Lucy Gilson

Department Head

Dr. Gilson is featured in ACUE’s modules: Preparing an Effective Syllabus, Embracing Diversity in Your Classroom, and Using Advanced Questioning Techniques.

Gilson is a Professor and the Management Department Head at the University of Connecticut’s School of Business. She is the Faculty Director of the Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference, and a visiting Scholar at Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon.

Gilson’s research focuses on individual and team creativity, why managers should want employees to be creative, team effectiveness, and virtual teams. Specifically, she is interested in examining teams in different organizational settings performing a diverse range of jobs, and determining how creativity, employee empowerment, diversity, fairness issues, leadership, and virtual communication influence effectiveness. Her research has been published in, Academy on Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Group and Organization Management, Small Group Research. In addition, Professor Gilson has provided consulting expertise to many multinational companies along with state and national agencies in the areas of leadership, women in leadership, virtual teams, managing change, and leading for creativity. She has given several invited keynote presentations on the topics of Women in Leadership as well as Leading for Creativity and Change.

Gilson teaches undergraduate, MBA, and executive-level students in the areas of Leadership, Managerial and Interpersonal Behavior, and Leading for Innovation and Change. She has been awarded the UConn School of Business MBA Professor of the year award and has been recognized as the MBA Management Professor of the year on multiple occasions. Gilson serves as the faculty advisor for the UConn Women’s MBA Association, she is the Senior Associate Editor for Group and Organizational Management, on the Editorial Board of Journal of Management, and on the OB Division Executive Committee for the Academy of Management.

Gilson earned her BS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She holds an MBA from Georgia Tech and a PhD in Organizational Behavior from the Georgia Institute of Technology.