October 19, 2018

NLS Leadership Team

Rachel Clapp-Smith, PhD

Associate Professor
Department Head, Managerial Studies
College of Business at Purdue University Northwest


Rachel Clapp-Smith received her PhD in Organizational Behavior and Leadership at the University of Nebraska, MBA in International Management at Thunderbird, the School of Global Management, and BA in History and German at Bowdoin College. Dr. Clapp-Smith has devoted her research to understanding how experiences in a variety of contexts impact the process and content of leadership development. As such, she has conducted research on how the whole person develops as a leader, looking at multiple life domains beyond just work, as venues of leadership identity development. She has also explored the impact of cross-cultural experiences in developing global leadership capacities such as global mindset and cultural self-awareness. Dr. Clapp-Smith has published articles in journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Organizational Dynamics, International Journal of Leadership Studies, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, Human Resource Management, Cross-Cultural Management, and European Journal of International Management. She has also published a number of book chapters in volumes such as Advances in Global Leadership and The Role of Leadership in Occupational Stress. Dr. Clapp-Smith has presented at a number of annual meetings of the Academy of Management, International Leadership Association, and the Academy of International Business. She is a co-coordinator of the Network of Leadership Scholars and Director of the Leadership Center at Purdue University Northwest. During the academic year 2016/2017, she was a visiting scholar at the Toulouse Business School in France. She has conducted leadership seminars in Budapest, Hungary; Dublin, Ireland; and Toulouse, France; and provided leadership coaching for a number of managers across Europe and the United States. Dr. Clapp-Smith teaches leadership and organizational behavior in undergraduate and graduate programs.


Marie T. Dasborough, PhD

Associate Professor of Management
University of Miami Business School

Marie Dasborough is a faculty member in the Management Department at the University of Miami. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior (specializing in leadership, emotions, and teamwork), from University of Queensland in Australia. During her career, she has won multiple awards for her research and teaching endeavors. She has published in the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Organizational Behavior, International Journal of HRM, The Leadership Quarterly, and various others. She is currently the co-editor for Journal of Organizational Behavior (Annual Review), and serves on three editorial review boards (The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Group and Organization Management). She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Johnson Endosomwan Leadership Institute. Dr Dasborough teaches High Performance Leadership to the Global EMBAs, Leading Across Cultures to the MBAs, and Advanced Organizational Behavior to the undergraduates. She is a member of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (Division 14 of the American Psychological Association), the Southern Management Association, Network of Leadership Scholars, Organizational Behavior Teaching Society, International Society for Research on Emotions, and is an invited member of the Emotional Intelligence Consortium. With a passion for mentoring others, she has also organized professional development workshops at the Academy of Management conferences during the last 10+ years to support the endeavors of junior leadership scholars. She currently serves as the Communications Officer (and Chief Happiness Officer) for the Network of Leadership Scholars.

Jeremy D. Meuser, PhD

Assistant Professor of Management
University of Mississippi

Jeremy D. Meuser is an Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Mississippi. He brings an eclectic background to the study of leadership, holding degrees in computer engineering, philosophy, and spirituality, and a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Melding entrepreneurial and managerial experience in the private sector in information technology (IT), high school teaching, and internships in the medical field, Dr. Meuser’s research program focuses on leadership and the impact of leadership upon the individuals who experience it. Servant leadership, differential leader treatment (leader-member exchange and idiosyncratic deals), and employee identification are his primary areas of interest. He has published in the Academy of Management Journal, The Leadership Quarterly, the Journal of Management, and The Oxford Handbook of Leadership in Organizations. He serves on the editorial review boards for The Leadership Quarterly and Group and Organization Management. Dr. Meuser has taught courses in leadership, leadership development, introduction to business, organizational behavior, organizational theory, international management, and global business. Dr. Meuser looks forward to a long and productive career researching and presenting on the topic of servant leadership and leadership in general. He currently serves as the Eminent Leadership Scholar Coordinator and Webmaster for the Network of Leadership Scholars.

Gretchen Vogelgesang-Lester, PhD

Assistant Professor
San Jose State University

Gretchen Vogelgesang-Lester was interested in leadership from a young age, telling people at the age of 13 that she would be the boss. After trying out executive search, banking, and consulting, she decided becoming a professor was more her speed. Along the way, she has lived in Chicago, Lincoln, New York, Washington, D.C., and now is located south of San Jose, CA. She currently teaches as part of the management curriculum at San Jose State University and has done some executive coaching in the MBA program. She finds it fascinating to help others reach their maximum potential.

Dr. Vogelgesang-Lester teaches the capstone strategic management course, as well as the applied organizational behavior course located in Silicon Valley. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and her MBA from DePaul University. Her research encompasses leadership development, leader identity, and communication between leaders and followers. She has published in such journals as The Leadership Quarterly, Organizational Dynamics, the Academy of Management Learning and Education, the Journal of Leadership and Organization Studies, the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, and Human Resource Development Review. She also has presented her work at the Academy of Management Conferences and serves as a reviewer for a number of leadership journals. Prior to academia, Dr. Vogelgesang Lester worked in the financial industry as a wealth management trust officer. She has also worked with such organizations at the Securities and Exchange Commission and the National Science Foundation as a human capital consultant.

Nathan Eva, PhD

Senior Lecturer
Department of Management
Monash Business School

Dr Nathan Eva is a senior lecturer in the Department of Management at the Monash Business School. He is a multi-award award-winning lecturer and dynamic public speaker with an innate ability to establish a rapport with students and convey information with clarity and enthusiasm.

Dr Eva received his PhD from Monash University in 2014, received the 2015 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctorial Research Award in Leadership, awarded as a 2016 Greenleaf Scholar by the Greenleaf Centre for Servant Leadership, and was selected for the 2016 Wharton Business School ECR Development Program. He was nominated for the 2017 and 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, received the 2016 and 2013 Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence at the Monash Business School, and been consistently recognized for outstanding teaching by the Office of the Vice-Provost (Learning and Teaching).

Dr Eva’s research interests focus on the antecedents, outcomes, and development of leadership. Whilst predominately focused on servant leadership, Nathan has also researched ethical, entrepreneurial, participative leadership in an organizational context, and has published in youth leadership development. His peer-reviewed work appears in international outlets such as Journal of Business Ethics, Human Resource Management Review, Public Administration Review, and Journal of Small Business Management and Education + Training. He serves as Social Medial Office for the Network of Leadership Scholars.