Faculty & Research

Teresa Rothausen-Vange

Professor of Management and Susan E. Heckler Endowed Chair in Business Administration : Management Department

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Teresa J. Rothausen joined St. Thomas in 1998, was named Susan E. Heckler Endowed Chair in Business Administration in 2011 and in 2012 was awarded John Ireland Scholar status, which recognizes outstanding achievement as a teacher-scholar.

Her primary teaching responsibilities are in the Full-time UST MBA core, where she teaches the Leader Development Lab and Management of Organizational Behavior. Rothausen is founder of the UST Leadership, Work and Well-being Project, which is collaborative with UST MBA students and the business community, and involves several ongoing research projects.

One of her articles was nominated for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter International Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research given by Purdue University and Boston College, and another for best article of 2009 by Family Business Review. She also writes book chapters and guest columns for newspapers and practitioner journals.

Her professional activities focus on leader development, leadership, employee well-being and job satisfaction, retention and performance, human resource management, diversity, cross-cultural, work-life/family, and career management . She works with business and nonprofit organizations, including most recently projects for 3M, Ameriprise and Architectural Alliance, and leader development work with leaders from Allina, Thomson Reuters, UnitedHealth Group and US Bank. She is involved in leadership and service in the UST MBA and leadership curriculum and faculty hiring, mentoring, tenure and promotion. She served on the executive board of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations division and currently is a member of the executive board of the Organizational Behavior division of the Academy of Management.

Rothausen served as founding director of the Full-time UST MBA program, which began in 2003. Before joining St. Thomas, she was an assistant professor of management at Texas A&M University and worked at Arthur Andersen & Co. 

Rothausen holds a Ph.D. in human resources and industrial relations with specialties in staffing, training, and development and organizational behavior/organization theory from the University of Minnesota, a B.A. in economics from St. Olaf College, and a C.P.A.


Academic Background

B.A., economics, St. Olaf College
Ph.D., human resources and industrial relations, University of Minnesota

Research Specialties

  • Employee job satisfaction and well-being
  • Employee retention and turnover
  • Work-nonwork interfaces
  • Leadership and leader self-development

Current Research

See Teresa Rothausen-Vange talk about the qualities that make a good leader, part of the Ahead of the Curve series

Major Works

Significant Scholarly Honors

  • John Ireland Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement as Teacher-Scholar, University of St. Thomas, 2011-12 Award Winner.   
  • 2012 paper accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP; Division 14 of the American Psychological Association) selected for Featured Top Rated Posters session.
  • 2009 Family Business Review paper listed above was one of three finalists for best article in the journal in 2009.
  • 2003 paper listed above, written with Sally Power, was selected by the journal for Significant Contribution designation.
  • 1999 paper listed above was a nominee for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research for best work-family article published in 1999.