Biography

Erika James became the John H. Harland Dean of Goizueta Business School in July 2014. A published researcher and award-winning educator with a passion for consulting and speaking, she places an emphasis on what higher education can do to be of service to industry.

Under James’ leadership Goizueta remains one of the top business schools in the nation with an upward trajectory in student career success and faculty thought leadership. James initiated a new strategic plan in 2016 calling for a renewed focus as the school approaches its 100th anniversary (2019). Her approach includes a consistent call for faculty, staff and students to effectively collaborate, raise the school’s influence and act as good stewards of resources.

Before arriving at Goizueta, James served as the Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education at the Darden Graduate School of Business. She also served as an assistant professor at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business, and a visiting professor at Harvard Business School. Her academic career includes involvement in diversity initiatives and membership on multiple university councils and committees.

As an educator, James has been instrumental in starting various Executive Education programs, including the Women's Leadership program at Darden. She previously served on the board of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the foremost accrediting body in business education. James speaks at numerous conferences in the areas of leadership, organizational effectiveness, change management and diversity. She currently sits on the boards of the Graduate Management Council (GMAC) and Survey Monkey. Her expertise in workplace diversity and crisis leadership has led to recognition in scholarly journals and mainstream media.

James is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2016 and, shortly after becoming dean, was named to the “Power 100” list of Ebony Magazine. She is committed to establishing an equal playing field across gender and race and, in 2014, was honored by the National Diversity Council. S

James holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan. She received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pomona College of the Claremont Colleges in California.

Education

  • PhD
    University of Michigan
    1995
  • Master's
    University of Michigan
    1993
  • Bachelor's
    Pomona College
    1991

Media Appearances

  • February 22, 2016
    Enterprising Investor
    According to Erika James, the John H. Harland Dean of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, the best process for making decisions under pressure is to use the data and numbers to inform our intuition. Leaders must recognize and avoid falling prey to mind tricks and biases. Power dynamics can also lead to poor decisions, and leaders do best to pursue an approach that is inquiry-based rather than advocacy-based...
  • May 6, 2015
    The Wall Street Journal
    "As fewer U.S. students show interest in a business degree, M.B.A. programs work to boost pipeline of qualified female applicants.” Professor Erika James is featured in this article for The Wall Street Journal.
  • May 19, 2014
    Emory News Center
    Emory University Provost Claire Sterk announced that Erika Hayes James, PhD, has been appointed dean of the university's Goizueta Business School. James will assume her new role on July 15. She comes to Emory from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, where she served most recently as senior associate dean for executive education...