January 2, 2020

Rising Star Early Career Award

2023 Award Recipient

Dr. Katie Badura
Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior
Scheller College of Business – Georgia Tech

Katie Badura is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech. She received her Ph.D. in Organization and Human Resources Management from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Her research focuses on the process through which individuals emerge as leaders within organizations and how individual differences (e.g., personality, gender, disability status) impact employee, team, and firm-level outcomes. Her work has been featured in top academic outlets including the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Psychological Bulletin. She has received the Best Paper Award from Personnel Psychology, as well as honorable mention for the William A. Owens Scholarly Achievement Award.

Since joining the faculty at Georgia Tech, Dr. Badura has taught leadership classes in the MBA program, human resources management courses in the undergraduate curriculum, and has provided leadership trainings to various stakeholders across Georgia Tech and the greater Atlanta community. In the classroom, she is the winner of the Georgia Tech CTL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, as well as the Georgia Tech Student Recognition of Excellence in Teaching: CIOS Award. She has twice been recognized as a Georgia Tech Face of Inclusive Excellence, was the inaugural recipient of the Georgia Tech Scheller MBA Program Award for Service Excellence, and has been named as a 40 under 40 professor by Poets & Quants.


We invite nominations for the 2024 Network of Leadership Scholars (NLS) Rising Star Early Career Award. Nominations are due March 15, 2024.

Now in its fourth year, NLS honors a junior academic who is already making a significant contribution to the field of leadership. The intention of the Rising Star Early Career Award is to help promote the work of this highly promising junior scholar. Such recognition should promote networking with senior academics within the field and raise the winner’s profile.


  • The applicant/nominee must have completed his or her PhD within the past 5 years.
  • The PhD must be on the topic of leadership within the field of Organizational and Industrial Psychology, Organizational Behavior, Management or a related field.
  • The applicant/nominee must already have a proven record of publishing in top tier journals and be able to demonstrate a promising pipeline of work going forward.
  • Rising Star Early Career Award committee members and previous winners of this award are not eligible.

Application Process

  • Self and other nominations are welcome.
  • The applicant/nominee’s curriculum vita, including a full publication list
    (this can also include papers under review).
  • A 1 page summary providing a compelling argument for how the applicant/nominee’s research makes a significant contribution to the topic of leadership. This can detail both how work has evolved to date and plans going forward for advancing knowledge.
  • A co-author reference (this can either be attached to the application or sent directly).
  • Materials must be emailed to: Brett Neely – networkleadershipscholars@gmail.com

Committee Membership

The NLS board, in conjunction with the Chair invites committee members with the intent of ensuring a representative committee (in terms of seniority, interdisciplinarity, multiple nationalities, and sex). The role of the Chair is to guide the Committee through its decision and work with the incoming NLS Awards Coordinator (Brett Neely, networkleadershipscholars@gmail.com) in organizing the process.

Deadlines and Timeline

  • Materials due March 15th, 2024.
  • Award winner will be notified by July 1st, 2024
  • Award will be conferred at the 2024 Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

Previous Award Winners

2019Dorothy Carter
2020Fadel Matta
2021Jackson Lu
2022Jeffrey Lovelace

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