Associate Professor & Chair, Human Resource Management
Deanna Geddes (Ph.D., 1990, Purdue University) has served as a management consultant to government, ﬁnancial, pharmaceutical, insurance and retail corporations. Her research interests focus on workplace emotion and performance appraisal practices. Dr. Geddes' work has been cited by NBC Nightly News and several major newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, New York and Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. Her studies and research models appear in Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Human Relations, International Journal of Conﬂict Management, Management Communication Quarterly, Aggressive Behavior, and Communication Quarterly, among others. Dr. Geddes is recognized as a pioneer in information technology use in the classroom, having received several teaching awards including the Andrisanni-Frank Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Musser Award for Leadership in Teaching. She teaches strategic organizational communication, negotiation, and organizational dynamics at the undergraduate, MBA, and PhD levels.
She presented a Knowledge Leadership Series (KLS) in February 2013 on Workplace Anger and Continuous Improvement. where she spoke on how employee anger displays are not necessarily undesirable and may even promote favorable outcomes at work. Her lecture helped managers reframe their thinking about employee anger—to understand that employee anger is not necessarily self-serving or aggressive. Consequently, managers who overcome initial, personal discomfort and oﬀense from employee anger displays, and withhold sanctions, can increase the possibility of helpful problem solving, airing of diﬀerences, and movement forward in pursuing organizational goals.