Rizzuto receives LSU Distinguished Faculty Award for excellence in teaching, research, and service

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From left to right: Petra A. Robinson, Tracey Rizzuto, Reid Bates.

05/10/16

Tracey Rizzuto received the LSU Distinguished Faculty Award for her sustained record of excellence in teaching, research, and service. She was honored at a reception at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on May 4, 2016.

Rizzuto is the Associate Director for the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD). She holds the Mary Ethel Baxter Lipscomb Memorial Endowed Professorship. Her research areas of expertise include: development of social capital and capacity through technological tools (e.g., workplace technology, course management technology); development of social capital and capacity through social relationships (e.g., power and influence social network structures); and managing workplace changes (e.g., implementation of new initiatives, aging workforce dynamics, workplace disaster recovery). She is highly active in research that benefits local and state interests, such as workplace disaster recovery through the Katrina Aid and Relief Effort (KARE), the Baton Rouge Choice Initiative, and smart policing and prosecution initiatives like the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) program and Crime Strategies Unit (CSU).

The overarching focus of her research program is on developing human capital and organizational capacity through technology-mediated processes, with the goal of increasing access to the knowledge, expertise, and resources needed to manage change in the modern workplace. Applying quantitative multilevel and network modeling to describe person-environment interactions, she studies attitudinal and behavioral responses to large-scale organizational change across a wide variety of settings and technologies used to support post-secondary education and professional training. Her secondary research interests include workforce aging issues and understanding change reactions to workplace disasters.

Rizzuto is associated with more than nine million dollars in grants from state and federal sources including NSF, the U.S. Department of Interior, Department of Education and Department of Justice. Her research is published in journals across disciplines including psychology, management, information systems, sociology, and education, and has been featured in popular media outlets such as The New York Times, National Public Radio’s Market Place and American Public Radio Works.

Rizzuto has also been a speaker for TEDxLSU. She discussed social network theory. Rizzuto helps provide members of the Baton Rouge community with the technological resources it needs to analyze and combat problems like violence, economic development, and natural disasters. She uses social network analysis to aid the successful Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE) program, to build organizational collaborations through the Choice Neighborhood Initiative and has taken an active role in studying workplace disasters through her work with the Katrina Aid and Relief Effort. Through these organizations, she helps people find a way to connect their professional, research-oriented experience with community support services.

In 2015, Rizzuto received the Engagement Award from the College of Human Sciences & Education for her work addressing significant social issues in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

Rizzuto received her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Pennsylvania State University, her Master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Pennsylvania State University, and her Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University.

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The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

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