Frank G. Zarb School of Business Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship Debra R. Comer, PhD, has been installed as the Mel Weitz Distinguished Professor in Business in recognition of her outstanding teaching, scholarship and service.
Dr. Comer’s current research focuses on character development in management education and ethical behavior in organizations. She co-edited and contributed several chapters to Moral Courage in Organizations: Doing the Right Thing at Work and has also written more than 50 journal articles and delivered many conference presentations in the areas of individual and group behavior in organizations, organizational socialization, organizational politics, workplace drug testing, workplace diversity and experiential learning.
Her research has been published in such highly regarded peer-reviewed journals as Human Relations, Organization Science, American Psychologist, Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, Journal of Managerial Issues, Journal of Management Education, Journal of Business Ethics, and Management Communication Quarterly. In 2016 she was a winner of the Dean’s Research Award in the Zarb School, and she received the Primeaux Award for Best Paper at the Annual International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference the same year.
The Mel Weitz Distinguished Professorship in Business was established in 1982 in recognition of Mr. Weitz’s impressive accomplishments in the field of business, his involvement in humanitarian causes, and his dedication to higher education on Long Island.
Dr. Comer is an associate editor of the Journal of Management Education, the book/film review editor of Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations, and an editorial board member of several other journals. She is a member of the Eastern Academy of Management (for which she served as vice president at large), the Academy of Management, and the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum.
Dr. Comer joined Hofstra in 1987 and became one of the first Zarb School faculty members to teach online. The system she developed for enhancing online discussions has been adopted by colleagues within and beyond Hofstra. She formerly served as chair of the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship and associate dean for faculty development at the Zarb School.
Prior to joining Hofstra, Dr. Comer worked as an internal consultant in human resources research and organizational development at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. She earned a BA with honors in psychology from Swarthmore College and a PhD in organizational behavior from Yale University.