Dr. Denise Driscoll joined the faculty of The Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in 2014. She is interested in (1) The types of managerial communication practices that create, and sustain, highly-effective diverse teams and (2) The types of educational and training methods that increase the global dexterity of managers. Dr. Driscoll teaches several courses to MBA students, including Managerial Communication Skills, Intercultural Communication and Management, and Managerial Business Writing. Dr. Driscoll is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at Purdue University, as well as founder of Diversity Competency LLC, a consulting company started in 2008.
Dr. Driscoll's initial background was in experimental social psychology with an emphasis on social cognition and forming person impressions. As an Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue (1991 to 1999), she taught and conducted research on person impressions, attitude accessibility, persuasion, stereotyping, prejudice, nonverbal communication, sexual harassment, and intergroup relations.
After a hiatus as a visiting scholar at the University of Queensland to study diversity initiatives in Australia, Dr. Driscoll returned to Purdue as the Diversity Resource Specialist for the Vice President for Human Relations. From 2000-2007, she 1) Advised colleges, schools, and units about diversity issues and programs, 2) Played a major role in two assessments of Purdue's diversity and work-life climate, 3) Wrote, assessed, and consulted on diversity-related National Science Foundation grants, and 4) Developed, facilitated, and assessed diversity training workshops and programs across the Purdue campus as well as in the local community.
In 2008, she combined her experiences as an academic (with its focus on research and theory) with her experiences as an administrator (with its focus on applying research and theory to effect positive change in the workplace) and founded Diversity Competency LLC to help companies improve their diversity competency. Please see diversitycompetency.com if interested in Dr. Driscoll's consulting business.