January 2, 2020

Rising Star Early Career Award

2022 Award Recipient

Dr. Jeffrey B. Lovelace
Assistant Professor of Commerce
McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia

Jeff Lovelace is an assistant professor of commerce at the McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University and his undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point. His research examines the social and cognitive influences that shape leader behavior, leader-follower relationships, and performance at the individual and firm level. More specifically, he focuses on the sensemaking and social influence processes of senior leaders, with an emphasis on investigating how celebrity, status, and reputation impact leader cognition and behavior. He has published journal articles, books, and book chapters in a variety of outlets, including Academy of Management ReviewAcademy of Management JournalJournal of Management; and The Leadership Quarterly. Additionally, Jeff is an International Research Fellow for the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation and the Director of the McIntire School of Commerce Leadership Minor. At McIntire, he teaches classes on leadership, power and influence, and organizational change at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also has experience running corporate education workshops for a variety of organizations in the public and private sectors. Prior to his academic career, he served as an Officer in the United States Army from 2002 until 2014.


We invite nominations for the 2023 Network of Leadership Scholars (NLS) Rising Star Early Career Award. Nominations are due March 15, 2023.

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, 2023.
  • Award winner will be notified by June 1st, 2023
  • Award will be conferred at the 2023 Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

Previous Award Winners

2019Dorothy Carter
2020Fadel Matta
2021Jackson Lu

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