Professor Lora Reed holds a B.A. in American Studies from Eckerd College, an M.A. in Applied Sociology from Norwich University, and a Ph.D. in Organization and Management and Certificate in Training and Development from Capella University. Her bachelors thesis focused on social history during the Great Depression. Her masters thesis explored community and conflict in the workplace. Her dissertation examined the Big Five personality traits and servant leadership characteristics as factors in retention of 9-1-1 telecommunicators.
Professor Reed’s research interests include workforce development, employee recruitment, selection, and retention, organizational development, and leadership. She has successfully written workforce development grants totaling over one million dollars and she has worked with Florida Workforce Boards to integrate service-learning as a strategy for workforce, employee, organizational, and community development. Professor Reed has effectively written several service-learning grants synthesizing community-based learning into a variety of Management courses. She is a faculty advisor for the Eckerd College Management Club and Society for the Advancement of Management (SAM).
Professor Reed continues to teach courses including Principles of Management and Leadership, Corporate Social Responsibility, Organizational Behavior, Women and Leadership, Organizational Consultation, Business Policy and Strategic Management, Nonprofit Management, and Technology, Society, and the Environment, to name a few.