Author: Matt Waldman


Robert Vandenberg
Robert Vandenberg

Terry College honored Professor of Management Robert J. Vandenberg this spring with the 2008 Outstanding Research Award.

Considered one of the top methodologists in the field of management today, Vandenberg specializes in longitudinal data analysis, latent class structures, and measurement equivalence. He co-authored with Charles Lance a landmark study in 2000 that received the 2005 Robert McDonald Advancement of Research Methodology Award from the Research Methods Division of the Academy of Management as the best publication in the last five years for methodological articles within the organizational sciences.

Vandenberg is internationally recognized as an expert in research methods and has lead workshops or courses on research methodology in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. As a Distinguished Research Methodologist for the Center for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis, his workshops are attended by faculty and PhD students from across the U.S. and webcast to 50 different universities around the world.

"Bob is truly deserving of this recognition for a long and distinguished research career," said nominating department head, Professor Allen Amason, who also pointed out Vandenberg's success with mentoring doctoral students into beginning productive research careers at peer institutions. "As just one example, his most recent Ph.D. student, Thomas Ng, joined the faculty of the University of Hong Kong, the oldest business school in the country. Thomas has already won a national award from the Careers Division of the Academy of Management for his work on job mobility, and that paper was published in Personnel Psychology this year. It is important to note that Bob did not co-author these pieces; rather, he has trained Thomas to be an excellent and independent researcher."

Of Vandenberg's scholarly articles, over 80% have been published in some of the highest quality journals in his field, including the Journal of Management, the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. One of his recent papers, co-authored with PhD student Laura Stanley, won the 2007 Best Paper Award in Organizational Behavior from the Southern Management Association. He is the Editor-In-Chief for Organizational Research Methods and serves on the board of the British Journal of Management.

An impressive reflection of the esteem his recent work receives in the academic community, Vandenberg has been a very successful at generating external grant money. Since 1999, he has been a co-principal investigator on three grants and was recently rewarded a 3-year grant for $1.7 million from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

Vandenberg is married to Carole, has three children, Drew, Kaity, and Jackson, and rides his Harley with a passion every day-relationships he claims as the highest priorities in his life.

The Terry College's Outstanding Faculty Award winners were chosen by a committee of their peers based on nominations from the college's seven academic departments. Awards are presented for outstanding teaching and research. Each recipient received a $1,000 cash prize.