Professor Leisa Sargent became Senior Deputy Dean of the UNSW Business School on March 21st, 2016. Leisa obtained her PhD from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and has held positions at the University of Melbourne, Cornell University, US and Queensland University of Technology. Leisa has also held visiting positions at Instituto de Empressa, Spain; University of Toronto, Canada; McGill University, Canada; and University of Iowa, US.
A distinguished scholar in organisational behaviour, Leisa has published widely in top tier journals and secured competitive government and industry grants in Australia and overseas. She is an award winning teacher and in 2010 Leisa was awarded the Pearson Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management educator of the year.
Leisa’s work has published in leading management journals, including Personnel Psychology, Journal of Human Resources Management, Organization Science, Journal of Vocational Behaviour, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Work and Stress, Small Group Research and British Journal of Industrial Relations, Journal of Management Education as well as in edited books. Recently Leisa co-authored a paper for the World Economic Forum on the HR needs for an ageing population. Leisa’s current research spans leadership development, new perspectives on retirement and workday design and restoration experiences.
Her previous role was as Head of the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Melbourne where she achieved an impressive track record of driving research performance, curriculum development and innovation, business improvement, and industry engagement.
Leisa has consulted to large complex organisations both in Australia and North America, including companies such as Nortel, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Telstra, Incitec, Canada Life, Comcare, Arnotts, and the Royal Children’s Hospital; Melbourne.