M. Travis Maynard, Ph.D. is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Management at Colorado State University (CSU). He received his doctoral degree from the University of Connecticut with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior. He also holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from The College of William and Mary, and an MBA degree in Organizational Behavior from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Travis has had several international experiences while on the faculty at Colorado State University. Specifically he was a Fulbright Scholar in 2015 and worked with the faculty and students at ISCTE-Instituto Universitario de Lisboa in Portugal. Additionally, he has been a visiting professor at SRH – Hiedelberg (Germany) in 2018 and 2016, Foreign Trade University (Vietnam) in 2017 and 2012, and Aalto University (Finland) in 2014. Additionally, Travis served as a Global Teaching Scholar on the spring 2017 voyage of Semester at Sea.
Travis teaches courses focused on Organizational Behavior, Team Effectiveness, and Leadership at CSU. His teaching experience has included undergraduate, graduate, executive MBA, as well as executive education offerings. However, regardless of the audience, Travis places a great emphasis on experiential learning approaches. His efforts in teaching have been acknowledged by several groups at CSU. Namely, he was awarded the Accenture Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award and has been a nominee for both the Beta Gamma Sigma Most Influential Professor and the CSU Alumni Association Best Teacher on multiple occasions.
In addition to his teaching activities, Travis is also a prolific researcher. Specifically, Travis has conducted extensive research in the areas of team effectiveness and leadership. His research interests include the role that team contextual variables have on team processes and the development of team psychological states. Recent research endeavors have focused on the effects of shared team experience and familiarity on project team effectiveness; the effect of team members interacting via technology (virtual teams); and the impact that organizational climate has on team dynamics and performance. Much of this work has been conducted within healthcare organizations where he seeks to improve team dynamics with the intent of improving patient care and safety. Additionally, he is currently working on a project with both NASA and the United States Army examining team adaptation and resilience. He has received several research awards for his publications in the Journal of Management, and has also published in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Group & Organization Management, Small Group Research, Organizational Psychology Review, and Human Performance.