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Broad College Employee Spotlight: Quinetta Roberson

By Grace Griffin, student writer
Monday, January 22, 2024

Spartans are known for our determination to make a difference, and one way this ethos is brought to life at the Broad College of Business is through our employees. In this Broad College Employee Spotlight Q&A series, get to know the many passionate faculty and staff members across the college.

A professional headshot of MSU John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor Quinetta Roberson

Quinetta Roberson, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor

In August 2020, Quinetta Roberson joined Michigan State University as the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor, with a majority appointment in Broad’s management department and a minority appointment in the College of Social Science’s psychology department. While in her role as an educator, she is also an avid researcher, focusing on developing organizational capability and enhancing effectiveness through the strategic management of people, particularly diverse work teams.

She also serves as an adviser to students both within the Broad College and the College of Social Science. She is an extremely knowledgeable mentor and works with Ph.D. students directly.

Broad News: What inspired you to begin working at Michigan State University?

Roberson: The management faculty and doctoral students [at MSU] have always been known in my field for their productivity and impact. Although I’ve known and collaborated with people in the department over the last 25 years, it has always been as an outsider. So, when invited to join this group, it seemed like a great opportunity to be in an academic home with like-minded and like-motivated others.

Broad News: What do you like most about being an employee at the Broad College?

Roberson: The professionalism and focus on impact are prevalent throughout Broad regardless of a person’s position, and it inspires me to be and do the same.

Broad News: What motivates or renews your commitment to MSU on a regular basis?

Roberson: Michigan State is such a tight-knit community, and I am motivated to contribute to and maintain that sense of community. Go Green!

“The professionalism and focus on impact are prevalent throughout Broad regardless of a person’s position, and it inspires me to be and do the same.”

Broad News: What are you most looking forward to this academic year?

Roberson: Collaborating with faculty in some of the other colleges, submitting an NSF grant proposal, developing a research incubator for doctoral students from minority serving institutions and working on cool new research projects.

Broad News: What’s been one high point of your time at the Broad College?

Roberson: Joining the Broad Matters podcast team as a co-host alongside Ken Szymusiak, working with Chelsea Stein and Zach Hall from the college’s Marketing and Communications Office.

Broad News: What is one fun fact about you?

Roberson: I’m an avid snowboarder!

Broad News: What advice would you give someone new at Broad?

Roberson: There are great people in Broad with unique and interesting backgrounds and experiences, and we are all working towards the same goal. So, be sure to build authentic connections with others.

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