Dr. Mikki Hebl joined the faculty at Rice University in 1998 and was given the endowed title of the Radoslav Tsanoff Assistant Professorship in 2000, and is currently the Martha and Henry Malcolm Lovett Professor of Psychology with a joint appointment in the Jones School of Business. She is a proud native of Pardeeville, Wisconsin, who graduated with her Ph.D. from Dartmouth College in 1997.
Mikki Hebl is an applied psychologist who research specifically focuses on workplace discrimination and barriers stigmatized individuals (e.g., women and ethnic minorities) face in social interactions, the hiring process, business settings, and the medical community. In addition, she addresses ways in which both individuals and organizations can remediate such discrimination and successfully manage diversity. She has published more than 125 journal articles, book chapters, and edited books. In 2014, she was honored with the Academy of Management’s Sage Award for lifetime achievement in research advancing knowledge of gender and diversity in organizations.
Dr. Hebl is a strong advocate for gender issues. In 1999 and 2003, she received Rice University Women's Resource Center Impact Awards for her commitment to research on gender and service to women in the community. In 2006, she was one of five co-PI’s at Rice who received an NSF grant for over three and one-half million dollars to advance women in STEM fields on Rice University’s campus. From 2010-2016, she has been funded on NIH grants to examine gender biases in letters of recommendation and successful mentoring relationships.
In her 18 years at Rice, she has been the recipient of 19 major teaching awards including Rice University’s George R. Brown Prize for Superior Teaching (2002, 2004, 2005, 2010 and 2012); the Distinguished Teaching Contributions Award from the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology (2008); and Rice’s Julia Miles Chance Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2005). She has joined an elite few at Rice University who have been retired from winning further awards. In 2005, she was selected as the Commencement Speaker at Rice University’s graduation ceremonies, which marked the first and only time a current faculty member was ever nominated and chosen by the students to give the address.