Dr. Kelly Mollica

Associate Professor of Teaching

FCBE 202
Office Hours
By Appointment


Dr. Mollica is an Associate Professor of Teaching in the Management Department in the Fogelman College of Business & Economics. She has a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Penn State University. Dr. Mollica has provided management consulting services and leadership training in for-profit and non-profit organizations. She authored a digital, interactive principles of management textbook with Pearson Education. Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Mollica’s professional work experience included 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.


  • Assistant Chair, Department of Management
  • Chair, Curriculum Committee, Department of Management
  • University Undergraduate Council Representative, Fogelman College of Business
  • Assurance of Learning Task Force, Fogelman College of Business
  • University-Wide Canvas LMS Technical Work Group
  • Library Liaison, Department of Management
  • Online Standards Committee, Fogelman College of Business
  • Scholarship Committee, Fogelman College of Business
  • Co-Founder and Co-Director, Prepped for Success! Professionalism Certificate Program, University of Memphis Lambuth Campus
  • Strategic Planning Committee, University of Memphis Lambuth Campus
  • Undergraduate Research Fair Committee, University of Memphis Lambuth Campus 
  • Judge, Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Forums

Honors and Awards

  • Society for Human Resource Management-Memphis, Human Resource Team Award
  • George Johnson Fellow Award for Teaching
  • Department of Management Undergraduate Teaching Awards
  • University of Memphis Lambuth Campus Faculty Spirit Award


Recent Publications and Presentations

Açıkgöz, Y., Mollica, K., Davison, H.K., Hartwell, C., & Bergman, S.M. (2023). Applicant reactions to social media screening: Effects of social media type, screening self-efficacy, and minority status. Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal.

Mollica, K. (2023). Organizational stakeholders and managerial decision-making. Pathways to Research, Salem Press.

Mollica, K. & Coomber, N. Management: An Interactive Approach. (2023) 1st edition. Pearson Higher Education.

Mollica, K. & Coomber, N. Creating Your Own Ethics Mini-Cases. Presented at the 2022 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Seattle WA.

Mollica, K. (2019). Employee reactions to lottery-based incentives at United Airlines. Journal of Business Cases & Applications, 25: 1-8.

Becton, J., Mollica, K., Richardson, H.A., Sodeman, W., Sturman, M.C., Davison, H.K., & Hamilton, R.H. The Role of Non-Tenure Track Faculty in Business Schools. Presented at the 2019 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

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

Mollica, K. (2017). Banning the box in employee hiring. Journal of Academics & Business Ethics, 10: 1-9.

Mollica, K. & Coomber, N. Closing the gap: Practical ideas for soft skills learning activities. 2017 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Mollica, K. Hiring ex-offenders as a corporate social responsibility initiative. Presented at the 2016 Academy of Business Research Fall Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Danehower, C. & Mollica, K. Intimate partner violence (IPV) as a workplace issue: Advancing a renewed research agenda. Presented at the 2015 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC.

Coomber, N. & Mollica, K. Sharing governance in the classroom through critical pedagogy activities. Presented at the 2015 Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC.

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