2022 Best Undergraduate Professors: Kristie Rogers, Marquette University

Kristie Rogers
Marquette University

“Professor Rogers’ teaching was extremely impactful on the way I approached conversations, and negotiations within different situations. Specifically as a student going into the sales field, I learned many different ways to interact with others because of her courses. Not only was the content excellent, but Professor Rogers’ teaching style gave students newfound confidence inside and outside the classroom. Going into job interviews, I was much more confident than ever before—and that is what I think is most important about college courses. If I had the opportunity to take more classes with Professor Rogers, I would!” – Jonathon Silvers

Kristie Rogers, 38, is Associate Professor of Management at Marquette University.

Her research focuses on respect and identity at work and is published in top management journals including Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Organization Science and Journal of Applied Psychology. She is the winner of the Outstanding Published Article in Positive Organizational Scholarship award from University of Michigan’s Center for Positive Organizations, a Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management’s MOC Division, and an Anti-Racism Research Grant from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). She serves on the editorial review boards of Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, and Journal of Applied Psychology.

Practice-oriented articles have been published in Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, and UC-Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. She’s appeared on numerous podcasts including HBR’s Ideacast, the Wall Street Journal’s As We Work, and Voice of Influence. Notable features and media mentions include the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Ted’s Worklife podcast, Network for Business Sustainability, and Business Insider.

She is the 2022 winner of the college-wide Brennan Master Teacher Award based on her past ten semesters of student evaluations. She was also honored as a 2022 Marquette University faculty all-star.


At current institution since what year? 2016


  • Ph.D., Arizona State University
  • MBA, University of New Mexico
  • BA, University of New Mexico

List of Undergraduate courses you teach: Negotiation, Organizational Behavior


I knew I wanted to be a business school professor when… I was sitting in day one of my first organizational behavior class and my professor, Dr. Rob Delcampo, told us about his research. I thought to myself “This is so interesting. I can’t believe it’s a real job.” Rob introduced me to the research process and helped me find my way to a doctoral program.

What are you currently researching and what is the most significant discovery you’ve made from it? My research focuses on workplace dynamics related to respect and identity. I’m especially interested in understanding how workers thrive in the face of challenges around stigma and disrespect. In an in-press paper with Melanie Prengler, Nitya Chawla and Angelica Leigh, we found that the antiracism motivation and strategies of Black law enforcement officers foster respect and trust between police organizations and Black communities, and glimpses of positive transformation sustain the officers’ anti-racism motivation. In an in-progress project about power dynamics in the hip-hop music industry with my co-authors Payal Sharma and Blake Ashforth, we found that severely-stigmatized “video vixens” can cultivate agency and protection from mistreatment, both proactively and reactively.

If I weren’t a business school professor, I’d be… A journalist and podcast host. I love learning about how others experience the world.

What do you think makes you stand out as a professor? I work to close the gap between class content and the day-to-day lives of my students. In addition to the negotiating they do through the active learning environment in the classroom, they engage in projects that require them to negotiate on their own behalf and on behalf of those who may not readily have a voice or skillset to do so. Closing this gap helps them see their growth and energizes them to show up for class as the best versions of themselves.

One word that describes my first time teaching: Invigorating

Here’s what I wish someone would’ve told me about being a business school professor: Successes ebb and flow in this career, even if your effort is constant, and that’s completely normal. Surround yourself with people who help you push through the hard semesters and rejection streaks. An amazing class and cluster of successes is likely on the other side.

Professor I most admire and why: Blake Ashforth. His contagious and unwavering passion for this career is amazing. He loves the research process and takes time to complete every step in the most thoughtful way. In the classroom, he has a way of making each student feel like they are adding value and teaching him something important. He truly makes others better through his research and teaching.


What do you enjoy most about teaching business students? I enjoy how eager they are to build and practice skills that will make them into the professionals they aim to be. I love the excitement and pride they feel when they apply class content in a work setting, and so appreciate the emails from former students who reach out to share these successes.

What is most challenging? Helping them flip the switch from a performance goal orientation to a learning goal orientation.

In one word, describe your favorite type of student: Curious

In one word, describe your least favorite type of student: Pompous

When it comes to grading, I think students would describe me as… Fair, clear, and predictable.


What are your hobbies? All things Peloton, yoga, sparkling wine, finding the perfect matcha latte, and cheering my kids on at soccer games and swim meets.

How will you spend your summer? I’ll be wrapping up my first sabbatical! I hope to be striking the right balance between activities that are productive (e.g., focused writing) and restorative (e.g., paddle boarding).

Favorite place(s) to vacation: We recently bought a cottage on our favorite lake in northern Wisconsin. Each time we make the 3-hour trip it feels like a mini-vacation for everyone in the family. Finding this sweet spot between feeling at home and feeling far away from daily life has quickly made this my favorite place.

Favorite book(s): The Art of Racing in the Rain

What is currently your favorite movie and/or show and what is it about the film or program that you enjoy so much? Stranger Things. I just finished season 4 with my husband and I’m amazed by how my responsibilities and to-do lists were so quickly replaced by the suspense and nostalgia of this show.

What is your favorite type of music or artist(s) and why? I can’t resist a good Macklemore song. His music videos create the best living room dance parties in our house, which are totally mood altering for crabby kids and/or their stressed parents.


If I had my way, the business school of the future would have much more of this… Required (rather than elective) courses for undergraduates that provide them with tools to be terrific colleagues and leaders, such as negotiation courses to help them effectively navigate conflict and maximize value, and diversity courses that send them into the workforce with an understanding of how and why they can foster inclusion.

In my opinion, companies and organizations today need to do a better job at…Rewarding employees for helping their colleagues develop and learn. This should fall into the “promotable task” category and often doesn’t.

I’m grateful for… My phenomenal network of academic friends. They celebrate with me on great days, reassure me on terrible days, and inspire me with their brilliance and passion on the in-between days. I can’t imagine this job being any fun without them.

And I am so grateful for the unwavering support and patience from my family, even if they have a little trouble keeping up with what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. My six-year-old recently told me that he thinks I teach people how to be nurses. My 9-year-old asked me why my papers often get “rejected from those magazines.” My husband can’t keep my teaching days straight if his life depends on it. But they are proud of me and inspire me to be better at this job in ways that I will always appreciate.


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