Dr. Foti received her Ph.D. from The University of Akron. She is a fellow of the Society for I/O Psychology (SIOP) as well as the recipient of the University Alumni Teaching Award for 2005 and the SIOP Distinguished Teaching Contributions for 2006.
Dr. Foti's research focuses on leadership perceptions, how leaders emerge in groups and teams and leader – follower relationships.
Dr. Foti also has a strong interest in improving the effectiveness of interdisciplinary research teams. As part of her a co-principal investigator role on an National Science Foundation IGERT grant, Dr. Foti developed and tested a model to enhance the teamwork skills of interdisciplinary research teams. This model involved innovative courses and skill development programs for both graduate students and faculty designed to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries.
In addition, Dr. Foti continues to be involved in AdvanceVT. The mission of AdvanceVT is to assist Virginia Tech in preparing, recruiting, and retaining high quality and diverse faculty. AdvanceVT began in 2003 with a grant from the National Science Foundation to promote and enhance the careers of women in academic science and engineering through institutional transformation. Grant funding continued until August 2010. A key component of Virginia Tech’s program is a leadership assessment, coaching and development program for senior women faculty, which Dr. Foti developed and runs.
Dr. Foti also works with a variety of organizations to help individuals develop teamwork skills. She conducts workshops on team problem solving, team communication and team conflict management.
- Process of how leaders emerge in small groups
- Role of followers' perceptions in the leader emergence process
- Congruence of leader and followers perceptions of leadership
- Measurement of implicit leadership and followership theories
- Differences in the way male vs. female leaders emerge
- Link between leader emergence and leader effectiveness
- Role of leadership processes in team effectiveness.
- She is currently co-editing a special issue on Implicit theories for The Leadership Quarterly.
- 5124 - Survey of Industrial & Organizational Psychology
- 6934 - Advanced Topics:Implicit Leadership Theory
- 4024 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology
- 4364 - Senior Seminar: Leadership
- Foti, R. F., & *McCusker, M. (in press). Person-Oriented Approaches to Leadership: A Roadmap Forward. In B. Schyns, R. Hall & P. Neves (Eds.), Handbook of Methods in Leadership Research. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
- *Coyle, P. T. & Foti, R. J. (2015). If you’re not with me, you’re…? The role of congruence and cooperation in leader-follower relationships. The Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies. 22,161-174
- Bray, B. C., Foti, R. J. *Thompson, N. J., & *Wills, S. F. (2014). Disentangling the effects of self leader perceptions and ideal leader prototypes on leader effectiveness using loglinear modeling with latent variables. Human Performance, 27, 393-415.
- Hayes, H. & Foti, R. J. (2013). The impact of shared leadership on teamwork mental models and performance in self-directed teams. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 16, 46-57.
- Foti, R. J., Bray, B. C., Thompson, N. J., & Allgood, S. J. (2012). Know Thy Self, Know Thy Leader: Contributions of A Pattern-Oriented Approach to Examining Leadership Perceptions. The Leadership Quarterly, 23, 702-717.
- Williams, F., Foti, R.J. (2011). Formally developing creative leadership as a driver of organizational innovation. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 13, 279-296.
- Foti, R. J., Thompson, N. J., & Allgood, S. F. (2010). The pattern oriented approach: A framework for the experience of work. Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 4, 122-125.
- O'Shea, P. G., Foti, R. J., Hauenstein, N. M. A., & Bycio, P. (2009). Are the Best Leaders Both Transformational and Transformational? A Pattern-Oriented Analysis. Journal of Leadership, 5, 237-259.
- Rueb, J. D., Erskine, H. J., & Foti, R. J. (2008). Intelligence, dominance, masculinity, and self-monitoring: Predicting leadership. Military Psychology, 20, 237-247.
- Foti, R. J., Knee, R., & Backert, R. G. (2008). Multi-level Implications of Framing Leadership Perceptions as a Dynamic Process.. Leadership Quarterly, 19, 178-194.
- Foti, R. J. & Hauenstein, N. M. A. (2007). Patterns and variables: Evidence from leadership emergence and effectiveness. Journal of Applied Psychology, 92, 347–355.