All of our faculty are prominent, award-winning scholars who continually enhance their expertise through research, publishing, consulting, and community service. Bryant's collaborative environment allows this extraordinarily accessible faculty to share their knowledge with you. Learn more about some of them below.
Lori Coakley, Ph.D.
Title: Associate Professor, Department of Management
Phone: (401) 232-6735
Education: Ph.D., Organizational Studies/Human Resource Management, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; M.B.A., Organizational Behavior, University of Lowell; B.A., American Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
Lori Coakley teaches Leading Effective Organizations, a foundation MBA course, as well as graduate-level elective courses in management.
Known for her fast-talking style and real-world approach, Coakley has received several teaching awards at Bryant. Pedagogy – or the art of teaching – is her passion.
“I’m always thinking how I can make things different or better for my students,” Coakley said. “I want them to walk out of my class and say ‘Wow. I can use that in my interview or my internship.’ Everything I do begins in the classroom – research or consulting, it all starts there.”
Coakley has published and presented on topics ranging from defense conversion to adaptive leadership to design thinking. She runs a robust consulting practice, teaching personal branding, negotiation, and women and leadership for clients that include B.J.’s Wholesale Club, Hope Global, and Women & Infants Hospital.
She’s a consistent contributor to the annual Women’s Summit, serves as a faculty fellow for the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership, and is on the executive leadership team which plans and organizes Bryant’s annual three-day IDEA program, an all-freshmen student event focused on creative problem-solving and the innovation process.
“What I love about Bryant is that it is always evolving, and you’re allowed to be cutting edge – always finding new ways to challenge your students and to create an environment for achievement and success.”