Dr. Klodiana Lanaj

Warrington management professor receives award for distinguished early career contributions

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Dr. Klodiana Lanaj, Martin L. Schaffel Professor in the Department of Management at the University of Florida Warrington College of Business, is the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Early Career Contributions Science Award by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

The Distinguished Early Career Contributions Science Award is given to “an individual who has made distinguished contributions to the science of industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology within seven years of receiving a Ph.D. degree.”

“It is a great honor to receive this award from SIOP!” said Lanaj. “This award is particularly meaningful to me for two other reasons. First, the first person to ever receive this award in 1992 is Dr. John R. Hollenbeck of Michigan State University, and he is my doctoral adviser. Second, I now join my management colleagues here at Warrington Drs. Joyce Bono and Mo Wang, who also won this award in 2007 and 2012, respectively. Together with other recipients of this SIOP award, I am honored to be part of such an excellent company of scholars.”

Lanaj has made significant contributions to the I-O psychology and management fields since she completed her Ph.D. in 2013. In addition to producing 25 refereed publications, her research, focused on leadership and self-regulation theories, has been cited about 500 times. Her research also focuses on leadership engagement, wellbeing and leadership processes in teams. Lanaj serves on the editorial boards of many prestigious journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

In addition to her research contributions, Lanaj teaches organizational behavior and leadership courses to Warrington’s MBA and specialized master’s students. She also serves as an adviser to doctoral students in Warrington’s management department and Doctor of Business Administration program.

She has received a number of awards including the Best Reviewer Award from the Academy of Management Journal, two Excellence in Teaching Awards from Warrington, the University of Florida Excellence Award for Assistant Professors and was honored with the UF Hough Faculty Research Fellowship from 2015-2018.

Lanaj received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University as well as a B.A. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communications from American University in Bulgaria.