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Lecturer Position in Organizational Behavior

The Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis, seeks temporary instructors to teach one or multiple Organizational Behavior courses during the 2014-2015 and/or 2015-2016 academic year (likely during the Spring and/or Summer quarters). The course descriptions for the OB courses, Crisis Management, Crisis Communications and Reputation Management, and Integrated Change Management are listed below.

Crisis Management: This course operates at both a strategic and a highly practical level, and students will become confident in toggling between the two, learning to anchor crisis management firmly within overall strategic management, yet simultaneously acquiring a set of useful, practical tools and techniques to be used in planning for possible crises, and in handling actualities in the moment. The course will be based on the excellent required text, which is accessible, engaging and remarkably up to date, and contains many good case studies. Additional case studies will also be provided on Toyota, Union Carbide and Virginia Tech. Students will be encouraged to relate the course material to their own workplace within a safe classroom environment. The course will focus on managing crises in the private sector, but also examine parallels in government, the public sector more generally, and the not-for-profit sector.

Crisis Communications and Reputation Management: This course is intended to provide you with an understanding of the framework and tools necessary to successfully address communications and reputation management tasks in a variety of crisis situations. Through discussion and application of theory, as well as analysis of case studies, you’ll be asked to think strategically, make recommendations to address crisis-related challenges, and develop robust, proactive plans to assist organizations in this arena. In short, you’ll gain the expertise and confidence needed to maneuver through myriad potential crisis situations today’s organizations and individuals will encounter.

Integrated Change Management: In this dynamic world businesses need to continuously change to deliver new services to customers, reduce costs of existing services or create an entirely new paradigm of business itself. Getting such changes implemented is a challenge. There are several cases where companies fail to achieve the desired change! They fail to get acceptance, they fail to get adoption and their grand vision remains unfulfilled. The problems are traced back to human nature, to why employees will not implement a change even though it appears a definitely better way to do business, and how bosses fail to address the micro-environment around impacted employees. If they had some OCM training, their business success would be significantly better.

Positions are contingent on funding and pending administrative approval and salary is based on ability and experience.  Applicants should have a terminal degree. Potential candidates should submit their application online only.  Please submit a vitae, evidence of teaching ability and contact information for three references.  Applications are accepted on a continuous basis for future temporary openings, so the position will remain open until filled. Only completed files will be reviewed.

Applicants should submit their application and supporting materials via our online recruitment system at

This position has no closing date and, as such, will remain open until filled.  However, the Committee expects that an initial consideration of candidates’ applications will be completed no later than October 30, 2014.

The Graduate School of Management is interested in candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus that supports equality and diversity.  The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. This position is covered by a collective bargaining unit. UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus.

CONTACT:  Academic Operations and Planning at the Graduate School of Management (


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