Melissa Fender

PhD

Assistant Professor
Education

PhD, Organization and Strategy, Drexel University, LeBow College of Business

MBA, Organizational Behavior (summa cum laude), Penn State University

BS, Computer Science, Business Administration minor (summa cum laude), Cabrini College

Courses Taught

BUSA 435 – Business Policy

HURM 502 – Human Resource Management

HURM 550 – Independent Study

MNMK 305 – Principles of Management

MNMK 403 – Human Resource Management

MNMK410 – Organizational Behavior

Teaching Focus or Philosophy

Dr. Fender’s goal in teaching is to help her students gain knowledge and skills that will inform their thinking and behavior. In recognition of their individuality, she uses a variety of teaching methods, including experiential activities, videos, interactive discussions, cases, and illustrative examples from her experience and theirs. And she’s known for both high standards and cartoons.

Publications

Fender, C.M. 2013. The impact of who supplies the smart phone on work-to-family conflict. Paper presented at the Academy of Management meeting in August, Orlando, FL.

Stickney, L.T., Arnaud, A., DeMarr, B.J. and Fender, C.M. 2013. Issues in Testing: A Rotating Roundtable. PDW presented at the Academy of Management meeting in August, Orlando, FL.

Stickney, L.T., DeMarr, B.J. and Fender, C.M. 2013. Are you ready for a throw-down? A foodie’s approach to teaching conflict management. Paper presented at the OBTC in June at UNC Asheville, NC.

Fender, C.M. 2013. My development plan: An alternative to the course paper. Paper presented at the Business Professor Teaching Summit in May, Philadelphia, PA.

Fender, C.M. 2013. Keeping them participating in the classroom. Paper presented at the Mid-Atlantic OBTC in March, Philadelphia, PA.

Murray, J. and Fender, C.M. 2012. Creating a participative environment from the very first class: Revisiting classic exercises from the Journal of Management Education. Paper presented at the OBTC in June, at Brock University, Ontario, Canada.

Crowne-Brannen, K. and Fender, C.M. 2012. Handling an ethical issue. Paper presented at the OBTC in June, at Brock University, Ontario, Canada.

Fender, C. M., and Greenhaus, J. H. 2012. Moderators of the relationship between electronic tethering and work-to-family conflict. Paper presented at the Work-Family Research Network conference in June, New York, NY

Fender, C.M. and Biasiello, J. 2012. Using LEGO to teach strategy implementation. Paper presented at the Eastern Academy of Management conference in May, Philadelphia, PA.

Fender, C.M. and Stickney, L. 2012. Group and team decisions: Beyond “two heads” – a teachable moment! Paper presented at the Mid-Atlantic OBTC in March, Philadelphia, PA.

Fender, C. M. 2011. ET: When the office phones home. Paper presented at the Scholar's Forum. Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA.

Fender, C.M. 2011. Electronic Tethering: The Impact of After-hours Connectivity on Work-to-Family Conflict and Strain. Paper presented at the Academy of Management meeting in August, San Antonio, TX.

Murray, J. and Fender, C.M. 2011. Not Your Average Revision Session. Paper presented at OBTC in June, Milwaukee, WI.

Fender, C.M. 2011. Teaching Students to Think with Theory. Paper presented at the Mid-Atlantic OBTC in March, Camden, NJ.

Fender, C.M. 2010. Stimulating student creativity by sidelining PowerPoint. Paper presented at the Mid-Atlantic OBTC in March, Philadelphia, PA.

Fender, C.M. & Murray, J. 2009. Helping Students with Cross-Cultural Communication: An Experiential Activity. Paper presented at OBTC in June, Charleston, SC.

DiRenzo, M.S. & Fender, C.M. 2008. Exploring the Differential Work/Family Interface Experiences of High-Level and Low-Level Workers. Paper presented at the Academy of Management meeting in August, Anaheim CA.

DiRenzo, M.S., Weer, C.H., Litzsky, B.E., Godshalk, V.M., Fender, C.M., Colakoglu, S.N., Shao, T. & Ribbens, B.A. 2008. The questions we ask....about ourselves, our lives, and our passions: Incorporating our avocational interests into our academic lives. PDW presented at the Academy of Management meeting in August, Anaheim CA.

Fender, C.M., Murray, J. & Walker, W. 2008. Debugging disasters: Learning from trying. Paper presented at the OBTC in June, Wellesley, MA.

Fender, C.M. & Weer, C.H. 2008. A framework for STICKY learning. Paper presented at the Mid-Atlantic OBTC, Philadelphia, PA.

Fender, C.M. et al. 2007. Iron chef academic. Presented at the OBTC, Malibu, CA.

Weer, C. & Fender, C.M. 2007. The manager interview: From student to employee. Paper presented at the Mid-Atlantic OBTC, Philadelphia, PA.

Godshalk, V.M. & Fender, C.M. 2004. Reasons for career plateauing: Effects on motivation to perform and remain in the organization. Paper presented at the Academy of Management meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Fender, C.M. 2006. On-the-job training. In J.H. Greenhaus & G. Callanan (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Career Development (Vol. 2): 571-572. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Fender, C.M. 2005. Recent research of note. Organization Management Journal, 2(1) 27-30.

Godshalk, V.M. & Fender, C.M. 2003. Reasons for career plateauing: Effects on work and non-work satisfaction. In L. Ross, (ed.). IBAM 11: 139-146. Orlando: Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management.

Awards and Honors

Outstanding Reviewer Award, Eastern Academy of Management, 2012

Nominated for William H. Newman dissertation award (2011 Academy of Management)

Lifetime membership: Beta Gamma Sigma international business honor society

Nominated for 2006 Teaching Excellence Award, LeBow College of Business, Drexel University

Additional Info

Dr. Fender’s research focuses on the impact of today’s “always connected” communication technology on peoples’ work-life conflict, stress, job attitudes, and job performance. She is also interested in individual differences, cultural differences, organizational work-life policies, and how these all interact. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Fender had many years of business experience, primarily in the technology industry, with a few years in health care, banking and marketing. She has been a programmer, systems analyst, support technician and instructor on the technical end, and has several years experience each in people management, project management and marketing. In her two most recent jobs, she was vice president of IT, running departments from 30 to 75 people. She also has a consulting practice, where she has worked with small companies on process improvement and soft skills training.

She is an avid bridge player and has achieved master ranking. She makes jewelry for herself, for friends, for charity and for sale. When possible, she spends time underwater in a warm place with a SCUBA tank on her back. She sings the alto voice part with the Wayne Presbyterian chancel choir (where she is the secretary/treasurer), the Wayne Oratorio Society (where she serves on the board), and the Mary Green Singers. She has also sung as part of the Opera Company Outreach program in three “Random Acts of Culture,” including a “flash mob” performance by 650 of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah at Macys.

Melissa Fender
Contact
Office: AQ 16
Phone: 267-341-3371
Email: mfender@holyfamily.edu