Dr. Julie Urda

  • Associate Professor

Dr. Julie Urda received her Ph. D. in Management concentrating in Organizational Behavior in 2006 from INSEAD, an international business school in Fontainebleau, France. She also earned an A.B. in psychology from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Boston University. 
Dr. Urda came to Rhode Island College (RIC) in 2007 after spending a year as Visiting Assistant Professor of Commerce, Organization, and Entrepreneurship at Brown University. At RIC, she teaches Foundations of Management; Management of a Diverse Workforce; Organizational Behavior; Organizational Theory; and Business, Government, and Society. 

While her dissertation concerned how social goals and emotions influence behavior and motivation, her experiences teaching undergraduates redirected her research interests to topics in management education. 

At RIC, Dr. Urda revived the Management and Marketing Departmental Honors Program in 2010, then chaired it until 2022. From August 2015 through June 2018 Dr. Urda served as the College’s First Year Seminar Coordinator. Dr. Urda then served as Assistant Chair to the Management and Marketing Department from 2019-2022. 

She is currently developing an MBA program with a team from the School of Business and serves on the RIC Council, the Advisory Committee on Undergraduate Admissions, and the Committee on Academic Advising.

Selected Publications

Urda, J. and Ramocki, S. P. (2014). Assessing students’ performance by measured patterns of perceived strengths: does preference make a difference?Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. Published online: 17 Feb. at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02602938.2014.884536#.u9fh56grfsk​.

Urda, J. and Loch, C. H. (2013). Social preferences and emotions as regulators behavior in processes. Journal of Operations Management, 31: 6-23.

Urda, J. (2012). Doing the Honors: How to Implement a Business School Departmental Honors Program. Honors in Practice, 8. ​ 

Urda, J. and Loch, C. H. (2011). How the social context triggers emotions: Emotions as regulators of social interactions. Proceedings of the 48th Annual Eastern Academy of Management Conference, Boston, MA. 

Urda, J. and Loch, C. H. (2009). Social goals as triggers of cooperation: How reciprocity and group solidarity encourage cooperative behavior in social dilemma games. Proceedings of the 34th Annual IAREP/SABE Conference, Halifax, NS, Canada. ​​​​​


MGT 201 Foundations of Management
MGT 306 Managing a Diverse Workforce
MGT 322 Organizational Behavior
MGT 341 Business, Government, & Society​
MGT 465 Organization Theory