Dr. Gilson is the Associate Dean for Faculty & Outreach and serves as the Faculty Director for the Geno Auriemma UConn Leadership Conference, the Faculty Advisor to the UConn women’s MBA association, a visiting Scholar at Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (Lisbon), and the Senior Associate Editor of Group and Organization Management. In 2019 she was named by the Web of Science Group as one of the world’s most highly-cited researchers.
Her research focuses on creativity, virtual teams, and team effectiveness; in particular she is interested in examining teams in different organizational settings performing a diverse range of jobs. Specifically, she studies how creativity, employee empowerment, diversity, fairness issues, leadership, and virtual communication influence team effectiveness. Her research has been published in many of the top management and psychology journals; Academy on Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Group and Organization Management, Small Group Research. In addition, Professor Gilson has provided consulting expertise to many multinational companies, state and national agencies in the areas of leadership, virtual teams, managing change, and leading for creativity. She has given several invited keynote presentations on ‘Women and Leadership’ and ‘Leading for Creativity and Change.’