Instructor, Department of Management

UM Lambuth
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Dr. Mollica is a full-time faculty member in the Management Department. She has a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Penn State University. She is also a consultant with The Centre Group. Dr. Mollica previously taught at Wake Forest University and Bethel University, and was consultant and owner of Star Performance Consulting. Her consulting clients have included ERMCO, Memphis Chamber of Commerce, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Regional Medical Center at Memphis, St. Jude Children Research Hospital, Medical Education & Research Institute of Memphis, Jackson Energy Authority, and Jackson-Madison County Hospital.

Prior to academics, Dr. Mollica worked in health care, food distribution marketing, and pharmaceutical sales.

Publications and Presentations

Kelly Mollica. 2015. Banning the box in employee hiring. Journal of Academic and Business Ethics, 10: 1-9.

Carol Danehower & Kelly Mollica. (2015, August). Intimate partner violence (IPV) as a workplace issue: Advancing a renewed research agenda. Presented at the meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

N. Coomber & Kelly Mollica. (2015, August). Sharing governance in the classroom through critical pedagogy activities. Presented in the Teaching and Learning Conference at the meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Kelly Mollica & Carol Danehower. (2014) Domestic violence and the workplace: The employer's legal resonsibilities. Journal of Management and Marketing Research, 17: 1-11.

Kelly Mollica.  Faculty experiences in academic advising for undergraduate business majors who ‘don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.’  Presented at the 2012 Academic Business World International Conference, Nashville, TN.

Kelly Mollica & Carol Danehower.  Domestic violence and the workplace: a review of literature and research questions. Presented at the 2010 Academic Business World International Conference, Nashville, TN.  Received Excellence in Presentation Award.

Kelly Mollica. (2006). Seven strategies for being seen as a fair boss. In L.K. Johnson (Editor), HR Magazine Guide to Managing People. Society for Human Resource Management.

Kelly Mollica. (2006). Early retirement. In J.H. Greenhaus & G.A. Callahan (Editors), Encyclopedia of Career Development. SAGE Publications.

Deborah Kidder, Melenie Lankau, Donna Chrobot-Mason, Kelly Mollica, & Raymond Friedman. (2004). Backlash toward diversity initiatives: Examining the impact of diversity program justification, personal, and group outcomes. International Journal of Conflict Management. 15: 61-94.

Kelly Mollica. (2003). The influence of diversity context on white men’s and racial minorities’ reactions to disproportionate group harm. Journal of Social Psychology, 143: 413-431.

Kelly Mollica, Barbara Gray, & Linda Trevino. (2003). Race homophily and its persistence among newcomers’ social networks. Organization Science, 14: 123-136.

Rocki-Lee DeWitt, Linda Trevino, & Kelly Mollica. (2002). Stuck in the middle: A control-based model of managers' reactions to their subordinates' layoffs. Journal of Managerial Issues, 15: 32-49.

Kelly Mollica & Barbara Gray. (2001). When layoff survivors become layoff victims:  Propensity to litigate. Human Resource Planning, 24: 22-32.

Kelly Mollica, Aneil Mishra, & Barbara Flynn. (2001). Human resource management practices.  In R. Schroeder & B. Flynn (Editors), High Performance Manufacturing: Global Perspectives.  Wiley.

Kelly Mollica & Rocki-Lee DeWitt. (2000). When others retire early: What about me? Academy of Management Journal, 43: 1068-1075.

Rocki-Lee DeWitt, Linda Trevino, & Kelly Mollica. (1998). The influence of eligibility on employees' reactions to voluntary workforce reductions. Journal of Management, 24: 593-613.


Courses taught: Organization and Management; Human Resource Management; Strategic Management; Strategic Human Capital Management; Employee Relations; Compensation and Performance Appraisal; Critical Thinking in Management; Conflict, Negotiation, and Organizational Politics; International Management

Academic Advisor, U of M Lambuth Management students.


  • Co-chair, Department of Management Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
  • Co-founder and co-director (with Michelle Reddick, Career Services) of the Prepped for Success! Professionalism Certificate Program for U of M Lambuth students

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 George Johnson Fellow Award for Teaching
  • 2015 Department of Management Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • 2015 University of Memphis Lambuth Campus Faculty Spirit Award
  • 2014 Department of Management Undergraduate Teaching Award


  • Academy of Management