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Debra R. Comer

The Mel Weitz Distinguished Professor in Business and Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship


PHD, 1986, Yale Univ; MPHIL, 1985, Yale Univ; MA, 1984, Yale Univ; BA, 1982, Swarthmore Coll


Mel Weitz Distinguished Professorship in Business

Dr. Comer received a B.A. with honors in psychology from Swarthmore College and an M.A., an M.Phil., and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Yale University.

Before coming to Hofstra, Dr. Comer worked as an internal consultant in human resources research and organizational development at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where she designed and delivered materials to promote individual and group effectiveness.

As a graduate student, she gained an appreciation for experiential learning. She has continued to create her own learning activities, as well as entirely new courses, since coming to Hofstra, where she has taught undergraduate and EMBA, MBA, and Online MBA students. She was one of the first Zarb School faculty members to teach online. The system she developed for enhancing online discussions has been adopted by colleagues within and beyond Hofstra.

Dr. Comer’s research has appeared in periodicals such as Human Relations, Human Resource Management Review, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Education, and Organization Science. In addition to her many journals articles and conference presentations, she edited and contributed several chapters to Moral Courage in Organizations: Doing the Right Thing at Work (2011, M.E. Sharpe). In 2016, she was one of the recipients of the Dean’s Research Award in the Zarb School and won the Primeaux Award for Best Paper at the Annual International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference. She was the Faculty Inductee to Hofstra’s Chapter of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society in 2017.

Dr. Comer has served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development of the Zarb School and, earlier, as Chair of the Department of Management and General Business. She is the Book and Film Review Editor of Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations and a former Associate Editor for Journal of Management Education (2014-2019). She has also served as Guest Editor for both the Journal of Management Education (2013) and the Journal of Business Ethics (2014). Her current research interests include managerial character development, ethical behavior in organizations, and neurodiversity in the workplace.

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