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William Hawks, Ed.D. he/him/his

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Assistant Professor


Management and Entrepreneurship


H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business & Entrepreneurship

Dr. Will Hawks serves as Assistant Professor of Management at the Nova Southeastern University H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. He has over 20 years of leadership experience in various sectors, including higher education, hospitality, government, and corporate affairs. He is passionate about empowering people and unleashing organizational performance through positive employee relations, workplace culture analysis, process innovation, executive development, and servant leadership.

Dr. Hawks holds a Doctorate in Education specializing in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California, a Master of Science in Management from the Wake Forest University, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (summa cum laude) from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and a Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida. He has published, presented, and reviewed papers in various academic journals and conferences. Dr. Hawks has also received numerous awards and honors for his community, professional, and scholastic contributions. Before joining NSU, he was the Senior Manager for global employee and labor relations at a Fortune 40 conglomerate, where he led several strategic initiatives across multiple countries and regions. He is committed to fostering a culture of belonging, equity, diversity, and inclusion in his teaching, research, and service.

  • Cert. - University of South Florida - Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in the Workplace
  • Ed.D. - University of Southern California Rossier School of Education
  • M.S. - Wake Forest University School of Business
  • B.A. - Florida A&M University - Political Science

HRM5380 Employee Relations

HRM5375 Managing Total Rewards

HRM5320 Career Development

MGT5170 Applying Strategy for Managers

MGT5105-Managing Organizational Behavior in a Dynamic & Complex World

MGT4880-Business Strategy & Policy

HRM4300 Managing Workplace Diversity

MGT4170 Organizational Behavior

HRM4160 Human Resource Management

INB3550 International Business

MGT3100 Managing Conflict & Change

MGT3020 Business Communications

BUS2000 Professional Success I

BUS3000 Professional Success II

BUS3700 Professional Success III

Neymotin, F. (Author & Presenter) and Hawks, W. (Author & Presenter). Minimum Wages and Foster Care Placement Disruption. 2025 Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) @ MESA Meeting (ASSA/AEA Annual Meeting). January 2025. San Francisco, CA. (Accepted May 2024).

Hawks, W. (Author & Presenter). Company Policies Matter: Starbucks versus the Memphis Seven. 2024 North American Case Research Association (NACRA) Annual Conference. Start-Up Case Presentation. Orlando, FL. October 2024. (Accepted July 2024).

Neymotin, F. (Author & Presenter) and Hawks, W. (Author & Presenter). Minimum Wages and Foster Care. Academy of Business Research Spring 2024 Conference. Economics/Finance (virtual), New Orleans, LA. March 2024. Best Paper Award Winner.  

Sims, R. L. (Author), Gong, B. (Author & Presenter), Hawks, W. C. (Author & Presenter). Race and Happiness in the United States: The Importance of Faith. Academy of Management. Management, Spirituality, and Religion, Boston, MA. August 2023.

Hawks, W. (Author & Presenter) and Bonaretti, D. (Author & Presenter). Temporary Employees? Financial and Cultural Benefits of Supporting International Faculty to Pursue Continued Employment at NSU. 2023 NSU Diversity Summit. March 2023.

Deranek, K, W. Hawks, E. Lawrence, K. Feiler and F. Sainfort. Getting Leadership Right at Patients-Are-Foremost Medical Center: Influencing and Impacting Quality Healthcare, SAGE Business Cases, in press.

Sims, R., Hawks, W., and Gong, B. (2023). What is there to be happy about? The impact of race and resilience in the United States. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/EDI-01-2023-0018

Hawks, W. (2020). Foster Care Placement Monitoring & Reduction: An Innovation Study. University of Southern California. 2020 Dissertation of Distinction- Nominee.