Rebecca Jestice
Assistant Professor of Business and Nonprofit Management

Rebecca Jestice scholarly interests include an exploration of how virtual worlds can aid the development of leadership and team skills. She also studies such diverse topics as fair trade, sustainable technology and appreciative inquiry. She teaches such diverse course as "Social Media and Marketing" and "Financial Accounting."

An Earlham graduate, she says, "Based on my own experiences as an Earlham student, I was so excited to return to a community where the pursuit of learning is nurtured and so rewarding."

Contact Info

Campus Mail
Drawer 25

Phone
765-983-1539

E-mail
jestire@earlham.edu

Office
217 Landrum Bolling Center

Programs/Departments

  • Business and Nonprofit Management
  • Japanese Studies
  • East Asian Studies

Degrees

  • Ph.D., SUNY, Binghamton
  • M.S., School for International Training
  • B.A., Earlham College

Selected Courses:

Leadership & Dealing with Differences
Social Media & Marketing
Introduction to Information Systems
Financial Accounting

I am interested in the topics of leadership and virtual worlds' use in organizations & education. Specifically, I am interested in how virtual worlds can be used to aid the development of leadership and team skills. Other areas of interest include fair trade, sustainable technology, technology & society, and appreciative inquiry.

Selected Publications

Kahai, S.S., Jestice, R.J., & Huang, R. (2013) Effects of transformational and transactional leadership on cognitive effort and outcomes during collaborative learning within a virtual world. British Journal of Educational Technology, 44(6), 969-985. 

Kahai, S.S., Huang, R., & Jestice, R.J. (2012) Interaction effect of leadership and  communication media feedback positivity in virtual teams. Group & Organization Management, 37(6), 716-751. 

Huang, R., Kahai, S., Jestice, R. (2010) The contingent effects of leadership on team  collaboration in virtual teams. Computers in Human Behavior, 26 (5), 1098-1110.

Kahai, S.S., Carroll, E., & Jestice, R. (2007) Team collaboration in virtual worlds. The DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems, (38) 4, 61-68. 

Conference Papers and Presentations

Kahai, S., Huang, R., & Jestice, R. (August, 2011) Antecedents and Consequences of  Cognitive Effort During Collaboration in a Virtual World. Paper presented at the  Academy of Management Meeting, San Antonio, Texas.

Jestice, R., Kahai, S., (August, 2010) The Effectiveness of Virtual Worlds for Education:  An Empirical Study. Paper presented at the Americas Conference on Information  Systems, Lima, Peru.

Academy of Management

Association for Information Systems

Net Impact

I am an Earlham alum. My liberal arts education and experiences at Earlham really opened up the world for me and set me on the path to my Ph.D. and eventual career as a teacher and researcher. Based on my own experiences as an Earlham student, I was so excited to return to a community where the pursuit of learning is nurtured and so rewarding. Also, although not a Quaker myself, I love the Quaker tradition at Earlham. I can't imagine being elsewhere!

Currently I am collaborating with Aletha Stahl in the French program and 7 students in a research course. We are exploring the use of virtual worlds in education. Students will be creating learning modules in a virtual world for French and Management courses that we can use right here on campus. We are working together as a research team, starting from educational theory, learning about virtual worlds, developing the modules based on our research, and finally, testing and assessing them.

I love paper and paper crafts — origami, collage, book art — anything involving paper. I also love collecting vintage postcards from the places I have traveled to and lived.

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