Audrey J. Murrell

  • Acting Dean

Audrey J. Murrell conducts research, teaching and consulting that helps organizations better utilize and engage their most important assets – their human and social capital. She is currently Acting Dean for the University of Pittsburgh Honors College, Professor of Business Administration and Senior Research Fellow for the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership at the University of Pittsburgh. Previously, she served as the Associate Dean of within the College of Business Administration and as the Director of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership. She received her B.S. from Howard University, magna cum laude and her an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. She is the author of several books including: “Mentoring Dilemmas: Developmental Relationships within Multicultural Organizations” (with Faye Crosby and Robyn Ely); “Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge and Relationships” (with Sheila Forte-Trummel and Diana Bing); “Mentoring Diverse Leaders: Creating Change for People, Processes and Paradigms” (with Stacy Blake-Beard); and, the forthcoming book entitled, “Diversity Across Disciplines: Research on People, Policy, Process and Paradigm” (with Jennifer Petrie and Abdesalam Soudi).

Audrey Murrell has received numerous recognitions including the Mayor’s Citizen Service Award which proclaimed Aug. 12th, “Dr. Audrey Murrell Day” within the city of Pittsburgh. Some of her awards include the Pittsburgh Business Times “Woman of Influence Award”, the SBA Minority Business Champion of the Year award, the University of Pittsburgh Student Choice Award, and the “Women of Distinction” award from the Girls Scouts of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Dean Murrell serves as a consultant in the areas of mentoring, leadership development, and workforce/supplier diversity. Audrey’s community service activities include having served on a number of non-profit and community boards.

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Delaware (Psychology)
  • M.S.. University of Delaware (Psychology)
  • B.S. Howard University (Psychology)

Representative Publications

Murrell, A.J. and Zagenczyk, T. (2006). Gender, Race and Role Model Status: Exploring the Impact of Informal Developmental Relationships on Management Careers. In, M. Karsten (Ed.), Gender, Ethnicity and Race in the Workplace, Westwood, CT: Greenwood/Praeger Publishers.

Bangs, R., Murrell, A.J. and Higgins, M. (2007). Racial discrimination in public contracting. Journal of Health and Social Policy, Vol 23(2).

Murrell, A.J., Forte-Trammel, S. and Bing, D. (2008). Intelligent Mentoring: How IBM Creates Value through People, Knowledge and Relationships, Pearson Publishers.

Blake-Beard, S., Murrell, A.J. and Thomas, D.A. (2007). Unfinished Business: The Impact of Race on Understanding Mentoring Relationships. In B. Rose-Ragins and K. Kram (Eds.), Handbook on Mentoring, Sage Publications.

Murrell, A.J., Blake-Beard, S., Porter, D.M., and Perkins-Williams, A. (2008). Inter-organizational formal mentoring: Breaking the concrete ceiling sometimes requires support from the outside. Human Resource Management, 47(2), 275-294.

Zagenczyk, T. and Murrell, A.J. (2009). It is better to receive than to give: Advice network effects on job and work-unit attachment. Journal of Business & Psychology, 24(2), 139-152 .

Zagenczyk, T., Scott, K.D., Gibney, R., Murrell, A.J., and Thatcher, J.B. (2010). Social influence and perceived organizational support: A social networks analysis. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 111, 127-138.

Frieze, I.H., Olson, J. E., & Murrell, A. J. (2011). Working beyond 65: Predictors of late retirement for women and men MBAs. Women and Aging, 23(1), 40-57.

Frieze, I.H., Olson, J.E. & Murrell, A.J. (2011). Working beyond 65: Predictors of late retirement for men and women MBAs. Journal of Women and Aging, 23(1), 40-57.

Murrell, A.J., Petrie, J.L. and Soudi, A. (2020). Diversity Across Disciplines: Research on People, Policy, Process and Paradigm. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Murrell, A.J. and Blake-Beard, S. (2017). Mentoring Diverse Leaders: Creating Change for People, Processes and Paradigms. New York, NY: Routledge Publishers.

Research Interests

Mentoring and Career Development, Gender and Diversity in Organizations, Minority/Women Contracting and Supplier Diversity; Social Issues in Management; Social Identity Theory and Applications.