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Zhaleh Semnani-Azad Appointed Assistant Professor of Consumer & Organizational Studies at Clarkson University

Zhaleh Semnani-Azad has been appointed assistant professor of consumer and organizational studies at Clarkson University.

Zhaleh Semnani-AzadShe received her doctorate and master’s degrees in industrial organizational psychology, and honors bachelor of art degree in psychology and human resources management, all from the University of Waterloo in Ontario.

Semnani-Azad's research interests are negotiation and conflict, communication, culture and diversity, and group process. Her goal is to provide practical insights into cross-cultural negotiation, collaboration, and decision-making among employees, managers and negotiators.

Before coming to this position, she was a visiting scholar at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University where she conducted research as part of the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI). She was also an Adjunct Professor of Organizational Studies at Schulich School of Business at York University. There she taught negotiations and international negotiation techniques to MBA and IMBA students. In addition to teaching at the Schulich School of Business, Semnani-Azad was a lecturer and teaching assistant at the University of Waterloo, where she also mentored undergraduate students.

Semnani-Azad has consulting experience as a researcher for the PowerNoodle Software Company, a contract consultant for  Spa Sales Consulting, a facilitator for the Waterloo Organizational Research and Consulting (WORC) group, and as an internal consultant for industrial organizational psychology at the University of Waterloo.

She has written and co-written articles for management journals, and has scholarly manuscripts in press. She has made numerous invited talks at Clarkson University's School of Business, Columbia Business School, IESEG School of Management in Paris, Schulich School of Business, McDonough School of Business in Washington, D.C., Kellogg School of Management, University of Maryland, and Carnegie Mellon University. Semnani-Azad also has shared her work through numerous peer-reviewed paper and poster presentations.

She is an ad hoc reviewer for Group Decision and Negotiation Journal, Management Research Review, Academy of Management Annual Conference, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, International Association of Conflict Management Conference, Association for Psychological Science Student Research Award Reviews, Eastern Academy of Management, Southern Management Association, Academy of Management Africa, Academy of International Business, and Emotions Network Conference.

Semnani-Azad has received numerous scholarships and awards, including the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Scholarship. Her work on culturally normative communication and negotiation strategies has been awarded by Kellogg School of Management's Dispute Resolution Research Center (DRRC), the Academy of Management, and International Association for Conflict Management.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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