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Teresa A. Daniel, JD, PhD currently serves as Dean & Professor-Human Resource Leadership Programs at Sullivan University ( based in Louisville, KY. She is also the Chair for the HRL concentration in the university’s PhD in Management program. 


Dr. Daniel has a significant body of research in HR with an emphasis on two primary areas of inquiry: (1) counterproductive work behaviors (focused on workplace bullying, sexual harassment, and toxic leadership), and (2) HR’s unique role and its impact on organizational effectiveness (primarily in the management of toxic workplace emotions, responding to situations of workplace bullying and harassment, dealing with toxic leaders, and the management of people during mergers and acquisitions).


Dr Daniel’s research has been actively supported by the national Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) through the publication of numerous articles, interviews, and books. Her newest book, Guardrails: Taming Toxic Leaders and Building Positive Cultures, is currently underway and will be published by SHRM Books in 2021. She is also the author of Organizational Toxin Handlers: The Critical Role of HR, OD, and Coaching Practitioners in Managing Toxic Workplace Situations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) and the co-author of two books with Dr Gary Metcalf titled Stop Bullying at Work: Strategies and Tools for HR, Legal & Risk Management Professionals (SHRM, 2016) and The Management of People in Mergers & Acquisitions (Quorum Books, 2001).


Dr. Daniel was honored as an Initial Fellow of the International Academy on Workplace Bullying, Mobbing, and Abuse in 2014 and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award at Centre College in 2002. Most recently, she was the 2019 Grand Prize Winner of the national SHRM HR Haiku contest. She can be reached via email at

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