Rae André is a sustainability educator and environmental activist who focuses on working with climate leaders. She promotes sustainability leadership based on the principles that growth is finite, natural capital is priceless, and human progress must be measured in terms of both economics and the quality of life.
An organizational psychologist, Dr. André is Professor Emeritus of Leadership and Sustainability and Instructor in the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University in Boston. Her courses promote systemic thinking on climate change and energy evolution. Aimed at high level undergraduates, MBAs, and professionals, they include sustainability for organizations ("weak" sustainability) along with sustainability for the planet ("strong" sustainability). Her work has reached students in a variety of disciplines from management to engineering to liberal arts.
A best-selling author, her popular press books include Take Back the Sky: Protecting Communities in the Path of Aviation Expansion (Sierra Club Books), Positive Solitude (Harper Collins), and The 59-Second Employee: How to Stay One Second Ahead of Your One-Minute Manager (co-authored with Peter D. Ward, Houghton Mifflin). Her academic books include Organizational Behavior: An Introduction to Your Life in Organizations (Prentice Hall), Researchers Hooked on Teaching: Noted Scholars Discuss the Synergy Between Teaching and Research (co-edited with Peter J. Frost, Sage), and Homemakers, the Forgotten Workers (The University of Chicago Press).
Dr. André is the 2019 recipient of the David L. Bradford Outstanding Educator Award, which acknowledges "consistently demonstrated achievement over a lifetime, focusing on teaching and learning excellence. These individuals have contributed substantially to the Society, and have impacted the field as a whole, with their innovations and ideas extending to a wide audience." The award is given annually by the Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society in honor of its founder.
She received the 2011 Fritz Roethlisberger Memorial Award for the Best Paper in the Journal of Management Education for an article on group leadership. She is also the recipient of the Peter J. Frost Mentoring Award (2017) and the Susan B. Herman Distinguished Service Award (2014) of the Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society. She served that Society as president from 2010 to 2013.
Dr. Andre received a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from The University of Michigan, an M.A. in Film Studies from The University of California at Los Angeles, and a B.A. (Cum Laude) in English from Cornell University.
Her articles have been published in Business Horizons, Harvard Business Review Case Studies, Non-Profit Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Education, Economic Development Quarterly, The New York Times, Journal of Small Business Management, and Management International Review.
Dr. André is a member of the Academy of Management, the Authors Guild, and the Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Society. She is a life member of the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Sierra Club, and a supporter of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
She has held professional positions at IBM, General Motors, and MCA, Inc., and has been a visiting professor on the Semester at Sea voyage; L'Ecole Superiere du Commerce, Reims, France; the University of Waikato, New Zealand; and the Ulster University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.