Advisory Team member: Jay Carson, PhD

Dr. Carson says, “ServLife is an organization that is committed to building gobal community, developing indigenous leadership, and practicing fiscal responsibility. Its focus on serving others and impacting cycles of poverty, slavery, and abuse by bringing good news and hope resonates deeply with my beliefs about the Kingdom of God. I give with joy to ServLife because I am confident in its people and its mission, and I know that my dollars are directly supporting people around the world who need them most.”

Dr. Jay Carson is the Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations at Southern Methodist University: Cox School of Business in Dallas, TX.  Jay was born and raised in Sulphur, LA, attended high school at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Natchitoches, LA, and attended college at Samford University in Birmingham, AL where he graduated with a BSBA degree in Accounting in 1995. He earned a CPA while working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Upon leaving PwC, he worked as an independent consultant while also serving part-time as a Minister to College and Singles at Brookwood Baptist Church and taking seminary courses. In 2002 he decided to pursue his interests in learning and teaching about leadership and teamwork at the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business, where he earned a PhD in Organizational Behavior with a minor in Human Resource Management and Strategy in 2006.

Jay is currently an Assistant Professor in the Cox School of Business at SMU, where he teaches courses on organizational behavior, leadership, and teamwork to undergraduates, MBAs, and executives. His research focuses on the areas of leadership and teams with current work on ethical leadership, shared leadership, and internal team leadership roles. Jay has consulted with a wide range of organizations, including Sonat Marketing, Protective Life Corporation, CrossCultural Communications, LLC, Baylor Health, Samson Investment Company, Pioneer Natural Resources, and the State of Maryland’s Department of Parole and Probation. He has written several scholarly book chapters and articles, including publications in the Academy of Management Journal. He is a member of the Academy of Management, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the International Leadership Association.

Jay’s avocational interests include music, movies, basketball, and the outdoors. He is also involved with Uptown Church where he plays guitar and sings with the worship band.

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