Maureen Ambrose

Gordon J. Barnett Professor of Business Ethics, Management Department, College of Business Administration 2017 Women's History Month

What is your current job title and responsibilities?
Gordon J. Barnett Professor of Business Ethics
Management Department
College of Business

What is your history at UCF and before UCF?
I joined the UCF Management Department as Professor of Management in 1999. Prior to joining UCF I was on the faculty at the University of Colorado-Boulder from 1991-1999 where I also served as the Director of Research for the College of Business Administration. Prior to CU-Boulder I was on the faculty at the University of Iowa.

What is your academic background?
I received by B.S. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and my Masters and doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne.

What is your favorite UCF memory?
Oh, so many favorite UCF memories it’s hard to settle on just one. But the best was probably being in the stands in Phoenix to watch the Knights win the Fiesta Bowl. Not just because it was an amazing game and a great win, but because you could feel the commitment and pride the UCF fans had in the university. I remember the woman sitting in front of me tearing up when the Knights scored for the second time and it was clear they could play at or above the level of Baylor. Through her tears she said, “I just came to support the team, I never thought they had a chance to win.” And then they did. It really was a Good Knight.

If you could change one thing at UCF, what would it be?
More parking?

What is one piece of advice you would like to share with your colleagues?
Our profession is so great because in the long run, it really is a meritocracy. It can be lumpy, because the publication process certainly has some short-term noise in it. But when you look back five years or ten years or even more, things tend to work out as they should. If you do good work, it will be recognized.

If UCF was going to name something in your honor, what would you like it to be and why?
I’ve never even thought about something like this, but maybe a series of doctoral student fellowships. Most of our undergraduate students are probably unaware of this, but a thriving doctoral program is the foundation of a great research university. It energizes every facet of our work, from our research to our teaching, including our interactions at the undergraduate level. It’s an aspect of a great university that often flies under the radar, but really does provide the beating heart of our institution.

If you could have lunch with anyone at UCF (who you do not normally eat lunch with), who would you choose and why?
My husband, who is also a UCF faculty member. Even though we are in the same department, our crazy schedules mean we almost never get to have lunch together. That would be nice.

Who at UCF would you like to thank for your success?
Again, the list is long. But if I were to point to two people in particular, the first would be Dr. Foard Jones. He was the point person in the search process that brought me to UCF. But maybe more importantly, he was my department chair for a number of years. His approach to that job—a sincere belief that the job of the chair is to create a setting in which every member of the department can thrive—is why I am still here 17 years later. Second would be my current Dean, Dr. Paul Jarley who upon arriving at UCF five years ago inherited a strong program but has been bold in helping us make it even stronger. He’s a great leader.

Name and describe a teacher or researcher from your past who truly inspired you and why.
This would have to be my undergraduate thesis advisor at UCSB, Dave Hamilton. He introduced me to research, was incredibly supportive, gave me a glimpse at what a scholarly life was about, and encouraged me to pursue it. I wouldn’t be a professor if it weren’t for him.

What undergraduate or graduate class/program/experience inspired you the most and why?
As a student, I’d say my undergrad social psychology and experimental psychology courses. These are the courses in which I started to think like a scientist and began my lifelong interest in what drives human behavior. As a professor, it has to be my negotiation course. That course can be transformative for students and that’s always energizing.

What is your favorite restaurant or food?
Tako Cheena in the Mills 50 district. Love it.

What is your favorite movie, book or music?
Atlas Shrugged

What is your favorite vacation destination?
The Colorado mountains

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