I am delighted to announce that the President has approved the promotion of Leigh Tost to Associate Professor of Management and Organization, with tenure, effective immediately.
Professor Tost joined the Marshall School of Business in the fall of 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Management and Organization. She graduated in 2010 with a Ph.D. in Management from Duke University, and before joining USC spent two years as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business and four years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Her insightful research questions and skillful theoretical and empirical execution have earned her an international reputation as an expert on the role of hierarchy and legitimacy in organizations. In particular, she has become known for studying organizational processes from multiple levels of analysis – individual, group, and organization. Her work is unusually interdisciplinary and integrative, drawing from scholarship in the fields of psychology, sociology, organizational studies, and strategy. Her research program addresses three main themes: (1) the distinction between psychological and structural power, (2) the effects of power on selfish versus socially responsible behavior, and (3) judgments about the legitimacy of social hierarchies and social positions. Her work has been published in a broad variety of top-tier journals in management and psychology, including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Personality and Social Psychology Review, Psychological Science, and Research in Organizational Behavior.
Professor Tost has demonstrated excellence in teaching, teaching in Marshall’s undergraduate core program with instructor ratings that exceed the corresponding instructor averages for Marshall School courses. At Michigan, she taught in the undergrad, MBA Core, and MBA Elective programs. Professor Tost has additionally made strong contributions through her service to the department and the profession, as evidenced by her role on departmental and doctoral student committees, Academy of Management service roles, as well as her role as editorial board member on three of the top management journals in the field: Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. She received the NBD Bancorp Chaired Assistant Professorship Research Award at the Ross School of Business in 2015, acknowledging her as one of the two most research-productive junior faculty members school-wide and has received three “Best Reviewer” awards from the field’s top management journals. She is an active contributor to doctoral education and is praised by doctoral students and her colleagues alike for her theoretical insights, methodological expertise, and her generous and positive nature.
Professor Tost’s promotion is a well-deserved recognition of her outstanding contributions in research, teaching, and service over the years. Please join me in congratulating her and welcoming her to the ranks of tenured associate professors.
Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs
Joseph A. DeBell Chair in Business Administration
Professor of Management & Organization
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California