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Smallfield, Jarvis

Assistant Professor / Human Resources & Organizational Behavior



Dr. Smallfield researches interpersonal leadership styles in organizational settings focusing on servant leadership. He works to better understand leadership development and helps current and future leaders develop their skills through research-based techniques. In addition, he researches the relationship between personality change and chronic workplace stresses focusing on the underlying neurochemical systems. His research appears in outlets such as Frontiers in Psychology, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, and the Journal of Management.

Prior to joining Central Michigan University, Dr. Smallfield worked on the practical aspects of leadership, mentorship, and changing workplace culture in highly creative teams as a postdoctoral researcher at the National Center for Principled Leadership & Research Ethics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has taught classes in the areas of leadership and human resources at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northern Illinois University and is on the executive committee of the Network of Leadership Scholars.

More about Jarvis Smallfield

  • PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • MBA, Clemson University
  • BA, Northwestern University

Courses Taught

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership
  • Business Ethics