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Adaora Ubaka

Doctoral Student in Business Administration: Human Resource Management

Department of Managerial Studies

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers



601 S. Morgan St. Chicago, Illinois 60607

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Adaora Ubaka


Adaora is a 5th-year Ph.D. Candidate in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management . Born in southern California, but raised in the Sunshine State (Florida), Adaora's research focuses on leadership, and how to bridge differences in diverse workgroups. Adaora is a former collegiate track and field athlete (hammer throw, discus, and shot put), who continues her passion for active living doing reformer pilates, swimming, and cycling on her road bike.

Selected Grants

Dissertation Research Grant, $1,500, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP), University of Illinois Chicago, 2021-2022

Graduate College Award for Graduate Research, $1,750, University of Illinois Chicago, 2020-2021

Janessa Shapiro Graduate Research Award, $1,000, Society of Personality & Social Psychology (SPSP), 2020

Selected Publications

Service to Community

  • Student Representative at Large, Management Organizational Cognition (MOC) Division, April 2021-Present
  • Organizer & Facilitator, Managerial Dept. Research Incubator Presentations, Spring 2021
  • Ph.D. Project/Management Doctoral Student Association (MDSA)
    • Co-Chair of Networking Committee, 2020-2021
    • Writing Group Facilitator, Fall 2020
    • Membership Committee, Fall 2020
    • Service Committee, 2017-2018
  • Panelist for UIC Graduate College Orientation, Fall 2020
  • Network of Leadership Scholars Volunteer at AOM Annual Conference, August 2019
  • Organizer, EmoNet VI Emotions in Work-life Conference with Dr. Neal Ashkanasy, 2018
  • Academy of Management Annual Conference Reviewer, 2018-Present
  • Southern Management Association (SMA) Conference Reviewer, 2018-Present
  • Service Committee Member, Management Doctoral Student Association, 2017-2018
  • Academy of Management Conference Reviewer, 2017-Present

Notable Honors

2020, Best Student Conference Paper Award: Gender & Diversity in Organizations (GDO) Division, 80th Annual Academy of Management Conference

2020, Ph.D. Project/Baruch College Research Fellow, 3rd Annual Ph.D. Project, Baruch College Research Symposium in New York City

2018-2022, Graduate College Pipeline to an Inclusive Faculty (PIF) Fellowship, University of Illinois Chicago

2017-2022, Liautaud College of Business Graduate Fellowship, University of Illinois Chicago

2017-2018, Institute of Leadership Excellence & Development Fellowship, University of Illinois Chicago


Ph.D. Organizational Behavior & HR Management, University of Illinois Chicago (expected 2022)
*Dissertation: Event Sensegiving in the Context of Mega-Threat Events: Communicating Organizational Support and Fulfilling Psychological Obligations to Employees
*Committee: Sandy J. Wayne (Chair), Linda J. Skitka, Evan Apfelbaum, Bob Liden, Zhenyu Yuan
* Awarded the Janessa Shapiro Graduate Research Award (SPSP, 2020)

M.A. Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA (2011)

B.A. Philosophy, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), 2018-Present
    • Volunteer Reviewer for the Social-Personality Undergraduate Research (SPUR) Program, Fall 2021
  • Academy of Management, 2017-Present
    • Divisions: OB, HR, MOC
  • Ph.D. Project/Management Doctoral Student Association (MDSA), 2014-Present

Selected Presentations

  • University of Michigan, Center for Positive Organizations, Adderley Positive Research Incubator, Ann Arbor, MI (Virtual), February 2022
  • Northeastern University, Management & Organization Development Dept., Boston, MA, February 2022
  • Harvard Business School, Rising Scholars Conference, Cambridge, MA (Virtual), October 2021
  • Baruch College, Ph.D. Project Research Symposium, New York, NY (Virtual), April 2021
  • Academy of Management Conference (Paper Presentation), August 2020
  • Academy of Management Conference (PDW, GDO Division), August 2018

Research Currently in Progress

  • Wayne, S., Sun, K., Kluemper, D. Cheung, G., Ubaka, A. {Title Protected for Blind Revision}. Journal of Applied Psychology. (Under 4th round review).
  • Ubaka, A., Cardador, M.T., & Wayne, S. {Title Protected for Blind Revision}. (Preparing for submission to Administrative Science Quarterly).
  • Ubaka, A. & Wayne, S. Event Sensegiving in the Context of Mega-Threat Events: Communicating Organizational Support and Fulfilling Psychological Obligations to Employees. (Preparing for submission to Journal of Management).
  • Lu, X., Ubaka, A., & Klumper, D. Mindfulness Intervention, Construal and Abusive Supervision (Data analysis stage, Target Journal: Journal of Applied Psychology).