Associate Professor

Office Location 
Memorial 202I

Elizabeth Watson

Academic Background

  • Ed.D. Teachers College, Columbia University
    2005 New York, NY
    Adult Learning and Leadership
  • M.B.A. Fairleigh Dickinson University
    1994 Teaneck, NJ

Employment Background

  • Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ
    Fall 2007 – present
    Associate Professor and Program Director of M.A. in Organizational Leadership
    Department of Graduate Education, Leadership and Counseling
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
    Hoboken, NJ
    Fall 1997 – Summer 2007
    Progressive positions, culminating as Distinguished Service Professor and Program Director of M.S. in Management

Teaching Philosophy

  • "Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other." Benjamin Franklin

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Organizational Leadership
  • Organizational Research
  • Individual and Group Processes in Organizations


  • Watson, E (2009) Creativity in Teams: Collaboration and Learning. Lambert Academic Publishing. Book publication date November 19, 2009.
  • Watson, E (2007, December) Who or what creates: A conceptual framework for social creativity. Human Resource Development Review, 6 (4), 419-441.
  • "What Students Learn is dependent on what they already know: Stimulating and guiding the development of mental models." 2009 Annual Conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning, October 8-10 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Double-blind reviewed submission.

Current Research Agenda

  • 2010 Summer Research Fellowship, Rider University.
  • Manuscript in draft: “Notes from the field: Representing talk as music.” Extends the Conversation Analysis research method to capture creative collaboration in action through the metaphor of choral music.

Personal Information

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