Management professor named faculty director of Love School of Business graduate programs

Associate Professor Brian Lyons will collaborate with faculty and staff to revamp graduate programs offerings and help develop strategies to expand recruitment efforts.

An accomplished associate professor of management at Elon University has been selected to serve as the next faculty director of graduate programs in the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business.

In his new role, Brian Lyons will collaborate closely with faculty and staff involved in graduate program team to revamp offerings and aid in reaching quality and enrollment objectives.

“His expertise and guidance will be instrumental in shaping the future of our graduate programs and ensuring their ongoing success,” Raghu Tadepalli, dean of the Love School of Business, said in announcing Lyons’ appointment. “I am grateful to Brian for agreeing to serve the school in this capacity.”

Lyons joined the Elon University faculty in 2014 and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in human resource management and organizational behavior.

He has overseen curriculum development and assurance of learning processes in his previous role as faculty coordinator for the Elon MBA and Master of Science in Business Analytics programs. Lyons made significant contributions to both, including co-creating the innovative 3+1 BSBA/MSBA program, streamlining the application process, rebranding the Master of Science in Management program into the MSBA program, and supporting student appeal decisions.

“This new role allows me to continue to support Love School of Business graduate programs in a strategic capacity,” Lyons said. “I look forward to working with our students, faculty, staff, and the Dean’s office to deepen our commitment to the success of our MBA, MSBA, and MSA programs. I appreciate the committee’s time and willingness to select me for this role.”

Lyons’s research focuses on recruitment, selection, job performance, and leadership, with numerous publications in prestigious outlets such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Resource Management, and the Journal of Business and Psychology, among others.

His expertise has been sought by media sources including ESPN, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and He currently serves on the editorial boards of Applied Psychology: An International Review, Journal of Business and Psychology, Journal of Managerial Psychology, and Leadership & Organization Development Journal. As a co-principal investigator, he has secured more than $1 million in external funding since 2021.

In addition to his academic achievements, Lyons has played an instrumental role in various campus initiatives. At the university level, he has served as co-chair of the full-time faculty teaching appointments committee and he previously co-chaired the Gender Salary Equity study.

Within the Love School of Business, he developed the SHRM-aligned curriculum for the Human Resource Management major, co-created the human resource management minor, and chaired multiple tenure-track faculty searches. He is the faculty mentor for the award-winning student Society for Human Resource Management club.

Lyons has received numerous accolades, including the 2016 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, the 2017 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2019 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service, and the 2020 Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year.

Prior to academia, he conducted HR-related research for the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the American Institutes for Research. He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Studies from the University at Albany, State University of New York, and is a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional.

Search Committee for the Faculty Director of LSB Graduate Programs

  • Assistant Professor Kevin Agnew
  • Professor Tina Das
  • Professor Raj Gupta
  • Assistant Professor Scott Hayward
  • Associate Professor Tim Norvell