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Elisa Valenzuela, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Management Joined USJ:
Academic Degrees Ph.D., Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico
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Elisa Valenzuela, Ph.D., assistant professor, joins the School Of Arts, Sciences, Business, and Education in the department of Business Administration fall 2019. Dr. Valenzuela holds a doctoral degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico.
Dr. Valenzuela has over 18 years of experience in consulting, strategic management, organizational development, and human resources. Her work has led her to be involved with the challenges of leading and developing talent across cultures including the United States, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Colombia; and working in several business sectors ranging from the banking industry, credit unions, manufacturing, marketing, education, nonprofit organizations, and development of small and medium-sized companies.
Currently, she is working on a project to understand how the post-pandemic changes in the work environment have impacted work demands, attitudes toward working from home, in person, work-family conflict, job satisfaction, and psychological well-being. In addition, she is joining forces with other colleagues to fill the gaps of the lack of multi-cultural research projects to understand the impact on employees among a workers sample in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.
In the past, she has worked on projects related to Work flexibility, Post-Pandemic impact on Women, Creativity, Leadership, Glass Ceiling, Change Management, Organizational Justice, Organizational Citizenship, Discrimination, bullying in the Workplace, and Sexual Harassment.
Prior to joining USJ, she taught at Siena College, Elmira College, Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, and Sistema Universitario Ana G. Mendez.
• Recipient of the research grant sponsored by the Women’s Leadership Center. Research on the Impact of COVID-19 on Employment in Connecticut. 2020-2021.
• Nominated for the Father John Stack Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Saint Joseph, 2020-2021.


Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (APA/SIOP)

Courses Taught

Project Management, Project Risk Management, International Business, Operations Management, Managing High-Performance Organizations, Organizational Behavior, Strategic Management, Team Building for Managers, Principle of Management, Human Resources Management, Statistics Methods, Research Projects, Human Development, Cultural Diversity, and Ethics.