Spotlight on New Faculty—a Q&A with Professor Tiffany Keller-Hansbrough

Interview by Jenny Connell; photo by W. Scott Giglio 

FDU welcomes Professor Tiffany Keller-Hansbrough, the newest assistant professor of management to the Silberman College of Business. Keller-Hansbrough opens up about her passion in researching the dynamics of leadership, and how she hopes to leave her mark at FDU.

FDU: Tell us about your new position…

TKH: I'm an assistant professor of management in the Silberman College of Business. This term I'm teaching Interpersonal Skills in Organizations. My research focuses on exploring how followers' expectations of leaders impacts how they view and respond to leaders. Therefore, it is possible that different types of leaders appeal to some followers but not others. 

FDU: What sparked your passion in this field?

TKH: My research and teaching interests are based in micro-organizational behavior and social psychology. I got interested in this area while taking a social cognition course as an undergraduate. I found it fascinating that people could see the same thing but recall it differently. I've been interested in perceptual errors and biases ever since. 

FDU: What is something that you would like to contribute to FDU?

TKH: I hope that my research will provide further insight into follower leadership ratings. Namely, information that will improve the measures used to foster leadership development in organizations.

FDU: What do you want your students to walk away with from your class?

TKH: I hope that students will apply the self-knowledge gained in Interpersonal Skills in Organizations to better inform their relationships. Self-knowledge enables us to better understand the lens through which we view the world and as such fosters greater empathy toward others.

FDU: What is something that most people wouldn’t know about you?

TKH: Most people wouldn't know that I delivered balloons in college.

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