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Romila SinghRomila Singh
Associate Professor
Lubar School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dr. Singh specializes in organizational behavior and human resource management. She teaches and conducts research on a variety of topics in these areas. In particular, her research focuses on examining attrition and persistence decisions of engineers, uncovering the drivers of engineers’ engagement with their workplaces, and identifying effective management practices for employees, with a special focus on leadership development for women and Under Represented Minority (URM) scientific and technical leaders.

Romila was a co-principal investigator (with Dr. Nadya Fouad) on two large National Science Foundation (NSF) grants that investigated engineers’ persistence and turnover decisions and culminated in their groundbreaking report, “Stemming the tide.” Her latest NSF funded research project is on uncovering the dynamics that explain why some diverse engineering teams are more innovative than others. Romila’s research has appeared in leading journals in management and vocational behavior and has been cited in the Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and the Guardian. Currently, she is a Co-PI (with Dr. Nadya Fouad and Dr. Ed Levitas) on another NSF funded project that examines the link between team dynamics and innovation.

Romila teaches courses in human resources management at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels and has been awarded the School of Business teaching award every year since 2002, including Lubar School’s Business Advisory Council Award for Teaching Excellence. She has co-chaired three dissertations and served on numerous doctoral dissertation committees for doctoral students from the Lubar School of Business, College of Nursing, and School of Education.

Through her research, teaching, and professional activities, she trains, develops, advises, and mentors students and professionals on the best practices in human resource management. She serves as the faculty advisor for the student chapter of Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at UWM, and has supervised over 100 HR internships. In recognition of her time, service, and leadership, she was twice named the UWM Outstanding Advisor of the Year by the Student Organization Advising and Resources (SOAR) and Center for Student Involvement (CIE) offices.


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