Nancy Day, Ph.D.
Professor, Human Resources and Organizational Behavior
Areas of expertise: Impact of pay and rewards on employee attitudes, religiosity and diversity in the workplace
Nancy Day is a professor in human resources and organizational behavior at the Bloch School at UMKC, which she joined in 1991. Since 2010, she has also served as UMKC’s faculty ombudsperson. She has a Ph.D. in social psychology with an emphasis in organizational psychology from the University of Kansas, and a masters in counseling psychology from UMKC. Day has taught human resources and organizational behavior courses in the undergraduate, M.B.A., and Executive MBA programs at the Bloch School, and is a past recipient of the Pierson Teaching Award. Day served as director of the Business Administration Division in the Bloch School from 1996 through 2003, and has also served as director of the Executive MBA program and interim associate dean. Prior to her appointment at the Bloch School, she was a consultant on compensation, performance management and other human resource issues. As faculty ombudsperson, she assists faculty, informally resolves problems and disputes at work, and has presented workshops on how other ombudspersons can help visitors better deal with their supervisors.
Day has served in a number of professional associations, including the board of directors, research advisory panel and academic partners network of WorldatWork (formerly the American Compensation Association), and the Select Committee on the Glass Ceiling of Greater Kansas City. She was program chair, president, and past president of the Midwest Academy of Management. Currently, she serves on the board of the Midwest Academy of Management, and is a member of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and WorldatWork.
Her research focuses primarily on compensation, rejection sensitivity and diversity. One research project investigates how employees’ perceptions about pay communication predict important work attitudes. A second research project explores academics’ reactions to rejection experience and a third investigates how heterosexuals respond to “coming out” statements of gay and lesbian coworkers. Day has published her research in such journals as Personnel Psychology, Human Resource Management, Employee Relations, Personnel Review, The Journal of Managerial Issues and The Journal of Management Education. She regularly attends and makes presentations at the Academy of Management and other academic conferences.