Carnegie Mellon University

Biography

Laurie R. Weingart (interim)

Laurie R. Weingart was named interim provost of Carnegie Mellon University following the announcement of Farnam Jahanian as interim president, effective July 1, 2017. 

As the university's chief academic officer during this interim period, Weingart is responsible for leading CMU's schools, colleges, institutes and campuses and is instrumental in institutional and academic planning and implementation.

A member of the CMU faculty since 1989, Weingart is the Richard M. and Margaret S. Cyert Professor of Organizational Behavior and Theory in the Tepper School of Business. She has served as senior associate dean for education at the Tepper School since 2014 and prior to that time, she led Tepper’s Accelerate Leadership Center, designed and oversaw the creation of BaseCamp, the immersive MBA orientation program, and helped to develop two new master's programs.

She has also held a number of leadership roles in service of strategic university priorities, including serving as co-chair of the Academic Policies and Practices working group of the Task Force on the CMU Experience, where she has provided valuable insight into the academic policies and practices that shape the student experience.

Weingart is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar on group processes and the social motives and tactical behavior that affect negotiation. Her more recent scholarly work examines cognition, conflict, emotion and innovation in cross-functional teams. Her research has been widely published in top-tier journals in the fields of management, economics, social psychology, industrial psychology and cognitive psychology and has been funded by both the NSF and industry grants. She has been the recipient of several major research paper awards from the Academy of Management and the International Association for Conflict Management. In 2009, her paper, Task versus Relationship Conflict, Team Performance, and Team Member Satisfaction: A Meta-Analysis (with C. De Dreu) was recognized as the Most Influential Article/Chapter published between 2001-2004 by the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management.

Promoting collaboration among academic disciplines, Weingart has worked with researchers across the Carnegie Mellon University and abroad in fields including economics, psychology, engineering, design and computer science. She also has served as Chair of the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management, President of the International Association for Conflict Management, and Founding President of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research. She has served on the editorial boards of several journals and recently completed a four-year term as the co-editor (with S. Sitkin) of the top-ranked Academy of Management Annals. She is also a Fellow of the Academy of Management.

Weingart received her Ph.D. and MS degrees in Organizational Behavior from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and her BS in Industrial Psychology from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.