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Aleta Best, Ph.D., PMP

Aleta Best received her Ph.D. in Strategic Management from Texas A&M University, where she was a graduate research assistant and the instructor for five different undergraduate management courses.. Aleta was a systems analyst with The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (A&P) and Hudson County Community College, conducting user requirements analyses and implementing new payroll and personnel systems in the United States and Canada. While pursuing her MBA, she served as a small business consultant and taught introductory computer programming courses at Guilford Technical Community College in North Carolina. After receiving her doctorate, Aleta was a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. A two-time recipient of the Thomas J. Higginson Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, she taught undergraduate and MBA business courses and chaired several academic conferences. Since 2001, Aleta has a been a senior analyst with the Department of Transportation, working first on economic regulatory issues domestically and internationally with the European Union and China. She is currently a program manager and risk analyst with the Federal Aviation Administration. Aleta has been an SAS instructor since 2004 and has chaired and served on numerous dissertations.

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Scholarship & Research



Journal of Leadership Studies-Symposium Piece-Relational Leadership: Perspectives of Key Constructs on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity in Higher Education

Psychology Today
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American Psychological Association Conference-Utilizing Clinical Hypnotherapeutic Intervention with CBT to Treat Pandemic-Aug. 13-2021 Symptomology

ILA Conference Geneva Switzerland 2021
Presenter -Topic-"The Stress Arc in Leadership and 3 Powerful Disciplines for Mitigating Major Stress Impacts in a New Era"-Upcoming
Presenter -Topic-“Improving Higher Education’s Role in Diversity and Social Equity through Relational Leadership in the New Era”-Upcoming
Presenter-Topic-"Healthcare Leadership-Using Virtuous Leadership in Chaos to Reimagine Beneficial Practices of Employee Cognitive Psychology"-Upcoming
2021-Knowledge Without Boundaries National Summit-College of Doctoral Studies Research Conference-University of Phoenix-Panel Discussion-"Exploring Emergent Trends in Leadership and Education"-Based on published symposia article from the Journal of Leadership Studies-


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College of Doctoral Studies