Who is Dr. C?

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Dr. Atira Charles is currently an Assistant Professor of Management in the School of Business & Industry at Florida A&M University and CEO/Lead Organizational Consultant for Think Actuality, LLC. She began her academic journey at Florida A&M University, which is where she earned both her B.S. in Finance and her Masters of Business Administration. Dr. Charles immediately began her career in academia, after graduating with her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Management from Arizona State University.

As one of the youngest and most innovative business scholars in the country, Dr. Charles' research, consulting, and training facilitation seeks to shed light on and further understand the unique narratives revolving around the manner in which individuals manage their differences while striving for personal, professional and organizational success. Her expertise also focuses on organizational structures and processes that promote positive and inclusionary environments. Additionally, she explores how organizations can effectively manage the differences of their employees, through social and structural means. More specifically, her research and consulting revolves around racial and gender identity management in the workplace, organizational management of differences, communication and feedback processes, and mentoring within diverse organizations. Inspired by her teaching philosophy, she also engages in research and training facilitation which focus on how individual’s can motivate themselves to positive and productive action through self- reflection and introspection.

Dr. Charles’ research has been published in many journals such as The Journal of Management Development, The International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies, Human Resource Management, Organizational Dynamics and Academy of Management Annals. She has presented her research all over the country at a number of conferences in places such as Hawaii, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Dallas, New Orleans, Montreal, Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. Dr. Charles has worked with many national organizations in her quest towards better understanding how racial identities impact one’s experience in the workplace, such as the National Black MBA Association, the National Hispanic MBA Association, and Diversity Inc. Magazine. Her work has been featured in magazines, such as Black Enterprise and ESSENCE Magazines. Dr. Charles also serves on various national panels, sharing the stage with the likes of Cornel West and Susan Taylor. She has also been the recipient of numerous awards such as the Florida State University Guardian of the Flame Award and the FAMU Outstanding 125 Alumni Award.

Her consulting and workshop facilitation services have been provided to numerous corporations, municipalities, and community organizations. Clients such as JP Morgan, Hershey Corporation, Highmark Inc., The City of Tallahassee, and the State of Florida speak very highly of her ability to impact the cognitive processes of their employees, in order to promote psychological and behavioral change that promote more productive and inclusive environments. In addition to her professional successes, Dr. Charles is very committed to the community and has participated in many lectures, activities, and panels aimed at the development of youth and education initiatives. She is also President of Zero Threat Foundation (launching 2015), which is a non-profit organization that provides educational programming and curriculums to schools and universities in order to provide students with tools of self- reflection, social consciousness, and cultural sensitivity. 


PUBLICATIONS

Charles, A.C. & Nkomo, S. (2012) The Intersection of Race and Politics: A Framework of Racialized Organizational Politics Perceptions, In G. Ferris and D. Treadway (Eds.). Politics in Organizations: Theory and Research: SIOP Frontier Series.

Roberson, L., Galvin, B., & Charles, A.C. (2007) When group identities matter: Bias in performance appraisal, Academy of Management Annals, Vol.1 (1), 617-650.

Atwater, L., Brett, J. & Charles, A.C. (2007) The delivery of workplace discipline: Lessons learned, Organizational Dynamics, Vol. 36 (4), 392-403.

Atwater, L., Brett, J. & Charles, A.C. (2007) Multi-Source Feedback: Lessons learned and implications for practice. Human Resource Management, Vol. 46 (2), 285-307.

Tsui, A.S. & Charles, A.C. (2007) Demographic Process. The International Encyclopedia of Organization Studies.

Shivers, S. & Charles, A.C. (2006) Ready, Set, Go: An analysis of college students’ readiness toward change and behavioral intentions to use enterprise resource planning technology. The Journal of Management Development, Vol. 25 (8), 795-805. 


CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Charles, A.C. (2014) The Integration of Purpose, Passion, and Compassion: A Strategy for Maximizing Identity Awareness. Paper presented at the annual FSU Multicultural Leadership Conference in Tallahassee, FL .

Charles, A.C., Pyne, S., Green, K., & Houston, R. (2013) The Role of Identity Alignment in the Construction of Student Engagement, Performance, and Learning Outcomes. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Southeastern Council of Business Schools and Programs in Tunica, MS.

Charles, A.C. & Simms, S. (Organizer of the Session) (2012) Balancing Acts: The Intersection of Motherhood and Scholarly Endeavors. Symposium at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, MA.

Charles, A.C. (2011) Black Faces in White Places: Redefining the Black Experience in Organizations &Management. Symposium panelist at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX.

Charles, A.C. (2011) What’s identity got to do with it?: An Exploration of Identity Influences on the Workplace-relevant Behaviors of Black Employees. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, San Antonio, TX.

Charles, P. & Charles, A.C. (2011) Influence of Social Cognitive Career Theory on Minority Students. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists, Chicago, IL.

Charles, A.C. & Hudson, M. (2010). Creating the Management Climate for Compassion: Identity and related issues. Caucus organized and facilitated at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Montreal, Canada.

Charles, A., Griffith, J., & Holmes IV, O. (2009). The Impact of Identity-Impacting Societal Events on Organizations. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Chicago, IL.

Charles, A.C. (Organizer of Session) (2007) “Theorizing the dynamics of mentoring beyond traditional contexts and frameworks.” Symposium at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA.

Charles, A.C. & Griffith, J., (2007) “A multi-level model of the role of racial bias and influence tactics on mentoring relationships.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA.

Ou, Y. & Charles, A.C., (2007) “The moderating effects of organizational culture and racial similarity in formal mentoring programs.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA.

Charles, A.C. & Roberts, L.M. (Organizer of Session) (2006) “Rethinking, Reformulating, and Redefining the Past, Present, and Future of Racioethnic Scholarship in Management.” Professional Development Workshop at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, GA.

Charles, A.C. (2006) “I have a dream one day: An agenda for incorporating the vision of Martin Luther King, Jr. into this generation of organizational studies”. Presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, GA.

Charles, A.C. (2006) “Sacrifices of Success: An analysis of racioethnicity in the workplace.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, GA.

Tsui, A.S., Zhang, Y., Charles, A.C., Li, C., & Jia, L. (2006) “ The Retention of Chinese Middle Managers: The motivational potential of employee-organization relationship.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, GA.

Charles, A.C., Atwater, L., Goldman, A (2006). “Perceptions of Interactional Justice in the Delivery of Discipline: The Importance of Accounts”. Presented at the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists annual meeting, Dallas, TX.

Brown, A.C., & Shivers, S.L. (2004). “Ready , Set, Go: An analysis of college student’s readiness toward change and behavioral intentions to use enterprise resource planning technology”. Presented at the 2004 Society of Advanced Management International Conference, Baltimore, MA.

Brown, A.C. & Benjamin, C.O. (2003) .” A methodology for vehicle routing system (VRS) software vendor selection”. Presented at the Ninth International Conference on Industry, Engineering, and Management Systems, Cocoa Beach.