University Mourns Death of Professor Ellen Fagenson Eland

Posted: October 3, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Ellen Fagenson Eland

Ellen Fagenson Eland, professor of management and a leading expert in business mentoring, died on Sunday, Sept. 25, after a long illness.

“Ellen has made so many impressive contributions as both a teacher and scholar,” says Richard Klimoski, dean of the School of Management. “Her expertise and insights have received national recognition, both in the media and by her colleagues in management education. She has also had a profound influence on so many students in the classroom – she will be sorely missed here at Mason.”

Eland leaves an impressive legacy of achievements as a scholar. She is best known for her groundbreaking work on diversity and mentoring in organizations. Her outstanding contributions to the field were recognized by the Academy of Management in 2003, when the organization granted her the distinguished Mentoring Best Practices Award.

Eland presented more than 60 papers in academic journals, books and at national and international conferences, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Business Ethics and Journal of Management Development. She also published a book, “Women in Management: Trends, Issues and Challenges in Managerial Diversity,” in 1993.

Her work received many honors and awards and has been quoted extensively in such media outlets as the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Voice of America, National Public Radio and Washingtonian Magazine.

She served as the associate editor of the Academy of Management Executive and as the former chairperson of the Women in Management Division and the Careers Division Steering Committee of the Academy of Management. She received her PhD from Princeton University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University.

A private burial is planned. A memorial service will take place on campus at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 in the Center for the Arts to honor and remember Eland’s achievements in education and in life.

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