Clarissa Steele

Assistant Professor

Office: 3048 Business Building Cassie Steele
Mailing Address: 3123 Business Building
1301 Lovers Lane
Manhattan, KS 66506

Research Goals

Clarissa Steele studies equity in organizations. The goal of her research is to understand how individual perceptions affect diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in the workplace. Although her primary research interest focuses on gender equity, she also studies the impact on organizations of board of directors, CEO, and top management team diversity as well as perceptions around pay.

Current Research

  • The ideal worker norm and the effects of this stereotype on leaders designating male and female employees as high potential.
  • The effect of board gender diversity on perceptions of gender equity in firms.
  • Employee involvement in women's professional organizations for leader development, particularly in firms and industries that are male dominated.
  • Beliefs and background experiences related to people's attitudes toward CEO pay in the U.S.

Major Accomplishments

  • Berns, J. P., Gupta, V. K., Schnatterly, K. A., & Steele, C. R. (2021). CEO dismissal: A multidisciplinary integration and critical analysis. Group & Organization Management.
  • Moake, T. R., Oh, N., & Steele, C. R. (2019). The importance of team psychological safety climate for enhancing younger team members’ innovation-related behaviors in South Korea. International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, 19(3), 353-368.
  • Winner (with T.R. Moake and N. Oh), International Management Division Douglas Nigh Award, Academy of Management, 2017
  • Runner-up, University of Missouri 3-Minute Thesis Competition, 2018 and 2019

Areas of Teaching

Organizational behavior, compensation, human resources management


Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2020
Major: Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior
Supporting Areas of Emphasis: Research Methods and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

MS, University of Nebraska, 2010
Major: Survey Research and Methodology

MA, Bowling Green State University, 2006
Major: Spanish

BS and BA, University of Nebraska, 2004
Majors: Business Administration (Management), Psychology, and Spanish