Instructor, Department of Management

UM Lambuth
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Dr. Mollica is a full-time faculty member in the Management Department in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics. She has a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Penn State University. Dr. Mollica previously worked as a management consultant with The Centre Group and was the owner of Star Performance Consulting. Her professional work experience includes health care, management, marketing, and pharmaceutical sales.

Teaching and Advising

Dr. Mollica regularly teaches Strategic Management, Organization and Management, and Human Resource Management. She has also taught Compensation and Performance Appraisal, Critical Thinking in Management, Employee Relations, International Management, Leadership, Negotiation and Conflict Management, Organizational Behavior, and Strategic Human Capital Management.

Dr. Mollica is the Academic Advisor and Internship Faculty Supervisor for U of M Lambuth Management students.


Dr. Mollica is co-founder and co-director, with Michelle Reddick (U of M Career Services), of the Prepped for Success! Professionalism Certificate Program for U of M Lambuth students. She has also chaired or served on various committees at the Fogelman College of Business and the U of M Lambuth Campus.

Honors and Awards

Dr. Mollica was the recipient of a 2016 George Johnson Fellow Award for Teaching. She was recognized with Department of Management Undergraduate Teaching Awards in 2014, 2015, and 2017. She received a University of Memphis Lambuth Campus Faculty Spirit Award in 2015.

Publications and Presentations

Kelly Mollica & Nicole Coomber. Management: An Interactive Approach. (In progress). 1st edition. Pearson Higher Education.

Kelly Mollica. (2018) The end of Ringling Brothers Circus: Business model and stakeholder influence. Journal of Business Cases & Applications, 21: 1-8.

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.