Meet Our Faculty
What are your research areas? I research two main topics—employee engagement (when and why people choose to invest themselves completely in their work) and the social networks of teams (how team members' networks of interpersonal relationships and interactions help them be effective).
Did you work in industry before teaching? I've previously been an auditor, youth conference coordinator, and movie star. No, really. Search the IMDB.
What do you love most about the University of Iowa or living in Iowa? I love being associated with outstanding colleagues at the University of Iowa. Not only are they some of best at what they do, they are also some of the nicest people in the field. We also love the community as a great place to raise our kids. The schools are great, our neighborhood is wonderful, and we love having changing seasons.
What are your hobbies or what do you like to do on weekends? In a perfect world, I would go golfing every weekend, but right now I'm lucky to play two or three times a year. I try to play basketball regularly as a way to get some exercise, and I also love volleyball and tennis. I love the outdoors in general—camping, hiking, biking. I also enjoy photography. But most weekends, you'll find me just working around the yard or house.
Do you have children? Oh yes. And how. Emery is our 5-year-old son. Myra and Audrey are our 4-year-old twin girls. Then heaven sent us Hyrum and Henry who are our almost one-year-old twin boys. Five kids ages five and under with two sets of twins. I'm surprised I still have any hair on my head.
Do you have pets? [laughs]. No way do we have time for pets. But Myra and Audrey are begging for a puppy. The closest they'll get is a stuffed animal.
What are some of your favorite books? I loved the whole Harry Potter series. Other favorites include:
Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box, The Arbinger Institute
Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom
1776, David McCullough
Freakonomics, Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner
Moneyball, Michael Lewis
What are some of your favorite movies? All-time favorite is Apollo 13. Other favorites are the Indiana Jones series; the original Star Wars series; Ocean's 11, 12, and 13; The Blind Side; Remember the Titans, and How to Train Your Dragon.
Where were you born? Where have you lived besides Iowa? I was born and raised in Utah (miss those gorgeous mountains). I lived in Gainesville, Florida, for five years while I got my Ph.D. I also lived in Brazil for two years.
Countries visited? I've been to Brazil, Canada, England, continental Europe, and Israel.