Chatham University

Dean of the College for Graduate Studies

Darlene Motley, Ph.D.

Dr. Darlene Motley is the Dean of the College for Graduate Studies at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Motley joined Chatham after successive career progressions at Robert Morris University (RMU) where she served in the roles of faculty from Assistant Professor through full Professor. She also held progressively more responsible roles as Program Director of Human Resource Management, Department Chair of Management where she managed 16 faculty, and Associate Dean for the Business School at RMU.

Dr. Motley holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior with a minor in International Business from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago where she also completed an exchange at the London Business School, London England, and a B.S in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

As the Dean of the College for Graduate Studies at Chatham University, Dr. Motley oversees a variety of graduate degree programs including the health sciences areas of Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistants, and Physical Therapy, Business degrees for the MBA and Master's in Accounting, Creative Arts, Digital Film and Technology, Interior and Landscape Architecture, Biology and Green Chemistry, and Counseling Psychology. Currently Dr. Motley is involved in developing new degree areas and revamping some existing curricula. This includes completely revamping the MBA and MAcc curricula, and developing an interdisciplinary MBA/Master's of Sustainability dual degree. She is also part of the team involved in the restructuring of the university for more vertical integration of programs and resources.

Previously, Dr. Motley was instrumental in developing several programs at RMU and initiated the CEO Lecture series for RMU, partnering on a 3+3 program between RMU and Duquesne Law School, and chairing the Ethics Committee at the Business School that has led to a long-term relationship with an alumnus sponsoring Integrity First. Dr. Motley also has several years' experience working in corporate America at General Electric, Eastman Kodak, Baxter Travenol and as an independent consultant to organizations. Dr. Motley also continues to be active in her research interests which include examining human resource issues for women and minorities in nonprofit organizations as well as exploring the impact of cultural relations on human resource management of sustainability efforts across regions of the world.


University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.
Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior, Minor in International Business.

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
MBA in Marketing & International Business.
London Business School, London, England
International Study abroad as part of MBA.

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.
B.S. in Industrial Engineering.


The Roles of Job Insecurity and Trust on Employee Acceptance of Innovative Human Resource Management Practices: An Examination of Work Practices.
Committee: Carrie R. Leana (chair), Gary W. Florkowski, Michael Harwell, Ellen E. Kossek, and Frits Pil.