Management Faculty of Color Association, Inc.

2021-2022 Executive Committee Members


President: Darryl B. Rice, PhD, Assistant Professor of Management, Miami University, 

Dr. Darryl B. Rice is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University. Dr. Rice earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management at the University of Central Florida, his M.B.A with a concentration in Leadership from Jacksonville University, and his B.S. in Finance/Multinational Business Operations from Florida State University. His research examines the relationship between leadership and justice in three areas: organizational justice, behavioral ethics, and diversity/equity/inclusion. His work has been published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics, Human Relations, Journal of Business and Psychology, European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, Business Ethics: A European Review, Current Psychology, and Journal of Social Psychology. Darryl was recently elected as a board member for the Southern Management Association (SMA).

Vice President: Montressa Washington, PhD, Assistant Professor of Management, Shenandoah University,

Montressa Washington, Ph.D, is the director of Shenandoah University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and is an assistant professor of management in the Shenandoah University School of Business. Dr. Washington worked in management consulting for 17 years, specializing in change management, technology adoption and business transformation before transitioning into academia. She teaches courses in entrepreneurship and design thinking. She holds a Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) SCP certification and teaches courses in human resources at the university as well as for SHRM. She enjoys mentoring and coaching students about career choices as well as nominating high-performing students to the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, of which she is a member.

Washington’s education credentials include a doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University, an MBA in international business and marketing from Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s in English from the University of Maryland College Park. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Zonta International, and Leaderships Maryland and Howard County.


Treasurer: Natalie Cotton-Nessler, PhD, Assistant Professor of Management, Western New England University,

Dr. Natalie Cotton-Nessler is a management faculty member in Western New England University's College of Business. Her work spans the topics of social networks, leadership, and diversity. A sociologist by training, she teaches both undergraduate business and graduate business courses in conflict management, leadership, and organizational behavior and theory. Prior to teaching at Western New England, Dr. Cotton-Nessler taught in the Management and Sociology departments at Bentley University. She obtained her PhD in Management and Sociology from the University of Michigan in 2013. Before her doctoral studies, she was an IT consultant in the energy industry, and holds a JD, MBA, BS, and BA from the University of Pennsylvania.


Secretary: Steven W. Day, PhD, Assistant Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship, North Carolina Central University,

Dr. Steven W. Day holds a Ph.D. from Jackson State University. He has a current position at North Carolina Central University as Assistant Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship. His research interests are Emotional Labor, Social Entrepreneurship and International Business.  He has several publications in some of the top international journals all over the world.  He is currently examining the relationship between Culture and Innovation, specifically, looking at using culture or diversity as a strategy that fosters innovation and other positive performance outcomes.


Communications Chair: Tanja R Darden, PhD, Assistant Professor, Towson University,

Tanja R. Darden, Assistant Professor, received her Ph.D. from Georgia State University. Her research interests include employee-employer relationships, psychological contracts, and diversity and inclusion. She recently developed a course on diversity, equity and inclusion in management for the College of Business and Economics, the first DEI course of its kind to be offered in the college. She was also selected as a TU Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Fellow for 2021-2022 to further advance her DEI research. She has presented often at several academic conferences, including Academy of Management (AOM), Southern Management Association (SMA), and Society of Industrial Psychologists (SIOP). With BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering, she brings nearly 20 years of information technology consulting business experience to the classroom and her research.  

Membership Chair: Oscar Jerome Stewart, PhD, Assistant Professor of Management, College of Charleston,

Oscar Jerome Stewart earned his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina Charlotte’s Interdisciplinary Organizational Science Program. He is an Assistant Professor of Management in the College of Charleston’s School of Business. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Sustainable Business at San Francisco State University. Professor Stewart has been recognized globally for his teaching innovation, is concerned with power within organizations and power of organizations, and how to create more equitable and cooperative power structures that bind members together in a beneficent mutuality. Currently, Professor Stewart is working on projects on corporate misconduct, discrimination in higher education, and critical pedagogy. In his spare time, he loves to rehabilitate troubled dogs and can be seen traversing the low country with his two dogs, Sho Nuff the Shogun of the Low Country and Assata Shakur. 

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