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Dawn Chanland, D.B.A.

Professor, Management & Organizational Behavior
Program Director, MBA
McColl School of Business

Professional Resources


Dr. Dawn E. Chanland is Professor of Management in the McColl School of Business. Dawn has 30 years of business, consulting, coaching and academic experience and 12 teaching and research awards since the beginning of her academic career. Most recently, she was awarded Queens University’s Hamilton Hunter Love of Teaching Award in 2020.

Dawn’s areas of expertise include women’s leadership, mentoring and coaching, negotiation, conflict management, organization development and change, and other areas within the management field. She is a frequent public speaker to corporate, government and non-profit groups in the foregoing areas. In addition to her many peer-reviewed leading academic publications on these and other topics, Dawn’s research and ideas have been featured in a number of popular press outlets, including but not limited to the Wall Street Journal (“How to Be a Smart Protégé” & “When Mentoring Goes Bad”), New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, AOL, CareerBuilder, and MSN. Dawn has also published in top academic journals such as Academy of Management Annals, Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and Career Development International, among others.

Dawn actively consults to and conducts leadership development initiatives for numerous for- and non-profit organizations and government agencies on strategic and human resources initiatives. Her services are varied but mostly center on engagement, strategic planning, staffing analyses, leadership development initiatives, executive coaching, and mentoring programs. She is the Director of the 2022-2023 Charlotte CREW Women’s Leadership Program.

Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, she was a financial recruiter (“headhunter”) with a national executive search company called KForce. In addition, early in her career, she was an Assistant Branch Manager with Transamerica Financial Services, charged with oversight of a roughly $50M portfolio of mortgage, personal and automobile loans.

She enjoys time playing soccer and other outdoor activities, reading, traveling, and time with her daughter Olivia and wife Danielle.


D.B.A., Boston University School of Management
MBA, San Jose State University
B.B.A., California State University, Chico