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David A Mack

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[Mack, David A]
  • Associate Dean

Biography

Dr. David A. Mack

Dr. Mack is the Associate Dean for Communications and Executive Education in the College of Business at UT Arlington.   He is also the Director of the Goolsby Leadership Academy and manages the College’s Domestic EMBA program.

He received his Ph.D. from UT Arlington in May 2000.  He previously earned an MBA in Entrepreneurship from DePaul University in 1993.

He has published a number of articles and book chapters on job stress, workplace violence, leadership, and small business. 

Dave has had extensive management experience in the insurance and financial services industry.  He worked for the Allstate Insurance Company for over 18 years as a senior manager in the systems, accounting and operations areas.

He is currently Vice-President and Financial Officer of C. J. Weeks, Inc. an insurance and financial services marketing/management business located in Irving, Texas.  C. J. Weeks, Inc. is owned by Dave and his wife, Cathy Weeks.  The company manages 40 insurance agencies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

He is a member of boards at the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Southwest.  He is on the Executive Board of Directors, Longhorn Council, Boy Scouts of America and also serves as the District Chairman of the Trinity Trails District.  He has held board positions at other non-profit groups in the DFW Metro-plex.

Dave teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at UT Arlington as well as the College’s EMBA programs in Fort Worth and China.  His teaching specializes in Leadership, Management Consulting, Applied Research, Ethics, Management and Organization Behavior.

Professional Preparation

    • 1993 M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and ManagementDePaul University
    • 2000 Ph.D. in Organization Behavior, Research Methods, and PsychologyUniversity of Texas at Arlington

Appointments

    • Sept 2014 to Present Associate Dean
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Oct 1997 to Present Vice President/Treasurer
      C. J. Weeks Agency, Inc
    • Jan 1997 to Present Professor in Practice
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jan 2001 to Sept 2014 Assistant Dean for Program Development
      The University of Texas of Arlington
    • Jan 1993 to Jan 1995 Business Manager
      Weeks Insurance Agency
    • Jan 1988 to Jan 1993 Territorial Operations Manager
      Allstate Insurance Company

Research and Expertise

  • Research Interests
    Leadership, Organization Behavior,Stress, Entrepreneurship and Management
  • Assistant Dean of the College of Business, The University of Texas at Arlington
    Reporting directly to the Dean of the College of Business Administration. Responsible for development of the “Master of Science in Heath Care Administration” program.
  • Vice President/Treasurer, C. J. Weeks Agency, Inc.
    Family owned corporation involved in the management of 30 insurance marketing offices in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. 2000 premiums generated in excess of $40 million.
  • Business Manager, Weeks Insurance Agency
    Business manager and co-owner of multi-line insurance marketing agency in suburban Chicago area.
  • Territorial Operations Manager, Allstate Insurance Company
    Responsible for the management of all support function operations for the Chicago Metropolitan Region. Supervised a department of 300+ employees servicing 1200 agents and over 2 million customers.
  • Department of Management, The University of Texas at Arlington, August 1997 through Current.
    Courses taught:
    Organizational Behavior (undergrad and grad)
    Organizational Analysis and Design (undergrad)
    Management (graduate)
    Organizational Research and Consulting (graduate)
    Human Resource Management (graduate)
    Leadership (graduate)
    Ethics (graduate)
    Teams (graduate)
    China International Immersion (graduate)
  • Graduate School of Business, Texas Wesleyan University, September 1998 through December 1998.
    Courses taught:
    Organizational Behavior
  • Kellstadt Graduate School of Business, DePaul University, June 1993 through December 1994.
    Courses taught:
    Operations Management
    Organization Theory
    Organizational Behavior
    Managing People I
    Managing People II
    Motorola, A Case Study in Quality Management (with Professor Barry Merkin)

Publications

      Journal Article 2002
      • Mack, David A.; & Quick, James Campbell. 2002. “EDS: An Inside View of A Corporate Life Cycle Transition.” Organizational Dynamics. Vol 30(3), 282-293.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Paper 2001
      • Mack, David A.; & McGee, Jeffrey E. 2001. “Organizational Stress and the Small Business Owner: The Role of Task Complexity and Social Support”. Proceedings of the U.S. Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship National Conference. Orlando, FL. February 2001.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      2001
      • Mack, David A. 2001. “Stress and Success among Small Business Owners: A Field Study of Insurance Agency Proprietors”. The Proceedings of the 2001 Academy of Management Conference. Washington, D.C. August 2001.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Conference Paper 1999
      • Mack, David A.; & Love, Leonard G. 1999. “Is Quality Management (TQM) the “Cure” for Worker Distress?” The Proceedings of the 1999 Southwestern Academy of Management, Annual Conference in Houston, TX.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      1999
      • Love, Leonard G.; Mack, David A.; & Virick, Meghna. 1999. “Like Sand Through Our Fingers: Method, Theory, and Time in Organizational Research.” The Proceedings of the 1999 Southwestern Academy of Management, Annual Conference in Houston, TX.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Monograph 1998
      • Mack, David A.; Shannon, Coleen; Quick, Jonathan D.; & Quick, James Campbell. 1998. "Stress and the Preventative Management of Workplace Violence." In Griffin, Ricky W.; O'Leary-Kelly, Anne; & Collins, Judith M. (Eds.) Dysfunctional Behavior in Organizations: Violent and Deviant Behavior. Monographs in Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations, Vol. 23, Parts A & B.
        (pp. 119-141). Stamford, CT USA: JAI Press.
        {Monograph} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

      Journal Article 1998
      • Mack, David A.; Nelson, Debra L.; & Quick, James Campbell. 1998. “The Stress of Organisational Change: A Dynamic Process Model.” Applied Psychology: An International Review. Vol 47(2), 219-232.
        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Conference Paper 1996
      • Mack, David A. 1996. “Organization Control for the Nineties: Markets, Bureaucracies, Clans, and Troupes.” The Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual Texas Conference on Organizations.
        {Conference Paper} [Non-refereed/non-juried]

Courses

      • MANA 5334-001 ORGANIZATION CONSULTING & RESEARCH

        The aim of this course is to provide graduate students with a theoretical and practical examination of applied organization science research methods along with an introduction to the process of consulting in organizations. Each student, through their own program of study and other life experiences, has the potential to develop their own area of expertise. The course will aim at assisting the student to understand their “consulting dimension” that they may wish to further develop. This will be accomplished through class lectures, class discussions, case discussions, course readings, group work, examination, and finally through the semester project.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • MANA 5350-020 EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP

        This is an advanced graduate level course.  The topic is leadership, based on the philosophy and teachings of the Goolsby Leadership Academy.  The Academy was founded in 2003 with a gift directed to the College in honor of alumnus John Goolsby and his wife Judy Goolsby.  Prior to his retirement in 2001, John was the CEO of the Howard Hughes Corporation.  One of the underlying tenets of the Academy is the idea of “strength based leadership”.  Essentially, this is a concept that recognizes there are many different aspects of leadership such as an individual’s personality, skills, experience, creativity, personal integrity, initiative, and environment (to name just a few).  Strength based leadership means that an individual should seek to understand his/her own strengths (and challenges) and with this understanding, find his/her own, unique leadership approach.  Part of this journey is an intense inward examination of one’s own strengths and challenges.  Another part involves observing successful leaders and identifying what their strengths (and perhaps weaknesses) are and how these individuals have used these strengths to become leaders.  It is important to note that this does not involve emulating the actions and behaviors of these leaders.  That is not what strength based leadership is about.  Rather it is a journey towards understanding, through careful study and observation, the many different types of leaders and leadership approaches that exist and, through this journey, looking into yourself and discovering the unique leader that you will become.  To say the least, this is an ambitious goal.

      • MANA 5350-020 Effective Leadership

        This is an advanced graduate level course.  The topic is leadership, based on the philosophy and teachings of the Goolsby Leadership Academy.  The Academy was founded in 2003 with a gift directed to the College in honor of alumnus John Goolsby and his wife Judy Goolsby.  Prior to his retirement in 2001, John was the CEO of the Howard Hughes Corporation.  One of the underlying tenets of the Academy is the idea of “strength based leadership”.  Essentially, this is a concept that recognizes there are many different aspects of leadership such as an individual’s personality, skills, experience, creativity, personal integrity, initiative, and environment (to name just a few).  Strength based leadership means that an individual should seek to understand his/her own strengths (and challenges) and with this understanding, find his/her own, unique leadership approach.  Part of this journey is an intense inward examination of one’s own strengths and challenges.  Another part involves observing successful leaders and identifying what their strengths (and perhaps weaknesses) are and how these individuals have used these strengths to become leaders.  It is important to note that this does not involve emulating the actions and behaviors of these leaders.  That is not what strength based leadership is about.  Rather it is a journey towards understanding, through careful study and observation, the many different types of leaders and leadership approaches that exist and, through this journey, looking into yourself and discovering the unique leader that you will become.  To say the least, this is an ambitious goal.

      • MANA 5350-030 Effective Leadership

        This is an advanced graduate level course.  The topic is leadership, based on the philosophy and teachings of the Goolsby Leadership Academy.  The Academy was founded in 2003 with a gift directed to the College in honor of alumnus John Goolsby and his wife Judy Goolsby.  Prior to his retirement in 2001, John was the CEO of the Howard Hughes Corporation.  One of the underlying tenets of the Academy is the idea of “strength based leadership”.  Essentially, this is a concept that recognizes there are many different aspects of leadership such as an individual’s personality, skills, experience, creativity, personal integrity, initiative, and environment (to name just a few).  Strength based leadership means that an individual should seek to understand his/her own strengths (and challenges) and with this understanding, find his/her own, unique leadership approach.  Part of this journey is an intense inward examination of one’s own strengths and challenges.  Another part involves observing successful leaders and identifying what their strengths (and perhaps weaknesses) are and how these individuals have used these strengths to become leaders.  It is important to note that this does not involve emulating the actions and behaviors of these leaders.  That is not what strength based leadership is about.  Rather it is a journey towards understanding, through careful study and observation, the many different types of leaders and leadership approaches that exist and, through this journey, looking into yourself and discovering the unique leader that you will become.  To say the least, this is an ambitious goal.

      • LSHP 4313-001 Executive Leadership

        The primary aspect of the course will be a series of interactive presentations by a number of successful senior executives representing a variety of industries.  Every attempt will be made to select a diverse group of individuals that will be able to present a significant variety of insights into their own leadership skills and challenges.  During the course of these presentations, it is hoped that they will also give the students valuable insights into the industry that they represent, the challenges that these leaders faced as they “grew” in their own careers, and a realistic look at what the student can expect to face when they transition from student to the real world challenges of the work place. 

        We will also be studying some topics that are pertinent to this class from an academic standpoint.  We will explore and discuss some current literature/research in areas such as leadership, group dynamics, motivation, goal-setting and creativity (plus other topics that we may discover as a result of these efforts). 

        The primary aspect of the course will be a series of interactive presentations by a number of successful senior executives representing a variety of industries.  Every attempt will be made to select a diverse group of individuals that will be able to present a significant variety of insights into their own leadership skills and challenges.  During the course of these presentations, it is hoped that they will also give the students valuable insights into the industry that they represent, the challenges that these leaders faced as they “grew” in their own careers, and a realistic look at what the student can expect to face when they transition from student to the real world challenges of the work place. 

        We will also be studying some topics that are pertinent to this class from an academic standpoint.  We will explore and discuss some current literature/research in areas such as leadership, group dynamics, motivation, goal-setting and creativity (plus other topics that we may discover as a result of these efforts). 

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • MANA 5312-070 Management

        The purpose of this course is to examine key topics of interest in the general area of management.  Although there are many challenges that any manager faces, often the most critical and demanding ones are those that involve people.  Topics will include, but not be limited to: motivation, decision making, organization structure, diversity, leadership, quality, group dynamics, and communication.  The intent of the course is that the participant will come away with a deeper understanding of the impact that management has on the individual and on the organization.  Readings, discussions, and case studies will be used to explore the subject matter and class preparation and participation are crucial elements to the participant's success.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • MANA 5312-003 MANAGEMENT
        The purpose of this course is to examine key topics of interest in the general area of management.  Although there are many challenges that any manager faces, often the most critical and demanding ones are those that involve people.  Topics will include, but not be limited to: motivation, decision making, organization structure, diversity, leadership, quality, group dynamics, and communication.  The intent of the course is that the participant will come away with a deeper understanding of the impact that management has on the individual and on the organization.  Readings, discussions, and case studies will be used to explore the subject matter and class preparation and participation are crucial elements to the participant's success.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus 1 Link
      • LSHP 4313-001 SENIOR EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP
        No Description Provided.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • MANA 5334-001 ORGANIZATION CONSULTING & RESEARCH
        The aim of this course is to provide graduate students with a theoretical and practical examination of applied organization science research methods along with an introduction to the process of consulting in organizations. Each student, through their own program of study and other life experiences, has the potential to develop their own area of expertise. The course will aim at assisting the student to understand their “consulting dimension†that they may wish to further develop. This will be accomplished through class lectures, class discussions, course readings, group work, examination, and finally through the semester project.
        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2007 Download Syllabus 1 Link

Other Service Activities

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    • Dec  Professional Associations
      Academy of Management
      The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship
      Delta Mu Delta, National Honor Society in Business Administration
      Beta Gamma Sigma, Honor Society for AACSB Accredited Business Programs
      National Eagle Scout Association
      Board of Directors, Fourth Street Project, Arlington, Texas