Dr. Shanan Gwaltney Gibson, a scholar with deep expertise related to job analysis, entrepreneurship and small business development, has been named dean of the David B. O’Maley College of Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

The Mori Hosseini Student Union on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus.
Image credit: Embry-Riddle/Daryl LaBello.

Gibson, who currently serves as dean and professor of Management within the College of Business at Texas A&M University-Commerce, will begin her tenure at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus in April 2020. She was selected from a pool of candidates following a careful, competitive national process.

Embry-Riddle President P. Barry Butler commended Gibson’s track record of scholarly achievement, teaching excellence, and service to the academic community: “Dr. Gibson’s work, which focuses on collaborating with business to improve hiring, training and performance management, will serve Embry-Riddle and its students well,” Butler said. “In particular, her insights will be key to expanding our industry partnerships, which provide real-world business and educational opportunities for students. I look forward to watching her vision and dedication in action at Embry-Riddle.”

Dr. Shanan Gwaltney Gibson, Dean of David B. O’Maley College of Business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Image credit: Embry-Riddle.

University Provost Lon Moeller added that “Gibson’s recognized skill as an exceptional teacher is in perfect alignment with Embry-Riddle’s mission to prepare students for productive careers and leadership roles in business, government agencies and the military.”

Gibson holds a master’s and a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Virginia Tech, and she has authored a lengthy list of books and academic journal publications. At Texas A&M University-Commerce since 2017, Gibson’s accomplishments include opening a Center for Excellence, successful international reaccreditation, and cultivating her college’s largest single gift in history. Earlier, Gibson served as associate dean for student and faculty development at the College of Business at East Carolina University (2012-2017). She has held faculty positions in Management as well as Psychology.

Co-author of the book, The Handbook of Work Analysis: Methods, Systems, Applications and Science of Work Measurement in Organizations, Gibson has received five teaching awards. These include a Board of Governor’s teaching award, the Max Ray Joyner Award for Faculty Service through Continuing Education, the Robert L. Jones University Alumni Award for Outstanding Teaching, a College of Business Teaching Fellowship, and a College of Business Commerce Club New Faculty Teaching Award.