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, health care management, social innovation and global programs. He also has championed new academic programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Management, an expanded set of interdisciplinary master’s programs and several graduate certificate programs. Under his leadership, the UB School of Management has made a significant impact on organizations and the business community, increased its engagement with alumni and grown its base of philanthropic support.
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 boards of many 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 considerable experience in designing, leading and teaching executive and corporate development programs on topics involving teams, leadership development, organizational change and innovation. He has taught in executive and leadership programs at UB and in many other programs in the US and internationally. He also has worked with numerous private- and public-sector organizations in both research and consulting capacities and has served on the boards of several organizations.
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.
Tesluk earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University, and doctoral and master’s degrees from The Pennsylvania State University, where he majored in industrial/organizational psychology and minored in management and organization.