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Orfalea College of Business

Rebecca Ellis

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Management, HR and Information Systems Emeritus

Management Professor

Rebecca Ellis


  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1984 — Major: Management, Minor: Industrial Relations and Research Methods
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin – Madison, Management
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin – Madison, English
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin – Madison, English

Teaching Specialization

  • Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Staffing
  • Compensation
  • HRIS
  • Cross-Cultural Management
  • Training and Development

Additional College/University Experience

  • University of Iowa, 1982-1987
  • University of Zimbabwe, 1996

Research Interests and Experience

International Cross-cultural HRM; Contingent Employment; Alternative Work Schedules; Compensation; Job Search, Career Development

Areas Published

Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Business and Psychology, Journal of Management Education, Journal of Social Issues, Mentoring and Tutoring Journal

Professional Organizations and Positions Held

Academy of Management, Labor and Employment Relations Association, Society for Human Resource Management (Faculty Advisor of Student Chapter; HR Games Coach), Fulbright Association, City of San Luis Obispo Personnel Board (Chair, 2006 to present)

Consulting Experience

Division of Employee Relations, State of Wisconsin; Wisconsin Power and Light Co.; Chromalloy Farm Systems; Rockwell International; Zimbabwe Sun Hotels Group, Petroleum Equipment Institute


Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Epsilon Sigma, Fulbright Scholar 1996, Orfalea College of Business Distinguished Teacher 2004

Foreign Travel

Extensive: Africa (Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zanzibar), S.E. Asia (Thailand, Laos, Philippines,Viet Nam, Singapore), Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji. 53 countries and 6 continents.

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