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Kravitz, David A.

Academic Unit:Management
Position:Professor
Phone:703-993-1781
Office Location:Enterprise Hall 212
Office Hours:By appointment
Research Interests:
  • Diversity management
  • Bridging the research-practice gap
Teaching Interests:
  • Diversity in organizations
  • Organizational behavior
  • Leadership
Education:
  • PhD - Social Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana
  • MA - Social Psychology , University of Illinois, Urbana
  • BA - Psychology , Carleton College
Profile:

David A. Kravitz is professor of management in the School of Business at George Mason University.  He teaches courses on organizational behavior and diversity in organizations.

His previous academic appointments have been at Rice University, Florida International University and the University of Kentucky.  He spent a year as a Senior Fulbright Professor at the University of Freiburg in Germany and has worked for a consulting firm.

Kravitz has given over sixty presentations at national and international conferences.  He has published over fifty-five monographs, chapters, and refereed journal articles in a variety of outlets, including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.  He serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Applied Psychology, Group & Organization Management, and Journal of Business and Psychology.  He was the 2010-2011 Chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management and has received both the career research award and the career service award from that Division.

Kravitz's current research focus is on diversity management, with special interests in learning what works and in bridging the gap between research and practice.  He has also published works in several other areas, including beliefs about and reactions to affirmative action programs, procedural justice, bargaining and context effects in performance appraisals.

Kravitz has a BA from Carleton College, an MA and a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana, and postdoctoral training at Bowling Green State University

Research and Awards:

Published the chapter titled “Preparing Students for Workplace Diversity: Some Research Implications” in Building Better Students: Preparation for the Workforce in2017 by the publisher Oxford University Press, Inc. (with coauthors Jaime Lester and Carrie Klein). Pages: 123-147.

Published the chapter titled “Affirmative Action” in the Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2nd ed.) in 2017 by the publisher Sage.

Presented the paper titled, “Building Diversity Training Programs That Appeal to Resistant Trainees” at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in Anaheim, California in 2016 (with coauthors Ashley Membere, Eden King, and Alex Lindsey).

Presented the paper titled, “Use of Guest Speakers” at the Academy of Management in Vancouver, Canada in 2015.

Received a Research Award from the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management in 2015.

Published an article titled, “The Advantages of High-Prestige MBA Degrees and Placement Centers for Compensation Growth of African Americans” (with coauthors Brooks Holtom, and Edward Inderrieden) in the Journal of Managerial Issues in 2014.


Published an article titled, “The Stigma of Affirmative Action: A Stereotyping-Based Theory and Meta-Analytic Test of the Consequences for Performance” (with coauthors Lisa Leslie, and David Mayer) in the Academy of Management Journal in 2014.

Was one of four recipients who received the “Reviewer of Year Award” (from well over 300 candidates) by The Journal of Business and Psychology.

Awarded “The Janet Chusmir Service Award” from the Gender and Diversity in Organization Division of the Academy of Management, for his outstanding contribution to the Division and for serving as a mentor and role model for others in the field. 

Had the presentation titled “A Multilevel Study of the Relationships between Diversity Training, Ethnic Discrimination and Satisfaction in Organizations” published in the proceedings from the Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Awarded the “Excellence in Reviewing Award” for the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division from the Academy of Management in 2012. 

Published an article titled, “A Multilevel Study of the Relationships Between Diversity Training, Ethnic Discrimination and Satisfaction in Organizations” in the Journal of Organizational Behavior in 2012.

Published an article titled, “Post-9/11 GI Bill Helps Support Higher Education Opportunities of Minorities in Armed Services” (with coauthors) in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Published an article titled, “The Research-Practice Gap: Diversity Predicts Performance” (with coauthors) in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education in September 2011. 

Published an article titled, “Bridging the Research-Practice Gap: Leadership Affects Tie Between Diversity, Voluntary Turnover” (with coauthors) in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

Published an article titled, “Bridging the Research-Practice Gap: Diversity Climate Predicts Performance” (with coauthor) in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education in July 2011. 

Presented the paper titled “Why Are Affirmative Action Targets Stigmatized by Others and the Self? A Theoretical Extension and Meta-Analytic Test” at the International Association for Conflict Management Annual Conference in Istanbul, Turkey in 2011.

Published an article titled, “Bridging the research-practice gap” (with coauthors) in Diverse: Issues in Higher Educationin May 2010-2011.

Presented the paper titled “(De)constructing the Business Case(s) for Diversity in the Academe” at the President & Provost's Diversity Dialogue Series, State University of New York at Albany in Albany, New York in April. 

Presented the paper titled “Why Are Affirmative Action Targets Stigmatized by Others and the Self? A Theoretical Extension and Meta-Analytic Test” at the International Association for Conflict Management Annual Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. 

Published the chapter titled “Emerging Evidence on Diversity Training Programs” (with coauthors) in the Handbook on Understanding and Preventing Workplace Discrimination (Vol. 2): Best Practices for Preventing and Dealing with Workplace Discrimination in 2011 by the publisher Praeger.

Presented the paper titled “Preparing Students for Workplace Diversity: some Research Implications” at Building Better Students: Preparation for Life After High School in Washington, D.C.