School of Management

Jennifer S. Leigh

Jennifer S. Leigh

Professor of Management and the Killian J. and Carolyn F. Schmitt Chair
585-389-2515
jleigh4@naz.edu
Smyth Hall 184B
Bio

Education: Ph.D. in Organization Studies, Carroll School of Management Boston College; M.A. in Organizational Systems Renewal, Antioch University-Seattle; B.A. in history, Swarthmore College.

Teaching and Research Interests: responsible management education, cross-sector social partnerships, humanistic management, global virtual teams, and social innovation.

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Courses I teach

  • Managerial Ethics
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Senior Capstone
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Development & Change
  • Leadership

Social Impact

Dr. Leigh attended the Clinton Global Initiative University Conference at Northeastern University October 2017 with Nazareth College students.

Jennifer Leigh with students at CGIU

"There are numerous 'grand challenges' facing our society— 'wicked' global problems that can be feasibly addressed with global collaboration. Professors can play an influential role in shaping the minds of current and future leaders regarding these challenges by providing a humanistic framework for students and offering a safe environment in which to struggle with ethical, practical, and conceptual issues."

Favorite Course

It is difficult to choose just one course! My goal is to create transformative learning experiences with my students through engaging in service-learning projects with our community, participating in global virtual teams, consulting to small and medium sized enterprises, and mentoring student-led instruction. In these deep experiential learning opportunities students can bring more of their whole selves to the process and connect research from the course, their majors, and the core curriculum to real-world opportunities and challenges.

Recognition

  • In 2016 she received the Mid-Career Distinguished Educator Award from Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (MOTBS). 
  • In 2010 she and her colleagues Dr. Joy Beatty & Dr. Kathy Lund Dean received the prestigious Fritz Rothlisberger award for the best article in the Journal of Management Education during 2009. 
  • In 2007 she received the New Educator Award from MOBTS.

Engaged Scholarship & Service

Dr. Leigh is a Service-Learning Scholar in the Center for Civic Engagement at Nazareth College. In the Rochester area, Dr. Leigh and her students collaborate with community organizations through service-learning projects such as the Rochester Refugee Resettlement Services (RRRS) and the Community Place of Greater Rochester.

Additionally, Dr. Leigh holds a number of leadership roles in her professional societies. She is a Senior Editor for The Annual Review of Social Partnerships (ARSP) and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Management Education (JME) and Business Ethics: A European Review (BEER). She has served as a special issue editor for both JME and BEER with editions on the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) and Addressing Grand Challenges.

Research: Responsible Management Education

Dr. Leigh publishes widely in journals and other outlets on the topics of corporate social responsibility and humanistic management. She recently co-edited the book Educating for Responsible Management: Putting Theory into Practice with Roz Sunley (2016).

Jennifer Leigh

Research with Students

"Nearly every semester I mentor students on independent study projects which result in consulting reports to organizational clients, articles in student academic journals, and student research presentations. These collaborations sometimes even continue after graduation. Recently Nazareth alumnae Whitney Ennis and I co-authored a chapter with Dr. Erica Steckler (University of Massachusetts-Lowell) titled Harnessing the Potential of Gamification in Humanistic Management Teaching: Games for Change Insights and Learning Experiences in Case Studies in Humanistic Management (forthcoming)."