Eby named recipient of the Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award


Eby named recipient of the Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award


Dr. Lillian Eby, director of the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research at UGA, and a professor of psychology and has been named UGA’s 2020 recipient of the Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award. This award honors one individual from each SEC university who has excelled in teaching and research.

Dr. Eby is recognized both nationally and internationally for her impact on the field of industrial-organizational psychology, with particular emphases on the mentor-mentee relationship in business and employee health and well-being.

Garnering a high level of extramural support for her research, Dr. Eby has been funded by more than $12 million from agencies such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Science Foundation, as well as various industry sponsors. A recent analysis of scholarly impact outside the academy documented that she is among the top 1% most influential authors in organizational behavior, human resource management and general management textbooks. According to Google Scholar, her work has been cited more than 23,000 times.

Dr. Eby is one of the world’s leading experts on mentoring relationships. She conducted ground-breaking research on the potentially negative aspects of mentoring, which challenged mentoring scholars to consider the potential downsides of mentor-protégé interactions and expanded research on mentoring into entirely new directions. Her contributions to mentoring scholarship have led to several keynote addresses at international conferences and universities, as well as two invited presentations for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on mentoring in STEM.

“In addition to making a lasting impact on the academic research surrounding mentorship and employee well-being, Dr. Eby is committed to applying her expertise to real-world challenges in businesses and nonprofits,” said S. Jack Hu, the university’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “She exemplifies the role that faculty members at major research universities play in making a positive impact on society.”

Read more about Dr. Eby’s outstanding career here.