2008 she received the “Global Forum Best Paper” and the “Best Paper In Management Development” from the Academy of Management.