Associate Professor, Department of Management

Posted on November 1, 2023

Dr. Joseph stays busy as a celebrated researcher in her field of emotional intelligence in the workplace, appearing in many top-rated publications, and stays even busier away from the classroom where she’s raising three young boys. Find out more about Dana below!

How long have you been a Knight? I’ve spent 12 years at UCF and my favorite memory was of the UCF men’s basketball team beating Illinois at home to advance to the semifinals of the NIT. It was the best UCF basketball game I have ever been to.

What is your area of research? Emotional intelligence in the workplace.

What do you find most rewarding about your field of study? My favorite moments are my research comes full circle and I conduct research, teach the findings of my research in class, and then a student contacts me after graduation and says “I used what you taught me and it worked!”

Faculty Spotlight Dana Joseph

Any professional awards or honors you’re proud of? My work has been included in the top five most-cited works published in the entire field of management since 2010 and has resulted in over 7,000 citations, 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, five book chapters, two best-paper proceedings, and 70 referred conference presentations. Two of my papers have been included on the list of the most impactful papers published in the entire 100-year history of the Journals of Applied Psychology.

What do you love about what you do? I love teaching people how to increased their emotional intelligence. It’s a valuable skill in many jobs, so students are eager to learn and really value lessons on emotional intelligence.

When you’re not in the classroom where can you be found? I have three boys age 10, 7, and 5 who are involved in every extracurricular imaginable (soccer, basketball, tennis, robotics club, school plays, reading club, chess club, etc.), so at this point in my life, if I am not at work, I am the cliche working parent who is transporting her kids in a minivan all over the place.