Debra L. Nelson & James Campbell Quick

Debra L. Nelson & James Campbell Quick

Debra L. Nelson


Dr. Debra L. Nelson is The Spears School of Business Associates’ Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Management at Oklahoma State University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she was the recipient of the R. D. Irwin Dissertation Fellowship Award. Dr. Nelson is the author of over one hundred journal articles focusing on organizational stress management, gender at work, and leadership. Her research has been published in the Academy of Management Executive, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, MIS Quarterly, Organizational Dynamics, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and other journals. In addition, she is coauthor/coeditor of several books:, including Organizational Behavior: Science, the Real World, and You (8th ed., South-Western, Cengage Learning, 2012); Positive Organizational Behavior (Sage, 2007); Organizational Leadership (South-Western, Cengage Learning, 2004); Gender, Work Stress, and Health (American Psychological Association, 2002); Advancing Women in Management (Blackwell, 2002); and Preventive Stress Management in Organizations (American Psychological Association, 1997). Dr. Nelson has also served as a consultant to several organizations including AT&T, American Fidelity Assurance, Sonic, State Farm Insurance Companies, and Southwestern Bell. She has presented leadership and preventive stress management seminars for a host of organizations, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Conoco/Phillips, Oklahoma Gas and Electric, Oklahoma Natural Gas, and the Federal Aviation Administration. She has been honored with the Faculty Outreach Excellence Award, the Greiner Graduate Teaching Award, the Chandler-Frates and Reitz Graduate Teaching Award, the Regents’ Distinguished Teaching Award, the Regents’ Distinguished Research Award, and the Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award at OSU. Dr. Nelson also serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and Leadership. She is a partner in NelsonQuick Group.


James Campbell Quick

Dr. James Campbell (Jim) Quick is John and Judy Goolsby-Jacqualyn A. Fouse Distinguished Chair in the Goolsby Leadership Academy, Distinguished Professor in the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, and Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Department of Management, College of Business at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is Honorary Professor at the Lancaster University Management School and School of Health & Medicine in the United Kingdom. He earned an A.B. with Honors from Colgate University, where he was a George Cobb Fellow and Harvard Business School Association intern. He earned an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. at the University of Houston. He completed postgraduate courses in behavioral medicine (Harvard Medical School) and combat stress (University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio). Dr. Quick is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the American Institute of Stress. He was awarded the 2002 Harry and Miriam Levinson Award by the American Psychological Foundation. With his brother (Jonathan D. Quick, M.D., M.P.H.), Dr. Quick framed the area of preventive stress management, a term now listed in the APA Dictionary of Psychology (2007). They, with Debra Nelson as first author, received the 1990 Distinguished Professional Publication Award for Corporate Warfare: Preventing Combat Stress and Battle Fatigue, published in the American Management Association’s Organizational Dynamics and used in the curriculum of the United States Air Force Academy and the U.S. Army War College. His book Managing Executive Health (Cambridge University Press, 2008) emphasizes ethical, authentic leadership with Spotlights on Rebecca Chopp, president of Swarthmore College, and John L. Goolsby, who with his wife Judy founded the Goolsby Leadership Academy.

Dr. Quick’s awards and recognitions include a listing in Who’s Who in the World, 7th Edition (1984–85); The Maroon Citation (Colgate University Alumni Corporation, 1993); and a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association (2001). Dr. Quick won the 2008 Honors College Outstanding Faculty Award and 2009 Award for Distinguished Record of Research, both at UT Arlington.

Colonel Quick, United States Air Force Reserve (Retired), was the Senior Individual Mobilization Augmentee at the San Antonio Air Logistics Center (AFMC), Kelly AFB, Texas, in his last assignment. He was Distinguished Visiting Professor of Psychology, 59th Medical Wing (1999), and Visiting Scholar, United States Military Academy at West Point (2007). He is a graduate of the Air War College. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star. He served by appointment from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on the Defense Health Board from 2008 to 2011.

Dr. Quick is married to the former Sheri Grimes Schember; both are members of the Presidents’ Club of Colgate University, the Silver Society of the American Psychological Foundation, the Chancellor’s Council of the University of Texas System, the 1895 Society and Carlisle Society at UT Arlington, and are major donors to the Rotary Foundation. Jim is past president of the Arlington Great Southwest Rotary Club and is a partner in NelsonQuick Group.


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