Joel Carnevale Makes Research Come Alive for Students

For Joel Carnevale, assistant professor of management in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, education is a continuous pursuit, as he has embarked on the intricacies of management and behavior as student, teacher and researcher.

Carnevale was born in Saratoga Springs, New York, but raised in Halifax, Virginia. He received a B.S. in economics in 2010 and an MBA in 2012 from the Davis College of Business and Economics at Radford University.

During his MBA program, Carnevale had his first exposure to teaching. He was a TA for a professor who taught a class on organizational behavior, and was given the opportunity to fill in for her during a class period she had to miss.

After receiving his MBA, he served as an adjunct for a year at Radford teaching a course on business ethics and logical argumentation. During this time, Carnevale was studying for the GMAT.

In 2013, Professor Carnevale began his Ph.D. in management with a concentration in organizational studies, strategy and change from the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business at Auburn University. He graduated in the summer of 2017, and then started teaching at Syracuse University in the fall.

Aside from teaching, Carnevale likes to be involved with students outside the classroom. “My first year here at Syracuse University I served as an advisor within the Renée Crown Honors Program for an undergraduate student’s honor’s thesis,” he said. “I am serving as an advisor to another undergraduate student’s honor’s thesis this year, as well.”

When asked about the most rewarding aspect of teaching, Carnevale touched upon the value of experiential learning and thinking critically for students in the classroom.

“It’s really exciting when I see a student connect the various topics we’ve discussed throughout the semester in a way that produces a really novel and interesting question or observation,” he said. “Sometimes they even come up with ideas that are right on point with what recent research is investigating. That’s especially exciting. I love when I get to tell them that their idea has been the subject of recent scholarly pursuits.”

Carnevale’s own research is focused on the important role of behaviors and individual differences in regards to the management and leadership of people in the workplace.

“Broadly speaking, I am interested in the impact of leadership on employee work behavior,” he said. “My current research focuses on topics such as leader narcissism, ethical decision-making, leader humility, workplace envy and employee creativity.”

In his free time, Carnevale enjoys reading books about totalitarianism and traveling around the world. With his wife and a group of close friends, he started an annual tradition in which they travel together.

“Each year we name the trip based on the particular countries/cities we’re visiting,” Carnevale explained. “For example, one year was Swamsterdam (Switzerland/Amsterdam), another year was Egyptaly (Cairo/Rome) and this year will be Jacquetoberfest, as we’ll be going to Paris and then Munich for the festival in late September. Next year is Athens, Greece and Petra, Jordan. But we have yet to come up with a name for that one.”

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