Dr. Jill Purdy is Professor of Management in the Milgard School of Business at the University of Washington Tacoma. She earned her doctorate in Business Administration with a focus on management and sociology from Pennsylvania State University, and her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary.  Dr. Purdy previously served at UWT as Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs,  Associate Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Affairs, Interim Dean of the Milgard School of Business, and Chair of UWT’s faculty government. She was also Academic Director of the Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility and founding Director of the Milgard School’s MBA program. 

Dr. Purdy’s scholarly interests include collaboration, entrepreneurship, institutional dynamics, and social responsibility. She is the author with Barbara Gray of Collaborating for Our Future: Multistakeholder Partnerships for Solving Complex Problems.  Her research appears in such journals as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Business Ethics Quarterly, Public Administration Review and the Journal of Higher Education. Collaborating for Our Future book cover

Dr. Purdy has taught courses in management, negotiation, strategy, governance, and systems theory for undergraduates, graduate students and executives. In 2015 and 2016 she won the MBA Faculty of the Year award from the Milgard School of Business. In 2014 she received the faculty award for Distinguished Community Engagement with Joe Lawless and was named Most Inspirational Faculty by undergraduates in the Milgard School of Business. She has been nominated five times for the UW Tacoma Distinguished Teaching Award.  In 2005, Dr. Purdy was a Fulbright Scholar in Iceland, where she served on the faculty of Bifröst University (Háskólinn á Bifröst).  She also has served as a visiting faculty member at the Helsinki School of Economics, now Aalto University, in Finland. Dr. Purdy consults regularly with business, government and nonprofit organizations to facilitate problem solving, strategic planning, and collaboration.