Brandon Sullivan

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Brandon Sullivan


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University of Minnesota, Psychology, 2006

University of Minnesota, Educational Psychology, 1998

Carleton College, Political Science, 1995

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Brandon Sullivan is Senior Director of Leadership and Talent Development for the University of Minnesota, where he also teaches graduate courses on leadership, organizational behavior, and wellbeing in the workplace. Brandon is an Instructor and a member of the graduate faculty in the Center for Spirituality and Healing as well as a Senior Lecturer in the Carlson School of Management and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development.

Brandon has presented at numerous national and international conferences and his research has been published in leading journals, including Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, the Journal of Personality, and the Journal of Vocational Behavior. A paper he co-authored on negotiator reputations received the 2010 Most Influential Paper Award from the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management. He co-edited the 2007 book Cooperation: The Political Psychology of Effective Human Interaction, which brought together top researchers in psychology, organizational behavior, sociology, and political science.

Prior to joining the University, Brandon led a global talent assessment and employee engagement team at a Fortune 500 retailer, and was a partner in a talent management consultancy specializing in executive leadership assessment and selection. 


Wellbeing in the workplace

Leadership assessment and development

Organizational effectiveness and employee engagement

Awards & Recognition

Excellence in HR Practices Award, College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, Midwest Region, 2014

Most Influential Paper Award, Conflict Management Division, Academy of Management, 2010

Strategic Priority Award, Target Corporation, 2010

Organizational Effectiveness Leadership Award, Target Corporation, 2010

HR Excellence Award, Target Corporation, 2008

Graduate Student Research Award, Society for Vocational Psychology, American Psychological Association, 2005

Graduate Student Research Competition Award, Association for Psychological Science, 2002


Academic Interests and Focus

The psychology of wellbeing; Employee engagement; Human sustainability in the workplace


CSPH 5808: Wellbeing in the workplace

MBA 6110: Leading others