Paul Tesluk

Dean and Professor


PhD, Pennsylvania State University
        Major: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
        Minor: Management and Organization
MS, Pennsylvania State University
BS, Cornell University

Paul Tesluk was named dean of the University at Buffalo School of Management in April 2016. A faculty member since 2011, Tesluk served as chair of the school’s Organization and Human Resources Department. He also founded and served as academic director of the Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness, a university-supported applied research center with a mission to advance both research and practice related to leadership development and organizational effectiveness.

As dean, Tesluk has led expansions of the school’s initiatives in entrepreneurship, leadership and health care management. He also has added a new strategic initiative in social innovation, through which the School of Management is collaborating with other UB schools (particularly, the School of Social Work) and organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sectors to provide social and economic value, and to tackle some of society’s greatest challenges.

Tesluk has championed new academic programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Management and several graduate certificate programs. Under his leadership, the school is expanding its global presence through programs in Ghana, Tanzania and Costa Rica, with more under consideration.

A national expert in leadership development, team design and effectiveness, and organizational change, Tesluk is a prolific scholar who has been widely published in the most selective journals in his field, and has served on the editorial board for many of the leading academic journals in management. Additionally, his research has been supported by such agencies as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

With an extensive career of scholarly and academic leadership, Tesluk was recognized by UB with an Exceptional Scholar Award for Sustained Achievement, and is an elected fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Society for Organizational Behavior. He was also elected to (and served as chair of) the executive committee for the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management, the world’s largest and most prominent association of management and organization scholars.

Tesluk has significant experience in designing, leading and teaching executive and corporate development programs on topics involving teams, leadership development, organizational change and innovation. He teaches in the school’s executive and leadership programs and is academic director of the Job of the Chief Executive, a leadership program for C-suite executives in Singapore offered by UB’s partner, the Singapore Institute for Management. He also has worked with numerous private- and public-sector organizations in both research and consulting capacities on leadership development, organizational transitions to high-involvement work practices, work team design and performance, organizational climate and performance, and performance management and reward system design.

Previously, Tesluk was on the faculty in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, where he was the Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management and served a term as chair of the Department of Management and Organization.