Assistant Professor, Business, Leadership & Management
Dr. Amber Quarles is originally from the mountains of Northwest Georgia. She attended undergraduate school in southeastern Pennsylvania at Gwynedd Mercy University, where she simultaneously began her career in Human Resource Management. Later, following the completion of her first stint as a Regent University graduate student, she was called to embark on a career in higher education at California State University Monterey Bay.
Quarles believes adding a practitioner-style approach to traditional teaching methods, such as lecture and discussion, can add value to student learning and offer more than just an academic perspective to the subject matter toolbox they leave each course with. She says, “Inspired by Christ-centered service leadership, not only is it my duty to prepare for class and teach with subject matter expertise, but it is also my duty to lead well, demonstrating Christian character in all aspects of interaction on campus.”
While Quarles spent years working in various corporate human resource environments, she has enjoyed her transition to academia and service leadership roles. Her research interests include followership; the role of independent critical thinking; and active engagement on leader and/or follower development.
She currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the South Hampton Roads YMCA and TIDE Swimming, attributing her passion for service to a solid Christian foundation and the support of her husband and two children.
The Relationship of Followership Style with YMCA Employee Outcomes
Society of Human Resource Managers, Member