Amanda Wolcott

Associate Professor in Management


Professional profile

Dr. Wolcott’s specializes in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Her work in both academia and private enterprise has been themed for social impact with an entrepreneurial spirit. She has taught in both the psychology and management departments of the University of Central Florida and instructed fellow faculty on best pedagogical practices. She consistently ranked at the top of her departments in student evaluations. She has presented both locally and internationally on teaching techniques and educational research.

As an organizational coach and consultant, she facilitates the success of start-up organizations seeking to scale, assisting them with the challenges associated with the process, developing leadership, strengthening team dynamics, and organizing and implementing HR systems. One of her clients received a deal from the sharks on Shark Tank, and another was able to exit his company for over $35 million.

Her main stream of research focuses on harassment and mistreatment in the workplace, and her dissertation, Not Woman Enough Harassment: An Integrated Model from Antecedent to Outcome, expanded the construct space for gender-based harassment to more fully capture all of the experiences women may face in the workplace.She also studies leadership, team dynamics, and organizational climate and culture and has conducted studies with NASA astronauts in order to improve their debriefing procedures.

In addition to teaching, consulting, and conducting research, Dr. Wolcott has a passion for social impact. She created an initiative to provide sustainability to the University of North Georgia through a native plant nature refuge, developed and ran a financial literacy program for women in a domestic violence shelter, and organized micro-loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries.


A.A., General Transfer, Palm Beach State College
B.S., Psychology, University of North Georgia
M.S., Industrial and Organizational Psychology, University of Central Florida
Ph.D., Industrial and Organizational Psychology, University of Central Florida

Teaching philosophy

Dr. Wolcott’s teaching philosophy is closely tied to her coaching philosophy: she believes that everyone has unlimited potential waiting to be unlocked, and she believes that she can help unlock it. Her mission is to inspire others to see their own potential and to facilitate their development into the best versions of themselves though teaching, guiding reflection, and reinforcing the power of choice.

Dr. Wolcott recognizes that the teaching and learning of management provides students with immediate opportunities to discover authentic connections between the subject matter and their careers. She approaches this task through a belief that all students can succeed, remaining focused on continuous improvement and designing active learning experiences that engage students and enrich their learning beyond the classroom to empower them to thrive in the dynamic world of business.

Teaching Specialties

  • Leadership
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Organizational Behavior

Research Specialties

  • Harassment and Mistreatment in the Workplace
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Climate and Culture
  • Team Dynamics

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