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We are excited to share with you the candidates for the 2024-2025 Board of Governors open leadership positions.  Please see below for information about the candidates-- their visions for their roles, visions for EAM, and their CV.  

Remember to vote by May 8, 2024, 11:59pm! 

Questions? Please contact Vishal Gupta, President-Elect at


Noel Criscione, Ed.D.

Vision for EAM:  My vision for EAM leading up to the role of presidency, is rooted in inclusivity, progress, and unity. I aim to foster an environment where every individual's voice is heard, where diversity is celebrated, and where we work together to tackle the challenges facing higher education institutions, businesses, and the communities that we serve . Through collaboration, innovation, and empathy, we will strive to build a brighter future for all, guided by principles of integrity, justice, and compassion.

Vision for President-Elect:  My vision for President-Elect, responsible for conference sponsorship, is to create meaningful partnerships that drive innovation, collaboration, and growth within our industries. I aim to cultivate a diverse array of sponsors who share our values and are committed to supporting the advancement of our field. Through strategic initiatives and effective stewardship, sponsorships will contribute not only to the success of individual events but also to the long-term sustainability and relevance of our conferences, fostering a vibrant and inclusive community of professionals.

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Robin Frkal, Ph.D.

Vision for EAM:  

I vividly remember my first Eastern Academy of Management conference. I had just begun my academic career and was on the cusp of defending my dissertation. I was immediately welcomed and felt at ease despite it being one of my first academic presentations. Since that first conference, I have continually found support and encouragement in my research and teaching, which has made me proud to consider EAM my academic home. I have developed productive research collaborations and long-lasting friendships at the conferences I look forward to attending each year.

Over the past few years, my involvement in the EAM community has deepened, particularly through my role as a Track Chair. I have been a proud advocate for EAM at Nichols, bringing in several new members to each of the last two conferences. After more than eight years of being part of the conference where 'scholarship and collegiality meet,' I am eager to serve the community and contribute to the mission of fostering members’ professional growth and advancing management theory, research, education, and practice. As a board member, I am committed to continuing my support for the organization and its members.

My primary goal as a board member will be to provide opportunities for members to excel and make a positive impact through their research and teaching. I am committed to ensuring that EAM continues to provide a collegial, welcoming, and supportive atmosphere that encourages involvement for all members. I am eager to continue recruiting new community members and encourage active participation in conferences, events, and committee work. I look forward to supporting existing programming and collaborating on new endeavors.

Vision for Vice-President Program - Elect 

As a long-standing EAM member, I am deeply honored to be a candidate for the Vice President of Program – Elect position. Every year, I am excited to attend the EAM conference because of the hard work and dedication of the volunteers who provide an outstanding program. Over the last several years, many enhancements and additions to the program represent pivotal steps toward fostering a dynamic and inclusive academic experience. As VP of Program–Elect, I am eager to build on the remarkable achievements of those who have served before me. I aim to further these initiatives, ensuring every member of our diverse community – students, faculty, and industry participants alike – finds a platform for meaningful engagement, dialogue, and dissemination of their research.

As I embark on this journey, I am driven by the collaborative and collegial spirit that defines EAM. I am eager to engage in a collective process to identify a conference theme and build a program that keeps EAM at the forefront of academic discourse. I firmly believe that through our collective effort, we can amplify the impact of our work. I am excited to collaborate with each of you, my esteemed colleagues, to advance our shared mission and leave a lasting imprint on the world of management education and scholarship.

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Gayle Baugh, Ph.D.

Vision for VP Program -Elect Role: 

            It is easy to write a statement regarding my vision for the position of Vice-President of Program Elect for the Eastern Academy of Management.  The individual in this position serves to carry out directives of the Vice-President of Program.  Given that Dr. Gabby Swab is moving into the position of Vice-President of Program, responding to such directives will be interesting and a lot of fun!

            Dr. Swab provided us with a thought-provoking and motivating game last year.  Pursuing the clues and fitting them together kept members engaged with the conference.  It also stimulated conversation and connections among members.  I would like to follow in that tradition.  I am eager to work closely with Dr. Swab and I expect to learn a great deal from her.  I am also hoping to capitalize on my expertise in mentoring to develop some additional developmental opportunities within the Eastern Academy of Management.  The Eastern Academy of Management is filled with caring, capable, and creative individuals who are quite willing to engage with others to share these qualities.

            The position of Vice President of Program-Elect is a starting position.  It leads into the position of Vice President of Program, Vice President-Elect, President, and Past-President.  Over the period of years encompassed by those positions, the individual elected will have a great deal of influence over the development and direction of the organization.  I have given a great deal of thought to the direction of the EAM and how we will fulfill our mission in the future. 

Vision for EAM:   .   

            Over my years as a professor and scholar, I have come to love the regional affiliates of the Academy of Management.  I believe that the regional associations fill a need that the larger, national organization cannot.  To continue to serve our members and potential members well, there are three major issues that I believe the Eastern Academy of Management (EAM) will need to address.  But first I would like to take stock of what we already do well.

            The EAM serves the full range of needs for our members.  The conference offers an array of opportunities for learning and development.  Whether an attendee wants for focus on teaching, research, or professional development, there are sessions dedicated to the relevant topic.  The sessions directed toward personal career development are notable as a unique feature of the EAM.  In comparison to other regional associations, the EAM has done an excellent job of providing member services beyond the conference itself.  The “Learn & Share” sessions provide value to members throughout the year.  The highly successful biannual international conference has been in place for decades and offers experience beyond national borders.  Finally, the organization has demonstrated its ability to “pivot” when necessary—as evidenced by the excellent online conference that was developed very rapidly in 2020 as COVID-19 made the planned in-person program impossible.  The measure of the organization’s success is how well it has served its diversity of members.

            There are also challenges that the organization will need to tackle.  The first concern is the shrinking number of tenure track positions in colleges and universities.  While the EAM may as an organization take a stand against the erosion of tenure track positions (supported, of course, by the AACSB), the trend is nonetheless likely to continue.  As a result, there will be more individuals in teaching-intensive positions.  The EAM must expand our service to those whose principal function is teaching.  Some individuals in teaching-intensive positions may find little value in a conference with a strong focus on research presentations and research development.  The EAM must be proactive in presenting its range of offerings to teaching-intensive faculty and to their department chairs in order to accentuate the value of membership and attendance at the conference.   

            It is important to recognize that not all research-intensive faculty plan to invest all of their energy in teaching.  We must not assume that teaching-intensive faculty lack interest in research activity.  Such faculty may want to engage in research out of personal interest or as a mechanism of moving into a position with a greater emphasis on research.  However, many teaching-intensive faculty will lack resources, especially time, to pursue a research program.  The EAM can leverage member expertise to assist such faculty to develop manageable and high-quality research projects.  The organization can also facilitate research partnerships that allow two or more parties to benefit from one another’s resources.  A regional association can support research among all faculty, not just those with research responsibilities. 

            A second trend is the increasing emphasis placed on societal impact.  While all scholarly publications include a section on practical applications, our institutions and our granting agencies are beginning to require evidence that our scholarship has societal impact and/or relevance to business practice (especially in the area of sustainability).  EAM as an organization has worked to build connections to practitioners and to practice.  However, we must intensify our efforts to connect to practice within the business community.  Psychologists often express the idea of “giving away” psychology to society as a whole.  I believe we must adopt that stance with respect to learning what is important to business practitioners and then “giving away” our research to the business community.  

            I will discuss our most difficult issue last.  We must learn to live comfortably with generative artificial intelligence (AI) and its successors both in the classroom and in our research activities.  We do our students a disservice if we ignore the potential of generative AI.  However, incorporating generative AI into the classroom without “guardrails” risks the deterioration of the skills that we endeavor to teach.  Many faculty are struggling to identify the appropriate role of generative AI in their courses, but they should not struggle alone.  Bringing the collective expertise within the EAM to bear on this issue will produce a variety of options for different types of classes.  As an organization, EAM can help its members to leverage the potential of this “brave new world.”

            We must confront the same issues of use of generative AI in our own academic work.  We must explore the ways that faculty can employ generative AI to become better educators and scholars.  We must learn how to model for our students the effective and ethical use of this new tool through our classroom behavior.  Further, we must explore the limits of the use of generative AI in research.  The potential of generative AI is great, but so are the pitfalls.  We must develop and enforce guidelines on the use of this tool in research. 

            I recognize that as the Board wrestles with these and other issues identified by the members the Board will simultaneously be engaged in the “routine” activities of organizing and presenting the annual conference!   I have had experience working with regional associations, including the Midwest Academy of Management, the Southern Management Association, and the Southwest Academy of Management (I am a former President of that association).  In addition, I learned a great deal through my service as the Division Chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division (now the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Division) and the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management.  The challenges facing associations, both large and small, are very similar.  However, it is likely that associations will take different routes to address these issues depending on their specific mission and purpose. 

            While I have had experience with a number of associations, I am both an “old” and “new” member of the EAM.  While working in my first job at Russell Sage College (in Troy, New York), I presented my first paper at the EAM.  After the move to Florida a few years later, my attendance and involvement were “spotty.”  Inspired by Carolyn Dexter’s legacy, I attended my first EAM – International in 2007 and more recently three out of the past four international conferences.  During the pandemic, I wanted a change in academic stimulation and I returned to the EAM.  After the amazing online program in 2020, I was “hooked.”  Since then, I have regularly submitted papers to and reviewed for the EAM.  I listened carefully at business meetings, and I have tried to learn the culture of the EAM.  It is essential to preserve the culture of the association on which the current success is predicated while adapting to our changing external landscape.  While I have not held a formal office for the EAM, I am dedicated to leveraging the strengths of the association’s culture while pursuing new opportunities presented by our current environment. 

I would truly enjoy working collaboratively with the members of the EAM Board to flesh out these issues (and other that have been identified).  We can build on and expand the EAM’s strengths to meet the needs of the diversity of members (and potential members) to ensure the viability of the organization.  With the talent available on the EAM Board and among the EAM membership, even these extremely difficult issues can be addressed.  The organization can and should demonstrate its value to its members, potential members, the business community, and society as a whole.  Regardless of the outcome of the election, I anticipate sharing in the continued success of the EAM.    

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Alice Wieland, Ph.D.

Vision for Treasurer Role:

I’m interested in this position because I’m a CPA and have some experience identifying process efficiencies. I would like to use these skills as a Treasurer to benefit EAM to ensure growth and value to members.  I would like to help EAM generate sufficient income to provide for its activities, but also keep the costs low so that we may have more attendees/members – and thereby a more robust community.  I would look for opportunities to offer activities and professional development options that members may value – but are not expensive to implement.  Some examples are lunch and learn topics, statistics workshops and reasonable lodging costs at the annual conference.  Additionally, there may be opportunities to increase revenues with sponsorships and growing our membership.

Vision for EAM: 

I have been part of the EAM conference planning committee for 3 years now.  I enjoy being part of this community and would like to continue getting to know members and creating communities that transcend our university appointments.  I believe in, and abide by the EAM values, especially that of creating a supportive community.  Many of us have been in not such supportive environments, and having access to a community of supportive scholars can make all the difference in a successful, fulfilling career.

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Kevin Coopersmith, Ed.D.

Vision for EAM: 

As Treasurer, I would aim to serve the Eastern Academy of Management’s vision of driving high-quality, dynamic research in the fields of management and leadership that have shaped the foundations of our organization. As an educator, I embody these same values in my work; I aspire to continuously improve as a researcher and teacher through my commitment to innovative, inclusive leadership practices.

For the past two years, I have spearheaded the Pathways to Publishing grant program, providing equitable opportunities for academic scholarship to my doctoral leadership students. This initiative has not only benefited our students but has also enhanced Stockton University's presence at academic conferences, including the Eastern Academy of Management.

In my previous role as a financial administrator at Stockton University, I oversaw annual budgets exceeding $500,000. In that role, I navigated my team’s budgets through expansions, budget cuts, and funding requests all while effectively maintaining our budget at the end of each fiscal year. If elected as Treasurer, I would apply my same dedication to excellence, high-performance standards, and dynamic leadership acumen to support the Eastern Academy of Management’s continued growth and success.

Vision for Treasurer:

As a newer member of the Eastern Academy of Management and an early career academic, the conference has offered me an extraordinary series of opportunities and contacts. At EAM 2022, I shared my research at my first-ever academic conference. It was daunting, overwhelming, but ultimately, inspiring to have that experience and meet so many incredible, passionate individuals in my field. By EAM 2023, I knew not only was I going to come back to present, but I had to bring others with me. Through my recently started Pathways to Publishing grant at my university, I was able to bring several other alumni and current students from Stockton’s Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership program to experience EAM. Once again, the experience was incredible, not only for myself but for the rest of our team from Stockton; I presented again alongside colleagues, I sat into new lectures and workshops, and so many of my current and former students had the opportunities to experience academic scholarship at the standard that only EAM can provide. This year, I’ll be presenting at my third conference, will be bringing more students and alumni with me from my program, and have also had the wonderful opportunity to serve as a track co-chair. Every year, the organization has provided me with new and exciting ways to grow, and every year I have strived to meet the standard of excellence that this conference has inspired in me.

All of this is to say that in just two years, the EAM conferences have become such an important part of who I am as an educator, researcher, and leader. I believe this experience, this ever-evolving relationship, is what defines EAM as something truly special that keeps us all connected, coming back, and eager to invite others along. If elected treasurer, I would aim to use this passion for the organization to drive my role further by utilizing my skillset as a leader and financial manager to help serve the organization and its goals. Ultimately, I would aim to have my service continue to help the organization grow, to continue to find new opportunities to provide equitable opportunities for students and educators alike, and find new ways for others to get engaged and connected at the conference. I believe my experience with EAM helps to speak to what makes our organization so special, and I aspire that my service for the organization can help to keep making it so unique and keep driving others to join in.

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