Matthew Cole PhotoDr. Matthew Cole
Assistant Professor
Institutional Review Board (IRB) Chair
Research Support Services Committee (RSSC) Co-Chair
Buell Management Building M316
(248) 204-3096




Research Agenda
Courses Taught
Honors and Awards
Dissertation Committee Work
Research and Scholarship
>Manuscripts in Preparation and Submitted (peer-reviewed)
>Articles and Book Chapters (peer-reviewed)
>Conference Presentations and Proceedings (peer-reviewed)
>Invited Presentations
>Student Projects
Reviewer/Editorial Work
Impact--Works Cited
Institutional Service
Academic Affiliations
Professional Affiliations
Professional Experience
>Selected Consulting Activities
>Positions Held
>Community Service


Dr. Matthew Cole is a tenured Assistant Professor in the department of Management and Marketing, Chair of the Institutional Review Board, and Co-Chair of the Research Support Services Committee at Lawrence Technological University. He teaches undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral courses in business statistics, principles of management, and organization development and change. His extensive portfolio of intellectual contributions, which includes peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and conference presentations, is aligned with the College of Management’s mission through a balance of theory and practice in the management areas of positive organizational scholarship, Appreciative Inquiry, SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results), and SOAR-based strategic thinking, planning, and leading; the science of teams, team conflict, and team leadership; research methods and models in business statistics; and the neuroscience of leadership.

Dr. Cole has over 20 years of practice experience as a clinical behavioral psychologist, facilitating coaching and training sessions with individuals, teams, and organizations. Recent consulting experience includes co-facilitating Appreciative Inquiry and SOAR-based summits, workshops, coaching, and strategic planning sessions with Lawrence Tech Professor, Dr. Jacqueline Stavros. Recent clients include Covenant Community Care (Detroit, MI), Metro Bureau (The Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies, Inc.), Oakland University Department of Organizational Leadership, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (Michigan Chapter), Washtenaw Literacy (Ann Arbor, MI), and Genesee Intermediate School District (Flint, MI) . In Fall 2013, Dr. Cole traveled with Dr. Stavros to the Organizational Development Institute, at Assumption University’s John 23 Convention Center on the Suvarnabhumi Campus in Bangkok, Thailand, to co-facilitate a workshop on SOAR and a summit on “SOARing to Positive Transformation and Change”.

Dr. Cole is also an entrepreneur and President of PRONEWS, LLC, a full service company specializing in biostatistical analysis of quantitative and qualitative data; survey design (including evaluation of psychometric properties); strategic planning sessions, workshops, and training sessions on strategic thinking, planning, and leading using Appreciative Inquiry and SOAR; and preparation of white papers, strategy reports, grants, and RFPs.

Dr. Cole's varied academic and professional career began in 1985 when he received a Bachelor of Music degree from Cleveland Institute of Music at Case Western Reserve. With degree in hand, Dr. Cole moved to New York City and spent the next ten years working in the entertainment industry. Being in the right place at the right time, he arrived in NYC during the infancy period of the MTV era. It was then that his entrepreneurial spirit revealed itself with the creation of Soundtrack City, his music and video production company, with clients ranging from Atlantic Records to Saatch & Saatchi Advertising. At the same time, he also continued to work as a recording engineer and freelance musician playing the trumpet, keyboards, and guitar.

A life-altering moment happened while playing music for older adults at a local hospital in the Bronx—Dr. Cole was introduced to the gratifying world of music therapy. Having grown up in Southfield, Michigan, he returned home to pursue specialized training at Eastern Michigan University and completed a Master of Science degree in Clinical Behavioral Psychology in 1999. He worked as a limited licensed psychologist performing neuropsychological evaluations and offering cognitive-behavioral therapy to children, adults and older adults with traumatic brain injury, developmental disabilities, and chemical dependency for Ann Arbor Rehabilitation Centers, Inc., and the Wayne County Juvenile Assessment Center.

As Dr. Cole continued his clinical work in neuropsychology, he quickly developed a passion for learning more about the brain, behavioral neuroscience, and biostatistics. He decided to continue graduate studies at Wayne State University when he was offered a National Institute on Drug Abuse pre-doctoral training grant to investigate the behavioral effects of opioid tolerance and dependence in the behavioral pharmacology laboratory of Alice M Young. He was also awarded a graduate teaching assistantship to supervise the undergraduate learning and memory laboratory. In 2002, Dr. Cole was awarded a Master of Arts degree in Biopsychology, with a minor in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

With the blending of his clinical and experimental skills, Dr. Cole continued graduate studies in psychology and completed a research assistantship at the Pediatric Prevention Research Center from 2003-2005, under the supervision of Bonita Stanton, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics, at the Wayne State University School (WSU) of Medicine. It was during this time that he began teaching as an adjunct professor of psychology for WSU, and was awarded the Heberlien Award for teaching excellence, in 2005, by the WSU Department of Psychology.

While working on multiple research projects at the Prevention Center in collaboration with Dr. Stanton and colleagues, Dr. Cole published several peer-review journal articles and research presentations on adolescent sex and drug risk behaviors. Under the supervision of Dr. Ty Partridge, Dr. Cole completed his PhD dissertation in 2008, "Investigating the Cognitive Processes That Mediate Protection Motivation Theory: A Parallel-Process Latent Growth Modeling Analysis." The dissertation received the best dissertation award in the “Social Sciences” from the Graduate Council.

In 2003, Dr. Cole began his association with Lawrence Tech as an adjunct professor for the department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Communication. From 2006-2009, he served as Senior Lecturer of Psychology, teaching Animal Behavior, Behavioral Neuroscience, Biostatistics, Cognitive Psychology, Drugs and Behavior, Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences, and Sensation and Perception. In 2009, Dr. Cole was promoted to Assistant Professor of Psychology and served as the psychology program director from 2009-2012, helping to shape the program with strong foundations in biostatistics, life sciences, and research methods. His research focused on the subjective effects of acute ethanol withdrawal in rats, and the neural instantiation of the self as measured by fMRI.

While serving as the psychology program director, Dr. Cole played a prominent role in establishing the Lawrence Tech Institutional Review Board (IRB) and serves as the IRB chair, reviewing all student and faculty research with human participants. As co-chair of the Research Support Services Committee (RSSC), he has been a strong proponent of inter-disciplinary collaborations, working closely with staff, faculty and students from Advancement, Architecture, Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and Management, on contracts, grants, and research projects. The RSSC sponsors the Faculty Seed Grant Progam to support faculty scholarship, and also sponsors the annual Research Day and Presidential Colloquium.

In 2011, Dr. Cole rekindled his entrepreneurial mindset and started PRONEWS LCC, a full service company offering OD consulting, professional editing, writing, and statistics by top scholars in the field, including colleagues from Lawrence Tech.

In 2012, Dr. Cole started a new position at Lawrence Tech as Assistant Professor in the department of Management and Marketing for the College of Management (COM). He teaches Principles of Management, and Organization Development and Change for the BSBA program; Business Statistics, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, and Organization Development and Change for the MBA program; Research Design-Quantitative Methods, and Advanced Topics in Research Methods for the DBA program; and has served as a committee member and chair on over 25 doctoral dissertations for the DBA program. Dr. Cole's portfolio of intellectual contributions is aligned with the COM’s mission through a balance of theory and practice in the management areas of teamwork, strategy, Positive Organizational Scholarship, SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Results), diversity, and statistical models in business. Dr. Cole serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and the SA Journal of Industrial Psychology.

In 2015, Dr. Cole was awarded tenure by the Lawrence Tech Board of Trustees.

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Ph.D., 2008, Wayne State University, Cognitive and Social Psychology Across the Lifespan, Advisor: Dr. Ty Partridge.

M.A., 2002, Wayne State University, Biopsychology (minor Pharmaceutical Sciences), Advisor: Dr. Alice M. Young.

M.S., 1999, Eastern Michigan University, Clinical Behavioral Psychology, Advisor:  Dr. Marilyn K. Bonem.

B.S., 1997, Eastern Michigan University, Psychology.

B.M., 1985, Cleveland Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve.

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Research Agenda

Dr. Cole’s research interests focus on the following:

  • Biostatistics, Statistical Models in Business, Survey Design, and Research Methodology
  • The Neuroscience of Mindfulness and Strategic Thinking
  • The Science of Teams and Teamwork
  • SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Results)
  • The Science of SOAR-Based Strategy
  • SOAR-Based Coaching
  • Organization Development
  • Diversity, Inclusion

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Courses Taught

MGT 2203: Principles of Management

HRM 3043: Organization Development and Macro Change Theory

PSY 3313: Industrial Psychology

MBA 5013: Business Application of Statistical Analysis

MBA 6013: Human Resource Management

MGT 6143: Entrepreneurship and New Venture Management

MBA 7033: Organization Development and Change

MBA 7043: Management and Organizational Behavior

RES 7033: Research Design—Quantitative Methods [DBA students are taught descriptive and inferential statistics using Minitab Version 17 and SAS University Edition]

RES 7043: Advanced Topics in Research Methods [This course extends the theory and practice of RES 7033 by introducing DBA students to structural equation modeling (SEM), latent variable modeling, and other advanced topics in research methods using Minitab, SAS, SPSS, and Mplus]

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Honors and Awards

2015, Mary E. and Richard E. Marburger Distinguished Achievement Award, “Faculty of the Year”.

2011, Dean's Award For Academic Excellence, Lawrence Technological University College of Arts & Sciences. 

2008, Graduate Council Best Dissertation Award “Social Sciences” 2006-2008, Wayne State University.

2008, Dean’s Award For Teaching Excellence, Lawrence Technological University College of Arts & Sciences. 

2005, Heberlien Award For Teaching Excellence, WSU, Department of Psychology. 

2002, NIH Individual Predoctoral National Research Service Award. 

1999, Graduate Dean’s Award for Research Excellence, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan. 

1999, ABA Student Committee Paper Contest Winner, Association for Behavior Analysis, Kalamazoo, Michigan. 

1999, Graduate Student Poster “First Place Award,” Michigan Psychological Association, Farmington Hills, Michigan.

1998, Graduate Fellowship, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan.

1997, Barton Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan.

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Dissertation Committee Work

Chair, DBA Program, Lawrence Tech

LeRoy, L. (Expected defense, Fall 2016). The impact of transformational and transactional leadership styles on the integrity of financial advisors within the financial services industry (working title).

Schnellbacher, E. J. (Expected defense, Spring 2016). The relationship between design specification, SOAR, and new product development capability: Implications for innovation and product success (working title).

Storey, G. (Expected defense, Spring 2016). An empirical analysis of the antecedents of consumerization of IT usage continuance within fortune 500 organizations.

Lange, T. (Expected defense, Fall 2015). The role of SOAR in promoting relationship marketing in University recruiting (working title).

Cox, J. (Defended, May 2014). An evaluation of the relationship among emotional intelligence, SOAR, and collaboration: Implications for teams.


Member, DBA Program, Lawrence Tech

Harris, M. (Expected defense, Spring 2016). A qualitative study of socially-motivated small businesses in urban areas. Chair: R. Bush.

Alsaad, A. (Expected defense, Spring 2016). Investigating the effects of employee engagement on employee career commitment in the manufacturing industry. Chair: T. Marx.

DeVries, V. (Expected defense, Fall 2015). A mixed methods study on the relationship among strategic human resource practices, SOAR, and affective commitment in the federal workplace. Chair: J. Stavros.

Kuehn, L. (Expected defense, Fall 2015). Appreciative analytics: An exploration of appreciative inquiry's potential to increase the influence of analytics on strategic decision making. Chair: J. Stavros.

Dishman, L. (Expected defense, Fall 2015). An investigation of five year of HCAHPS data: Finding the associations among patient experience, revenue cycle management, and financial performance of U.S. hospitals. Chair: J. Stavros.

Alawdah, A. (Expected defense, Fall 2015). Smart city initiative--theory and practice. Chair: A. McCord.

Li, Y. (Expected defense, Fall 2015). The impact of leadership behavior on employee engagement. Chair: P. Castelli.

Hitchcock, J. (2014). An exploration of organizational collective motivation and the influence of the SOAR framework to build organizational collective motivation. Chair: J. Stavros.

Miklovich, P. (2014). Stakeholders' perception of legitimacy and the impact on the organizational sustainability strategy of federally qualified health centers. Chair: J Stavros.

Funyak, J. (2013). An exploratory case study: The identification and perception of customer value and sustainable value by an automotive supplier. Chair: V. Hoffner.

Schwartz, M. (2013). An investigation to determine motivation strategies that leaders employ to increase effort in followers in a performance situation. Chair: P. Castelli.

Evans, E. (2013). The effects of an organization’s leadership and culture on tacit knowledge utilization. Chair: P. Castelli.

Gurjack, D. (2012). Identifying the use of reframing in an entrepreneurial context. Chair: R. Inskeep.

Hymel, J. (2012). An investigation of consumer sentiments regarding luxury counterfeit apparel and personal electronics goods. Chair: N. Shuayto.

Rahman, W. A. A. (2012). A study to determine the impact of empathy on leadership effectiveness in business leaders located in the United States and Malaysia. Chair: P. Castelli.

Grant, E. (2012). A case study of evaluation of two corporate employee participation wellness programs: The Cessna comprehensive wellness program compared to the Kautex non-comprehensive wellness program. Chair: N. Shuayto.

Matthes, H. (2012). Antecedents of global mindset: A comparison between German and U.S. leaders. Chair: T. Marx.

Glovis, M. (2012). A quantitative study in the expression of flow: Intrinsic motivation in developing individual and group transcendence within the delivery of complex system integration projects. Chair: J. Stavros.

Gatling, A. (2011). An investigation of business coaches: Perceptions regarding the presence of authentic leadership and its impact on coaching performance. Chair: P. Castelli.

Beal, L. (2011). A case study of the U.S. Army human resource command in Army business transformation: Measuring psychological capital, resistance to change, and organizational citizenship behavior to understand the role of positive behaviors in the context of organizational change. Chair: J. Stavros.

James, D. (2011). The influence of the Government, consumers, and automotive aftermarket manufacturers on sustainability. Chair: J. Stavros.

Bennett, M. (2010). Perceptions of instructor charisma: An analysis of charismatic leadership attributes in adult learners engaged in classroom instruction. Chair: P. Castelli.

Johnston, M. (2010). Catholic identity inheritance and sustainment: Implications for Catholic healthcare institutions. Chair: J. Stavros.

Konyu-Fogel, G. (2010). Global mindset and leadership characteristics: An empirical study of leadership behavior in a sample of business leaders. Chair: T. Marx.

Iskandarini, M. (2009). An investigation of the moderating effects of entrepreneurial orientation on the relationship between cross-border M&A’s and post-acquisition performance. Chair: P. Castelli.

Sprangel, J. (2009). A study of the direct and mediational effects of the SOAR framework, trust, and environmental management systems on chemical management services supplier performance at HAAS TCM group. Chair: J. Stavros.

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Research and Scholarship


Manuscripts in Preparation and Submitted (peer-reviewed)

Cole, M. L., & Stavros, J. M. (Submitted August 2015). Relationship among emotional intelligence, SOAR, and team-based collaboration: Implications for a strengths, opportunities, aspirations, and results (SOAR) based approach to coaching psychology. In L. Van Zyl, A. Odendaal, & M. Stander (Eds.), Meta-theoretical perspectives and applications for multi-cultural contexts of coaching psychology. New York, NY: Springer.

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Articles and Book Chapters (peer-reviewed)

Stavros, J. M., & Cole, M. L. (2015). Promoting the positive effects of team diversity through SOAR: An inclusive approach for strategic thinking, planning, and leading. In L. Roberts, L. Wooten, & M. N. Davidson (Eds.), Positive organizing in a global society: Differences for capacity-building inclusion. New York, NY: Routledge.

Glovis, M., Cole, M. L., & Stavros, J. M. (2014). SOAR and motivation as mediators of the relationship between Flow and project success. Organization Development Journal, 32(3), 57-73.

Stavros, J. M., Cole, M. L., & Hitchcock, J. (August 2014). Basic and applied research on SOAR—taking SOAR beyond its original purpose of strategic thinking and planning applications. AI Practitioner: International Journal of Appreciative Inquiry, 16(3), 72-77.

Chung, C. J., Cartwright, C., & Cole, M. L. (2014). Assessing the impact of an autonomous robotics competition for STEM education. Journal of STEM Education, 15(2), 24-34.

Kohnke, A., Cole, M. L.,  & Bush, R. (2014). Incorporating UTAUT predictors for understanding home care patients' and clinicians' acceptance of healthcare telemedicine equipment. Journal of Technology Management & Innovation, 9(2), 29-41.

Munevar, G., Cole, M. L., Ye, Y., Yang, Y., & Haccke, M. (2014). fMRI study of self vs. others’ attributions of traits consistent with evolutionary understanding of the self. Neuroscience Discovery, 2(3), 1-7.

Gatling, A. R., Castelli, P. A., & Cole, M. L. (2013). Authentic leadership: The role of self-awareness in promoting coaching effectiveness. Asia-Pacific Journal of Management Research and Innovation, 9(4), 337-347.

Stavros, J. M., & Cole, M. L. (2013). SOARing towards positive transformation and change. The ABAC ODI Visions.Action.Outcome., 1(1), 10-34.

Beal, L. B., Stavros, J. M., & Cole, M. L. (2013). Impact of psychological capital and resistance to change on organisational citizenship behaviour. SA Journal of Industrial Psychology, Special edition on Positive Organisational Behaviour, 39(2), 1-11.

Plowright, P. D., & Cole, M. (2012). Bringing structure to judging success in architectural design: The 'TIOSE' qualitative measure. Archnet-IJAR, International Journal of Architectural Research, 6(3), 7-19.

Konyu-Fogel, G., & Cole, M. (2011). Analyzing the effects of demographic and organizational factors on global mindset of business leaders: An empirical multi-industry study from five continents. The Journal of International Business Research and Practice, 5,4-35.

Sprangel, J., Stavros, J., & Cole, M. (2011). Creating sustainable relationships using the strengths, opportunities, aspirations and results framework, trust, and environmentalism: A research-based case study. International Journal of Training and Development: Special Issue on Organization Development, 15(1), 39-57.

Mitchell, S., Bevans,M., Wehrlen, L., Cole, M., Silverman, L., Prachenko, O., Koklanaris, E., & Wallen, G. (2010). Symptom profiles in survivors of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (aHSCT). Annals of Behavioral Medicine,39(Supplement 1), s201.

Mitchell, S. A., Hakim, F. T., Baird, K., Mooney, K. H., Rehman, N. K., Dickinson, J., Palit, P., Beck, S. L., Leidy, N. K., Cole, M. L., et al. (2009). Plasma cytokine levels distinguish chronic graft versus host disease (cGVHD) symptom profile groups. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, 15(2, Supplement), 118-119.

Pendleton, S. M., Stanton, B., Cottrell, L. A., Marshall, S., Pack, R., Burns, J., Gibson, C., Wu, Y., Li, X., & Cole, M. (2007). Teens in the twenty-first century still prefer people over machines: Importance of intervention delivery style in adolescent HIV/STD prevention. Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Children & Youth, 8, 95-115.

Cole, M., Stanton, B., Devieaux, L., Harris, C., Lunn, S., Cottrell, L., Clemens, R., Li, X., Marshall, S., & Baine, R. M. (2007). Latent class analysis of risk behaviors among bahamian youth: Relationship between values prioritization and latent class. Social Behavior and Personality, 35, 1061-1076.

Stanton, B., Cole, M., Li, X., Kaljee, L., Galbraith, J., Cottrell, L., & Harris, C. (2007). Prevention and risk reduction among adolescents: A 16 year community-research partnership. In T. C. Rhodes (Ed.), Focus on adolescent behavior research. New York: Nova Publishers.

Yang, H., Stanton, B., Cottrel, L., Kaljee, L., Galbraith, J., Li, X., Cole, M., Harris, C., & Wu, Y. (2006). Parental awareness of adolescent risk involvement: implications of overestimates and underestimates. Journal of Adolescent Health, 39, 353-361.

Stanton, B., Harris, C., Cottrell, L., Li, X., Gibson, C., Guo, J., Pack, R., Galbraith, J., Pendleton, S., Wu, Y., Burns, J., Cole, M., & Marshall, S. (2006). Trial of an urban adolescent sexual risk-reduction intervention for rural youth: A promising but imperfect fit. Journal of Adolescent Health, 38, 55.e25-55.e36.

Kaljee, L, Genberg, B., Riel, R., Cole, M., Huu Tho, L., Thi Kim Thoa, L., Stanton, B., Li, X., & Tan Minh, T. (2005). Effectiveness of a theory-based risk-reduction HIV prevention program for rural Vietnamese adolescents. AIDS Education and Prevention, 17(3),185-199.

Wu, Y., Stanton, B., Li, X., Galbraith, J., & Cole, M. (2005). Protection motivation theory and adolescent drug trafficking: Relationship between health motivation and longitudinal risk involvement. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 30, 127-137.

Stanton, B., Guo, J., Cottrell, L., Galbraith, J., Li, X., Gibson, C., Pack, R., Cole, M., Marshall, S., & Harris, C. (2005). The complex business of adapting effective interventions to new populations: An urban to rural transfer. Journal of Adolescent Health, 37(2),163.e17–163.e26.

Stanton, B., Cole, M., Galbraith, J., Li, X., Pendleton, S., Cottrel, L., Marshall, S., Wu, Y., & Kaljee, L. (2004). Randomized trial of a parent intervention: Parents can make a difference in long-term adolescent risk behaviors, perceptions and knowledge. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 158, 947-955.

Chen, X., Li, X., Stanton, B., Fang, X., Lin, D., Cole, M., Liu, H., & Yang, H. (2004). Cigarette Smoking Among Rural-to-Urban Migrants in Beijing, China. Preventive Medicine, 39, 666-673.

Cole, M. L., & Bonem, M. K. (2000). The A-B-C’s of smoking cessation: Using behavioral strategies to help undergraduates stop smoking. The Behavior Analyst Today, 1(4), 89-101. 

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Conference Presentations and Proceedings (peer-reviewed)

Cole, M. L., Cox, J., & Stavros, J. M. (2015, August). Building collaboration in virtual teams through emotional intelligence: Mediation by SOAR. Paper session in the Organization Development and Change division to be presented at the Academy of Management 2015 Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Cole, M. L., Adenrele, A., Mirshab, B., & Taj, S. (2015, April). AACSB accreditation standard two: Focus on measuring quality and impact of intellectual contributions. Paper session presented at Lawrence Tech Research Day 2015, Southfield, MI.

Adenrele, A., Cole, M. L., Mirshab, B., & Taj, S. (2015, April). College of Management’s path to AACSB accreditation: Focus on standard two—intellectual contributions, impact, and alignment with mission. Poster session presented at Lawrence Tech Research Day 2015, Southfield, MI.

Zhou, C., & Cole, M. L. (2015, April). Relationship between student learning achievement and learning attitude in introductory physics. Poster session presented at Lawrence Tech Research Day 2015, Southfield, MI.

Zhou, C., & Cole, M. L. (2014, November). Relationship between student learning achievement and learning attitude in introductory physics. Poster session presented at Lilly International Conference on College Teaching, 34th Annual Conference "Evidence-Based Learning and Teaching", Miami University, Oxford, OH.

Miklovich, P., Stavros, J.M., Cole, M.L., & Lindman, G. (2014, May). Stakeholders’ perception of legitimacy on the organizational sustainability, strategy of federally qualified health centers. Poster session presented at the 5th Annual Patient Experience Summit: Transforming Health Care through Empathy and Innovation, May 18-21, 2014, Cleveland, OH.

Cox, J., Cole, M. L., & Stavros, J. M. (2014, April). Mediation analysis of emotional intelligence, SOAR, and collaboration. Paper session presented at Lawrence Tech Research Day 2014, Southfield, MI.

Cole, M. L., & Stavros, J. M. (2014, April). Psychometric properties of the SOAR Profile. Paper session presented at Lawrence Tech Research Day 2014, Southfield, MI.

Kohnke, A., Cole, M. L., & Bush, R. (2014, April). Incorporating UTAUT predictors for understanding home care patients’ and clinician’s acceptance of healthcare telemedicine equipment. Paper session presented at Lawrence Tech Research Day 2014, Southfield, MI.

Harris, R., Cole, M. L., & Stavros, J. M. (2014, April). Ready for change?  A literature review on assessing organizational readiness for change. Poster session presented at Lawrence Tech Research Day 2014, Southfield, MI.

Gurjack, D. J., & Cole, M. L. (2013, August). Latent class analysis of entrepreneurial reframing: Effect of latent class on innovation and success. Academy of Management Proceedings 2013, Research Methods.

Cole, M. L., & Stavros, J. M. (2013, March). Creation of the SOAR Profile: An innovative tool to evaluate strategic thinking capacity. Poster session presented at Lawrence Tech Research Day 2013, Southfield, MI.

Munevar, G., Cole, M., Ye, Y., Yang, Y., & Haccke, M. (2012, March). fMRI study of self vs. others’ attributions of traits consistent with evolutionary understanding of the self. Poster presented at Cognitive Neuroscience Society. Chicago, Illinois.

Yono, C. J., Peltier, B. M., & Cole, M. L., (2012, March). Generalization of acute ethanol withdrawal (“hangover”) to the stimulus effects of pentylenetrazole in a discriminated taste aversion procedure. Poster presented at Behavior Analysis Association of Michigan. Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Bush, R., Castelli, P., Lowry, P., & Cole, M. L., (2010). The importance of teaching presence in online and hybrid classrooms. Proceedings of the Academy of Educational Leadership, 15(1), 7-13.

Mitchell, S.A. , Bevans, M., Wehrlen, M., Cole, M., Silverman, L., Prachenko, O., Koklanaris, E., Prince, P., Cook, L., Shelburne, N., Krumlauf, M., Blacklock-Shuver, C., Stewart, D., Fowler, D., Barrett, A. J., & Wallen, G. (2010, April). Symptom Profiles in Survivors of Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (aHSCT). Paper presented at the 31st Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Seattle, Washington.

Cole, M. L. (2008, September). Using Blackboard in an Online Course: Examples from an Introductory Psychology Course. Breakout session paper presented at The Educational Technology Organization of Michigan 2008 Fall Conference. Southfield, Michigan.

Bush, R., Castelli, P., Lowry, P., & Cole, M. L., (2008, May). Improving teaching presence in a virtual classroom. Paper presented at Hawaii International Conference on Business. Honolulu, Hawaii.

Bush, R., Castelli, P., Lowry, P., & Cole, M. L., (2008, April). Improving teaching presence in a virtual classroom. SoTAL Educational Research, Poster Session Sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, Lawrence Tech, Southfield, Michigan.

Cole, M., Stanton, B., Galbraith, J., Li, X., Pendleton, S., Cottrel, L., Marshall, S., Summers, Y., Kaljee, L., & Feigelman, S. (2005, April). Positive relationship among adolescents between self-efficacy, sexual negotiation skills and protective sexual behaviors. Poster presented at Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, Georgia.

Cole, M., Stanton, B., Galbraith, J., Li, X., Pendleton, S., Cottrel, L., Marshall, S., Wu, Y., & Kaljee, L. (2004, April). Intervention trial finds parents affect long-term youth risk behaviors, perceptions, and knowledge. Poster presented at Promoting the Well-Being of Children and Youth in Urban America, Detroit, Michigan.

Cole, M. L., & Young, A. M. (2002, June). Conditional control of lithium chloride-induced taste aversion by naltrexone in rats treated with acute doses of morphine. Poster presented at College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Quebec City, Canada.

Cole, M. L., & Young, A. M. (2001, May). Discriminative stimulus effects of acute morphine dependence in a discriminated taste aversion assay: Preliminary results. Poster presented at Society for Neuroscience Michigan Chapter, East Lansing, Michigan.

Cole, M. L., &  Bonem,  M. K. (1999, May). Smoking cessation through functional analysis. Symposium paper presented at Association for Behavior Analysis, Chicago, Illinois.

Cole, M. L., &  Bonem,  M. K. (1999, May). Self-reporting functional relations between substance use and environmental events. Paper presented at Assocation for Behavior Analysis, Chicago, Illinois.

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Invited Presentations

Stavros, J. M., & Cole, M. L. (2014, June). SOAR: How leaders can create a strengths-based strategy. Invited presentation. National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Michigan Chapter, Leadership Development Program, Southfield, MI.

Stavros, J. M., & Cole, M. L. (2014, April). SOARing to excellence: Thinking, planning, and leading from a strengths-based perspective. Workshop facilitator. Department of Organizational Leadership at Oakland University and Metropolitan Detroit Bureau of School Studies, Auburn Hills, MI.

Stavros, J. M., & Cole, M. L. (2013, November). SOARing to positive transformation and change. Workshop facilitator. Assumption University of Thailand, Graduate School of Business (ABAC-GSB) – Organization Development Summit 2013, Bangkok, Thailand.

Stavros, J. M., & Cole, M. L. (2013, June). SOAR: How leaders can create a strengths-based strategy. Invited presentation. National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Michigan Chapter, Leadership Development Program, Southfield, MI.

Stavros, J. M., & Cole, M. L. (2013, June). How to start and build a business. Invited presentation and panel discussion. LTU Entrepreneurial Collaboratory with City of Southfield, Southfield Chamber of Commerce, and Technology Highway Firm, Southfield, MI.

Cole, M. L. (2013, February). Learn all about the impact of accreditation on scholarship. Learn All About it Luncheon, Research Support Services Committee, Lawrence Tech, Southfield, MI.

Cole, M. L. (2012, November). Learn all about In4Grants collaborative proposal development tool. Learn All About it Luncheon, Research Support Services Committee, Lawrence Tech, Southfield, MI.

Cole, M. L. (2012, March). Learn all about the Lawrence Tech faculty research seed grant program. Learn All About it Luncheon, Research Support Services Committee, Lawrence Tech, Southfield, MI.

Cole, M. L. (2011, March). Lawrence Tech’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). Learn All About it Luncheon, Research Support Services Committee, Lawrence Tech, Southfield, MI.

Cole, M. L. (2008, January). Everything you need to conduct research with human participants. Learn All About it Luncheon, Research Support Services Committee, Lawrence Tech, Southfield, MI.

Cole, M. L. (2007-2010, August). Active listening. New Faculty Orientation, Lawrence Tech, Southfield, MI.

Cole, M. L. (2010, July).  The informed consent process.  ZIMU International Graduate Students Learn-All-About-It Luncheon, Lawrence Tech, Southfield, MI.

Cole, M. L. (2008, October). Effective communication for conflict resolution. New Department Heads Training Workshop, Lawrence Tech, Southfield, MI.

Cole, M. L. (2007, September). Developmental trajectory of personal values, integrity, and professional ethics. Assessment Day Presentation to Faculty, Lawrence Tech, Southfield, MI.

Cole, M. L. (2006, October). Psychological disorders in children with ADHD and autism. Invited paper presented at 8th Annual Health FOCUS Conference, Health For Our Children in Urban Settings, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI.

Cole, M. L. (2005, November). The analysis of behavioral data across time using latent growth models.”College of Arts & Sciences Research Seminar Series, Lawrence Tech, Southfield, MI.

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“Building on Strengths,” (Winter 2014/2015). Lawrence Technological University Magazine, 2(2), 6-7.

“LTU's College of Management Undergraduate Programs”, Radio Interview on 1270 AM, WJR for the Champs Sports Network (Novermber, 2014).

“Community Partnership Addresses Childhood Obesity, Seeks Funding from Foundations, Government, and Individuals,” (Winter 2013/2014). Lawrence Technological University Magazine, 1(4), 9.

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Quest and Other Student Projects

2012, Donna Irvan, “Secondary Analysis of Patient Survey Data for Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy”. Student Research Project.

2012, Adam Poppe, “Electrodermal Activity, Heart Rate, and Hemispheric Electroencephalography as Biomarkers of 3-D Immersive Video.” Student Research Project.

2011, Kayla Dilts, “Perception of Satisfaction with Dining Services Among the Lawrence Tech Community.” Quest Research Project.

2011, Chris Yono, “Discriminated Taste Aversion of Acute Ethanol Dependence.”Quest Research Project.

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Moudgil, V., Cole, M. L., Stavros, J.M., & Brucki, M. (2013, Spring). SOARing from pediatric obesity to a healthy community. [White paper as phase one of a grant proposal with Lawrence Tech, City of Southfield, Southfield Public Schools, and St. John Providence as shareholders.]

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Grants Awarded

Lawrence Tech Faculty Seed Grant. "Creating the design for a creative placemaking installation in Detroit: SOARing to resiliency." Joongsub Kim, Matthew Cole, Jacqueline Stavros (P.I.s), 2015-2016, $5,000.

Coleman Foundation Mini-Grant. "Entrepreneurial Education in MBA5013, Business Application of Statistical Analysis". Matthew Cole (P.I.), 2015, $3,100.

National Science Foundation (NSF). “Renovation of Lawrence Tech’s Next-Generation Life Science Research Facility.” Hsiao-Ping Moore (P.I.), Matthew Cole (Co-P.I.), Julie Zweisler-Vollick(Co-P.I.), Jeff Morrissette (Co-P.I.), Shannon Timmons (Co-P.I.), 2010–2012, $1,361,832.

Lawrence Tech Faculty Seed Grant. “Subjective Effects of Acute and Chronic Ethanol Dependence in Rats.” Matthew Cole (P.I.), 2011-2012, $3,000.

Lawrence Tech Faculty Seed Grant. “An fMRI Study of Self-Knowledge Structures in the Brain.” Matthew Cole (P.I.), 2010-2011, $3,000.

Economic Development Administration (EDA). “Feasibility Study  for a Collaborative-Based Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CCIE).” Mark Brucki (P.I.), Matthew Cole (Research Manager), 2009-2011, $146,000.

The Skillman Foundation. “The Osborn Entrepreneur and Microenterprise Development Program.” Robert Inskeep (P.I.), Matthew Cole (Project Evaluator), 2008-2010, $257,260.

The Southfield Community Foundation. “Building Your Own PC: A Program to Develop Parent-Child Relationships at Hope United Methodist Church” Rev. Leon Johnson (P.I.), Matthew Cole (Co-PI), 2008-2010, $3, 750.

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Grants Submitted

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce. “Improving Citizen Involvement in Climate Literacy and Education (ICICLE).” Julie Zweisler-Vollick (P.I.), Matthew Cole (Co-P.I., Project Evaluator), 2013, $600,000.

National Science Foundation (NSF 11-525, ITEST). “I’M A STAR, Innovative Math and Science Learning Through Autonomous Robotics.” C. J. Chung (P.I.), Matthew Cole (Internal Evaluator), 2011, $1,350,000.

National Institutes of Health (NIH). “An fMRI Study of Executive Functions in Seizure Patients.” Matthew Cole (P.I.), 

National Institutes of Health (NIH). “The Neural Correlates of Consciousness.” Gonzalo Munevar (P.I.), Matthew Cole (CoP.I.), 2009, $775,000.

National Science Foundation (NSF). “From LEGO to Nano: “Top-Down” Approach for Undergraduate Nanotechnology Education.” Dean Aslam, Lixin Dong (Co-P.I.), Matthew Cole (External Evaluator), 2009, $1,500,000.

The Edward Lifesciences Fund. “Development and Evaluation of a Computer Game for the Prevention of Childhood Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease.” Matthew Cole (P.I.), 2008, $55,000.

National Science Foundation (NSF). “Design Course in Nano-Technology Using Robotic Probes and Van de Graaff Generators.” Dean Aslam (P.I.), Matthew Cole (External Evaluator), 2008, $1,500,000.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). “A Neuroimaging Investigation of Gamblers Playing a Video Betting Paradigm.”Kathy Tiell (P.I.), Matthew Cole (Co-P.I.), 2007, $150,000.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). “A fMRI Study of Executive Functions in Seizure Patients and Pathological Gamblers.” Matthew Cole (P.I.), 2007, $150,000.

National Institutes of Health (NIH). “Development and Validation of a Computer Game to Assess Pediatric Energy Balance.” Kathy Tiell (P.I.), Matthew Cole (Co-P.I.), 2007, $546,282.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “Relationship between Perceptions of Objective Attributes of the Environment and Physical Activity.” Joon Kim (P.I.), Matthew Cole (Co-P.I.), 2007, $150,000.

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Reviewer/Editorial Work


Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer, 2009-2015, Fred Ashbury, Editor.

SA Journal of Industrial Psychology, 2013-2015, Llewellyn van Zyl, Associate Editor.

Journal of STEM Education, 2012-2015, P.K. Raju, Editor.

European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 2010-2015, Alexander Molassiotis, Editor.

Journal of Leadership Studies, 2013, M. Ludorf, Senior Editor.

Health Psychology, 2004, Seth Kalichman, Editor.


Editorial Board Member

 Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 2012.

SA Journal of Industrial Psychology, 2015.

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Impact--Works Cited

Work Cited in Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • From 2005-2015, Thomson Reuters Web of Science found 159 articles cited the 10 articles by Cole ML on HIV/STD risk behavior.
  • From 2012-2015, Google Scholar found 13 articles cited 4 articles by Cole ML on SOAR.
  • From 2010-2015, Google Scholar found 4 articles cite 1 article by Cole ML on online teaching.

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Institutional Service

  • 2013-2015, Persistence and Completion Committee, Data Analysis Team.
  • 2012-2015, Office of Career Services, Statistical Analyst.
  • 2012-2015, College of Management Faculty Development Committee, Member.
  • 2012-2015, College of Management Assessment Committee, Member.
  • 2011-2015, Research Support Services Committee, Co-Chair.
  • 2009-2015, Institutional Review Board, Chair.                
  • 2009-2013, Assessment Committee, Statistical Analyst.
  • 2010-2013, Masterclass, Architecture and Design Graduate Course, Research Coordinator.
  • 2007-2009, Reinventing Teaching and Learning through Technology Committee, Member.
  • 2007-2008, College of Arts and Sciences Enrollment Marketing Committee, Member.
  • 2007-2008, Tablet PC Committee, Member.
  • 2007-2008, Character Education Assessment Committee, Member.
  • 2006-2008, Contract and Grants Taskforce Committee, Member.

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Academic Affiliations


Assistant Professor, College of Management 2012-current

Assistant Professor: Teach traditional, online and hybrid graduate courses in entrepreneurship, business statsitics, and quantitative research design; Serve as Chair of the College Faculty Development Committee supporting faculty scholarly activities (applied research, grant submissions, and the scholarship of teaching and learning), evaluations, and academic qualifications for internal and accreditation purposes; Conduct research on positive organizational scholarship and science of teams; Serve as committee member and chair on DBA dissertations.

Chair Institutional Review Board, Co-chair Research Support Services Committee 2009-current

Serve as chair of the IRB, co-chair of the RSSC, and active member of the IACUC; Played a key role in the establishment of the IRB and IACUC by preparing all of the forms (Application for the Approval of Research with Human Participants, the Application for the Approval of Research with Animals, IRB Consent and Assent Templates, and Committee Review Form), and communicating with the federal offices to maintain compliance and assurance; Play a key role in the maintenance of the IRB and IACUC by serving as sole reviewer for Exempt and Expedited protocols, chair Full Committee Reviews, and educate students and faculty concerning human and animal research ethical compliance.

Assistant Professor, College of Arts & Sciences, Psychology Program Director 2009-2011

Assistant Professor: Teach traditional, online and hybrid undergraduate psychology lecture and laboratory courses in Animal Behavior, Behavioral Neuroscience, Biostatistics, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Drugs and Behavior, History and Systems of Psychology, Introductory Psychology, Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences, and Sensation and Perception; Conduct research and supervise student researchers on fMRI study of self-knowledge in adults, assessment of attitudes and perceptions of entrepreneurship in employees and displaced workers, and discriminated taste aversion of acute ethanol dependence in rats.

Psychology Program Director: Recruit and advise students, schedule courses, create new courses, hire adjunct faculty, present faculty training workshops and seminars, assess and evaluate the psychology program, write interdisciplinary public and private grants.

Senior Lecturer, College of Arts & Sciences, IRB Member, 2006-2008

Full time non tenure track senior lecturer faculty position in the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Communication, teaching traditional, online and hybrid undergraduate psychology lecture and laboratory courses; member Institutional Review Board.

Adjunct Faculty, College of Arts & Sciences, 2003-2005

Part time adjunct faculty position in the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Communication, teaching traditional, undergraduate psychology lecture and laboratory courses.



Graduate Research Assistant, 2003-2005

Pediatric prevention research for the School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics. Area of research: HIV/AIDS and substance abuse prevention in American, Bahamian, and Vietnamese adolescents.

Adjunct Faculty, Winter/Spring/Summer 2002-2003

Taught Brain & Behavior, Introductory Psychology, and Learning & Memory lecture.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2001-2002

Taught undergraduate Learning & Memory laboratory for the Department of Psychology.

Graduate Research Assistant, 1999-2001

NIDA Predoctoral Research Training Grant. Non-human behavioral pharmacology research under a NIDA training grant for the Department of Psychology. Area of research: The subjective effects of acute opioid dependence in rodents.

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Professional Affiliations

  • 2012-2015, Member, Academy of Management, Research Methods and Organizational Behavior Divisions.
  • 2012, Member, Michigan Academy of Science Arts & Letters
  • 2012, Member, Cognitive Neuroscience Society.

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Professional Experience

Selected Consulting Activities

Washtenaw Literacy – Co-facilitator with Jackie Stavros of a Strategic Planning Conversation with board members, executive team, and staff w/SOAR framework.

Flint County-wide Transition Committee – Co-facilitator with Jackie Stavros of a series of workshops and strategic sessions using the SOAR Profile and SOAR framework to launch a new county-wide committee and strategic plan.

Covenant Community Care – Co-facilitator with Jackie Stavros of a Whole System Strategic Planning Summit w/SOAR Framework.

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Positions Held


PRONEWS, LLC – Canton, Michigan

President 2011-Current

OD consultation based on Appreciative Inquiry/SOAR including training workshops and facilitating strategic planning sessions, statistical analysis (latent growth modeling, structural equation modeling, moderation, mediation, multiple regression, psychometric properties), survey design, grant writing, editing and proofing services. Recent clients include Oakland University, College of Education; Covenant Community Care, Detroit, MI; 3-D, Etc., Pontiac, MI; National Institutes of Health, Outcome Research Branch; Economic Development Administration..



Freelance Psychometrician, 2003

Psychological evaluation of adjudicated youth using WISC-III, WAIS-III, WRAT-III, MMPI, Jessness Inventory, Quick Neurological Screening Test.



Behavioral Therapist, 1998-1999

Neuropsychological evaluation and group/individual counseling of adolescents and adults diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, affective disorders, and chemical dependency. Neuropsychological assessments administered, scored, and interpreted: WISC-III, WAIS-III, MMPI, WMS-III, WCST, Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Test Battery.


BRIGHTON HOSPTIAL – Brighton, Michigan

Chemical Dependency Technician, 1997-1998

Intake assessment, group therapy, group didactic sessions, and nurse support of adults and older adults diagnosed  with chemical dependency.


SOUNDTRACK CITY – New York, New York

Co-Owner, 1987-1994

Co-owner of a video and audio production company in New York City that employed 3 full-time staff. The company was organized around a 24-track analog recording studio with MIDI keyboards and SMPTE time code audio-video synchronization. Clients included Sony Records, Atlantic Records, Island Records, and NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers).

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Community Service

2009-2014, Canton Sex Education Advisory Committee, Co-Chair.

2008-2010, Step Parenting Program, Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield, Co-Facilitator.

2010-2011, Robofest World Competition, Chief Judge.

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