Faculty – John Paul Stephens

John PaulStephens - Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior
Assistant Professor, Organizational Behavior

Peter B. Lewis Building 428
Office Hours: By Appointment Only

John Paul Stephens, PhD, received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Morgan State University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the roles of perception, knowledge, and relationships in the adaptive coordination of action groups such as musical ensembles. His other research interests fall under the umbrella of positive organizational scholarship and include high-quality connections, strengths-based feedback, and the relationship between character strengths and person-job fit. Dr. Stephens employs a variety of tools and methods, from structural equation modeling to video-based conversation analysis and ethnography, to examine how people’s self-knowledge, be it about their relationships, their strengths, or their behaviors, impacts their work. His research has been published in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, the Journal of Positive Psychology and the Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology and Work, and has been presented in papers and symposia at the Annual Meetings of the Academy of Management.

Curriculum Vita

PhD, University of Michigan, 2009
MS, University of Michigan, 2006
BS, Morgan State University, 2004

Initially Appointed: 2010

Interests and Courses


Psychology of coordination, performance adaptation, performativity/practice, organizational aesthetics, mindfulness/attention, organizational routines and knowledge, high-quality connections, character strengths & strengths-based feedback


Organizational psychology/behavior, Positive organizational scholarship, Qualitative research methods, Negotiations and bargaining behavior

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