Alex Barelka is an Associate Professor with the Department of Management and Quantitative Methods. He has been a professor at Wright State University and the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio. He is also a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and holds a Ph.D. in management (minor in information systems) from Michigan State University.
Alex has taught 10 management classes at the undergraduate and graduate level including leadership, organization development and change, and research methods. His research interests include trust/suspicion, leadership, team performance, social networking, influence tactics, and IT-based learning. He has published in several top journals including the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, and the Journal of Business Psychology. His research has been funded by several national agencies and the results presented at multiple national conferences. He has also led several large scale organizational change activities.
Previously, Alex was a technical advisor and chief of behavioral studies in the Air Force Research Laboratory and deployed to Afghanistan, where he was awarded a Bronze Star and worked for the senior U.S. and NATO commander. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., he worked for over 10 years as an IT and research and development (R&D) program manager for space-related systems in the Air Force and several national agencies. He is also a certified Program Management Professional (PMP).