Cheryl Wakslak Appointed the McAlister Associate Professor in Business Administration

Please join us in congratulating Cheryl Wakslak on her appointment as the McAlister Associate Professor in Business Administration.  The Dean's and Vice Dean's announcement is copied below. Congratulations, Cheryl, from the entire MOR community!

May 04, 2020
From: Dean's Office <>
Sent: Monday, May 4, 2020 8:20 AM
Subject: Announcement: Professor Wakslak, McAlister Associate Professor in Business Administration

Dear Marshall Community:

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Cheryl Wakslak as the McAlister Associate Professor in Business Administration.

Professor Wakslak earned her PhD in Psychology from New York University’s Department of Psychology in 2008. After positions at Columbia University and the University of Rochester she joined Marshall in 2010 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2016.

Professor Wakslak is a social psychologist and her work bridges the fields of psychology and organizational behavior. She has achieved an international reputation for her pioneering work on the causes and consequence of people’s cognitions or mental representations of reality. Because these representations influence people’s judgments, decisions, and actions, understanding the psychological mechanisms underlying them has profound practical implications, and Professor Wakslak’s research has made significant contributions to knowledge and research in interpersonal relations and judgment and decision-making. Her findings show that people expect power holders to think abstractly and thus judge people who speak abstractly to be powerful, and that, when speaking to a large audience, people use more abstract language to communicate more persuasively to a wider range of individuals. Moreover, she has been applying the insights from her basic work on mental representation to a variety of topics, including our understanding of gender differences, gift giving, and how entrepreneurs construct their pitches to investor audiences.

Professor Wakslak’s research is theory driven and methodologically rigorous, permitting strong causal inferences, and her publication record is exceptionally strong. She has published 20 articles in top-tier research journals, including articles in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Psychological Science, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. As an example of the breadth of her contributions, she has published not only in psychology and management journals, but also in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Advertising, Criminology, and Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. In recognition of her achievements, she was a recipient of the 2014 Marshall Dean’s Award for Research Excellence, and the Department of Management and Organization’s Research Excellence Award. She was also awarded the Sage Young Scholar Award by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in 2016.

Named chairs and professorships are among the highest honors bestowed by the university on the faculty. Please join us in congratulating Professor Wakslak on achieving this notable honor.

Best regards,

Gareth M. James                                                     

Nandini Rajagopalan
Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs